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23 March 2015

Iron boss Mark Robins has urged his side to show improvements in the coming weeks, following Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at Rochdale.

United were behind at the break and, although Kevin van Veen levelled, the hosts went on to add a further two goals, and Robins was unhappy with the manner of the defeat.

Robins told The Iron Player: “We've got to be better and we've got to have more about us than that.

“It's a mental thing; it's about concentration, technique and getting into position early and communicating with each other.

“We've got to have the desire to win the ball, and once we've won the ball back, thinking can we do something productive with it.

“There are a lot of elements to it, but we've got to learn and do it fast.

"We've got ten games left and we have got to make sure we're enjoying the last ten games and go on a run like we have previously.

“The necessity is to do better than the teams below you and get as many points out of the thirty as we can.”

The Iron boss was full of praise for youngster Kyle Wootton, who made his first start for the club, but was frustrated at the lack of support he received.

Robins said: “He's done well in training and he gives us something different, he gives us a different presence. He's got a bit of pace, he's got a bit of strength and I thought he did okay in the game.

“I thought he started the game really brightly and needed help around him, but he got limited support and some of the balls played up to him weren't good enough.

“We've got to try and just draw a line under this one and move on to Tuesday night. There's nothing we can do about it and we've got to go out and deliver, but in the last couple of games we haven't.”

Another positive for Robins was the signing of midfielder John Lundstram, who has joined the Iron on loan from Everton, and the United boss recognised the importance of the squad ahead of a busy run in.

He said: “He brings us another body because obviously we've lost Neal Bishop. He's slightly different to Neal, but he's a good player and comes from a Premier League team.

“There's a deadline for the transfer window on Thursday and we needed some more players. We've let Terry Hawkridge go out because he's not been involved for a while.

“We've got to be mindful of the amount of games we've got coming up because there are a lot of games in a short space of time again.

“We've had a really intense spell and come the end of the season, we'll have had half a season's games in three months.

“We know it's a tough run, but we've just got to get back to it and enjoying it and playing in the right way.”

See much more from Mark Robins, Kevin van Veen and Kyle Wootton on The Iron Player.

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