Scunthorpe United manager Mark Robins has praised his side despite goals from Diego Costa and Ruben Loftus-Cheek sending the Iron out of the FA Cup at the third round stage.
Speaking to the Scunthorpe website, Robins said after the game that his side were aware of the threat posed by Chelsea:
“We knew it was going to be difficult to get the ball off them because they’re technically really good and they see things a lot quicker than we do.
“I thought we were a little bit cagey in the first half and we took a bit of time to find our feet. We probably showed them a little bit too much respect. We managed to break out once or twice and caused them to wobble a little bit but it’s always tough when you’re playing against top players.
“To come in 1-0 down at half time was okay because I thought in the second half we took the shackles off.
“They made the change with Loftus-Cheek coming on for Oscar so there were fresh legs there, he’s a bigger player and he ended up getting the second goal which sort of put it to bed.”
However, the Scunthorpe boss said he was pleased to see his players creating opportunities, and Robins also said that he believes the tie could have gone differently had the Iron managed to put away their chances.
“We had some really good opportunities,” Robins said.
“Our delivery from corners wasn’t as good as it can be but we got into good areas and we were unlucky not to score a few times. Their goalkeeper has made some unbelievable saves, most notably from Jordan Clarke with a pile driver.
“Other than that we had sniffs from free-kicks and a shot that was going in from Stephen Dawson in their first half that hit one of their defenders.”
But Robins was quick to praise his player for their grit and determination during the game at Stamford Bridge:
“I thought we were unlucky and we were hoping to get back into the game as we grew in confidence. It’s a day to be proud, it’s a day to take some positives forward for the rest of the season.
“It was a great experience for everybody.”