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1 February 2016

Iron defender Murray Wallace has stated that the squad were delighted to pick up all three points at Coventry City on Saturday afternoon.

Occupying a place in the upper reaches of League One for the majority of the season so far, the hosts had lost just once on home soil prior to United’s impressive 2-1 victory.

Naturally thrilled, Wallace told The Iron PlayerHD: “The coaches said to us that Coventry had only lost once here in the league this season.

“It’s always a tough place to come and turn them over and we’re delighted we’ve done that.

“It’s nice to be able to say that we’ve beaten them home and away, with the squad they’ve got.

“I would say that they’ve got one of the strongest squads in the league so it’s good to have that record against a good team.

“With a squad like theirs, they should be up at the top of the table and they have been all season so to beat them twice now says a lot about us.”

The Iron took a ninth minute lead when Tom Hopper bagged for the second game running with an instinctive finish in the area after David Mirfin had kept Jamie Ness’ corner alive.

It was Wallace who doubled the side’s advantage following the restart with a powerful header in the bottom corner, which gave United a little breathing space after City had begun the second period well.

“It doesn’t happen often but it was nice,” he continued.

“I didn’t really know how to celebrate after it either but I think we needed that at the start of the second half.

“Our backs were against the wall and getting that second goal gave us a lot more confidence.

“We were expecting them to come out in the second half brightly but we sort of weathered the storm and got the goal against the run of play really.

“It eased us into the second half and gave us that two goal cushion that we needed.”

While pleased to see the team pick up all three points, there’s always a certain amount of disappointment for any defensive player when they’re deprived of a clean sheet with just a few minutes remaining.

That’s exactly what happened as Adam Armstrong stroked home a penalty late on but Scunthorpe held on which Wallace insisted is what really matters.

He added: “It’s disappointing for us defenders as a clean sheet does mean a lot to us.

“It was a bit frustrating to concede, especially with it being a penalty, but we got the three points so we can’t complain too much.

“Hopefully now we can just keep building a bit of momentum.

“When you get a bit of momentum in any league, you can go as far as you want so we’ll run with it and see where it takes us.”

See much more reaction from the weekend's 2-1 victory over Coventry City, including match highlights and reaction from Nick Daws, Tom Hopper and Murray Wallace on The Iron PlayerHD.

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