Laws calls for an Iron will and tar­gets Bury

SCUN­THORPE ....1 WAL­SALL ............1

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Michael Beard­more

NIALL Canavan’s late lev­eller handed Scun­thorpe a life­line in their bat­tle against the drop – but boss Brian Laws says they must win at rel­e­gated Bury on Tues­day night to make it count.

Canavan’s 88th minute header kept United in touch with rel­e­ga­tion ri­vals Old­ham, who con­demned Bury to League Two with a win at Gigg Lane – a feat Laws says his men must match in mid­week.

Laws said:“Is this point go­ing to be good enough? I don’t know. The only thing that we can say is that we’ve got to get three points at Bury, which will then put pres­sure on Old­ham.

“It’s only two points so it’s catch­able but the pres­sure is on us on Tues­day to get the re­sult. Things can change overnight so we’re not out of it. The fans might think we are, but we can’t be­lieve that be­cause if we do, we might as well not turn up on Tues­day.

“It was a great re­ac­tion from the play­ers, par­tic­u­larly af­ter last week’s per­for­mance at Ley­ton Ori­ent. The com­mit­ment of the play­ers was ev­i­dent, they gave their all, and that’s all we can ask.”

The late goal was a sick­ener for Wal­sall who were set to move into the play-off places thanks to Will Grigg’s 20th goal of the sea­son, the striker turn­ing home Craig West­carr’s cross from six yards on 54 min­utes.

Scun­thorpe did not de­serve to be be­hind hav­ing bossed the first half, and they al­most went ahead in­side 15 sec­onds as Jimmy Ryan’s 20 yarder was foiled by alert Sad­dlers keeper Sam Johnstone.

The stop­per – on loan from Manch­ester United – then evoked mem­o­ries of the Devils le­gend Peter Sch­me­ichel with a su­perb star jump save to foil Iron skip­per Paul Reid’s close range header.

Grigg’s goal de­flated United, though, and they looked a spent force un­til Canavan headed home Mike Grella’s cross with two min­utes to go.

Wal­sall could still have won it in stop­page time but Fabian Brandy was de­nied by a smart stop from Eirik Jo­hansen, leav­ing Sad­dlers boss Dean Smith frus­trated but still pos­i­tive.

Smith said:“We weren’t at the races in the first half but the sec­ond half was a lot bet­ter and af­ter we scored the goal, we had good chances to go on and win the game.

“We didn’t take them and got pun­ished at the end. It’s dis­ap­point­ing be­cause we looked well in con­trol of the game at that stage.

“But there’s two games to go and we are in there, in the mix. We’ve cer­tainly got mo­men­tum as we are 14 games un­beaten and I don’t think we’re go­ing to get beaten.

“The lads have done ever so well to put us into this po­si­tion.”

ER­ROR: Shrews­bury’s Jer­maine Gran­di­son, left, scores an own goal


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