Date: 16th November 2015 at 7:53am
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Manager Mark Robins has admitted that Scunthorpe’s performance on the day against Swindon just wasn’t good enough.

Audio – Robins On Swindon Defeat

Speaking to the Official Site following the two one loss, Robins explained that although in some senses we were unlucky not to come away with a point with Gary McSheffrey hitting the post late on, we hadn’t been good enough throughout the 90 minutes to deserve something from it in reality.

‘Today we weren`t good enough. Right from the start and all the way through we weren`t good enough. We could have won this game hands down inside the opening twenty minutes and we decided for whatever reason that we`d take our time. They had a spell towards the end of the first half, and we conceded two poor goals in the second half. We then had a task to get back in it and I felt we could if we made better decisions. They were difficult conditions and I don`t think either team coped with them brilliantly, but they controlled the ball better than we did at times. We created decent opportunities – mainly from set plays – and were unfortunate not to get an equaliser at the end. From what we`ve been producing, that isn`t good enough and we were missing half a team from today`s selection.’

With Clarke’s going being nothing but a consolation in reality, Robins said he was pleased with it and pleased for him as it was his first competitive goal for the club.

‘I`m pleased whenever we score a goal. But in the context of the game it was too little too late. He`s (Clarke) guided the ball into the net well after a good ball in from Gary McSheffrey. His delivery was good all day and the header was a really good header. I just wish we had been better for the other 98 minutes of the game.’

With five changes ahead of the game through a mix of suspension, injury and illness, Robins went on to say it had hit us pretty hard given the players we have lost in recent times.

‘We`ve been fairly decimated. We`ve got to make sure we regroup and get back to winning ways as soon as we possibly can. We need to get back to the effort and determination – as we know we`ve got the quality. I expect Luke Daniels to be back next week. He`s got a thigh problem that he picked up on Monday. He didn`t train all week and I didn`t want to take the risk. Bish was ill and it takes a bit of time to settle in with those changes but I thought that Joe Anyon and Sean McAllister did okay today. If we are there or there abouts going into the New Year and have everybody fit, we can have a really good second half of the season. We`ve not done too bad in the first half and if we won today we’d have gone seventh. We haven`t managed that today and that`s the disappointment. We`ve just got to drive ourselves on.’

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