Sub­stance with­out style OK for Iron

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Andy Cooke

DE­FENDER Miguel Llera scored the win­ner as Scun­thorpe climbed out of the bot­tom four for the first time this sea­son, leav­ing man­ager Mark Robins fi­nally look­ing up.

The Span­ish cen­tre­back stuck out his right boot to ca­ress the ball into the bot­tom cor­ner and con­demn Crewe to de­feat in a game they dom­i­nated for long spells.

And man­ager Robins ad­mit­ted af­ter­wards the Iron had not been at their best, but, after one de­feat in ten games, they are at least pick­ing up re­sults.

“It was a re­ally big game and we were un­der no il­lu­sions how tough it would be,” said Robins. “It’s great to be able to say we got the three points.

“It wasn’t un­til the sec­ond half we got to grips with them.We were laboured and looked men­tally jaded.

“We didn’t play bril­liant foot­ball, but, when you’re in the po­si­tion we’re in, it al­ways be­comes a dif­fi­cult game.

“We’re do­ing some­thing right and we’ll con­tinue to work hard. Even­tu­ally, we’ll get the per­for­mance right, as well as re­sult.”

Crewe’s early play be­lit­tled their league po­si­tion, with front two Uche Ik­peazu and Nicky Ajose too pow­er­ful and quick re­spec­tively for the Iron to han­dle.

Scun­thorpe went ahead in the tenth minute when on-loan Mid­dles­brough mid­fielder Luke Wil­liams swept a shot into the bot­tom cor­ner after Crewe had given the ball away cheaply from a throw-in.

On the half-hour Alex de­servedly lev­elled via Ajose, who knocked in from almost on the line after a bril­liant ball across the box by im­pres­sive wing-back James Bail­lie.

Scun­thorpe were a bet­ter team after the break, largely due to the in­tro­duc­tion of Isa­iah Os­bourne in the mid­dle of the park.

He helped them play at a bet­ter tempo and to­gether with left-back Mar­cus Wil­liams they drove Scun­thorpe for­ward.

Ajose was a de­nied a sec­ond goal when Sam Slo­combe bril­liantly pushed his curl­ing free-kick against the post.

And Llera’s win­ner only heaped fur­ther frus­tra­tion on strug­gling Alex, who are now with­out a win in eight matches.

“We worked hard to get back in the game after go­ing 1-0 down to a stupid er­ror from a throwin,” said vis­it­ing man­ager Steve Davis.

“But we needed a sec­ond goal to give us the con­fi­dence to push on and we couldn’t quite get it.We were re­ally con­fi­dent go­ing into half-time and spoke about what we were go­ing to do.

“I couldn’t see Scun­thorpe scor­ing. I think it was from about three or four ric­o­chets it ended up hap­pen­ing. That’s not an ex­cuse, it’s just how it goes some­times.”



MS Scunth


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