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Russ Wilcox proud of Scunthorpe United's unbeaten run

15 March 2014

Scunthorpe United boss Russ Wilcox praised his second placed side for their 2-0 win at Play-Off chasing Plymouth Argyle.

David Syers put Scunthorpe ahead in the 79th minute, converting an Eddie Nolan cross from the right that had been helped on by sub Paul Hayes.

Plymouth responded with Lewis Alessandra hit the post for a second time in the second half but Scunthorpe put the game beyond doubt when Hakeeb Adelakun's 20-yard drive hit the upright and went in off the unfortunate Jake Cole.

Wilcox said: "We are hoping this kicks us on because we need to refocus for Burton now.

"That's 21 unbeaten, you can throw draws in there but it doesn't matter. My players should be really proud because that it is a record that will take some beating.

"I hope the record goes even further because that will mean we will be staying in that top three.

"We have not over-analysed the wins and we are certainly not going to analyse the draws. If a defeat is around the corner, we will be the same.

"It is just about putting the next one to bed and it is fantastic to put this one to bed with an outstanding performance and result. We have married both of these together which is really pleasing. It is a long way home but it will make a lot sweeter.

"Today the lads showed we haven't lost any confidence, we were very brave and deserved the three points. We got it spot on and we don't do that every week. We retained and moved the ball really well. The key word today was the bravery of the players with the ball."

Plymouth boss John Sheridan said: "I think we put a lot of effort into the game and I don't think we deserved that scoreline.

"I thought we matched them. They are a good team and possession-wise they kept the ball a little bit better than us but I always thought we looked a real threat going forward.

"I think it was just a case of who got the first goal and they did, which knocked us back a little bit.

"We were two very evenly matched teams and they are right up there near the top of the league so you can see how far we have come.

"They have got some good players, who have played at a higher level, but I can't fault my players.

"I just said to them 'If you give me that effort in the next 10 games we will have a chance,' so I am full of praise for the way they went and tried to get something out of the game.

"It's just a shame it ends up 2-0. It's all about the rub of the green sometimes you do get that more when you are up at the top, if Lewis had scored with the first one that had hit the post I think we would have gone on and won the game. Conor (Hourihane) also had a very good chance in the first half."


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