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22 August 2015

United manager Mark Robins believes there were plenty of positives to come out of the draw with Millwall on Saturday.

Both sides had their chances to pick up the points during an afternoon baked in sunshine at Glanford Park but goalless was how it finished.

Robins was pleased with the performance and placed particular emphasis on the attacking aspect of his team’s outing.

He told The Iron PlayerHD: “I thought we were unlucky. We were good in spells and we created enough chances to win two games.

“The disappointing thing is we haven’t taken those chances. We’ve spurned too many of them but I was pleased with the way that we kept going.

“On another day, we could have had four or five goals and that’s not an understatement.

“We were better defensively, we kept a clean sheet again and I think at times we defended really well.

“There was the penalty, the disallowed goal and the one that hit the bar at the end from Paddy Madden as well as the shot against the underside of the crossbar from Kevin van Veen.”

The result comes after United were defeated 3-0 at Wigan Athletic on Wednesday evening and extends the squad’s run of home clean sheets to two in a row.

Robins highlighted the way his side set about getting something from the game and felt they could have come away with a win.

“It was a real scramble and a battle and I thought the lads scrapped and battled really well,” he continued.

“We kept them at bay for most of the game, we handled what they threw at us for the most part of it and I thought we were unlucky not to come away with a win.

“The way that we set about the job when we didn’t have the ball was a lot better (than the Wigan match).

“It was a really hot and humid day and the players will have felt that and burnt some calories, that’s for sure, but I thought we were doing as much as we could do without sticking the ball in the back of the net.”

Defender Charlie Goode came into the side and impressed enough to earn the man of the match award against Neil Harris’ Lions.

The manager heaped praise on the youngster, who was also making his first professional start.

He added: “I thought Charlie was outstanding.

“I think he played without any fear whatsoever. He was brave, he stuck his head on things and I thought he was decent on the ground with the ball at his feet.

“He’s a really good prospect for us and I thought he fully deserved his man of the match award.”

Robins finished up by issuing an injury update on striker van Veen, who was forced off in the second half.

“Kevin took a bit of a whack on his head and he was a bit groggy," he added.

“He got a gash on his head so we took him off as a bit of a precaution as he was feeling dizzy, as was Jordan Clarke.

“He was a bit dehydrated and was also feeling groggy but fingers crossed they’ll be okay.”

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