Life af­ter Derry sees Iron’s Cana­van net a late lev­eller

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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.”

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