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Russ Wilcox savours Scunthorpe United's run

26 March 2014

Scunthorpe United manager Russ Wilcox expressed his pride at his players as they extended their unbeaten record to 23 games with a 2-0 victory at Cheltenham Town.

Sam Winnall scored twice, both goals coming from Gary McSheffrey free-kicks, to keep the Iron firmly in the title race and hand Wilcox the perfect 50th birthday present as they also equalled the Football League record for matches unbeaten from the start of a managerial reign.

"It's been an amazing time. To go 23 games unbeaten is crazy - it's half a season," Wilcox said

"Everyone deserves massive credit, not just the players, but staff as well and we want to keep it going again.

"It's still so tight and there is a long way to go. I am so happy to equal the record for an unbeaten start, but it's not just about me, it's about the whole group.

"We are so together and it's a great squad of players. We've played better, but it's about results at this stage and we saw the game out well, keeping them away from our goal.

"We are learning all the time and developing as the season goes on. We have now won three in a row and that's great, but three clean sheets is even better.

"We are solid, compact and disciplined and everyone is working so hard, which there is no substitute for."

Winnall's first came in the final minute of the first half, with his second arriving in the 59th minute.

The Robins missed a penalty three minutes later after David Mirfin tripped Jermaine McGlashan in the box. Goalkeeper Sam Slocombe made an excellent block to keep out Matt Richards' spot-kick and Cheltenham did not threaten to pull a goal back thereafter.

Cheltenham boss Mark Yates was once again left frustrated by two poor pieces of defending, as they slipped to their second defeat in a row.

"For 44 minutes we were right in the game, getting on top, but to concede from two cheap free-kicks is frustrating," Yates said.

"I don't know what we were thinking and we shouldn't be conceding goals like that.

"Then we got a penalty to get us back in the game, but it sums us up that we missed it and went out pretty tamely.

"We didn't get up a head of steam of have a go. We have too often conceded when we've been on top in games.

"We were giving as good as we got and created a couple of opportunities, but we gifted them a goal before half-time. We have to mark better than that and the marking hasn't been good enough.

"There are seven games left to get better and try to improve, but we have to look to see who is available for the weekend and people have to step up to the plate.

"We need points quickly but we have to tighten up and we are mid-table because we lose concentration too often."

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