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1 January 2017

Iron midfielder Sam Mantom believes he and his teammates were extremely unlucky not to get something from the game against Bolton Wanderers.

There was late heartbreak for United, as they succumbed to an injury time winner from substitute James Henry and, from Mantom’s point of view, the scoreline was a hard one to take.

Speaking to The Iron PlayerHD after the game, Mantom said: “We’re bitterly disappointed.

“To concede a goal in the dying minutes of a game is hard to take and, it’s not often we’ve had to take that this season, so it’ll be interesting to see how we react.

“The gaffer was delighted with how we played. We were the better team, we had more chances, and took the game to them in their own back yard.

“It’s just a shame we couldn’t give the fans a nice result to go back home with.”

The 24-year-old highlighted though that the response is now the most important thing, with Peterborough United arriving at Glanford Park on Monday.

“Every time we’ve had a setback or a loss we’ve reacted in the right way, so we’ll be looking to do that on Monday,” he stated.

“We’ll react in the right way, and we’ll have a look at it, get ready and put it to bed.

“There’s still a long way to go.

“Teams are going to lose games, and we’ve just got to try and put our foot on the gas now.

“We know the teams around us will drop points, so we’ve just got to make sure that we keep putting the performances in and keep right on top of them.”

The former Walsall man’s return to the side was blighted somewhat by a nasty looking gash he suffered to the nose.

However, Mantom feels the effects of the collision with Trotters defender Mark Beevers aren’t as bad as they would seem, but still declared it’s one that will need to be assessed further.

“I’m not too bad,” Mantom revealed.

“For two minutes on the floor I didn’t know where I was, and i’ll see what the effects are in the morning.

“It (his nose) was throbbing, but I just wanted to get back out there because we were 1-0 down at the time, and we needed to get back in the game.”

See much more from Sam Mantom, Graham Alexander and Charlie Goode on the Iron PlayerHD.

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