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14 February 2015

United manager Mark Robins has described his players as terrific following the 3-1 victory over Swindon Town.

Second half goals from Paddy Madden, Niall Canavan and Kevin van Veen secured the points for Scunthorpe after Michael Smith had put the visitors ahead just before the break.

Robins was naturally delighted with the result and told The Iron Player: “I thought it (the performance) was terrific.

“We played really well, we nullified them and the only disappointing thing was the goal just on half-time.

“We got turned around a little bit and they got themselves in a position to have a shot. It’s a terrific finish from them but we were playing against a top team and they’ve been one of the top teams in the division for a number of years.

“I think they’ve been fantastic this season and to get a result like that and play like we did in the second half, the players deserve every credit because I thought they were terrific.”

The win is United’s first on home soil since Boxing Day and pushes the club up to 18th in the League One table.

Robins was full of praise for his side and particularly pleased with the second half performance.

He continued: “I thought it was a performance full of desire, determination and quality at times.

“There was some decent passing, some decent defending and I thought we got after them really well in the second half and that culminated in three really well taken goals.

“I didn’t have to say too much to them at half-time – I think they understood that we needed to do a little bit better and take the game to them and in fairness they came out in the second half and did it.

“There were some great performances in that second half and that’s the really pleasing thing.”

The manager was thrilled with how his forward players performed and singled out Tom Hopper in particularly.

“I’m always pleased with goals. That was what my game was based on when I played,” he added.

“All four of the goals that we’ve seen today were of a really high standard.

“I thought Tom Hopper was outstanding and he played a pivotal role for us along with Paddy on the other side.

“Kevin coming in for his first start has performed as well as you could have hoped and his goal was a joy to behold.”

See much more from Mark Robins, Kevin van Veen, Tom Hopper and Paddy Madden on The Iron Player.

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