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19 March 2016

Iron manager Nick Daws was pleased his side took a point in the 1-1 draw over Chesterfield after describing it as "a game of thirds".

Paddy Madden struck his 20th goal of the season to give United a first half lead before Jamal Campbell-Ryce equalised after coming on as a second half substitute.

"I thought it was a game of thirds," he told The Iron PlayerHD.

"We were really good in the first 30 minutes. We played some excellent football but we didn't create enough for our dominance. It was difficult, we expected Chesterfield to come with a game plan and defend quite deep, so we were happy with the way we moved the ball around.

"At the final third, it broke down and our quality needs to be a bit better in those areas if we are to win football matches. 

"For the remaining two thirds of the game, we were way below our standards. I thought we were a little bit lethargic in the middle of the park which is the heartbeat of our style of play. The game became stretched but, credit to us, we stuck at it and had the most attacking side we could've had out in the last five minutes."

In reaching 20 goals for the campaign, Madden has reached his target, but Daws is confident that will give him more ammunition to add to his tally.

"We scored a fantastic goal," he continued.

"A great throughball from Jim O'Brien. Paddy again, like his goal against Shrewsbury last week, was really composed. He drew the keeper out and stuck it in the back of the net.

"Strikers set themselves targets and as we know Paddy could've had a few more. He's created the chance with his movement and we needed to do more of that when we had chance.

"We have to give credit to Chesterfield because they defended resolutely - certainly in their defensive third today.

"We had to defend too much out of balance today, which was disappointing. The defending we had to do though proved we are a good team because we might have lost those types of games earlier in the season."

Next up for the Iron is a trip to Oakwell to face an in-form Barnsley side on Good Friday. The United boss' attentions turn to that game and an important two games over Easter weekend.

"The boys are working so hard to try and win every game," he stated.

"We looked a touch leggy, but we have to recover for next weekend. We're moving everything forward as we lose a day's preparation.

"We then treat it like a Saturday-Tuesday scenario going into the Swindon game on Monday."

See much more reaction from Nick Daws, Paddy Madden and Jim O'Brien on The Iron PlayerHD.

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