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13 December 2014

Manager Mark Robins has expressed his delight after United leaped out of the League One relegation places on Saturday evening.

Middlesbrough loanee Luke Williams opened the scoring before Nicky Ajose levelled proceedings on the half hour mark but Miguel Llera’s winner saw Scunthorpe jump to 19th in the divisional table.

Robins was naturally thrilled with the victory and insisted that claiming all three points was the most important thing.

He told The Iron Player: “It was a big game. We spoke about it in the week and today and we were under no illusions as to how tough it was going to be.

“They’ve spent a lot of money of late and they’ve brought in some strikers, one of which was injured today but the other two played.

“It wasn’t until the second-half that we got to grips with them. We were a little bit laboured and looked a little bit mentally jaded.

“We sat off and gave them too much time to pass the ball and that hasn’t been what we were working on this week but sometimes it happens and for some reason they looked a little bit nervy.

“To win a game like we’ve done today is testament to the player’s character in the second-half of the second-half.

“We didn’t play brilliant football but we’re you’re in position like we’re in it always becomes a difficult game.”

The club have lost just once since Robins was appointed as boss two months ago, as a late penalty saw Notts County come away from Glanford Park with a 1-0 triumph.

He believes that the squad are going in the right direction and now wants to marry results with good performances.

“I think that’s one defeat in ten games and even that was a late penalty so we’re doing something right,” he continued.

“We’ll continue to work hard because eventually we’ll get performances right as well as the result but the performance was good enough to justify a 2-1 win and that’s what people will remember.

“It’s the first time this season that we’ve been out of the bottom four which is testament to the character and belief that the group have shown.

“It wasn’t a good performance by any stretch of the imagination but it was a massively important one.”

The success over Steve Davis’ men is also the first time United have collected a three point haul at Glanford Park in the league since mid-September.

And Robins was full of praise for the way his players went about securing the win against a team that we’re also occupying one of the relegation spots before kick-off.

He added: “It gives us three points and it gives us three points at home.

“We need the support with us. Sometimes the performances are going to be up and down and it isn’t going to be brilliant all the time but hopefully we’ll get to a position where we can admire the performances as well as the result.

“We’ve got to keep it going, we’ve got to keep grinding things out.

“It’s a big performance, that’s for sure.”

See much more from Mark Robins, Miguel Llera and Paddy Madden on The Iron Player.

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