Tuesday’s goal scorer Lyle Taylor hailed his team-mates’ work ethic after they came from behind to salvage a 2-2 draw at Port Vale.Neal Bishop initially gave the Iron the lead and the home side went 2-1 up before Jennison Myrie-Williams saw red against his former club for a second bookable offence.
Luke O’Neill got his second assist of the game when he put in an ideal cross for Taylor to put United on level terms with 11 minutes left on the clock.
“It was a fair point,” Taylor said, reflecting to The Iron Player.
“Before the sending off we were on top and it’s always hard once you get a man dismissed, whether it is unjust or not.
“All of the boys dug in and we worked hard for each other and it’s a deserved point.
“It’s not an easy place to come and the weather was terrible for most of the night.
“It’s a point in the right direction and we will build on three games unbeaten.”
The summer signing admitted he was unsure of Myrie-Williams’ dismissal, particularly the first booking, where the former Port Vale winger was cautioned for diving.
“If you look at the reaction from three of their players, it tells you all you need to know,” he said.
“The first wasn’t a yellow card, their man caught Jenno’s leg, which maybe is why it looked like a dive, but he doesn’t dive.
“The referee made his decision at the end of the day and we dealt with it and ground out a result.”
Taylor scored his second goal of the campaign, just over a month after he was on target against Coventry and the 24-year-old feels he could have had more.
“It’s always nice to score,” he added.
“It was disappointing to have one cleared off the line in the first half and i should have done better with a chance after I scored, but I had nothing left in my legs at that point.
“I should have scored two out of my three chances, someone said their player handballed it (the first chance) but I didn’t see it so it was just a great clearance off the goal-line.
“Maybe I could have done better with the finish and the last one I should have done better and it’s a learning curve. It was my first start in a month, I’ve been out injured and it’s good to get the minutes back in my legs.
“It’s a good point and there wasn’t one moment which got us it - our work ethic was unbelievable.
“It’s one of the widest pitches in the league and the workrate was brilliant.”
Myrie-Williams’ sending off means he will miss Saturday’s match with Notts County through suspension, as will Bishop, who received his fifth yellow card of the campaign.
One man back in contention will be Gary McSheffrey, who sat out the clash in Staffordshire due to suspension and his return adds to the competition in the Iron ranks.
Taylor is hopeful he can keep his starting place, although he will have no complaints if Mark Robins decides to adjust the line-up for the visit of Shaun Derry’s in-form County.
See much more from Lyle Taylor, Mark Robins and Neal Bishop on The Iron Player.