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20 April 2014

Relegation-threatened Morecambe produced a spirited showing at the Globe Arena to peg back United and draw one apiece after Sam Winnall tallied his 23rd of the season in the first half to put the Iron ahead. Morecambe changed their system having struggled in the first half with Scunthorpe's wide-play.

The club and league top-scorer Sam Winnall spoke of his 'disappointment' with three points slipping away at the last, citing Morecambe's change in formation as a major factor.

He told The Iron Player: "It's disappointing considering that in the first half and the majority of the second we were in control of the game. It has happened quite often this season but there's no real reason behind it.

"It's just one of those things in football. We've got to pick ourselves up, go again on Monday and hopefully get the three points there.

"We're really disappointed not to have taken the three points in-front of our fantastic support.

"We had a few more half chances; nothing too clear-cut. The game was just swaying from one end to the other.

"They made the substitution and changed the formation as they could see we were causing them all sorts of problems when they had three at the back so they changed it to a four and put another man in a more attacking position. It changed the game a little bit and changed the flow."

Having conceded in injury time at Glanford Park last weekend against Bury, and at various other points throughout the season, there was potential for the Iron to lose ground at a crucial stage. Thankfully, results did go for the Iron once again; leaving them two points clear at the top in what has so far been a 'crazy' season. Winnall was asked if there was anything he could put his finger on as a possible cause of the late equaliser.

"I honestly don't think so," he continued.

"I know it's happened quite often but we're not nervous, there's no real reason behind it. In a way you've just got to credit Morecambe. They threw absolutely everything at us and in the end they've got a little bit of a reward. It was an absolutely fantastic cross, a fantastic piece of skill. The lad who headed it in had a simple task really.

"It's been a crazy season in terms of results here and elsewhere. Thankfully, Chesterfield have dropped two points and Rochdale have lost three-nil again. It's just been a crazy, crazy year. You don't know what to expect when you check the results after the game. What's been good is that we've kept picking up points over the last five or six months and that's why we are where we are. We'll keep going, it's all in our hands. Hopefully come York, we'll have those winners' medals round our necks."

The striker notched his 23rd in what can be termed a first full season as a professional. He was more than pleased to net again and sees Monday's clash with Oxford at Glanford Park as another chance to boost the points buffer.

He stated: "It's probably the scruffiest one I've got this season but they all count. It's pleasing because it was a fantastic cross by Paddy (Madden). I just wanted to get a good contact on it back across the keeper. Thankfully it took a miraculous bounce and got past two players and went in the back of the net somehow.

"There's the added incentive of making the gap a little bit bigger and make things a little bit easier. There'll only be two games left and as long as we're still top of the table it's all in our hands; it's all there for us to go and achieve. We'll be positive and address what needs to be addressed today and come Monday, 3 o'clock we'll be in the right frame of mind."

See much more from Sam Winnall, Matt Sparrow and Russ Wilcox on The Iron Player.

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