McCall: We are not yet out of the woods

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Matthew Dale

SCUN­THORPE boss Stu­art McCall in­sists his side are still far from safe from rel­e­ga­tion, de­spite their fourth win on the spin at Wal­sall.

United climbed to 15th thanks to Lee No­vak’s cool fin­ish – his 10th league goal of the sea­son – after a su­perb solo goal from Wal­sall’s Nicky Devlin had can­celled out Funso Ojo’s early vol­ley for the Iron.

Scun­thorpe’s re­cent run hauled them out of a slump of seven suc­ces­sive de­feats and McCall cred­ited a de­fen­sive im­prove­ment for the turn­around.

He said: “We had a sticky run. We’ve given so many goals to the op­po­si­tion with in­di­vid­ual er­rors and, at this mo­ment in time, we’ve cut them out.

“We’re not giv­ing teams op­por­tu­ni­ties and goals, we’ve so­lid­i­fied. We’ve had seven losses on the bounce – hope­fully now we’ll have seven wins!

“Our two goals were ter­rific to­day. For all the balls that Wal­sall put in, I don’t think they had a shot on goal, so I think we’ve man­aged the game re­ally well and de­fended strongly.”

Scun­thorpe led after 12 min­utes when mid­fielder Ojo stole in un­marked to vol­ley home Tony McMa­hon’s floated cor­ner-kick from around 15 yards.

The only other chance of a poor first half came seven min­utes later as Iron keeper Jak Al­nwick tipped Wal­sall top scorer Andy Cook’s 18-yard strike wide.

How­ever, right­back Devlin brought Wal­sall level with a su­perb goal after 53 min­utes, surg­ing past two men into the area and beat­ing an­other, be­fore lash­ing past Al­nwick into the far top cor­ner.

Scun­thorpe re­gained the lead after 68 min­utes as Ge­orge Thomas’ weighted pass freed No­vak to dink a clever fin­ish over out­rush­ing Wal­sall keeper Liam Roberts.

Wal­sall are get­ting sucked into dan­ger – they slipped to 16th and have won only once in 12 league games, prompt­ing boss Dean Keates to prom­ise Jan­uary re­in­force­ments.

Keates said: “I think ev­ery­one needs a lift. We will look to add a few bod­ies over the next week and it gives us a fresh im­pe­tus around the place.

“The play­ers gave ev­ery­thing to­day, we can’t ques­tion that, but we need to find a win from some­where and get some points on the board.

“If we can add ex­pe­ri­ence, we will – but with ex­pe­ri­ence comes quite a big price tag.”

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