PETER JACKSON today hailed the influence of skipper Jon Worthington as Town bid to finally push their season towards top gear.
The manager was pleased with an improved performance despite salvaging a point only with a late Andy Booth header against third-placed Scunthorpe, who led through Matt Sparrow.
Town stay ninth in League I ahead of Saturday's FA Cup first-round clash with Blackpool at the Galpharm - three points adrift of the play-off placings - and Jackson believes the best is still very much to come.
"We all know we can play a lot better than we are and, as I said after the game, our run will come, but I'm really pleased with how the lads came through," said Jackson today.
"I know we didn't win, but I demanded an improvement and I got it and there were a lot of positives in the display.
"There were six changes to the team and a switch in formation, which some fans will see as defensive, but I thought we created more than enough chances to have won the game.
"When you are playing a side full of confidence and your own home form has not been so good, you need people to stand up and be counted and I thought Jon Worthington was Captain Marvel.
"Since he's come back from injury he's got back to his very best form and he's a tremendous captain.
"He's a strong captain and, even though he's still only a young man, he's a terrific leader.
"I see him week in and week out on the training ground, in the dressing room and out there in matches and he's the sort of person who will not settle for second best.
"That's why he's our captain and I'm delighted with him."
Midfielder Michael Collins had two stitches in an eye wound. Chris Brandon was not considered after missing training through illness.