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COULD PROVE AN IMPORTANT POINT

27 February 2014

Eddie Nolan believes that the point against Bristol Rovers could be a very important one come the end of the season.

The Iron drew 1-1 with Bristol Rovers at Glanford Park on Tuesday night despite spending much of the game in the lead.



Sam Winnall grabbed his 18th league goal of the season, midway through the first half after glancing his header beyond Mildenhall, before Gillespie equalised minutes from time to gain a point for the visitors.

Nolan told The Iron Player: “It wasn’t the prettiest of games. They were a good side, they were hard work to play against.

“On another night, they could have easily won, but it could be an important point come the end of the season and we will take it into Saturday.

"Everyone knows were are still unbeaten so we have to make it positive.”

Bristol Rovers beat fellow promotion hopefuls Burton Albion over the weekend and Nolan said that the visitors didn’t let the Iron play like they normally do.

“Like I said, it wasn’t the prettiest of games. They didn’t let us play like we normally do," he continued.

"We didn’t play as we normally can and normally do. But again, we have to take the positives from it. We got a point which could be valuable at the end of the season.

“I thought we might have had enough to see the game out, but they were a good side and probably deserved the goal because they created a lot of chances.”

The draw does see the Iron extended their unbeaten run to 17 games and Nolan thinks that every game until the end of the season is an important one.

He said: “It is very important to keep the unbeaten run going. I would love to go to the end of the season unbeaten and get promotion. That’s the aim and it isn’t going to change.”

"With the quality of our squad there is no reason why we shouldn’t. Every game is massive now. We need to do our best in every game.”

Nolan doesn’t think Scunthorpe were at their best, but believes that the draw was a fair result in the end.

He continued: “We weren’t at our best, but they were a good side. I think a draw is a fair result in the end.

"You are going to get games like that where teams come and set up differently and frustrate you. You just have to deal with it. We aren’t going to change the way we play.”

Winnall’s first half goal was his 18th of the league campaign and sits him as League Two top goal scorer. Nolan believes his goals have been vital this season.

He said: “He’s top goal scorer in the league. Usually the teams that get promotion or win the league have the top goal scorer so we are delighted he is banging them in.”

Next up for the Iron is Newport County and Nolan says that the Iron are going there to get all three points and will be full of confidence going into the game.

He stated: “We won’t change the way we play. We are going there to get all three points like we have been in every game. We are still unbeaten so we will be full of confidence going into the game.”

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

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