The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Chris Sumpter

GRA­HAM Alexan­der toasted a “de­served” three points, but ad­mits Scun­thorpe United need to work on their game man­age­ment af­ter they edged out strug­gling Bury.

The Iron led 3-1 at the break on the back of some en­ter­pris­ing and en­ter­tain­ing at­tack­ing foot­ball.

But the fi­nal whis­tle sig­nalled a sense of re­lief for Scun­thorpe af­ter the Shak­ers pulled a goal back mid­way through the sec­ond half.

“I thought we were ex­cel­lent in the first half,” said boss Alexan­der, whose side moved back up to sec­ond in the ta­ble. “We passed the ball well, caused them prob­lems and were solid at the back.

“But af­ter be­ing 3-1 up at half­time, we could have been more com­posed and seen the game out bet­ter, with­out me jump­ing up and down on the line.

“Bury have some good play­ers and a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence. They pushed bod­ies for­ward and put us un­der the cosh a lit­tle bit – as you can when the game is almost gone.

“If we’d have con­tin­ued that first-half per­for­mance we’d have seen it out more com­fort­ably, but we got the three points we de­served.”

Scun­thorpe’s fast-paced start to the game ul­ti­mately won them the con­test.

They went in front via a low drive from on-loan full-back Harry Tof­folo in the eighth minute and made it 2-0 not long af­ter when Stephen Daw­son, a former Bury player, drilled the ball in­side the far post af­ter be­ing sent clear by a de­light­ful Kevin van Veen flick.

The Shak­ers got back in the game in the min­utes be­fore half­time via a de­flected shot from Ge­orge Miller, which wrong-footed Iron keeper Luke Daniels.

But cru­cially they could not get through to half-time with­out con­ced­ing for a third time – a con­tro­ver­sial free-kick from Josh Mor­ris that was first ruled out by a lines­man’s flag amid sug­ges­tions of off­side be­fore then be­ing given by ref­eree Ed­die Ilderton.

The strike meant a sec­ond-half goal from vis­it­ing sub­sti­tute Kelvin Etuhu counted for noth­ing.

It also left a bit­ter taste in the mouth of Bury care­taker­boss Chris Brass, whose side have now gone 16 league matches with­out a win.

He groaned: “The lads thought there was a touch, as the lines­man did. When you watch it back it looks close and if that’s the case, it’s surely in­ter­fer­ence? “I’m per­plexed again that we’ve had an­other de­ci­sion go against us. “They cost you points and cost you re­sults. “In the sec­ond half we had a right good go and did well, but that third goal killed us. “If we’d have made it 2-2, we’d have gone on and won it. “Some­thing has got to change be­cause it’s a pro­fes­sional game and liveli­hoods are at stake.”

PIC­TURES: Ian Lyall/ Pro Sports Images

TOFF OF THE CLASS: Harry Tof­folo cel­e­brates his open­ing goal

DUEL: Char­lie Goode and James Vaughan com­pete


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