United extended their unbeaten league run to 22 matches following a 1-0 victory over fellow promotion hopefuls Burton Albion.Paddy Madden’s terrific strike on the hour mark was enough to secure all three points for the second successive week.
The victory moved the Iron up to second in the table as they leapfrogged Chesterfield while it extended the gap to Burton and Fleetwood to seven points – as both teams lost.
Speaking to the media following the game, Wilcox told The Iron Player: “We are delighted with that result but it was one that was hard fought.
“Burton were the best side during the first half while we were quite disappointing.
“It was probably one of the worst opening 45 minutes that we have had during my time as manager, but the positive that we were able to take from the game remained 0-0 at the break."
“We knew, that with time we would get better,” Wilcox continued.
“The two substitutions that were made during the game have really had a great impact on the outcome.”
He added: “But, overall we are just delighted to get all three points from the outing.”
Madden’s third goal for the Iron came courtesy of a strike that he’ll never forget.
Like that stunning strike he scored in the League One Play-Off final at Wembley Madden showed a stroke of genius to leave the Brewers defence and goalkeeper stunned.
Wilcox said: “It is a world class goal.
“It’ll be a goal that you’ll be unlikely to see down here again for a number of years. It’s a side foot volley which almost takes the net down and it is a terrific goal to win the game.”
The gap between United in second place and Fleetwood in fourth place is now seven points.
This is a gap which puts Wilcox’s side in a commanding position to make the points count.
He is hopeful that the point’s difference will be a pivotal one, which is what it looks at the moment, however, things will not been known for sure until the final day of the season.
“Hopefully this advantage will prove to be a vital one,” Wilcox said.
“We’ll only find out come May if it will be a significant as what we are hoping for.
“We just have to do our bit."
“If we focus on ourselves each week and then the rest will take care of itself,” he continued.
“We knew the Chesterfield score today before we kicked off, obviously because they kicked-off at 1pm.”
The United boss added: “I fed that to the lads in the hope that it would give them an extra boost but I don’t think it did during the first half.”
See much more from Russ Wilcox, Paddy Madden and David Mirfin on The Iron Player.