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STILL PLENTY TO WORK ON

4 November 2014

United boss Mark Robins was pleased with the performance of fit-again goalkeeper Sam Slocombe in the 2-1 victory over Peterborough United at London Road on Saturday.

The 26-year-old returned from a lengthy injury lay-off to take the place of the ineligible Bobby Olejnik, but rarely looked troubled against a free-scoring Posh side.

That was testament not only to the players in front of him, but also to Slocombe’s own efforts between the sticks, and Robins told The Iron Player: “He did okay. Apart from throwing the ball to them to score the goal, he’s done everything that’s been asked of him.

“He’s a good communicator, and a confident and intelligent lad who knows what he’s doing. He just got lulled into throwing it into a condensed area of the field, and we gave the ball away.

“Initially we were on the attack, then Neal Bishop gave the ball away and they had the attack which led to their chance. It was a poor goal; everybody had switched off.

“It was disappointing to see, so we’ll have a look at that as that really can’t happen. It was like the parting of the Red Sea; they just strolled through easily and put it away.”

Slocombe formed just one part of an impressively disciplined defensive set-up in Cambridgeshire, with left-back Marcus Williams also earning special praise from Robins, who added: “Marcus has done alright, and defensively I thought he was very good.

“He got tight to his man when he needed to, and also showed he had a good turn of pace still. He’s someone I’ve always known as being a really good attacking full-back, but [on Saturday] he showed the other side of his game.”

See much more from Mark Robins, Isaiah Osbourne and Luke Williams on The Iron Player.

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