Iron boss Mark Robins hailed his team’s performance following the 3-0 victory at Chesterfield on Saturday afternoon.Paddy Madden’s second half brace and a superb long range strike from Gary McSheffrey secured the points as United made a swift return to winning ways.
Largely in control for most of contest, particularly after the break, Robins was naturally pleased and revealed to The Iron PlayerHD: “I thought it was a really good away performance.
“I’m delighted with the clean sheet first and foremost and there was a change in emphasis from us after the game on Tuesday night (away at Gillingham).
“We needed to get that defeat out of our system and there’s no better way to bounce back than that.
“I thought we were outstanding in both games but to come here after the disappointment of the Gillingham defeat and perform like we did – I’m absolutely delighted.”
The fixture proved to be a thoroughly entertaining one, in a match which saw both sides come close to breaking the deadlock in the first 45 minutes.
Madden’s penalty just after the restart saw Scunthorpe really begin to take control, coupled with the fact that Spireites defender Daniel Jones was given his marching orders for the foul which led to the spot kick.
“You’ve got to try and take your chances and I thought we had some really good opportunities to score in the first half,” Robins continued.
“They had their goalkeeper to thank because there were three, four, five chances for us to score and he’s kept the ball out of the net and we’ve come in at 0-0 which we were slightly disappointed with.
“We hoped we weren’t going to rue those missed chances and they started brighter in the second half until we got a foothold.
“We managed to get a penalty and obviously the sending off came from that and just opened things up a little bit more in our favour.
“It was also an outstanding strike from Gary and I don’t think he could have hit it any better.”
The afternoon’s clean sheet is the first United have recorded away from home this season in what was a solid defensive display at the back.
Scunthorpe return to Glanford Park next week and the manager hopes the result in North Derbyshire will signal the beginning of more shut outs to come.
He added: “Everything was good. There was a change in emphasis from us after Tuesday and it has paid dividends.
“It was important to do it in style after the way we felt against Gillingham and the result really is testament to the hard work from everybody.
“We’re back on home soil again (next Saturday) and we’ve managed to break that hoodoo of no clean sheet.
“To score three goals away from home, to keep a clean sheet and to do it against a team like Chesterfield is pleasing.”
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