Mark Robins hailed his side after a “really important win” over Crawley Town on Saturday.It finished 2-1 at Glanford Park after an own goal and Paddy Madden’s second-half strike gave United a lead after a dominant performance.
Izale McLeod pulled one back for a nervy ending and Robins’ men secured the three points.
Reacting to the win, which takes United to 50 points, Robins told The Iron Player: “I thought we deserved it, we bossed the game and we created a load of chances and took two.
“We are grateful for those chances and the way we are playing, and the way we have all season, you’re always in danger of conceding a goal and we gave them a lifeline.
“I am just grateful we defended pretty well. Alex (Davey) did well in the first half, we had a lot of the ball and in any game the opposition will have a spell where you have to weather the storm to do that.
“Both Niall and Andy Boyce were outstanding in that department.”
The opening goal went down as an own goal, much to the disappointment of Jordan Clarke. The defender nearly scored inside five minutes but his effort was cleared off the line. On 20 minutes, he then drilled a shot which was deflected past Brian Jensen to open the scoring.
Madden’s goal came from a set-piece, as Niall Canavan’s flick fell in his path and he hooked it into the top corner.
Gary McSheffrey nearly made it three soon after and the manager felt his side were always a danger in the final third.
“Going forward, we created good opportunities,” Robins stated.
“They changed their system a few times just to try and cope with us and it tells you that they were worried about our threat and rightly so - we were a potent threat.
“We had opportunities to shoot, which we turned down and on a bobbly pitch it may be a confidence thing.
“When they did, they hit it and the goalkeeper made some really good saves for them.”
It is a quick turnaround for the Iron, who host Port Vale on Tuesday before travelling to Colchester United on Saturday - both teams nearby in the Sky Bet League One table.
Robins added: “It was a really good important win that sets us up nicely for Tuesday night.
“If we do things right this week, recover properly and we can ensure our status in the division for next season.
“That’s the important thing now, we have five cup finals and we have to make sure we equip ourselves well and we continue in the same vain and get confidence from the game.”
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