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Wilcox delighted with Iron run

Russ Wilcox expressed his pride at his players as Scunthorpe extended their unbeaten run to 23 games with a 2-0 win at Cheltenham.

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.