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STU SEETHING AT SCUNTHORPE

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STUART McCALL was seething as Scunthorpe gave away cheap goals in the 3-3 League One draw with Rochdale.

On-loan Rangers keeper Jak Alnwick was given little protection and the former Scotland international midfielder, who took over as boss last month, insisted his players’ decision-making needs to improve.

Ex-Motherwell gaffer McCall said: “We expected it to be open, we knew we’d get opportunities and that we had to defend well.

“We went in two goals up at half-time and looked okay at parts. In the second-half, we lost a goal at the start. We were talking about giving cheap, silly free-kicks away on the edge of the box, and though Jak made a really good save, we didn’t follow it in and their lad did.

“We bounced straight back with a goal from a set-play, but then we seemed to go into our shells.

“They were always going to come on, they’re 3-1 down and had to have a go.

“The third goal was a really poor goal to lose. They all left it for each other and it’s about decision-making. Even though you’re 30 yards from goal, if you have to make a foul you go and do it.

“You can’t let the boy take the ball. They got a fortunate deflection and it went over Jak’s head, but I don’t think it was anything less than they deserved.

“I just felt we made a lot of wrong decisions. There were times when we could have counter-attacked and looked after the ball, but our passing and possession wasn’t good enough.

“There were times when we slashed at the ball and showed an edginess, but I think that’s on the back of being beaten at home by Fleetwood and then being pegged back against Barnsley.

“We were hanging on again. You take a point out of it, but when you’re 2-0 up and 3-1 up you’ve got to manage the game better. Unfortunately, we’ve not done that.”

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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