Mad­den keeps cool as the Iron storm back

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

SCUN­THORPE boss Mark Robins had to play the wait­ing game be­fore two goals in 16 sec­ond-half min­utes saw his side come from be­hind to claim a third suc­ces­sive vic­tory at the ex­pense of Shrews­bury Town.

De­spite dom­i­nat­ing, the Iron fell be­hind in the 15th minute when on-loan mid­fielder Sul­lay Kaikai found the bot­tom cor­ner fol­low­ing a run up­field – his third goal in two matches.

Hav­ing strug­gled for a goal threat in the first half, the Iron upped the ante af­ter the break.

Scott Laird’s header in the six-yard box drew them level and Paddy Mad­den scored from the penalty spot to com­plete an im­pres­sive turn­around.

“We took too long to score but we de­served to win be­cause we dom­i­nated the game,” said Scun­thorpe boss Mark Robins.

“We cre­ated a lot of chances, but that’s the frus­tra­tion for us – we don’t take those chances and then the op­po­si­tion score a goal against the run of play. I still think we were good and stuck to the task.

“Scott Laird de­served his goal be­cause he got up re­ally well at the far stick and it was a stonewall penalty that won the game for us.

“It was tough, but we came through it. I would have been dis­ap­pointed with a draw be­cause we re­ally needed to win it. Three wins on the bounce is a good start.”

Kaikai’s goal came out of nowhere, stroked into the bot­tom cor­ner af­ter he had been al­lowed to turn and run at the home defence.

Scun­thorpe were un­able to re­spond in the first half, but were markedly more threat­en­ing in the sec­ond, with Laird twice off tar­get be­fore he rose high­est at the back post to head home from Mad­den’s cross in the 58th minute.

The Ir­ish­man then went from provider to scorer, drilling a 74th minute penalty to the right of goal­keeper Jayson Leutweiler.

It was the sev­enth spot kick the Shrews have con­ceded so far this sea­son and there were no doubts – full­back Ju­nior Brown chop­ping down Neal Bishop on the back of Tommy Rowe’s bull­doz­ing run into the box.

And Shrews­bury boss Micky Mel­lon thought his side were masters of their own down­fall. He said:“It’s al­ways hard to lose games, but when you’re 1-0 up at half-time away from home, you have to tough out the first 20 min­utes of the sec­ond half.

“We’ve got to be tougher men­tally and see spells like that through.

“But we in­vited pres­sure onto our­selves and weren’t able to stop a num­ber of crosses com­ing into our box. In the sec­ond half we didn’t do the things that got us the joy in the first half.

“As sea­soned pro­fes­sion­als, you have to tough spells like that out.

“That’s what you have to do in th­ese di­vi­sions to be suc­cess­ful.”

STAR MAN SCOTT LAIRD Scun­thorpe

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