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5 September 2015

Iron manager Mark Robins has highlighted the importance of remaining calm following the 1-0 defeat to Blackpool on Saturday afternoon.

Brad Potts’ first half goal proved to be the difference between the two sides at Glanford Park, despite the fact United created the vast majority of the goal scoring opportunities.

Whilst admitting the performance wasn’t good enough, Robins was pleased with the amount of chances his side made.

He told The Iron PlayerHD: “I didn’t think it was good enough but we had 20 shots and ten or 11 on target so we could have won the game easily.

“They’ve set up for a point and come away with all three so they’ll be absolutely delighted and for us it’s devastating because we knew we should have won the game.

“I thought we lacked a bit of tempo in the first half because they sat behind the ball but we were better in the second half.

“The change at half time gave us a bit more impetus with Hakeeb (Adelakun) coming on and the changes we made were all positive.

“We’ve got to make sure we improve but the players are giving me everything they’ve got and we’ve just got to remain calm and not make them anxious.”

United have five points from their opening six games of the Sky Bet League One season and Robins stated the team are some way short of where he’d like the club to be in the early standings.

With such a long part of the campaign still remaining however, the manager doesn’t think that now is a time for over reacting.

“They were hanging on at the death and we could have done with the game going on for longer,” he added.

“I know it’s not good enough. This is a results based industry and we know we’re almost a decent side but almost a decent side isn’t great.

“Could the result have been better? Absolutely. Could we have taken more chances? Absolutely. Could we have made more chances? Probably not.

“People might overact but we’ve just got to make sure that we maintain the calm heads and make sure it gets put right as soon as we can.

“Six games have gone and we’ve got five points. It’s not enough – we were looking for seven points more if we could but it wasn’t to be in this round of games.”

Despite creating all those opportunities, the Iron players came up against a goalkeeper in inspired from and could have, on another day, scored multiple times.

Colin Doyle was between the sticks for the visitors, making his first appearance since a recent injury, and Robins agreed that it was he who was the main reason Neil McDonald’s side held on.

He continued: “He’s (Doyle) just back from injury and I think Kyle Letheren has been in goal from the first game of the season until today.

“He’s made some unbelievable reflex saves and half a yard either side of him, we’d score at least one and that’s the frustrating bit.

“I share the supporters' frustrations because you can’t do much more than create the opportunities that we’re creating.

“We’ve just got to take it on the chin, move on and try and make things better.”

See much more from Mark Robins, Scott Laird and Neal Bishop on The Iron PlayerHD.

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