Despite impressively winning their last two league games, Scunthorpe left it far too late to save their season, and a team which in all honesty was lacking in all departments was sent down to League Two. It's back to square one for the Iron, who were on fire under Nigel Adkins, but since he left the club has been in indefinite decline. Not even the return of the successful Brian Laws could halt this after Alan Knill left the club. Knill, who presided over a joyless year or so in charge, was in some ways responsible for the failure of 2012/13. The signs were there immediately when newly promoted Crawley eased to a 3-0 victory on opening day, and the club was left to battle relegation for the remainder of the season. When Brian Laws did return, it sparked a mini-revival, but nothing more. This run of results included an excellent 4-1 win at Walsall, bnut that was as good as it got, as the team, which included some experienced players such as Paul Reid and Karl Hawley, were lacking in goals and playing some frankly mediocre football. Another false dawn was the signing of Akpo Sodje, and the impact he initially made, making one or two match winning contributions. These were though rare signs that Scunthorpe were ready to escape from danger, after becoming embroiled in a three-way scrap for survival with Oldham and Colchester. Oldham's form only improved towards the end while Colchester's left a lot to be desired, but they were able to gain points on a slightly more regular basis. The eventual outcome was that Scunthorpe needed to win both of their two remaining fixtures against top half sides while hoping Colchester picked up no points or one point while ending on a lower goal difference. This was an unlikely scenario with Scunthorpe's erratic form, however they did their bit, with a narrow victory at MK Dons followed by three late goals to beat Swindon. The problem was that Colchester did what they had to do, taking four points and thus sending Scunthorpe down. Looking back, Scunny can have no complaints, they were lacklustre for much of the season and only came alive at the death.