Robins is fuming at Daniels madness
A MOMENT of madness by Scunthorpe goalkeeper Luke Daniels meant there was no way back for the visitors at Burton and his manager Mark Robins felt he had let his side down.
The Iron were already a goal down at the Pirelli Stadium when Daniels stupidly thrust his forearm into Mark Duffy's face in retaliation for a perceived foul and was sent off as a result.
It lead to Lucas Akins doubling the Brewers' lead as they got their firstever season in the third tier off to a great start although that incident ensured victory was more comfortable than it would have been.
Robins said: "Luke's got to take his medicine for that and he knows how I feel.
“He’s obviously apologetic to everybody but he's let himself down and he's let us down and he's given them a penalty off the back of it.
“We’ve gifted them both goals and in fairness we are better than we’ve shown although I'm not taking anything away from Burton who I thought worked their socks off.
“It was disappointing to lose the two players we lost in the first half to injury because they’re going to be out for months rather than weeks and they're injuries we can well do without.”
Burton should have been ahead in the third minute when Duffy dispossessed Stephen Dawson to go through and slice wastefully wide.
Phil Edwards then almost gifted Scunthorpe the lead as he diverted Tom Hopper’s low cross against his own post before the hosts scrambled it away.
But Stuart Beavon didn't pass up his opportunity ten minutes after the restart when, after battling to win Tom Naylor's pass into the box, he slid a low shot into the net.
Daniels then shot himself in the foot when he needlessly lashed out at Duffy in the area, which saw him rightfully sent off and Akins rolled in the resulting penalty.
Scunthorpe pulled a goal back three minutes into stoppage time when Charlie Goode, signed in the summer from Hendon, squirmed in a header from Gary McSheffrey's corner. Burton manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink said:“We looked really good at times and at the end I thought we looked the stronger team.
“In the last five minutes I thought that we had another gear and that's needed.
“I think that we're not the finished product and we’re still working hard to get better but we've made a very good start and that is what we need in order to keep on progressing as a team.
“In the first half we were missing chances but I will not fault that - I will only fault them if they are not there because you always have to be there.”
STAR MAN TOM NAYLO