Date: 16th March 2015 at 11:51am
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Manager Nigel Clough has said he was both satisfied and frustrated following the draw against Scunthorpe at the weekend.

Audio – Clough On Scunthorpe Draw
Scunthorpe Highlights
Scunthorpe Match Stats

Speaking to the Official Site following the one all draw, Clough was pleased to see us battle back from a goal behind in the game as Kieron Freeman bagged his first club goal, and whilst he felt a point was the least we deserved he knows the performance overall wasn’t what it should’ve been based on the standards we have set so far this season.

‘A point away from home is always a good result and it was the least we deserved. We played well in the first-half and dominated for spells, but gave away a poor goal. If you lose two headers in the box you are always going to be in trouble, but it was the only chance of note that Scunthorpe had. That made equalising on the stroke of half-time vitally important and it was a fantastic goal.’

The goal itself for Clough highlighted the importance of the full backs in our game plan and it was something we hadn’t done enough of in his eyes really as we were breaking on them.

‘The goal showed how important our full-backs are in the way we want to play. One crossed it from the left and the right-back scores from inside the penalty area. At the other end, we keep saying we lack height and with all the will in the world we can’t do too much about that, but we keep saying don’t give away cheap free-kicks and we keep doing so, but we still have to compete better in our own box.’

With a patched up defence in many ways though, Clough knows he has to be content with our efforts because again he can’t fault the effort of the players in trying to get more from the game.

‘We were patched up though defensively, with John Brayford at centre-half, Jay McEveley nursing a bad shoulder and Kieron Freeman starting for the first time in a while, so we are pleased with a point but it could have been three on another day.’

On balance though in many ways he felt it was a fair point, as he knows we had the better of the first period but he had to hand the second half to them.

A disappointment though was the penalty shout.

‘We have had another big shout for a penalty turned down for a foul on Kieron Freeman, decisions certainly aren’t going our way and that has cost us a handful of points.’

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