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3 May 2014

United manager Russ Wilcox says the overall achievement of promotion is one that will live long in his memory.

The Iron ended their promotion sealing season with a 2-2 draw at home to York City - a side who are themselves going for promotion by the play-offs.

Paddy Madden gave the Iron a deserved lead after 19 minutes and Terry Hawkridge doubled the Iron's lead with just over five minutes of the first half left after with a great solo effort.

However, the visitors pulled one goal back on the stroke of half time where Ryan Brobbel scored a stunning goal from the edge of the area.

The Minstermen then equalised midway through the second half when Will Hayhurst bundled the ball across the line from close range.

Nevertheless Wilcox said not even the result on Saturday will take anything away from the side achieving their first promotion in five years.

Wilcox told The Iron Player: "Nothing can overshadow the fact that we have achieved promotion.

"It would have been great if we could have gone out there and won the league but obviously with Chesterfield winning this afternoon we couldn't have done that anyway.

"The best we could have got would have been was second even if we had won. We still finished second in the league and that is a great achievement to bounce back at the first attempt."

"At half time we knew the scores and at that point we knew we were top of the table.

"We needed to manage the periods better and we just weren't able to do that because of how York set up in the second half."

He added: "The goal York scored just before half time is the key one and it gave them some confidence really for the second half that they didn't deserve to be honest."

The United boss felt that if United could hold on to their two goal lead at half time they would have gone on to win the game comfortably.

However, he was quick to praise Saturday's opposition as their grit and determination showed exactly why they were worthy of a play-off spot.

"In the second half York played a really attacking game. In essence they were playing a 4-2-4 formation and they were really going for it.

"You could see why they are the form team in the league."

Wilcox continued: "When they brought it back to 2-2 I thought we were the side in the ascendancy and we could have easily won the game."

United ended the season with a 15 match unbeaten home run and that left Wilcox rather pleased about the teams' overall attitude and application in games both at home and away.

"We have been fantastic in our last two matches at home.

"The win over Oxford was one of our best home performances of the season and the first half today was right up there as well.

"I thought all the lads were brilliant during that first 45 minutes."

Wilcox added: "It was also great to end the season with a flurry of goals at home."

See much more from Russ Wilcox and various other players on The Iron Player.

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