Iron boss Mark Robins insists there is a growing confidence in the United camp following Saturday’s 2-1 win over promotion hopefuls Peterborough United at London Road.Victory in Cambridgshire marked the first since the 44-year-old took charge of first team affairs at Glanford Park last month, and was enough to move United off the foot of the League One table.
The score-line could have been even more emphatic, had it not been for the woodwork denying striker Lyle Taylor in the second half after Posh goalkeeper Ben Alnwick had palmed a fizzing effort from Gary McSheffrey into his path.
Such profligacy had been a feature in the 1-0 defeat to Notts County seven days beforehand, and Robins told The Iron Player: “We did it last week, where we had 18 shots on goal but only three on target.
“We knew shooting practice was the order of the day for this week. There’s players in there who can score goals, they just need to believe in themselves a little bit more.
“That will start to come, and I think that process is already happening.”
United’s second away success of the campaign crucially closed the gap on those teams currently sitting above the relegation-zone, and Robins admitted: “Wins are all-important; it gives you breathing space.
“We’ve got a little break now with the FA Cup next week, which we want to do well in. Again, we’ll have to compete as we did [against Peterborough] against a Forest Green side looking to take a league scalp.
“We’ve got loan players, and we’ll have to see this week whether the clubs will allow them to be involved. That will determine what I do with the squad.
“I’ve got to sit down and go through that, but there’s one or two who have indicated that might be the case.”
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