Roberts pleased with valuable point

Stevenage player-manager says comeback speaks volumes about his players’ character

Mark Roberts said his side picked up a valuable point in the hunt for promotion after coming from behind to draw 1-1 with Scunthorpe United.

Substitute Darius Charles scored with just six minutes to go to cancel out Garry Thompson’s 47th minute effort as interim player-manager Roberts’ side made it four points from his two games in charge to remain sixth in League 1, and afterwards the centre-back said his side’s comeback said plenty about his side’s character.

“[Scunthorpe] are a quality outfit with some quality players. With the conditions - the wind was going one way and then the next - it was always going to be difficult. The lads responded magnificently to going one-nil down and it was great to get the equaliser.

“The first half we set out to nullify their threat, to dominate the game, and although we probably took too much pressure we did create a really good chance. Luke [Freeman] could have taken us into the half time interval one-nil up. I had a chance at the back post. And it’s probably the best opportunity of the half.

“We’re always disappointed when we don’t win but coming back from behind to equalise is always good to see. It’s just testament to the lads again, and speaks volumes of their character. Although we weren’t happy to draw the game it’s a valuable point for our push.”