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drilled a shot just wide.

But Scun­thorpe were dan­ger­ous on the break and Mark Duffy had a low drive pushed wide by Ian McLough­lin and Paul Reid headed against the cross­bar be­fore Haw­ley bun­dled in Jimmy Ryan’s low cross to put them ahead in the 41st minute. The Dons piled for­ward af­ter the break but Slo­combe pro­duced a string of fine saves to earn The Iron vic­tory, ac­ro­bat­i­cally deny­ing Wil­liams, Chad­wick, Dean Bowditch and Mathias Doumbe.

Scun­thorpe al­most dou­bled their lead late on when An­thony Forde blasted against the post and Haw­ley was de­nied by the boot of McLough­lin.

Dons boss Karl Robin­son was fu­ri­ous with his side’s dis­play and threat­ened a sum­mer clear-out.

He said:“The way we started was ap­palling - we looked ner­vous, edgy or like we didn’t care.

“I’ve just said to them in there that it’s the first time they’ve worn the new kit and it will be the last time some of them wear it.

“I’m gut­ted and it was a bit em­bar­rass­ing walking round there at the end say­ing thank you – we’ve let the fans down.

“If the play­ers have got a prob­lem with me say­ing that it’s not like I really care at the moment. The ones who have got a prob­lem with that are the ones I don’t want at the foot­ball club.”


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