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4 April 2014

With the visit of Wycombe on Saturday, Russ Wilcox and his Iron squad broke the league record for a debut manager that had stood for 125 years, after earning a draw in a game ending 0-0.

Matt Sparrow gave The Iron Player his thoughts on the stalemate, another encounter made tough by a side coming to Glanford Park perhaps wary of that 24-game unbeaten record and United's current league position.

"Wycombe came here with an obvious gameplan to just sit back and as Russ (Wilcox) has said, just parked the bus," he told The Iron Player.

"The first half was a bit stop start really, we didn't really get any rhythm going. In the second half, I thought we upped the tempo a bit and were looking to get the goal but they stifled us a bit and we couldn't really break them down.

"It's quite a narrow pitch here and teams can come here and its quite easy to set up with a holding midfielder in front of the back four.

"If we score early against quite a lot of teams it opens them up and it becomes a more entertaining game. Sometimes it is frustrating but as long as we don't get beaten ourselves then its just another point towards promotion.

"It was unfortunate as well with Gary McSheffrey going off with twenty minutes to go which killed us a little bit. We still tried to get the win and they had a couple of chances so they will be delighted with the draw. Its another point for us though, and the unbeaten run continues."

"It's an outstanding record and it's nice to see it getting recognised all over the country and it's fully merited as well.

"It's been a funny old season really. Every time when we look to other teams' results they've either drawn or lost as well, so that's been good really. On the flipside of that, if we'd won on Saturday we would have gone top of the league."

With the advent of Syers' McAllister's partnership in the middle of the park, Sparrow has had to remain patient for his chance. With McAllister sustaining an injury midway through the second half on Saturday, Sparrow again comes back to the fore ahead of the weekend trip to the West Country.

He added: "I'd like to have more game time but I've had to sit patiently.

"It's unfortunate that Sean's (McAllister) has had to come off with an injury. I came on for half an hour; it was good to get back on the pitch. With six games left, if I can play an important role for the club I'm ready and waiting to take my chance.

"Torquay need the points desperately so hopefully they won't just sit back they'll come at us and we can do like we did at Plymouth and head back up with the three points."

See much more from Matt Sparrow, Russ Wilcox, Michael Collins and Deon Burton on The Iron Player.

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