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Robins pleased with Wallace performance

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Iron boss Mark Robins believes his decision to drop Niall Canavan in favour of Murray Wallace in the FA Cup 3rd Round tie with Chelsea was the correct one.

Wallace performed admirably in his first appearance following his permanent switch from Huddersfield Town, but Robins’ has suggested it was a ‘big call’ to leave Canavan out of the side.

“It was tough for Niall, because since he’s come back he’s played up to 10 games consecutively,” Robins told the Scunthorpe Telegraph.

“It was a big call for him in terms of missing out, but we’ve just brought Murray in and he gives us something slightly different.

“I think the decision was justified – Murray played well – but Niall is a real good competitor and remains a good member of our squad. He gives me more options in terms of strength in depth.”

Robins was relatively pleased with how the Iron defended as they went down 2-0 to the Premier League Champions, but claims he wanted a little more urgency from Wallace’s defensive partner David Mirfin.

“The back four dealt with things pretty well, although I was still looking for a bit more urgency from Mirf,” said Robins.

“He’s a great defender for us and some of the time you saw that – he’s clever and he dealt with Costa really well.

“But then at other times you want him to have a bit more devilment and drive forward with the ball, which gives us that little bit of space to get at.

“But we did pretty well and it’s been a great experience for everybody to draw upon.”

Written by Matt Blanchard

Part of the team since 2007, before becoming editor in 2013. Undertaken the role of match summariser during Scunthorpe United live match commentaries for BBC Radio Humberside. Seasonal contributor to football titles FourFourTwo and When Saturday Comes and a finalist at the Football Blogging Awards in 2014.

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