Date: 15th December 2015 at 4:02pm
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I think it’s fair to say Mark Robins is right in saying as much isn’t he!

Scunthorpe were held by Leyton Orient in the original tie but since that draw at Brisbane Road the draw for the third round has been made with both sides knowing Premier League Champions Chelsea await in the New Year with a third round tie at Stamford Bridge awaiting.

Ahead of the game at Glanford Park though, as much as that’s the ‘incentive’, Robins told the Official Website.

‘It is a massive carrot for both teams, so it will be a scrap to get through. You can’t look beyond Tuesday, but it will be a great incentive to get through and play the current league champions. It might only come round once in a career so you have to do all you can to get through.’

Looking back the weekend draw at Port Vale he said he was impressed by some of the play shown by Scunthorpe in difficult conditions so he’s looking to have a go at Leyton Orient.

At the same time though he added, whilst making home advantage count, he doesn’t want the Iron to be too open.

‘Some of the play on Saturday was good, and I think we gave everything we could. There were some decent passages of play on what was a heavy pitch. You`ve got to look to attack them, but not be too open so it will be a really good cup tie. It will be interesting to see what they do, and we have to make our home advantage count.’

These two sides were both in the same league last season until Orient were relegated into League 2, where they’re going along well with plenty of quality attacking threats that Robins knows could hurt Scunthorpe.

Patience could be the key with the Iron boss finishing by saying he knows his side have enough about them to cause the O’s problems as well.

‘We’ve got to try and play our game and make sure we are moving the ball forwards when we can. If we can’t do that, then we have to be patient and keep possession. They have a considerable attacking threat, with Jay Simpson, Jobi McAnuff and John Marquis. We know what they are capable of and we will deal with that.

‘I think it is great to be at home. We didn’t play great away, but we are in the hat so now it is up to us to do what we can to get through. We have threats of our own and I want them to transfer what they do in training into the game. We have two good home games that we should look forward to in this next week.’

Some players were carrying knocks at the weekend but he feels Scunthorpe should be in a ‘fairly decent state.’


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