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WE SHOULD HAVE WON HANDS-DOWN

29 August 2015

A draw at Colchester United disappointed manager Mark Robins, who felt his side should have taken all three points.

The Iron were 2-0 up and cruising inside 20 minutes following goals from Kevin van Veen and Paddy Madden, but they were pegged back by a goal in either half by George Moncur and George Elokobi.

“It was disappointing to come away with one point rather than three,” he told The Iron PlayerHD.

“At the back end of last season, we came here and got a last gasp equaliser and they’ve just reversed that today to take a point at the death.

“I thought there were spells in the game where we were outstanding and did really well at the beginning of the game. We then weathered ten minutes in the first half and did pretty well before conceding a poor goal – which would have probably been a penalty, had the ball not gone in the back of the net.

“Everyone thought it was a penalty and switched off. That wasn’t great. We have to defend our set-plays better because if we do we get the three points and they don’t equalise.

“Nobody coming here today could have said we didn’t deserve the three points. They resorted to long balls and we defended them pretty well.

“We’ve got the ball into their final third often enough today, but then our decision-making hasn’t been good enough. That will get better, but we’re disappointed because we should have won that game hands down.

“We’ve got a point and it’s our first away from home this season, so that’s the positive we have to take.

“We have to look at the goals that we concede and know that they are stoppable.

“We need to focus. We want to be a passing team and do that nicely, but ultimately we want to be a winning team and tweaks have to be made and we have to be ready to go on.”

The manager was delighted that Dutchman van Veen got his first league goal of the season with a free-kick which nestled in the bottom corner, while he also hailed Madden’s composure after being played through by Scott Laird.

“I thought the goals were really good and we took them really well,” he stated.

“For me, Kevin hitting the target from the free kick was a big plus because he tries to go for the top corners. He’s capable of that, but first and foremost he had to miss the keeper and hit the net. I was delighted for him.

“Paddy's was a well-worked goal because he’s got in behind them and it was a really cool finish. 2-0 up and we wanted to keep pressing and we brought Hakeeb on at half time to give us fresh attacking impetus and we just couldn’t find that third goal.

“We will look to the game on Tuesday night in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy to freshen things up and give some players an opportunity, but also to try and progress in that competition.”

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