CURLE AND LAWS REACTION
"I said we wouldn't go to Scunthorpe to contain them," said Curle. "We went to play our football at our tempo and it was up to Scunthorpe to contain us.
"They are a good side but I think today they know they have played against a team that is going places.
"We earned the right to play our football and produced some attractive football at a good tempo that had them wobbling."
Brian Laws Interview from Radio Humberside
Transcribed by Martin Shaw
I've stated all week that if we finish one position above Mansfield then we'll get automatically promoted and I think that's a fair statement after today's performance. They're a tough side, a good side. I don't think there's anybody better than they are at the moment. They've got good pace and they attack well. And they can get goals as well. They had the two strikers up front Larkin and Asamoah who had good movement today.
We got right into them from the start, were fast out of the blocks, and coped well with them - we didn't allow them to boss the midfield. You couldn't have wished for a better strike from Bara.
We had to show our credentials and work hard for this point, but the main thing was we did not cave in. It was disappointing to concede from a set play. Their biggest threat was going to be Artell in the air. I put both Lauren (??) and Butler on him . Butler's just touched it but he's touched it straight onto Artell's head and it's gone straight in the back of the net. Not a lot you can do about that.
It's difficult for me to make a judgement on the disallowed goal from our position so you have to go off what the players say. They say the ball wasn't out, but the linesman given it; the referee was quite happy to give the goal. It's a shame because it would have lifted the roof at the club but at least it keeps Mansfield behind us. But I will stress they are a good side and we'll probably look on this one as a good point.
LAWS HAPPY WITH A POINT
Scunthorpe had to settle for a point from their 1-1 draw with Mansfield, but boss Brian Laws was happy with that after his side were second-best for long periods.
The Iron grabbed the initiative in the opening 75 seconds, but were then on the back foot as Mansfield settled down to play some excellent football without too much penetration.
Laws said: "I am happy with a point. Mansfield are a good side and if we stay in touch with them by a point and one place, we will be in a good position.
"We got right into them from the start, were fast out of the blocks, and coped well with them - we didn't allow them to boss the midfield. Mansfield are a top-three side, but we lacked a man to hold the ball up front.
"We had to show our credentials and work hard for this point, but the main thing was we did not cave in."
Stags boss Keith Curle said: "I am very happy with a point. Scunthorpe have a good home record, but we played some good football and gave a good account of ourselves.
"If we can continue to win at home, draw away and nick two wins on our travels, I will be very happy."
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