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12 January 2015

Iron boss Mark Robins is already firmly focused on future exploits following his side’s 4-1 win over Walsall at the Banks’s Stadium on Saturday.

The victory, which lifted United up to 17th, also served to extend the club’s unbeaten run to 11 matches in all competitions.

Despite his pride at the result, Robins urged his team quickly set their attention on the upcoming FA Cup Third Round replay against Chesterfield as they look to continue their impressive form, and told The Iron Player: “It’s the next three points; it was the most important game, but now we move on.

“We’ll savour the three points and the performance, as I thought we were outstanding, but my thoughts are already looking towards the game on Tuesday night and if we can get through against another good team.”

The clash with the Saddlers saw a first United appearance for Norwich loan recruit Jacob Murphy, who contributed to the cause by laying on the second goal for fellow loanee Tom Hopper.

Murphy was eventually substituted just before the hour-mark as part of a tactical shake-up from Robins, who explained: “He did well; I just needed to block it up a little in there because we weren’t coping with their movement.

Sean [McAllister] coming on did that for us, and he did it really well. That restricted them to shots from the edge of the area which we were able to deal with.

“We’ve coped with them, and gone on the attack when we could do to break out at various stages and create some really good opportunities for ourselves.”

While the 45-year-old remains keen to further strengthen his squad where possible, Robins remains aware of his responsibilities off the field, and stressed: “We have to make sure we balance the books.

“I’m not going to just keep bringing people in. I know the Chairman will back me to the hilt where he can, and I’m grateful for that because you need it.

“We’ve got a good working relationship, so what I won’t do is go and spend money willy-nilly. We need to make sure we do it right, and bring the costs down, but I will try and bring Luke Williams back if I can.

“At some point there will be one or two players leaving to go and get games, and we’ve got to tighten things up a little bit on that front. That’s obviously something for down the road but it’s in my thoughts as well.”

See much more from Mark Robins, Tom Hopper and Neal Bishop on The Iron Player.

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