Mark Robins admitted he was in a state of ‘absolute relief’ when Kyle Wootton’s late strike earned the Iron a crucial point in their clash with Port Vale on Tuesday night.Wootton’s first professional goal in stoppage time salvaged an important draw for United, and Robins believed his side seemed too nervous at times during the match.
Robins told The Iron Player: “We looked anxious and again we haven’t taken our chances until the last few seconds.
“We created good opportunities; missed easy chances, but we just looked nervy and there was a bit of anxiety that crept in to our play for whatever reason.
“This stage of the season does all sorts to teams and individuals so you can see by the results up and down the country that we’ve ended up with a point gained in terms of the mess below us. It gives us the opportunity to go off and finish the job on Saturday.”
Kyle Wootton came off the bench during the second period and slammed home from eight yards after a delightful cross from Hakeeb Adelakun, and Robins lauded praise on the pair during his post-match press conference.
Robins said: “I’m delighted for Kyle who’s been threatening to score. He got himself in to a great position and managed to get on the end of it and I’m delighted for him.
“That should give him some real belief that he can get on the end of things and hopefully that’ll spur him on to get some more.
“I thought some of the crosses from Hakeeb when he came on were outstanding. The one for Neal Bishop earlier on where he was so desperate to get on the end of it and score.
“Paddy snatched at a chance, we hit the post, the inside of the post, but we have to be able to take those chances because we win games comfortably if we do. Just looking at it, having scored so late in the game it feels like a win.”
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