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12 December 2015

United manager Mark Robins was satisfied his team came away with a point in tricky conditions at Vale Park.

The Iron drew 1-1 with Port Vale and experienced more fierce weather, but put in a good, battling performance to come out with a point.

“It was tough and the conditions determined the game,” he told The Iron PlayerHD.

“To come away with a point in the end was good in a way, although we are disappointed because we couldn’t play anything like our normal game out there today.

“I attended a pitch inspection this morning where it was touch-and-go as to whether the game would go ahead. I wanted to play it and we’ve done that. We have got a point away from home which is no mean feat. Port Vale were three or four points from the play-offs before today and we knew we could cause them some problems.

“The two teams need to take a bit of credit today because (despite the weather) there were one or two decent passages of play.”

Jack King netted his first goal for the club to put the Iron ahead, but Ajay Leitch-Smith restored parity on the stroke of half time, following a swift counter-attack.

“We got our noses in front and I think we deserved to at that stage,” he continued.

“We seemed to sort of still play within ourselves a little bit and played back. We will take the point and move onto Tuesday now. I think he (Jack King) meant it. Any goal you score is a good goal and Jack has been close a few times before.

“It’ll do him the world of good to get on the scoresheet and get his first goal out of the way. We look forward to hopefully getting this weather out of the way and to the game on Tuesday night."

Irishman Paddy Madden had two of United’s best efforts in the first half, the first of which firing a header wide of the mark after Kevin van Veen supplied him; with a later effort just wide.

Luke Daniels was also in good form to thwart former Scunthorpe midfielder Michael O’Connor and Ryan McGivern with a save from point blank range right at the death.

“There were some good chances today,” he added.

“There was some good goalkeeping, some shots being pulled wide. Paddy cut inside and bent one with the outside of his right foot just wide which could have easily curled into the far post. That would have made it 2-0 and put the game to bed in all fairness.

“They’ve thrown everything at us and sometimes you’ve got to happy to take a point away from the game. They’ve had plenty of chances and they made it difficult, especially when Ikpeazu came on towards the end.

“The only blip today is the goal we’ve conceded.”

See much more from Mark Robins, Luke Daniels and Jack King on The Iron PlayerHD.

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