Robins deserve credit says Scunthorpe boss
BRIAN Laws said Cheltenham Town deserved tremendous credit for their second half rally against his Scunthorpe United side on Saturday.
Etienne Esajas put Scunthorpe ahead in the fifth minute after a sluggish start by the visitors at Glanford Park.
But the second half saw the Robins pile on the pressure before Sam Winnall's 90th minute strike secured maximum points for the Iron.
"In the first half we dominated large periods of the game and should have buried it, but one goal wasn't enough for us," Laws said.
Traditional Shave, Facial Treatment, Whisky and a Shoe Shine -...View details
Gents, enjoy a traditional shave, facial treatment, glass of whisky and a shoeshine for £31
Terms: Early and later appointments available upon request.
Contact: 01242 504887
Valid until: Tuesday, December 31 2013
"Cheltenham were still in it and they took a gamble and pushed at us in the second half.
"We dealt with their set plays well, despite some scary moments, but we needed that second goal and we missed several chances before we got it.
"Cheltenham kept going, so credit to them and people will question whether they should have had a penalty, but I think the referee got it right."
Laws sent on Winnall in place of Deon Burton in the 66th minute and he could have scored two before finally beating Scott Brown.
He was pleased with the former Wolves striker's reaction to being dropped to the bench, with Burton and ex-Robins loan front man Jimmy Spencer preferred.
"Sam could have had three goals, but it was pleasing for him to score because he was snatching at things in good positions," Laws said.
"He calmed us again with the second and he was terrific, responding in the right way to starting on the bench.
"I thought that was the right decision because the link-up between my two starting strikers was the best it's been.
"They communicated well and got us up the pitch and when Deon jarred his back we lost fluency a little, but we knew we could hurt Cheltenham if we kept the ball."