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17 October 2015

Iron manager Mark Robins believes his team were fully deserving of the 2-1 triumph over Shrewsbury Town on Saturday afternoon.

Scott Laird’s first goal for the club and a Paddy Madden penalty ensured United picked up the points and the side’s third win on the trot.

Having created the majority of the chances throughout, Robins was naturally pleased post-match and told The Iron PlayerHD: “I think we deserved it. We dominated the game.

“We took slightly too long to score but it was nice to see us create a lot of chances.

“There was some great set play deliveries from Gary McSheffrey, who I thought put good balls into the box and we just couldn’t get our heads on anything initially.

“They scored a goal against the run of play but we stuck to our game plan and got that breakthrough in the second half.”

Sullay Kaikai’s 15th minute opener put Shrewsbury ahead and was the only real effort the visitors registered in the first half as Scunthorpe largely had control of the contest.

Scott Laird and Paddy Madden found the net in the second period as the team added another three point haul to their seasonal tally and Robins was fully complimentary of both goal scorers.

He continued: “It was a good ball in from Paddy for Lairdy to attack in the box and he deserves that goal.

“He’s been telling me for months that he can score goals and he’s done well to get in there.

“Thankfully he’s got on the end of a really good cross and stuck it in the back of the net.

“Paddy didn’t score his last penalty so he’s been practising them and he’s managed to stick that one in the back of the net and win us the game.

“I would have been disappointed with a draw because I thought we dominated the game and we really needed to win it.”

The result against the Shrews is the second time United have come from behind to record a victory in the space of two matches.

Whilst Robins would rather his players not need to recover from losing positions, he does believe it shows a good level of character.

He added: “I’d rather we didn’t do that (need to come from behind to win) but if we have to go a goal down then it’s important that we all stick together, stay focused and positive and get back in the game which was what we did.

“It shows good character and the supporters deserve great credit too because going a goal down isn’t what you want.

“They stuck by us however so credit to them and it was a big help for us.

“It was a good day all round and we’ll enjoy it before moving onto the game on Tuesday night at Gillingham.”

See much more from Mark Robins, Scott Laird and Murray Wallace on The Iron PlayerHD.

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