Scunthorpe United need everyone to chip in with goals, stresses manager Brian Laws
KARL Hawley may have been the one in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons at Notts County, but Scunthorpe United boss Brian Laws has told the rest of his team they are just as culpable when it comes to the lack of goals.
Former loan star Leon Clarke remains the Iron's top scorer on 11, with none of the current crop yet in double figures.
It is a situation Laws says must change if they are to survive in League One.
"We shouldn't just be reliant on Karl Hawley or Akpo Sodje to score the goals," he said.
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"As I stressed when I first came to this football club, there's not enough players in and around the team scoring goals.
"I want our defenders to contribute – that means from set-plays – and I want our midfielders to contribute, because if they (the strikers) are not scoring, why aren't you? It's the same thing.
"We've all got opportunities to score goals and I expect them all to chip in between now and the end of the season.
"You can't just pin it all on one person's shoulders to score goals, we're all responsible for scoring goals.
"Everybody can contribute to that.
"I'm asking the players themselves to be mindful of that.
"I want to see goals from other areas."
As part of that, Laws has once again focused on the importance of set-pieces in United's attack.
"I think I over-do it at times, to be honest," said the manager.
"We've got so many set-plays that we do, but I also want them to be progressive when we get to the last third and to use their initiative.
"Sometimes with set-plays everything's regimental and a lot of things I would like to do are off the cuff because they're the ones you get the goal from. The opposition aren't set up ready for the free-kick.
"Whilst we stress that if there's nothing on we do this set-up and that set-up, I want to see some goals coming because we are creating enough opportunities from set-play situations.
"That might be a big difference between us staying in the division and not.
"We've got to make sure that when we are in those situations we benefit from them."