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WILCOX PROUD OF HIS TEAM

26 March 2014

Speaking following the 2-0 away win at Cheltenham Town, manager Russ Wilcox labelled it as a thoroughly professional performance.

A goal either side of half time from leading marksman Sam Winnall took his tally to 21 for the season, with goalkeeper and captain Sam Slocombe saving a penalty on the hour mark to maintain his third successive clean sheet.



United also extended their unbeaten run to 23 games, which equates to half a season under the management of Wilcox, who told The Iron Player: “It’s been a fantastic time.

“I’ve got a squad of players which are so together and I’m proud to be in charge of such a great squad of players. We’ve shown that tonight.

“We’ve played better, we all know that, but it’s all about results at this stage of the season. It was a professional performance and again we saw the game out well in the last ten minutes and I was delighted with that.

“We kept the ball away from them and away from our goal. We’re learning as a group all the time, I’m learning as a manager all the time.”

He added: “That’s great to see as the season goes on.”

In achieving the 2-0 win at Whaddon Road, United kept their third consecutive clean sheet, largely down to great defending and a superb penalty save from skipper Sam Slocombe to deny Matt Richards.

“It’s terrific (to not concede),” he said.

“We’ve not won three on the bounce since the turn of the year. To get those with three clean sheets makes it even better. Again the first half performance wasn’t great, but we’re staying in games and remaining solid. We are compact and disciplined as a group and everybody is working so hard and that is the key to it.

“Hard work goes into every single game and there’s no substitute for it. We’ve got quality in the group, but every team has quality, yet they’re not on the run that we’re on.”

He added: “That’s because what we are doing is producing hard work and quality week-in-week-out. Massive credit goes to the group.”

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

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