Stephen Robinson feels belief the key to Oldham win

Stephen Robinson feels belief the key to Oldham win

Oldham manager Stephen Robinson was delighted to see his side end their winless home run with a 2-0 victory over Scunthorpe.

The Latics scored twice in three minutes before half-time - matching their goal tally from their previous six matches at Park - and were good value for the victory.

"It was scrappy in the first 10 minutes but once we settled down you could see the belief in the players grow," said Robinson.

"When we scored when we were on top, you could see the belief grow even more and we could have gone on and won by more in the end.

"I don't know if it will be a turning point for us because our performances have actually been very good.

"We've only lost two games away from home all season. It's goals that have been our problem, there's no secret about that.

"We've had one or two performances at home that we weren't happy with, but we are still building and getting to know the players.

"We were still recruiting six weeks after everybody else so we are very happy with what we've put together."

Scunthorpe started the night four points clear at the top of League One, but rarely looked like fighting back.

Robinson though expects the Iron to maintain their early form.

"Scunthorpe have done fantastic and built a super side," he adde. "I've no doubt they'll stay up there all season, so to get a 2-0 win is fantastic for us."

Neither side had really threatened prior to the hosts going ahead through Freddie Lapado's turn and shot on the edge of the penalty area, which nestled neatly inside the post.

Scunthorpe were still reeling from that setback when Lee Erwin broke into the box and curled the ball inside the far corner a minute into first-half stoppage time.

The Iron are the third tier's top scorers, but they struggled in the final third - much to the frustration of their boss Graham Alexander.

"I'm disappointed with the performance. We didn't play as well as we have done, or do the things we are good at well enough," he said.

"We waited to see what the game produced rather than taking it by the scruff of the neck from the start.

"We lost control for the last 15 minutes of the first half and that cost us. The two goals made it an uphill struggle for us.

"We were a yard short on everything, especially in our decision-making and pressing. That was enough to give Oldham the momentum and they got the goals when they had that momentum.

"It wasn't for the want of trying in the second half, but we didn't really carve out any opportunities.

"But these things happen in football, it's now about how we respond."