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24 November 2015

Mark Robins was delighted his side claimed all three points in an open affair at Gigg Lane on Tuesday night.

Paddy Madden’s penalty, won by Luke Williams, put the Iron ahead at the interval, with former loanee Leon Clarke looking to haunt United once more by restoring parity. It was left to Williams though, to bury a free kick from 30-yards to seal the 2-1 win five minutes from time.

“It was very open,” he told The Iron PlayerHD.

“We’re delighted to get the three points at the end of it and it was always going to be a hard-fought game coming here. Bury are in the top six. For us, we’ve had a game against Bradford where we didn’t perform and they did well. These (Bury) have obviously watched it and tried to emulate some of the things they did against us.

“In the end, we dealt with it pretty well. We rode our luck a little bit, but then again we had opportunities to score. It was too open. Both myself and David Flitcroft (Bury manager) will be saying the same thing. We dealt with a lot of aerial threat."

David Mirfin was withdrawn just past the half-hour mark and was replaced by Charlie Goode; who dealt with Clarke’s threat going forward throughout the remainder of the game.

He added: “We lost Mirf (David Mirfin) and when Charlie (Goode) came on, we were different as he has different attributes. He dealt with Leon (Clarke) really well. That’ll stand him in good stead. He makes one or two mistakes, but we all do and he’s a good player.

“David has a hamstring problem, but I don’t know how serious it is. We will assess him.

“Jordan Clarke came on in the second half and dealt with Joe Dodoo’s threat really well. He scored the winner via a deflection on Saturday. We had enough chances tonight to win that game by a bigger margin and having said that they could have also taken their chances and it would have been 8-4 – to us!”

Luke Williams was the match-winner and took praise from the man in charge, providing the ‘assist’ for the penalty before netting the free kick.

He stated: “Luke was outstanding and he’s ran from his own half taking challenge after challenge and if that had gone in, it would have been goal of the season. Their keeper has had a good evening tonight.

“His free kick was outstanding and he has been practising those – he scored a good one in pre-season. It’s great to have him back, he’s always going to have an impact. He was excellent tonight.”

See much more from Mark Robins, Luke Williams and Charlie Goode on The Iron PlayerHD.

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