Robins so chuffed as Iron turn on style
MARK Robins admitted he was struggling to find any flaws in his side’s performance as Scunthorpe picked up their first away win of the season in style at Boundary Park.
Goals from Gary McSheffrey, Tommy Rowe, Paddy Madden and a superb late solo strike by Kevin van Veen helped the Iron earn a first set of back-to-back victories in eight months.
His side had fallen 2-1 behind in the first half through two goals in as many minutes by Liam Kelly and Dominic Poleon, but they are now up to 15th spot – and Robins was left grinning from ear to ear.
“It was brilliant and it is not before time,” said Robins. “It was a really, really good performance from start to finish – other than the two goals they scored, where they mis-hit shots which ricocheted off our players and their player reacted first.
“We could have been 3-0 up before they scored a goal and their goalkeeper made some outstanding saves.
“After Tommy Rowe’s goal before half-time, we were in a decent position to go and finish the game off.We saw it out really well, which was really pleasing to see.
“All the goals were good goals, but the one from Kevin van Veen was outstanding.”
Dutch striker van Veen strolled past two defenders before nutmegging James Wilson and deftly lobbing the ball over goalkeeper David Cornell in the 84th minute.
Madden had earlier notched his seventh goal of the season to put Scunthorpe back in front in a second half in which Oldham faded badly.
McSheffrey’s low finish off a Madden pass was answered by a Kelly strike which came after Danny Philliskirk’s shot was charged down.
Poleon got his goal when a Danny Lafferty effort was deflected into his path but Rowe levelled before half-time with a deflected right-foot shot.
Madden’s goal came after Cornell had made a brilliant stop from a Tom Hopper header and van Veen put the icing on the cake with six minutes left.
“We were beaten by a team that competed more and won more second balls than we did,” said Oldham manager David Dunn, who suffered his first defeat in charge despite coming on as a late substitute.
“At the start we knew it was going to be a battle but too many of their players dominated us.
“That is extremely disappointing after last week where we dominated their players.
“The manner of our performance and the way we went about things means it is hard to take many positives from it.
“Our game management has got to be better and there are a lot of things to work on.”
STAR MAN TOMMY ROWE Scunth