Iron midfielder Michael Collins was simply thrilled that United manage to win promotion into League One on Saturday afternoon, despite losing 2-0 at Exeter City.The Yorkshireman was interviewed by The Iron Player’s cameras on the St James’ Park pitch immediately after the game ended in Exeter, and despite the treacherous weather conditions, couldn’t supress a smile from his face.
“We were disappointed with how we played today,” he openly admitted of the way his team played on the afternoon.
“But results have gone for us.
“The key thing is that we’re back in League One next season.
Although Collins and his teammates lost on the day, they had very much done the hard work in the previous twenty-eight games, during which they had managed to avoid defeat on every single occasion.
That unbeaten run meant that, ultimately, the previous Monday’s 1-0 win over Oxford had proved enough to send them back into the league they were relegated from in April last year.
“At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter how you do it. We’re still back in League One,” he stated, before highlighting that United are still in with a chance of winning the League Two title.
“We’d love to go up as champions, and we can still do that.
“We’ve managed to do the job. Albeit, not with the result we wanted.
“But it’s an occasion now which all the players and fans can enjoy.”
Furthermore, it would be fair to assess that Collins – one of the longer-serving members of United’s squad - has experienced a reasonable amount of heartache with Scunthorpe in recent years.
Indeed, he has endured two relegations with the club since joining during the Nigel Adkins era, and also had to fight a drawn-out battle with tendonitis on a personal level.
And with those facts in mind, he also used the promotion as a chance to pay homage to the club’s loyal fans, who he felt both he and the other players had finally rewarded after an exceedingly tough few seasons.
“You look at the fans, and what a credit they are to the club,” he explained.
“You look at the weather, but they’re still down here in their numbers.
“It’s been like that all season, and it’s great as a group of players to finally be able to give something back.”