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27 December 2015

Iron boss Mark Robins is expecting a tough test as the team prepare to host Rochdale on bank holiday Monday.

The triumph at Doncaster Rovers will undoubtedly give United confidence but Dale should be fresh ahead of the Glanford Park clash, after their Boxing Day fixture was postponed.

Robins alluded to that probability but believes his side will be ready for the challenge that lies ahead.

He told The Iron PlayerHD: “It’s going to be a tough game.

“Their game on Boxing Day was postponed so they didn’t play but our result against Doncaster gives us real belief and confidence.

“It’s about recovery and rest leading up to it now, making sure we have enough fresh legs in the team and putting in a good performance again.

“After the way we played at Doncaster, I think everybody will be raring to go.”

The derby day success upped the Iron’s seasonal points tally to 30 and another three point haul will help Robins’ men draw closer to the higher end of the league table.

Fully intending to take the positives from that win at the Keepmoat, the boss hopes these will roll out into further performances over the festive period and beyond.

“We want to win all the games. We want to win them all,” he continued.

“If we can get a win against Rochdale, it will put us on the 33 point mark so it gives us a good shot at trying to better that total as the second half of the season approaches.

“That will edge us closer to where we want to get to so that’s the goal.

“We’ve got to take all the good things out of that performance (against Doncaster) and roll them out into the next one and beyond.

“I think it was the first time they’d lost for a few games so they were on a decent run and we were delighted to get the points.”

Not only did United make a return to winning ways, they also kept a first league clean sheet since the end of October.

Remaining resolute at one end and threatening at the other is something Robins feels is crucial as 2016 approaches.

He added: “Darren Ferguson’s teams always have a real go. He’ll throw the kitchen sink at you so you have to be ready for that.

“The last thing we’d have needed would have been a heavy defeat and thankfully we avoided that so now we’ve got to try and build that confidence again.

“We’ve got to be strong and resolute. It could have gone another way against Doncaster but we were really resolute and when they got past the backline, Luke (Daniels) mopped up the loose balls.

“Going forward we looked a threat and that’s something we will continue to work on, creating opportunities for ourselves.”

See much more from Mark Robins, Stephen Dawson and Paddy Madden on The Iron PlayerHD.

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