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BELIEF

22 December 2014

United boss Mark Robins has urged his side to show more self-belief following their 1-1 draw away to Bradford City on Saturday.

The hosts led for much of the contest courtesy of a goal from Rory McArdle, but the Iron rescued a point in injury-time when substitute Hakeeb Adelakun lashed in a dramatic equaliser.

Such a positive response after the interval pleased the 45-year-old manager, who told The Iron Player: “We didn’t start until we had a chat at half-time and they’ve come out and been fantastic so I’ve got no qualms.

“I just want them to have more belief in themselves right from the off. I think the full-backs needed to be braver to get people in different positions higher up the field.

“In terms of the midfield and getting on the ball we needed a bit more rotation to work the ball out wide, and some more movement that was positive and quick.

“We got everything that we asked for at half-time so if they have a bit more belief in themselves they will be tough opposition for anybody in this division.”

The Iron may have even been able to take all three points home from Yorkshire had it not been for Andrew Boyce’s first half header being disallowed, and Robins admitted: “I saw good delivery, good movement and a great header.

“He out-jumped his marker and thumped it in the corner and we’d thought we’d gone one up. Unfortunately the linesman has flagged - for what, I don’t know.

“Then we had the ball in the back of the net again in the second half with an offside decision but it’s touch-and-go. I thought we were excellent, and excellent value for at least a point.”

See much more from Mark Robins, Hakeeb Adelakun and Liam O'Neil on The Iron Player.

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