United boss Mark Robins says he cannot ask anymore of his players after they gave “100%” in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Yeovil.A dominant Iron failed to grab a winner, despite coming from behind at Glanford Park, and the manager had no complaints, although he felt the Sky Bet League One match was there to be won.
“We have to be a bit better than that but I can’t criticise them too much,” Robins informed The Iron Player.
“If you have given your all, there’s nothing more to give and they have done just that.
“You want more but you won’t always get it, sometimes you will. We could have been runaway winners of this game and I said the same on Tuesday (after Barnsley).
“Overall we controlled the game, we did as well as we could do from goalkeeper up to the final third. But in the final third we didn’t quite do enough to break them down.
“They probably saw Barnsley’s approach and it was a similar story today. They sat in and deep, we controlled the game and moved the ball pretty well into the box and ran out of guile.
“It gets frustrating because you want the ball into the penalty area, but it’s very difficult when teams drop and invite you to break them down.”
United went 1-0 down inside half an hour when the Glovers broke on the attack, with Joel Grant scoring from the rebound, largely against the run of play.
Paddy Madden had a penalty saved by substitute goalkeeper Gareth Stewart before the interval and Hakeeb Adelakun made a lively impact from the substitutes’ bench in the second half, creating many opportunities before scoring six minutes later.
The young winger showed immense skill to dribble inside from the right-hand side, drilling across goal and into the bottom corner.
“We have shot ourselves in the foot in the last two games,” Robins said.
“The opposition have been gifted goals and it was the same again today. Even with the missed penalty, I thought we could still get back into the game as we were still creating opportunities for ourselves.
“Chances kept going by and you kept thinking ‘is it going to be our time?’ ”
He added: “Then Hakeeb came on and put the ball into the back of the net and that’s got to be a pleasing thing. There was a change in tempo when he came on and he managed to get into a good position and come up with a really good finish.”