Following the match which saw Scunthorpe depart the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, manager Russ Wilcox stated his side gave their all to progress.They were on the wrong end of a 2-1 scoreline, but also had two goals disallowed – one unfairly in the manager’s eye – while they also had good claims for a penalty waved away by referee Andy Haines.
“We’ve done enough to get through the tie,” he told The Iron Player.
“So it’s really disappointing because we spoke before the game at the importance of that. We’ve got three lads in the teams who have tasted this success at Wembley, the two lads from Peterborough and Paddy, who was at Yeovil, so we knew the importance of the game.
“I’m not one to moan and groan about the referees, but to be fair tonight his performance was poor. He’s missed the key decisions in the game. The goal from their corner should be a goal kick, which I’ve just seen back on the DVD and he’s missed a blatant handball for us to have a penalty and a goal disallowed when their defender barges his own keeper and he drops the ball.”
He added: “That’s the way it seems to be going at the moment. But endeavour, commitment, attitude, application and togetherness was all there to see tonight.”
Scunthorpe took the lead for the third game in succession, but were pegged back swiftly, but the Iron put in a resolute performance and should have got something from the game – arguably providing some of their best football this season in search of an equaliser in the second half; only refereeing decisions and good saves from the goalkeeper thwarting a second goal from United.
“I wish I was talking now about a poor performance but a good result,” he continued.
“We’re not. We’re on the back end of a disappointing result. I said to the lads if we remain committed and perform like we did tonight, we will win games. That’s the sixth game we’ve scored on the bounce and we haven’t done that since March, so there’s positivity there.
“We can’t be too down, we have to go again. We have another game on Saturday against Gillingham. We have to brush ourselves down and go again, starting with tomorrow when we’re in. The lads who have played tonight will have recovery work to do, while the lads who weren’t involved will do some work.”
He added: “We have to look ahead now and prepare for Gillingham.”
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