Laws seeking home comforts

Brian Laws knows his Scunthorpe side are going to be in real relegation trouble unless they can drastically improve their home form.

Last Updated: 01/01/13 at 21:26

Laws: Hatching a plan

Laws: Hatching a plan

The Iron surrendered an early two-goal lead in a 2-2 draw with Oldham to leave them with just one win in front of their own fans all season.

"That is clearly not good enough," said manager Laws. "We have got to look at this as two points dropped because we were definitely in a winnable situation."

Scunthorpe thought they had opened the scoring in the eighth minute but a header from Jimmy Ryan was judged not to have crossed the line after coming down off the crossbar. But they still took command with goals after 16 minutes and 19 minutes from Niall Canavan and Mark Duffy respectively.

"I thought we were playing some of he best football we have produced for some games," said Laws. "It's how you then react when things go against you that matter, and I thought after Oldham scored, we were on the back foot."

Laws also groaned about two crucial decisions that went against his side.

"It is difficult for us to tell, but the players certainly felt Ryan's header had crossed the line. But the linesman seemed to freeze before finally giving his decision. And it should never have been a penalty for Oldham's equaliser.

"The referee will have to look at himself and feel he did not have a good game - but we cannot just blame referees for our results. We have got to start winning more home games.

"I am sure if we keep chipping away at it, then they will come. But at the moment we have not won enough games at home to give us the confidence that we need."

Oldham got back into the game with a goal from former Scunthorpe skipper Cliff Byrne after 35 minutes and earned their first point in five games when Jose Baxter levelled from the spot after 65 minutes following a challenge in the box by Matt Smith. The Latics were reduced to 10 men two minutes afterwards when midfielder James Wesolowski was sent off.

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