Football - Wilcox unsure on Iron future

Caretaker manager Russ Wilcox continues to transform Scunthorpe's fortunes - but insists he still has no idea whether he will be handed the job full time.

A 2-0 home victory against Morecambe lifted in-form Scunthorpe into the top three after taking 13 points out of 15 from the five games since he took charge.

Both goals came in the first half from veteran striker Deon Burton who opened the scoring after 17 minutes before adding a second with a terrific solo effort in the 33rd minute.

"It's great to be in the top three at Christmas," Wilcox confessed. "Teams will look at us now and see that we are in good form.

"As far as my position is concerned, I have been put in charge until January and I have no idea what will happen then.

"All I can do is continue to prepare the players as best I can.

"It's all about the players. They are the ones who deserve the credit for the way they are playing.

"It is not about who is managing the team."

But Wilcox admitted this was a key win for his team.

"We have two tough away games coming up and this was a game we really needed to take something from," he said.

"It was probably the most complete performance we have produced in the way we managed the game. They put us under such fierce pressure early on forcing seven corners in the opening 10 minutes.

"They are a powerful side, but we handled it well and got our heads on everything they threw into our box.

"I was delighted with our goals. It's all about moving the ball, switching play and creating chances - and I think we did that.

"Once we were in front I thought we controlled the game comfortably from then and to be honest could have had three or four goals.

"We have not sat back and tried to defend a 2-0 lead in the second half, we have continued to try and be positive."

Wilcox was also delighted to see Burton net twice, doubling his tally for the season after netting just two others in his first 16 games.

"I thought Deon was outstanding for us, but then to be honest I think he has beeen all season for us," he added.

"He plays in what I think is the most difficult job in football up front. But he links the play up well for us and he shows great leadership qualities both on and off the pitch."

Morecambe's assistant manager Kenny McKenna admitted his side could have no complaints about the 2-0 defeat.

"Scunthorpe showed they are a good team and why they are up there in the table," he confessed.

"We started really brightly, forcing seven corners so early in the game, and if we had got a goal from one off them, it might have been different.

"We did think we should have had a penalty for handball but the referee did not give it.

"Once Scunthorpe went in front it was difficult for us and it made if even more difficult when they got a second.

"I was a bit disappointed that we could not ourselves back into the game in the second half.

"Our best chance came late in the game. It might have given us an opportunity to get something out of it, but we did not really deserve anything.

"We were not at our best - but we were playing against a good side.

"All I can do is thank our fans for the support they gave us, I think they appreciated the effort that we put in."