Daws expects referee apology as Iron are smashed at Sunderland


Nick Daws says he is expecting an apology from referee Anthony Backhouse after he failed to point to the spot and award Scunthorpe an early penalty at Sunderland on Sunday.

Backhouse waved away Iron protests when George Thomas was sent flying in the box under a poor challenge by Black Cats defender Jack Baldwin, leaving Daws visibly angry on the touchline.

“I think we should have had a penalty,” Daws told the press.

“I thought it was (a penalty) at the time. My gut reaction was that he’d been wiped out. From the reaction from their bench, they thought they’d got away with one.

“If we had gone 1-0 up we would have quietened the crowd down and been able to grow into the game with a bit more confidence and belief.

“The referee tells me he didn’t have a decent angle and couldn’t really see it.

“He said he would apologise to me afterwards if he made a mistake so I am expecting an apology.

“But it is indication of what 30 to 35,000 people can have even on the best of officials.”

Sunderland had the game wrapped up by half time with goals from Power, Maja and Maguire and Daws added that he was very disappointed with his side’s performance.

“If you come here, play like that and sit on the back foot for large periods of time, Sunderland have got good players and they will hurt you and that proved to be the case.”

Daws will be expecting a reaction from his players when they welcome Fleetwood Town to Glanford Park on Tuesday.

They will start the game as slight favourites due to the home advantage and you can take advantage of a Betsid promo code if you are looking to have a bet on the match.

The Iron have no fresh injury worries for the game, which gives Daws has a number of selection headaches, including whether to change formation. Lee Novak has cut a frustrated and isolated figure up front for Scunthorpe in recent weeks and despite a goal against Walsall in their last home league game, he has been feeding off scraps with some fans calling for two up front.

Rory McArdle will be looking to start the game following his exclusion at Sunderland, whilst Ryan Colclough and Steve Humphrys are pushing for a start following impressive cameo appearances in recent weeks.

Funso Ojo featured in the second half at Sunderland and would give the Iron a significant boost if he is able to start against the Cod Army on Wednesday evening.

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Written by Will Montag

Will Montag is an English Literature graduate of Manchester Metropolitan University. He is an avid reader of fiction, and a lifelong Iron fan. Will enjoys various outdoor pursuits in his spare time.

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