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Adkins praises Iron's character

Nigel Adkins
Adkins has won two promotions since his elevation from physio in 2006

Boss Nigel Adkins hailed Scunthorpe's character after they beat Millwall 3-2 in the League One play-off final.

The Iron, who reached the play-offs thanks to a late goal on the final day, made up for their Johnstone's Paint Trophy final defeat by Luton in April.

Adkins said: "We got rid of that horrible feeling, and we played some good football after that defeat.

"We showed character yet again to stay in the race. Fortune has favoured us in what was our 60th game of the season."

United led early on thanks to Matt Sparrow's goal, but had to come from behind after Gary Alexander's brace, with Sparrow and Martyn Woolford the Iron heroes at Wembley.

And Adkins was delighted with Woolford, a summer signing from York.

The 23-year-old was at non-league minnows Glasshoughton Welfare four years ago and his manager said: "We brought him in from York on a free in the summer, we saw the potential in him and he's a flair player.

"He's bided his time, got into the team and did ever so well.

"Kevan Hurst started the season on the left and we brought Martin to nurture him. He's bided his time, kept going, kept learning, worked hard and done very well for us."


Adkins led Scunthorpe to their first ever season in the Championship two years ago and was delighted to achieve promotion again following last season's relegation.

He said: "We've assembled a group of players who will now have a chance to play in the Championship. It's a fantastic achievement to bounce straight back."

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