Date: 4th January 2016 at 1:02pm
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Manager Mark Robins has admitted that there was a sense of disappointment following the one all draw with Wigan Athletic at the weekend, because he felt the performance had been good enough to warrant all three points on the day.

Welcoming the former Championship and Premiership side to Glanford Park for the first game of 2016, Robins told the Official Site that he’d been very pleased with the performance of the players on the day, and he felt it was just unfortunate that having taken the lead through Luke Williams in the first half, we couldn’t hold out for victory or add a second and increase the margin before they hit back just ahead of the half time break.

‘I thought we were really good. They`ve got one of the strongest squads in the division and I thought we coped with that really well. We were worthy leaders in the game and the goal we scored was brilliant. The build-up play between Jamie Ness, Scott Laird and Kevin van Veen and then the finish from Luke Williams was great and gave us a deserved lead. They`re always a threat. They`ve got good players but I thought we defended brilliantly. Lots of our decision making was good. Will Grigg has been a thorn in our side in past matches and we managed to keep him really quiet. They have some really talented players but everything they threw at us, we dealt with.’

Heaping praise on the entire squad for their efforts rather than overly picking out individuals in the match, Robins went on to say that against such a quality side it boded well for Scunthorpe that they were able to battle like that against them and also show their qualities at the right times in the match.

‘Luke Daniels hasn`t had a massive amount to do in the game and we were, strong, resolute, solid, even dangerous ourselves. We created good opportunities and got good deliveries into the box. Paddy Madden was unfortunate and Kevin van Veen was also unlucky with his chances. Luke Williams and Kevin tired a little and Paddy had a dead leg so it just took some attacking impetus away from us but Kyle Wootton came on and was lively. We`ve got the likes of Stephen Dawson back playing 90 minutes which makes a big difference and Nessy, Bish and the whole back five were all excellent. Jordan Clarke had one of his best defensive displays for a while and I thought he was brilliant. We`ve got to be happy with a point but having said that, it`s just a slight disappointment that we couldn`t take all three. We want the second half of the season to be better than the first. We`ve started pretty well in 2016 so let`s have a really good go.’

Ahead of the game Scunthorpe also confirmed the permanent arrival of Huddersfield Town loanee Murray Wallace, and Robins was obviously delighted to have captured the defender following his impressive performances with us so far.

‘I`ve got to say a huge thank you to the chairman because without him we can`t compete and I know how hard he works. He rung me last night to tell me that personal terms had been agreed which was great because it wasn`t just us that were interested in him. Murray is a good player, we know what he`s capable of and we`re delighted to have him. He`s a good age and gives us real competition in that position now. It sends out a message that we really want to go places and to do that you have to compete for the better players. Murray has played in the Championship against good opponents and he`s still learning his trade. We`re delighted to have him and a big thanks goes to the chairman that we`ve been able to secure his signature.’

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