Date: 11th January 2016 at 4:08pm
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Manager Mark Robins has said despite Scunthorpe going out of the FA Cup at the third round stage to Chelsea, he feels the team more than did themselves proud and he was certainly proud of their efforts in the weekend’s two nil loss at Stamford Bridge.

Speaking to the Official Site in his post game press interviews, a pleased Robins explained.

‘We knew it was going to be difficult to get the ball off them because they`re technically really good and they see things a lot quicker than we do. I thought we were a little bit cagey in the first half and we took a bit of time to find our feet. We probably showed them a little bit too much respect. We managed to break out once or twice and caused them to wobble a little bit but it`s always tough when you`re playing against top players. To come in 1-0 down at half time was okay because I thought in the second half we took the shackles off. They made the change with Loftus-Cheek coming on for Oscar so there were fresh legs there, he`s a bigger player and he ended up getting the second goal which sort of put it to bed.’

With victory for Scunthorpe being hugely unexpected, especially with Chelsea starting to find their form under interim gaffer Guus Hiddink of late following their early season struggles, Robins went on to say that having created chances of our own that in itself was a positive given the quality of opposition we were up against.

He also thought that had we been able to take one of those chances the game may well have played out differently.

‘We had some really good opportunities. Our delivery from corners wasn`t as good as it can be but we got into good areas and we were unlucky not to score a few times. Their goalkeeper has made some unbelievable saves, most notably from Jordan Clarke with a pile driver. Other than that we had sniffs from free-kicks and a shot that was going in from Stephen Dawson in their first half that hit one of their defenders.’

Ending his interview, he said.

‘I thought we were unlucky and we were hoping to get back into the game as we grew in confidence. It`s a day to be proud, it`s a day to take some positives forward for the rest of the season. It was a great experience for everybody.’

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