SIDES LACKED THE CRU­CIAL SPARK

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE -

A POINT was of lit­tle use to ei­ther side, but it was all they de­served for a match that had about as much sparkle as a damp fire­work.

Both were neat and tidy. Both knocked it about. Nei­ther pos­sessed an iota of po­tency or ruth­less­ness. When even the home spon­sors are giv­ing a right-back man of the match, you know it’s been a stinker. On pa­per, at least, Scun­thorpe should be happy with a battling draw against a side de­feated just twice in 2016.

Yet vic­tory would have seen them fin­ish the week­end six points off the play-offs and, given their first-half dom­i­nance, it must feel like an op­por­tu­nity missed.

An out­side chance of the play-offs has now be­come a re­mote pos­si­bil­ity.

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