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League Two

Russ Wilcox takes positives from draw

12 April 2014

Manager Russ Wilcox was in bullish mood after seeing his Scunthorpe United side climb back to the top of Sky Bet League 2 after a 2-2 draw at home to Bury.

It stretched the unbeaten run to 26 games since he first took charge last November - and puts them a point clear of the chasing pack.

Scunthorpe looked set for all three points after leading twice in the second half with goals from Paddy Madden and substitute Paul Hayes .

But fast-improving Bury battled back for a point with equalisers from Tom Soares and then a last-gasp effort from substitute Danny Rose in the fourth minute of stoppage time.

"Of course it was disappointing to concede so late on, but it was a 'worldy' strike," said Wilcox.

"But it's great for this club to be back on top of the table again with now only four games to go.

"These are exciting times again and we have got to embrace the moment.

"We are in the position that everyone else would like to be.

"We are so close to finishing what we set out to do - but we haven't achieved anything yet.

"If we continue with performances like this, though, I am sure we will be fine."

Wilcox insisted there were no negative thoughts in the minds of him and his players.

"I was pleased with our performance and how well the players are playing under pressure," he continued.

"We have some young ones like winger Terry Hawkridge and striker Sam Winnall experiencing their first season in the Football League, while young Hakeeb Adelakun has come through from the youth ranks.

"It is so important for our experienced players to help them through, but I have a fantastic bunch of players to work with and we have almost achieved what we set out to do.

"But we have got to take it one step at a time. Our first aim is to clinch a top- three spot."

Bury boss Dave Flitcroft was also delighted with the performance of his team.

"If we had been leaving here empty-handed I would have had so much angst to grind," he said.

"We certainly deserved a point and for 70 minutes I thought we were the better side.

"My players are out on their feet because they have put so much energy into this game.

"They have put in an incredible shift for this club and in fact on the chances that were created and dominance we enjoyed, I think we deserved to win it.

"Scunthorpe have not gone unbeaten for 26 games without being a good team.

"They play a high tempo game but I don't think they could handle our energy.

"The equaliser from Danny Rose was no more than we deserved."

His goal came in the fourth minute of stoppage time - which came after referee Andy Haines insisted on treatment for Bury full-back Chris Hussey which left them down to 10 men when Scunthorpe scored their first goal.

"He had lost a contact lens. I could see he was all right and wanted him to stay on," said Flitcroft.

"We have a rule at this club that we don't make a substitution just before a set-piece.

"I wanted him to go on and defend with one eye. Pirates manage okay with one so why couldn't he.

"But the referee wanted treatment for him and ordered him off the pitch.

"I don't think I have ever seen anything like that before.

"But then I think the referee had a poor afternoon. Scunthorpe should not have had their penalty.

"It was the linesman who gave it and I can understand why he did, but Danny Mayor clearly got a touch on the ball.

"The referee had a much better view of the incident and should have overruled his linesman."

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