Scunthorpe United manager Mark Robins has told the club’s official website that his team simply “wasn’t good enough” in the wake of Saturday’s 2-1 Sky BET League One reverse at Swindon.
Two quick-fire goals for the home side early in the second half ultimately did the damage to an in-form Scunthorpe team, and Robins points to a slow start as the main reason for their downfall.
“Today we weren’t good enough,” he said.
“Right from the start and all the way through we weren’t good enough. We could have won this game hands down inside the opening twenty minutes and we decided for whatever reason that we’d take our time.
“They had a spell towards the end of the first half, and we conceded two poor goals in the second half. We then had a task to get back in it and I felt we could if we made better decisions. They were difficult conditions and I don’t think either team coped with them brilliantly, but they controlled the ball better than we did at times.
“We created decent opportunities – mainly from set plays – and were unfortunate not to get an equaliser at the end. From what we’ve been producing, that isn’t good enough and we were missing half a team from today’s selection.”
The Iron were forced into making no fewer than five changes prior to the clash at the County Ground through injuries, illness and suspension which undoubtedly unsettled an Iron team that had won five of its previous six League One games – another thing Robins points to as a contributing factor.
“We’ve been fairly decimated (in terms of the players we’ve lost in recent weeks),” he continued.
“We’ve got to make sure we regroup and get back to winning ways as soon as we possibly can. We need to get back to the effort and determination – as we know we’ve got the quality.
“I expect Luke Daniels to be back next week. He’s got a thigh problem that he picked up on Monday. He didn’t train all week and I didn’t want to take the risk. Bish (Neal Bishop) was ill and it takes a bit of time to settle in with those changes but I thought that Joe (Anyon) and Sean (McAllister) did okay today.
“If we are there or thereabouts going into the New Year and have everybody fit, we can have a really good second half of the season. We’ve not done too bad in the first half and if we won today we’d have gone seventh. We haven’t managed that today and that’s the disappointment.
Next up for Scunthorpe is the visit of Bradford City next Saturday.