Following Saturday’s 2-0 away victory at Mansfield Town, Scunthorpe United manager Russ Wilcox praised the work of striker Paul Hayes – who made his third debut for the club.
Hayes agreed to sign for the Iron in December, but due to paperwork deadlines he could not feature until Saturday.
With Deon Burton out of the squad with a calf injury, which he picked up during training in the week, Hayes was given the opportunity to partner Sam Winnall up front.
The 30-year-old Hayes opening his goal scoring account with the Iron in spectacular style before he added a second late on, this left Wilcox impressed with what he had seen from the striker.
Hayes’ performance at the One Call Stadium will give Wilcox a difficult decision to make when he selects his side for this weekend’s match against AFC Wimbledon – should Burton be fit enough to feature.
Wilcox indicated that he didn’t know the extent of Burton’s injury, but they will hopefully know more later in the week.
Scunthorpe United have made three signings in a bid to consolidate top spot in League Two.
The Iron have brought in Republic of Ireland striker Paddy Madden from Yeovil in a deal reportedly worth £300,000, and they've snapped up two former loanees - Dave Syers and Marcus Williams - on permanent deals from Doncaster Rovers and Sheffield United respectively.
Ahead of tomorrow's game at Mansfield, Calendar's sports correspondent John Shires has been speaking to manager Russ Wilcox, who's overseen a run of six wins and two draws since taking over from Brian Laws in November.
Scunthorpe United boss Russ Wilcox has been nominated for the League Two Manager of the Month award for December.
Since stepping up to take over as caretaker in November when Brian Laws was sacked, Wilcox has overseen an unbeaten run of six wins and two draws - results that have taken the club to the top of the table. He's also been given the job on a permanent basis.
Meanwhile the Iron's veteran striker Deon Burton has been nominated for the League Two Player of the Month award after scoring four goals in December.
Just six days after sacking manager Brian Laws, Scunthorpe surged into the Sky Bet League Two play-off places with a thumping 4-0 win at nine-man Rochdale.
Defender Niall Canavan scored five minutes before half-time and the remaining goals came in the final quarter-hour.
Sam Winnall to made it 2-0 from the spot, and Jimmy Spencer and David Syers added to the home side's misery following two red cards.
Caretaker boss Russ Wilcox has claimed he is "capable" of doing the job on a permanent basis and backed up his statement with a second consecutive win, following Saturday's 2-1 success over Portsmouth.
Scunthorpe chairman Peter Swann has dismissed rumours David O'Leary is in the running for the vacant manager's job at Glanford Park.
The Iron sacked Brian Laws last week following a five-game winless run, but responded under caretaker-bosses Russ Wilcox and Tony Daws with victory at Portsmouth on Saturday.
Swann and the board hope to draw up a short-list of candidates to succeed Laws this week.
"A big thank you to Russ and Tony for stepping in and steadying things, it can never be easy when a manager goes especially when you've worked with them for 14 years, so the professionalism shown towards the situation is warmly applauded,"
Swann told the club's official website. "With regards to the manager's position, I find myself once again repeating the fact that David O'Leary is not in contention, has not applied and has never met me.
"Please do not waste your money, if you're having a little gamble on the outcome, the bookies are the only winners.
"Applications are still coming in and we will begin looking at a shortlist over the coming week and I must say we have a lot to discuss as a board, so please give us time and we will find the best candidate for the job."