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16 January 2016

Iron manager Mark Robins has described Saturday’s defeat at Blackpool as poor and unacceptable.

Tom Aldred opened the scoring early on before a Brad Potts double and second half strikes from David Norris and Danny Philliskirk secured a resounding 5-0 victory for the hosts.

Following the game, Robins told The Iron PlayerHD: “Abject, poor, angry, disappointed and unacceptable – those are the words you can associate with that performance.

“It was really poor and there isn’t anything positive we can take from the game.

“I think we’ve got to give credit to Blackpool because they’ve scored five goals but they’ll be the easiest five goals they’ll score against any team.

“From my point of view, it was very disappointing and one of the most un-Scunthorpe like performances I’ve ever seen.

“I take whole responsibility. It was my performance, my team and the performance has been horrendous.

“They’ve bullied us, they’ve caused us problems and we’ve allowed it to happen which is the most disappointing thing.”

The Bloomfield Road clash came six days after United had received high praise for their display in the FA Cup tie at Chelsea, with the squad taking plenty of positives from a show of grit and determination against the Premier League champions.

Conversely, Robins refused to take any positives from the loss in Lancashire on what was a difficult afternoon for the Iron.

“It’s unacceptable,” he added.

“We spoke about moving forward after the game last week and all the plaudits we took in defeat but we didn’t do that which is just not good enough.

“We’re a decent side with decent players but we can’t keep saying that.

“We’ve got to start proving it and the only way you can do that is by working as hard as your opponent which we just didn’t do.

“I’m not taking anything positive – I wouldn’t want to insult the supporters.

“The players need to start getting it right because we were very poor.”

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