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Daws reacts following fightback at AFC Wimbledon

7 April 2018

Speaking after drawing 1-1 away from home, interim manager Nick Daws believes the Iron should have beaten AFC Wimbledon.

Lee Novak scored a late equaliser, connecting with a cross from Duane Holmes to strike from close range, as Scunthorpe cancelled out Will Nightingale’s early effort.

After the match, Daws spoke to iFollow Iron about the result and provided an update on Funso Ojo, who missed out through injury. 

From Wimbledon’s perspective, they had a game plan to try and beat us, and that was to go direct up to Lyle Taylor, causing us problems that way. I don’t think we dealt with that well enough. They were launching it up to the edge of our 18-yard box. I asked the players to keep moving the ball and to do things that we did well last week. The time and space would open up. It did a few times and we probably did not make the best of the final pass. We didn’t get enough crosses into the box, until the latter part of the game. We didn’t do as well as I expected in the first-half. The second-half is a completely different picture, and I do believe we should have won the game.

We have missed him (when out injured). Ivan (Toney) brings youth, freshness and a bit of unpredictability in his game. Lee Novak brings experience and nous. I thought he was really good when he came on. At this moment, he hasn’t got 90 minutes in him. Overall, I am pleased with his impact and the impact of the other substitutions as well. 

They managed the game well and did a lot off the ball to prevent Duane (Holmes) getting those runs into the box. I told him to stick at it and he will get the opportunity, and he did. We tried as much as we can to change things around with a style of play that would give us some certainty to get back into the game. 

Funso has played a huge amount of football and we had a little setback with him after training on Thursday, which put him in doubt. He has seen a specialist and I believe that it has been resolved. He should be back in training by next week. Neal Bishop has provided a real foundation to be able to get us back into the game. He kept wanting the ball and certainly did very well.

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