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27 February 2014

Sam Winnall saw no reason to be too downhearted after the Iron's 1-1 home draw with Bristol Rovers on Tuesday night.

Winnall gave Scunthorpe the lead and his side looked set to hold on until a last-gasp leveller from the Pirates' Steven Gillespie.

“It was a difficult game,” Winnall told The Iron Player.

“I thought Bristol Rovers came with an organised team and a good game plan, which made it hard for us to create anything.”

Despite the disappointment of the late strike, the striker was able to net his 18th goal of the season, thus maintaining his spot at the top of the League Two goalscoring charts.

The deficit was broken following a flowing move from Scunthorpe, which ended in McSheffrey swinging one in for the 23-year-old to nod past ex Iron goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall.

He said: “It was a fantastic ball from McSheffrey and thankfully I was there at the right time to head it in. It was probably the one bit of quality we were able to produce all game.”

The former Wolves frontman acknowledged the frustration of falling victim to a late equaliser but said it is vital that everyone keeps their head up.

He stated: “Obviously conceding late on always leaves a bitter taste in your mouth but we’ll stay positive and see it as a point gained as opposed to a point dropped.”

This fixture followed the emphatic 5-1 victory against Portsmouth at the weekend, however Winnall insists that this was a completely different match up, and that credit must go to Bristol Rovers.

He continued: “I think we know we weren’t at our very best today but the opposition made it difficult for us and they gave us no space to move the ball. No disrespect to Pompey but they made it easier to push forward sometimes and we found confidence in doing so.”

The result marked Russ Wilcox’s side’s 17th game unbeaten in what has been an impressive start to management for the ex-defender. His top goalscorer believes this gives everyone that extra bit of confidence going into games.

“There have been 17 teams who have tried to take us on yet could not grab the three points. We’re going into every match thinking we can win the game and our confidence has grown with every fixture we’ve gone unbeaten," he stated.

A 4-1 Chesterfield win meant that the Spireites widened their lead at the top of the table to two points, with Scunthorpe maintaining that second spot. Winnall does not let this affect him, as he says he is only concerned with the table at the end of the season.

Winnall continued: “Obviously we want to close the gap on Chesterfield as much as possible but as long as we’re promoted and celebrating in May everyone at the club will be happy.

"We’ve got to analyse this result whenever we get a chance then put it behind us and prepare for Saturday.”

After arriving at Scunthorpe in the summer, Sam Winnall has quickly established himself as a fans’ favourite, with his goal tally guiding the club to the automatic promotion spots.

He stated: “I’d have snapped someone’s hand off for that at the start of the season but nothing is finished yet.

"We’ve got 13 hugely important games left and everyone needs to see it out in the right manner and do everything properly in order to keep striving for promotion."

See much more from Sam Winnall, Russ Wilcox and Eddie Nolan on The Iron Player.

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