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1 April 2014

It is a point gained towards promotion, David Syers said following a 0-0 draw with Wycombe Wanderers at Glanford Park.

The stalemate extends the Iron’s run to 24 games unbeaten and stay just two points behind top of the table Rochdale, who themselves were held to a 0-0 draw with Fleetwood.

Syers believes that the point is an important one.

“It’s another point gained. Unfortunately we haven’t managed to get on the score sheet,” Syers told The Iron Player.

“When that happens, the worst you want to have is a clean-sheet and a point. We’ve done that.

“We know teams are going to come here and sit behind the ball and aim for a point because we are doing so well. That’s a sign of respect and testament to how well we have done.

“From our point of view, that’s how we have to go out. We aren’t going to get too down hearted if we don’t score a goal. On the flip side, it is another clean sheet. I think that is 19 now for the season which is a great record for the whole team to be proud of.”

“It’s another point closer and we still have that seven point gap to the chasing pack with six games to go now,” he added.

With the teams around Scunthorpe dropping points too, Syers sees the draw as both a point gained, but an opportunity missed to go top of the table.

He said: “We aren’t going to sit there and get upset because we haven’t scored a goal. We know how hard it can be on this pitch when teams sit back. With the size of it, (the pitch) it is very hard to break them down.

“There’s not much space between the lines. There’s not many gaps to exploit. You are relying on something like that bit of quality that Paddy Madden gave us against Burton, with a great finish.

“That didn’t quite happen today. I had a couple of headers that on another day would have gone in. Hit people on the line. Paddy (Madden) had a header, Eddie (Nolan) had a couple.

“Like I say, if it just doesn’t quite happen for you on the day, there’s no reason to get down hearted.”

Scunthorpe were down to ten men for the last 15 minutes following the injury to Gary McSheffrey, after the Iron had already made three substitutes. Despite that, the home side still pressed for that winner and Syers thinks that shows the confidence and attitude of the team.

He continued: “It shows the confidence, the desire, the belief and the attitude of the team. You’ve got Hakeeb (Adelakun) as a young 17 year old, right-midfielder who loves getting forward, is more than happy to sit in at right-back and win headers.

“You’ve got Paddy (Madden) and Sam (Winnall) on either wing, still offering us an attacking threat whilst helping us out defensively. Last ten minutes, we were the ones pushing for a goal. Wycombe were happy to take the point.

“Again that is a sign of how worried they are, even with ten men, how dangerous we can be.”

See much more from Dave Syers, Eddie Nolan and Russ Wilcox on The Iron Player.

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