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ON TO FLEETWOOD

2 March 2015

United winger Gary McSheffrey reflected on Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Yeovil and said he is disappointed that his side couldn’t pick up the win, despite dominating proceedings.

Joel Grant had put the visitors ahead in the first half but Hakeeb Adelakun’s equaliser meant the tie finished level, keeping the Iron in 17th and Yeovil rooted to the bottom of the Sky Bet League One table.

McSheffrey made his first start since February 10 and played 84 minutes before being replaced by Kevin van Veen.

The 32-year-old revealed his thoughts after the game and expressed his views on the draw at Glanford Park.

He said: “It was a difficult game. They sat back and had a solid enough shape but in the bigger picture we should have won.

"We’ve missed a penalty, we’ve had two real good chances and on another day it could have been 3 or 4-1.

"They’ve scored from their only counter attack in the first half so we’re disappointed because it should have been a win.

“We’ve got to have more in our locker to break them down.

"We had a lot of the ball, played in their half for the majority of the game, we got it wide a lot but the end product wasn’t great.

"We didn’t really get it up to the front man and then set so we could get behind them with quality inside the penalty box really. We need to be better and have a bit more nous and quality to break teams down.

“It almost feels like we’ve lost today because of the amount of possession we’ve had, the amount of huffing and puffing we’ve done, we missed a penalty, missed a good chance so we’ll be going to Fleetwood with a lot to put right.”

The penalty miss came from Paddy Madden in the first half but the Irishman’s team mate says he knows only too well how missing from the spot feels and is backing Scunthorpe’s top goalscorer this season to bounce back with some goals in his next few games.

McSheffrey stated: “I’ve missed a couple of penalties myself and it’s not nice when it happens.

"It’s just the regret of not putting your foot through the ball, he put his foot through the ball at Walsall and when he strikes it clean you’re not stopping it.

"He’s disappointed but he’s been great for us this season, scored loads of goals and been our biggest threat by a mile.

"He’s disappointed that he didn’t put it in the net, as we all are, but he’ll bounce back and it wouldn’t surprise me if he scores Tuesday night.”

Scunthorpe’s next game is on Tuesday night at 11th placed Fleetwood Town where Mark Robins’ side will be looking to bounce back to winning ways.

McSheffrey says he thinks that Fleetwood will be a completely different test to Yeovil because he expects the Cod Army to be a more attacking outfit. Scunthorpe’s number 28 also commented on his own performance in Saturday’s score draw.

He said: “It was a difficult game and a difficult pitch because your touch had to be spot on and there were a few occasions it wasn’t.

"All in all, I could have played better but could have played worse and the end product could have been better.

"It’s a team game and we had enough chances to win the game today, certainly enough possession played in their half but the good thing is that we didn’t lose.

"We came back from a goal down, from a great goal from Haks (Hakeeb Adelakun), and when we score that my personal feeling was that we would go on to win the game comfortably but we couldn’t that second goal.

“Fleetwood are a good footballing team. It’s always been a nice pitch there and it should be a better game because they will want to win the game, they play good football so it won’t be a case of just sitting back and us breaking them down and hopefully it will be a more open game where we can play our counter football which we’re good at.”

See much more from Gary McSheffrey, Mark Robins and Hakeeb Adelakun on The Iron Player.

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