Robins so chuffed as Iron turn on style

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Matt Cham­bers

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.”



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