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SHAKE IT OFF AND GO AGAIN

17 April 2014

United manager Russ Wilcox is keen for his side to shake off the late disappointment of their draw against Bury ahead of the meeting with Morecambe at the Globe Arena on Good Friday.

Having held a 2-1 lead going into injury-time against the Shakers, the Iron had seemed set for all three points until a last-gasp strike from substitute Danny Rose rescued an improbable result for the visitors.

However, Wilcox stressed his team must take it in their stride, and told The Iron Player: “We can’t hide away from being disappointed at conceding with a minute and a half to go, but it happens, and it’s happened to us before.

“On this occasion, it’s a quality goal for this level. Nine times out of 10 Sam [Slocombe] saves it, and we’ll see the game out so you have to give a little bit of credit to Bury.

“They stuck in the game, and made it difficult for us as they’re a good outfit in good form.”

Despite the set-back, the draw was enough for United to return to the top of League Two courtesy of previous leaders Rochdale falling to a shock 3-0 defeat at Mansfield Town.

Perhaps more importantly, for the short-term at least, the result also saw the Iron remain seven points clear of fourth-placed Fleetwood Town with just four games of the regular campaign now remaining as they look to secure a return to League One at the first time of asking.

The effective boost to the Iron’s ongoing promotion bid provided solace for Wilcox, who added: “If you look at the results they’ve gone our way, apart from Chesterfield.

“Teams are chasing, and we’re top of the league with four to play. We’re in a fantastic position, and I spoke to the players this morning [Tuesday] regarding that.

“It’s in our hands. There are 23 other teams who would love to be where we are. We’ve spoken about the pressure side of that as well, but for me there’s more pressure on other teams.

“There’s more pressure on Fleetwood and on Burton, as they have to win before they look to see how we’ve done. We know if we take care of our result it doesn’t really matter what they do as we’ll have enough to get promoted.”

See much more from Russ Wilcox, Dave Syers and Niall Canavan on The Iron Player.

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