It’s fair to say that it’s been a torrid start to life in League Two for Scunthorpe United so far this season under the guidance of Paul Hurst.
But the Iron picked up a much-needed three points to kick-start their league campaign this term as they ran out 3-0 winners over Northampton Town at the weekend.
A brace from Lee Novak and a goal from Kevin van Veen saw the home side comfortably earn their second win of the season, as they moved up to 22nd in the League Two table.
Novak’s performance on the day caught the eye, as he scored his second and third goal of the season on the day, and he’ll be hoping to play his part as Scunthorpe look to fire themselves up the league.
In today FLW Spotlight, we look into Novak’s showing against Northampton in more detail.
It turned out to be a comfortable win in the end for Hurst’s side against the Cobblers, and Novak certainly wasted no time in opening the scoring in this one.
He scored after just 11 minutes, before netting his second of the game just three minutes later to give Scunthorpe the ascendancy on Saturday.
The home supporters haven’t had much to cheer for in recent months, with the club being relegated from the third tier of English football last season.
They will have been keen to see their side make an immediate return back into League One, but they simply haven’t got going for one reason or another in the fourth tier.
But we’ve now seen a glimpse of what Novak and his team-mates can do if they’re at the top of their game, which will be pleasing to see for everyone associated with the club.
Novak was clearly keen to test Northampton goalkeeper David Cornell on the day, as he attempted five shots in total, with two of them finding the back of the net early on.
He attempted only 11 passes in total in the game, but with a pass accuracy of 73%, it definitely makes for good reading for Novak who will fancy his chances of adding to his goal tally as the season progresses.
The 31-year-old won two aerial duels against Keith Curle’s team, which might not have been as many as he would have liked to heading into this one.
But the statistic that matter for any striker is the goals and Novak scored two of them, so he’ll be delighted with his performance in the win over Northampton.
It’ll be interesting to see whether Novak and his team-mates can build on this strong performance, and if they can, then they could well find themselves challenging for a place in the play-offs by the end of the year.