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PLEASED TO BE IN THE HAT

9 November 2014

United manager Mark Robins was pleased his side will have a ball in the second round draw following a 2-0 victory over Forest Green Rovers.

Gary McSheffrey got both of the goals, with both taking wicked deflections en route to goal to beat the Conference South outfit. The former Coventry player netted a goal in each half to seal victory, while the Iron also kept a vital clean sheet.

“We’re into the next round,” he stated to The Iron Player.

“It won’t be the best game that the supporters have watched, that’s for sure, but we’re into the hat and that’s all that matters.

“I thought we did some things well in the game, it was just a bit bitty and wasn’t really free-flowing. We came up against a good side with professional footballers at Forest Green, so they gave us a decent game and we knew we’d get one.

“Having said that, the scoreline could have been greater for us and I thought we restricted them to limited opportunities.”

He added: “It’s a job well done at the end of it and we can now look forward to the next round.”

The game started on an even playing field, with Lyle Taylor threatening inside the opening minute. United broke the deadlock after 20 minutes – a goal coming at the right time according to the Iron boss.

“I thought we started off in a similar fashion to them,” continued Robins.

“Neither team dominated and neither team was overrun. We couldn’t get into a flow of passing and moving and then all of a sudden things started to click a little bit and we ended up getting a goal at the right time.

“Both goals took deflections, but Gary tells me he was planning for that. I thought both were going on target. The first one hit a leg, then the turf and gone over the keepers’ head and the second took a deflection and went in the opposite corner.”

He added: “It shows you if you shoot, sometimes you’ll get a little bit of fortune and then other times you do everything right and have a little bit of misfortune – like the one Jennison Myrie-Williams hit.”

It was roles reversed from the game against Peterborough a week ago as McSheffrey provided for Myrie-Williams from a corner, only for the former Port Vale man to have a rasping volley crashing off the crossbar.

“That was absolutely phenomenal and on another day that would have flown into the top corner,” said Robins.

“Had it done so, it would have been goal of the century, never mind goal of the season. It was an element of something we have worked on, but an element of the players seeing what is on, which is great. They’ve got to see the opportunities and on that occasion they did.”

He added: “I just wish it went in, although we would have never heard the end of it.”

See much more from Mark Robins, Gary McSheffrey and Eddie Nolan on The Iron Player.

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