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Wilcox Will Bury Minor Disappointment

Manager Russ Wilcox has said he will Bury any thoughts of his minor disappointment on Boxing Day as our opponents managed to claw their way back into the game that was his first proper match in charge as our permanent gaffer.

Scunthorpe were leading two nil and relatively comfortable until Bury managed to stage a late fight back and score two goals to give them a share of the points.

For Wilcox, he was left very disappointed following the game, but he told the Official Site that whatever disappointments and frustrations he took from the game, would be brushed off as it was still a point on the board, the match contained many positives and we remain on our unbeaten run.

'It's been assessed exactly how I feel. That's how the players feel as well and personally this one is a little bit harder swallow.'

Obviously surrendering two points has now happened in back to back away games and Wilcox was pretty clear that the draw felt like a loss in the moment, especially as we saw Sam Winnall sent from the field for his goal celebration.

'We had ten men for the best part of 25 minutes and I thought we managed that period quite well. They've going to get on top, push their fullbacks right up. We had to go 441, which doesn't allow us to press up the pitch, which we wanted to do, we had to sit deeper.'

His frustration comes from how we were managing the man advantage they had because he really thought we were going to see it out so when they grabbed the leveller from the last kick of the match it was like a kick to chestnuts (being festive and all that).

'We have to swallow it though, it's gone now, we address it, we move on and we go again against Oxford.'

There were positives though, Winnall scoring his 11th of the season, the players kept plugging away on a difficult pitch and Wilcox was pleased with our efforts even though he admits it certainly wasn't our best performance or most fluid, but the goals especially came from things they have been working on on the training pitch which was pleasurable for him.

As for his sending off though, Wilcox admitted he was disappointed in the player for the manner of the two bookings, but he knows he was disappointed in himself as well so it's one of those learning curves really where he needs to be cleverer. With that said the rules are pretty daft when it comes to celebrations, as he took a few hugs and then moved back out, he wasn't inciting anybody into anything, and nor did he vault and start running amock, so he would like to see some balance on that score.

It's a fair point, the issue about footballers and clubs becoming estranged from fans probably figures more at higher levels, but this game is about scoring and celebrating. It's one thing if a player acts like a muppet in front of the away fans to goad an angry reaction from them following a goal, and I would say that's different when celebrating with your own fans.

But the FA aren't going to listen to me.

Winnall now obviously misses the Oxford game with an automatic suspension and will return to contention for the game against Rochdale on New Year's Day.

Jamie Wootton has also been recalled from his loan spell at Gainsborough Trinity and he will be eligible for the Oxford match should Wilcox choose.

The 19 year old striker made six appearances whilst out, and scored once.

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Date:Saturday December 28 2013

Time: 9:40PM


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