Brian Laws frustrated with referee, but says Yeovil Town deserved to beat Scunthorpe United
ANGRY Iron manager Brian Laws claimed the biggest talking point of Scunthorpe United’s defeat at Yeovil Town had cost him his place in the dugout, but not his side the match.
Laws was sent to the stands at half-time by referee Dean Whitestone in response to the United boss’ protests at his failure to send off Glovers defender Byron Webster for a foul on Akpo Sodje as he raced through on goal right at the end of the first half.
The decision looked iffy at the time and TV replays later backed up Scunthorpe’s shouts.
The fact that Sodje was unable to continue because of an ankle injury only added to their woe.
Laws, though disappointed with the decision, claimed he had said nothing untoward to Whitestone.
He also admitted the better side had won.
“It should have been a red card and situations like that flip a game on its head,” said the Iron boss.
“Had he been sent off, I don't know what the outcome would have been in terms of the result, but it would have given us a far better chance of winning.
“You just want a bit of honesty and consistency from referees. How he hasn't given it I don't know. That's why we're very angry.
“It is a talking point - you can't get away from that - but over the 90 minutes we probably didn't deserve anything out of the game. Yeovil were the better side, in every department.”
Webster had headed the home side in front in the 28th minute and though Scunthorpe did show more attacking intent in the second half, a James Hayter penalty and an 18th goal of the season for the prolific Paddy Madden wrapped up a routine win for the Glovers, their eighth on the trot.
It meant an end to the Iron’s winning run, with a fifth game in 15 days proving ‘one too far’.
“The second goal was the sucker punch,” Laws continued.
“I thought we started the second half better and when we had a couple of half chances I thought if we kept probing we might get an opportunity.
“But we've also got to be thankful to Sam (Slocombe) for pulling off some great saves. He's in great form and without his services today we could have been looking at a really heavy defeat.
“Previously we've been very solid, but today there were so many leggy players out there.
“It was an awful pitch - not conducive to anything. Yeovil are used to it because they play on it. We struggled and were losing our grip.
“However, I can't take too much away from Yeovil's performance. They deserved the win and good luck to them.
“They've had a fantastic run of results. We hoped we could stop them but we couldn't, but I won't allow that to detract from the hard work and the results we've had previous to this game.
“We need to put it to bed as quickly as we possibly can but we'll lick our wounds, because we live and die by results.
“Hopefully at the end of next week we'll have another win under our belts.”