United boss Russ Wilcox has hailed Saturday’s 2-0 win over Plymouth Argyle at Home Park as ‘massive’ as they continue their League Two promotion charge.Victory over the Pilgrims lifted the Iron four points clear of fourth-placed Fleetwood Town with nine games of the regular campaign remaining as they look to complete a return to League One at the first time of asking.
The win ended a run of four successive draws for United against an Argyle side who had been progressing well in recent weeks, and Wilcox told The Iron Player: “It was an outstanding performance, and a well-deserved result.
“We played some great football, got the ball down and passed it, and played through the thirds to create chances and won the game. It was a totally different game. They sat off us a little bit which is up to them, but we managed that period really well which was pleasing.
“They were in a team in form, so to go down there and get three points and a clean sheet was massive.”
The Iron benefited from elements of good fortune throughout the clash, with the Pilgrims twice being denied by the woodwork.
Fortune also smiled on United at the other end, with substitute Hakeeb Adelakun’s 90th minute strike rebounding off the post before going into the net off the back of Plymouth goalkeeper Jake Cole.
That represented a marked difference from the Iron’s previous game against Southend United, when two ‘freak’ goals saw their two-goal lead washed away, and Wilcox added: “People say it [luck] evens out over 46 games, and I’m not sure it does but we will find out at the end of the season.
“We got a little bit of luck, but it’s a shame it didn’t go straight in really as it was a great bit of skill from Hakeeb. He’s turned his man and got a terrific strike in.
“It’s just that little bit of luck. We were hoping we would win the game anyway, but don’t get me wrong it was a nice feeling to be more comfortable than in previous weeks.”
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