Iron have lessons to learn af­ter late blow

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Andy Cooke To comment on this match go to http://boards.footy­

DE­SCRIBED by vis­it­ing boss Wayne Bur­nett as ‘one of the favourites’ for pro­mo­tion, Scun­thorpe must learn from two vi­tal lessons if they are to ful­fil oth­ers’ ex­pec­ta­tions.

The Iron, ac­cord­ing to their man­ager, Brian Laws, must be bet­ter at break­ing down sides happy to con­tain them at Glan­ford Park.

They must also be­come more adept at see­ing games out as Da­gen­ham & Red­bridge claimed a de­served equaliser in stop­page time – just min­utes af­ter the Iron looked to have won it.

“We have to learn from it be­cause there are go­ing to be sides who come here and pack the mid­field,” said Laws.

“Da­gen­ham had num­bers be­hind the ball and while they al­lowed us to have pos­ses­sion, it was in ar­eas where we couldn’t hurt them.

“We tried to stretch them in the sec­ond half and got the ball into the box from deeper ar­eas, but then we didn’t do what we’d been do­ing in the first half.

“We put a lot of work in on set plays be­cause Da­gen­ham have con­ceded a lot of their goals from them. The one time we did it right, we scored but we didn’t do it enough.

“We had four min­utes to see out, but we didn’t, we tried to play off­side which was a re­ally poor de­ci­sion.”

The first half was a non­event, with Scun­thorpe zip­ping the ball from left to right and back again - with­out be­ing able to get in be­hind the Dag­gers.

Af­ter the break, for all their dom­i­nance, the Iron al­most fell be­hind twice in the space of 60 sec­onds, but keeper Sam Slo­combe dived down to push away a shot from Brian Woodall and the wood­work de­nied Abu Ogogo from a cor­ner.

Not to be out­done, Dag­gers stop­per Chris Lew­ing­ton kept the scores level when he guessed cor­rectly to save sub­sti­tute Chris Iwelumo’s tame 69th minute penalty, awarded af­ter Femi Ile­sanmi han­dled a cross into the box.

It was harsh on the vis­i­tors when the Iron went ahead two min­utes from time when David Mirfin pow­ered in a header from a cor­ner.

But halfway through four min­utes of stop­page time, Luke Mur­phy latched on to Woodall’s per­fect­ly­weighted pass and rolled his shot home.

“Over­all, I thought a draw was a fair re­sult,” said Bur­nett.

“They had chances and we rode our luck a lit­tle bit, but Chris Lew­ing­ton saved the penalty and I was re­ally, re­ally pleased with our per­for­mance.

“In the first half we were a lit­tle bit too deep at times, but we kept our shape well and we were com­fort­able, with­out re­ally get­ting any pos­ses­sion our­selves.”

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