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Cox post-Cheltenham (H)

27 February 2021

First team manager Neil Cox felt his side had the opportunities to get something from their home game against Cheltenham Town but lamented the moments of defending which resulted in the visitors' two goals and saw his side lose 2-0.

Sam Smith and Callum Wright both scored in the first-half as the Robins, sitting in the automatic promotion places, ended Scunthorpe's three game winning run at the Sands Venue Stadium.

He told iFollow Iron: "I'm disappointed really with the first-half performance and especially the goals we conceded. We'd worked on them (Cheltenham), they're a good side who play five at the back and you have to get around their sides. We created the first chance, with Manny (Onariase, heading wide from a Mason O'Malley cross), and then conceded a poor goal from the counter-attack.

"We couldn't see it from where we were, but the lads had a moan about it going out of play. However, you still have to defend the cross.

"We were disappointed with the second goal yet again too, as we didn't react and defend the situation well enough. From that it was an uphill battle.

"Amongst those we had a couple of chances ourselves, Kev (van Veen) and Dev (Green) had opportunities to get us back into the match, and we then chased the game in the second-half, and it was difficult as a couple of the lads had come off injured. We had to be careful with one or two of the others too.

"We had opportunities in the second-half, including Manny having one come off the post, and if we'd got back to 2-1 we would have been right back in it with 10 minutes to go. I don't think our goalkeeper made a save today, so we're disappointed because we did enough to get something out of the game, as we had some good spells, but we just weren't good enough today. We just lacked that edge and little bit of luck in front of goal too."

Speaking about the injuries sustained in the match, with George Taft coming off in the sixth minute and Ryan Loft at half-time, Cox continued: "George Taft has a really bad ankle, and it's not looking good at all, but we'll have to wait for the scan results. Lofty has a sore hamstring but hopefully it's not too bad. We just took him off at half-time to be on the safe side as we have to be careful with him. Hopefully we'll get some good news on Lofty and he won't be too long."

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