Ade­lakun snatches late point for Iron

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Aaron Bower

HA­KEEB Ade­lakun snatched a point for Scun­thorpe at the death to pre­serve their un­beaten away record un­der Mark Robins – and the Iron boss in­sists it was more than de­served.

Scun­thorpe dom­i­nated the sec­ond half after fall­ing a goal be­hind, only to be con­tin­u­ously de­nied by the bril­liance of Brad­ford goal­keeper Jor­dan Pick­ford.

But after their marathon penalty shootout in the FA Cup in mid­week, they grabbed a draw in in­jury time thanks to Ade­lakun’s goal, leav­ing Robins ad­mit­ting it felt like a win.

“It was a de­served point, had we come away with noth­ing we’d have felt in­cred­i­bly ag­grieved,” Robins said.“It was a thor­oughly de­served draw, and cer­tainly no less than we de­served.

“Ha­keeb did his job and took his goal bril­liantly, and the sec­ond-half per­for­mance proved we de­served that. We at­tacked at will, we cre­ated plenty of chances, and it was only the keeper mak­ing some in­cred­i­ble saves for them that de­nied us.

“Had we come away from that with noth­ing we’d have been scratch­ing our heads. But we got our goal, and the lads de­serve credit for that after a very tough week. It feels like a win for us.”

Scun­thorpe trailed at the break, after Brad­ford – who are now un­beaten in their last seven – took the lead when de­fender Rory McArdle fired home just after the half-hour mark.

The sec­ond 45 was all about the vis­i­tors though, who were only kept at bay for so long by the spec­tac­u­lar Pick­ford.

First, he de­nied Luke Wil­liams one-on-one, be­fore then tip­ping away a bril­liant Gary McSheffrey free-kick to pre­serve Brad­ford’s lead.

Paddy Mad­den thought he had squared mat­ters up with 20 min­utes left, but his strike was ruled out for off­side – the sec­ond goal Scun­thorpe had chalked off, after Miguel Llera’s first-half header was dis­al­lowed for a foul.

The goal fi­nally came in in­jury time though, when sub Ade­lakun fired home from an acute an­gle.

Boss Phil Parkin­son re­fused to be too down­beat though, say­ing the re­sult is ‘not the end of the world’. “We just couldn’t get out in the sec­ond half; some peo­ple think it’s a tac­ti­cal decision to sit deep and soak it up, but we didn’t play well enough to get out.You’ve got to give Scun­thorpe credit be­cause they at­tacked very well,” Parkin­son lamented.

“There were some great de­fen­sive per­for­mances, but we just didn’t keep the ball well enough in the sec­ond pe­riod.We got pinned back by a team who played re­ally well.

“It’s not the end of the world, we’re still on a good run head­ing into a busy pe­riod.”

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