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Notts County 2-2 Scunthorpe United

Joe Jones

Notts stopped the rot today but will rue the missed opportunity of securing a priceless three points as they held Scunthorpe United to a 2-2 draw at Meadow Lane.

The visitors began in outstanding fashion as they won two successive corners in the first minute.

From the second of these, Paddy Madden’s header was tipped on to the bar by Kevin Pilkington, before Theo Robinson pounced to nod in the rebound.

Notts quickly came back as a fingertip save by Luke Daniels from a Garry Thompson strike stopped the hosts from pulling level.

Gary Jones then let fly from distance but Daniels just managed to hold on to the ball. A few minutes later, however, he smashed an effort into the net from 25 yards which left Daniels helpless.

The home side continued to fashion the better of the chances as Daniels rushed out quickly to deny former Iron loanee Jimmy Spencer as he raced clear.

Scunthorpe then came close to retaking the lead on the half hour mark as Isaiah Osbourne was fouled on the edge of the box and Gary McSheffrey's free kick was deflected narrowly wide.

The Iron started the second half strongly as a weighted pass from Liam O’Neil found Robinson who then released McSheffrey, but Kevin Pilkington was quick to smother his effort.

Notts replied quickly as they won a free kick 25 yards out and Sean Newton’s effort clipped the top of the bar before going over.

They then took the lead with 15 minutes to go as a ball into the box fell to the feet of Balint Bajner, who lashed home from 12 yards out.

Scunthorpe fought their way back into the match, though, and four minutes from time a McSheffrey free kick found Niall Canavan in the box, heading home via the post.

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Do you think this result was good enough given Paul Hart's "bounce" effect and Scunthorpe's league position?

When Paul Hart was our caretaker manager he appeared passionless and watched the match with folded arms. Did he seem more involved for you?

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