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BUOYANT AND LOOKING FORWARD TO IT

4 September 2015

Mark Robins is hoping to see his players bounce back from Tuesday’s disappointment with a positive result against Blackpool.

The Iron were knocked out of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy by Barnsley in midweek, but welcome Neil McDonald’s bottom-placed side on Saturday.

Robins also felt the frustration of drawing at Colchester would spur his team on and hoped to better the result in Essex.

He told The Iron PlayerHD: “They are buoyant and looking forward to the game. It gives us a great chance to play, perform and improve on Tuesday night.

“We were unfortunate against Colchester, and it could have gone either way. Had we gone and got a third goal, we could have killed it off and who knows how many it could have been.

“The first goal we conceded was avoidable and it's just small things really. There are tiny margins, and there are things we've looked at from pre-season and it's just little bits that may help us moving forward.

“The players are aware of what we are trying to do and we want to see if we can go one better than last weekend.”

The Iron boss welcomed the chance to return to winning ways at home, and confirmed he may be able to welcome Jamie Ness back to the squad.

Robins was also confident Jack King would be available after going off on Tuesday, which the Iron boss felt changed the game.

He said: “The other night, we were doing alright until Jack King had to come off for stitches and conceded while a man down.

“I was trying to give Jack every chance to come back on, but then I got a different message and he had to come off. Their goal changed the complexion of the game.”

Blackpool have not enjoyed a successful return to League One following their relegation from the Championship last season and find themselves bottom of the table.

Despite this, Robins still expects a tough game and hopes to see his side eliminate the small mistakes that he feels have cost his team points.

He said: “I expect nothing different, as I have always said. There are little things in a game that are the difference between winning, losing or drawing, and it won't be any different this week.

“We have to keep positive and keep believing in what we are doing because it will come.

“When you start a path, you have to keep going because it becomes part of the fabric of what you are trying to do.”

See much more from Mark Robins, Jordan Clarke and Luke Daniels on The Iron PlayerHD.

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