Date: 30th September 2015 at 3:35pm
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Another game and another defeat for Scunthorpe United but manager Mark Robins felt we were very unlucky to not come away from Walsall with something to show for our efforts.

Audio – Robins On Walsall Defeat

Speaking to the Official Site following the one nil defeat, Robins explained that we had to keep our focus better in matches as the loss was ‘difficult to take’ because he felt the least we deserved from our performance was a point.

‘It`s very difficult to take. It`s a frustrating time to come out and talk after a defeat and it`s hard to take. We did okay today, but we`ve got to do better and stay with the runner. We`ve got a group of players who need to stand up and be counted. I keep saying the same things, but we have a group of players who are capable.’

Robins went on to say that having largely matched a side tipped for promotion and sitting high up in the league at moment, there were obviously positives he could take from the match but almost isn’t enough in our position and given what we wanted to achieve this year.

‘We`ve played against a team at the top of the league and we`ve matched them mostly. They had decent opportunities, but you`d expect that – but so have we. What we haven`t done well enough is read the situations and been on the move to finish off an opportunity.’

One of the positives was Huddersfield Town loanee Joe Lolley, who Robins described as being ‘exceptional’ in his chance creation.

‘Joe Lolley was exceptional in making chances and then almost took one or two himself. Then he turned unselfish where we would have wanted him to shoot, but he`s been bright for us tonight. Gary McSheffrey has done okay there and got some good balls into the box. The performances from Neal Bishop and Sean McAllister, in the second half, were outstanding – they`ve worked their socks off. We were more positive at the start of the second half and again it`s disappointing because we are so close yet so far. We`ve got to be better in both boxes and then we can turn things around.’

Robins says the only way we can turn this around and make that final step from ‘almost’ into ‘good enough’ territory is by continuing to work hard, staying together and staying positive but he acknowledges it’s difficult when there are ‘detractors’ and especially with an understandably frustrated fanbase.

‘The only way we can do it is by staying positive and that`s the difficulty because there are detractors, but we`ve got to stay within our environment, remain positive and we will get through this. It`s a vicious circle, but we will get out of it. People question everything but from my perspective, with the experience that I`ve got, we have to remain true to ourselves and focused, but it can`t keep going on. I`ve got belief in the players, absolutely. I`m feeling for them a little bit, but I`m also annoyed that we`re not dealing with the issues. They`re easy to put right, but we will remain positive in difficult circumstances.’

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