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11 December 2015

Iron boss Mark Robins is looking for improvement from his team as United prepare to visit Port Vale this weekend.

"Last Saturday (at Leyton Orient) was a poor game all round. There was times where we could have really put the game to bed, and we had a mad five minutes where we contrived to try and throw the game away," he told The Iron PlayerHD.

"The good thing to come out of it is we're in the hat. So the incentive is there to go and win the next game, and if you don't want to go and play against the current champions (Chelsea in the third round of the FA Cup), there's something seriously and sadly wrong.

"There's going to be pressure on it, because there's obviously an inevitability to who the opposition is and the chance to play against top players is there, and all the ingredients which make you want to play football in the first place, are there.

"No excuses, we've got to go and win this game. That's something for after the weekend. You can get a little bit from it. I'm expecting players to try and earn a shirt for the replay for instance."

With regards to injuries, Robins revealed those who have been sidelined are making progress and are getting much closer to making returns.

He also spoke of captain Stephen Dawson's fitness, and said the midfielder continues to get closer to returning to first team action.

"They're a week closer to returning. From my point of view, it's great. You start wishing your life away because they're only days or maybe a week away from coming back," he said.

"Stephen Dawson's back with us, and he looks like he's moving a lot better. That's always a good thing."

Robins reiterated the focus is firmly on league matters this weekend, and he said everyone will be looking for nothing less than three points against the Valiants.

See much more from Mark Robins and Scott Wiseman on The Iron PlayerHD.

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