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A GAME OF FEW CHANCES

5 December 2015

Iron manager Mark Robins felt that the goalless draw came down to a limited number of opportunities for both sides.

United share ball 57 for the round three draw and will have to battle the O’s once more on home soil after the 0-0 at the Matchroom Stadium, with a clean sheet one of the positives taken from the encounter.

“We’re in the hat, we’ve got a clean sheet and a replay,” he told The Iron PlayerHD.

“I thought the game was tough, but it was poor as a spectacle. There weren’t many clear cut chances and the conditions sort of made it difficult for both teams. We live to fight another day in the competition, it’s a clean sheet and we’re in the hat.

“We’ll be able to see who we are likely to get and then we have to see if we can win the replay. I thought it was a typical FA Cup encounter in December where the weather was a bit inclement."

Chances were sparse for both teams with Hakeeb Adelakun having the Iron’s best opportunities, drawing home shotstopper Grainger into fine saves in each half.

“There wasn’t enough quality in both penalty areas and hence it was 0-0 today,” he continued.

“I thought it was difficult for everybody. Hakeeb freed himself up a few times and managed to get a couple of shots away. We had a chance right at the death with Paddy on the right, but we just need to take a little bit of care with the final ball.

“Aside from that, it was a scrappy game. A typical cup tie? Probably not, but with the conditions, maybe so.”

The tie will be decided at Glanford Park on the week commencing Monday, December 14, with Scunthorpe looking to take the benefits of the home advantage in the replay.

“The thing that we can take out of today is that it was a clean sheet,” he stated.

“It wasn’t a great performance by any stretch of the imagination. They contributed to that because they made it hard for us and fought. It gives us an opportunity to get through to the next round with the replay and also the added bonus of knowing who you’re likely to face should you get through.”

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