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PLEASED TO STILL BE IN THE HAT

7 January 2015

Mark Robins was pleased to still be in the FA Cup after earning a 2-2 draw with fellow Sky Bet League One side Chesterfield.

The Iron were 2-0 up at half-time, with thanks to goals from Alex Davey and Lyle Taylor, but an intense second half of pressure saw the Spireites level five minutes from time.

"It was an exciting cup tie,” Robins said, speaking after the game. 

“They are a good side and they have a depth of squad better than ours.

"We know where we are with our cup squad. We deserved to go in front and we got our noses further in front and Lyle took it well.

“We didn't keep the ball well enough, we kept giving it away and invited pressure. We dropped too deep and invited opportunities and we have got to be better than that. We did not do that well enough after doing it to great effect in the first half.

"We knew they would put us under pressure because they are a good side and we looked a little bit tired and leggy later on in the game.”

United were without Isaiah Osbourne due to illness and Liam O’Neil was cup tied, with Richard Brindley returning to Rotherham and it meant Robins had to make changes to his side which have not lost since the end of October.

Chesterfield’s substitute scored the late leveller and Robins concedes their strength in depth gave Paul Cook’s men the advantage at late stages in the game.

"They were able to make changes that made a difference,” he stated.

“From that perspective it’s disappointing but with what we have available and the players that are missing I am satisfied with the night’s work and the graft.

“It makes a big difference being able to bring fresh legs on and make changes effectively. I had a centre-half in front of our back four and it’s about trying to make the best out of the players available to us in this competition.”

See much more from Mark Robins, Alex Davey and Lyle Taylor on The Iron Player.


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