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12 September 2015

Iron manager Mark Robins believes his squad were fully deserving of the 1-0 victory against Coventry City on Saturday afternoon.

Paddy Madden’s 79th minute strike was the difference between the teams during a game that saw United create the majority of the chances.

With the win coming against a side widely tipped for success this season, Robins was naturally delighted after the final whistle.

He told The Iron PlayerHD: “I thought we deserved it. We played well, we had the majority of the chances and we’ve worked really hard this week on trying to understand their movement because they’ve had a good start to the season.

“Tony (Mowbray) has put a good young squad together and they’re a well supported club. I know that first hand having been there.

“It was important that we got back to winning ways and that we did it in the way that we managed to.

“We did a number of things really well. We passed the ball okay and it was just that little bit of belief that we needed.

“I thought we dealt with their numerous threats really well and in the end I think we deserved to get the goal that we got.”

Madden’s winner was the fifth he has scored in the early stages of the campaign and comes after his prolific spell up front last season.

Predictably pleased, Robins also highlighted the performance of the other forward minded players that started the fixture.

“I was really pleased Paddy got the goal and we had a good go at them,” Robins continued.

“We’ve picked four strikers with Gary McSheffrey, Kevin van Veen and Tom Hopper and it was nice to see Paddy get another goal.

“The work that they did was tremendous and it was good to get Nessy (Jamie Ness) back in the team, even though we knew he wouldn’t last the 90 minutes.

“It was great to get him in and I thought he gave us a different dimension.”

The Sky Blues clash also saw United collect their third clean sheet of the season and the players will take confidence from the fact that defensively, they looked pretty untroubled.

Robins does however believe that there is still scope for improvement and doesn’t want to see anybody resting on their laurels.

He added: “They are a really good side but so are we.

“I don’t think we’ve had any luck so far but we didn’t need any against Coventry. We managed to score a really good goal and take the three points which was very important because it just keeps the belief a little bit.

“We’ve got really good players that need to be able to flourish and the supporters were fantastic.

“I thought they were really behind the players from start to finish, it was a good atmosphere and very different from last week because we played against a side that tried to win whereas last week we played against a side that tried to camp in.

“We’ve got to believe that we can get better because that’s certainly true and there’s certainly scope for improvement.”

See much more from Mark Robins, Paddy Madden and Jamie Ness on The Iron PlayerHD.

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