HART IN POINT
Life after Derry sees Iron’s Canavan net a late leveller
on loan from Doncaster, nodded in the rebound.
To their credit, the Magpies produced a quick response and when a free-kick was played short to Gary Jones, the experienced midfielder found the bottom corner from 25 yards in the tenth minute.
The first half ebbed and flowed, with both sides having chances to go in front.
The second half followed a similar pattern and after Newton had been unlucky with a free-kick that struck the top of the bar, Hungarian Bajner – brought on only nine minutes earlier – remained composed to fire in a low and hard shot after the ball had fallen kindly for him inside the penalty area.
The relief inside Meadow Lane was palpable, but after celebrating as though safety had been secured, the Iron found a response.
McSheffrey’s floated free-kick was inviting and Canavan, who had put his body on the line on defensive duty to repel a physical home strike force, stole in front of his marker to head the ball home.
Scunthorpe boss Mark Robins was pleased with his side’s character – but wants to tighten up defensively.
“It was a decent performance. I think we started brilliantly, got ourselves in front early on and then shot ourselves in the foot by conceding a really, really poor goal,” he groaned.
“From their perspective, Jones hit it well, but it should never have flown into our net. If we can cut out those mistakes and continue to play in the manner we did, we’ll be okay. We showed good resilience to come back from 2-1 down.
“We didn’t scrape our way back into it either, we played our way back into it. I thought we were on top and at the end we missed a golden chance to win it.”
PIE DELIGHT: Balint Bajner celebrates after scoring for Notts