Iron manager Mark Robins saw his side secure an impressive 2-1 victory at London Road and move off the bottom of the League One table.Robins’ first win since taking the helm at Glanford Park last month was richly deserved, and came courtesy of goals from two players he brought to the club himself.
United went ahead inside the opening 15 minutes through loanee Luke Williams, before being pegged back just before the hour-mark by Peterborough substitute Conor Washington.
However, the away side responded superbly to secure all three points soon after when Isaiah Osbourne’s drive from distance was deflected past Ben Alnwick in the Posh goal, and Robins told The Iron Player: “I’m delighted, as it’s difficult to win football matches, at any level.
“You’ve got to dig in, and I think the ways the lads dug in against a side who had lost two on the bounce before today when you knew they [Peterborough] would have a reaction.
“Any side feels a loss of obviously a skipper [Jack Baldwin], but also one of their better players in Marcus Maddison was missing today. They were slightly under-par, but I thought we were excellent.”
While picking up an invaluable three points was the priority of Robins, the 44-year-old was also impressed with the collective performance that went with it, and added: “At times we passed it ok, and defended really well when we needed to.
“Aside from the sloppy nature of the goal we conceded, I thought we were good value for the win. You try and play the game, and the game gave us little opportunities to break out, but also gave us plenty of time to defend.
“They’re one of the sides who always attack; there’s no hiding away from the fact they go all out to try and score goals and he [Darren Ferguson] is a really positive coach.
"It just wasn’t to be their day today, and I thought we capitalised on it. In all aspects of our game, we were excellent.”
Robins reserved particular praise for his loan recruit Williams, after the Middlesbrough youngster registered his first goal for the club with a determined effort, and added: “I was really pleased because he gets himself in good positions, and either doesn’t shoot or elects to pass.
“Initially he got into a really good position by being positive then had a little bit of luck with the way it bounced back to him, but once he was in there he finished it really well.
“I’m really pleased with his contribution today, and thought we were excellent value for the win.”
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