Robins is left to rue Iron’s glut of misses

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

AF­TER watch­ing two of League One’s leaki­est de­fences tighten up to en­sure a point apiece in an en­ter­tain­ing goal­less draw, Scun­thorpe boss Mark Robins could only shake his head as the Iron passed up a host of chances.

Pulled apart by Wi­gan Ath­letic in a 3-0 de­feat in mid­week, Scun­thorpe cre­ated the bet­ter of the chances but found a vis­it­ing out­fit that had con­ceded seven goals in their pre­vi­ous two games too tough a nut to crack.

They even missed a 79th minute penalty, which Paddy Mad­den blasted over the bar af­ter Gary McSh­ef­frey had gone to ground fol­low­ing a tus­sle with Mark Beev­ers.

It re­sulted in a score­less af­fair, which left both bosses pleased with their re­spec­tive sides’ de­fen­sive ef­forts.

“I thought we were un­lucky.We were good in spells and cre­ated enough chances to win two games, but the dis­ap­point­ing thing is we haven’t taken those chances,” said Robins.

“We spurned too many of them, but I was pleased with the way we kept go­ing. On another day we could have had four or five goals and that’s not an un­der­state­ment.

“We got a good clean sheet and at times we de­fended re­ally well. Once or twice we got a bit of luck, but not as much luck as they had.”

League debu­tant keeper Jor­dan Archer was the rea­son Scun­thorpe did not go in at half-time ahead. Pre­ferred to the ex­pe­ri­enced David Forde – dropped to the bench for the first time in more than a year – he de­nied Mad­den in the sixth minute and also got down well to push away Jack King’s header that looked like it might sneak in.

Kevin van Veen also rat­tled the bar as un­lucky Scun­thorpe, for whom Mad­den also had a goal dis­al­lowed in the sec­ond half, cut loose.

The Lions were not with­out a goal threat ei­ther. Shaun Wil­liams should have done bet­ter from eight yards out fol­low­ing a pull back from Lee Gre­gory that Joe Anyon kept out and in in­jury time, Steve Mori­son fired against the post.

“I thought the penalty was a foul to us and hav­ing watched it back, it clearly was,” said Lions boss Neil Harris. “We should have had a penalty at the other end of the pitch as well.

“We didn’t get the de­ci­sions, but there’ll be other ones in the sea­son that go our way.

“I’m ab­so­lutely de­lighted with the re­sult. Some­times you’ve just got to roll your sleeves up and take a lit­tle bit of luck when it comes your way.

“I thought we played well with a slightly dif­fer­ent shape. When you change things you get a lit­tle grey area, but I thought we dealt with them re­ally well.”



R Millwa


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