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Daws admits refereeing decisions hard to take following draw at Oxford

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Interim manager Nick Daws admitted he was disappointed with referee Darren Drysdale’s performance as the Iron were held to a 1-1 draw with Oxford at the Kassam Stadium.

An Ivan Toney goal was the reward for a scintillating first half performance from Scunthorpe, but they should have been further ahead and were denied a clear penalty when Henry handled on the line just before half time.

Drysdale, who was linesman in the 2000 FA Cup Final, waved away two further claims for a penalty for the away side, before pointing to the spot when Oxford substitute Jon Obika slipped in the area allowing Henry to slide home the equaliser.

“It is a hard one to take but as disappointed as we are we have to move on from it because we are not getting any of those decisions back,” Daws said after the game.

“My initial view of the handball was that it was a penalty because to chest it off the line with the angle of his body would have been miraculous.

“The view of the penalty against us was again a bit soft but it came at a time when the crowd were getting whipped up and Oxford were getting a bit of tempo and momentum.

“I will probably be seething over a glass of wine tonight”

The stand in boss added that there were many positives to take, despite only coming away with a point.

“We could have been a bit more ruthless in the final part of the pitch but I thought in the first half we were outstanding”.

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