FULL-TIME: Scunthorpe United 2 Notts County 2
Brian Laws made a positive start to life back at Glanford Park, with 10-man Scunthorpe United securing a 2-2 draw against Notts County.
And it could have been more for the Iron as they twice took the lead in Laws' first home game back in charge.
Christian Ribeiro opened the scoring with 13 minutes gone and after Lee Hughes equalised shortly before the half hour mark, Damien Mozika – in his first start of the season - ensured the hosts went into half-time with the advantage.
A red card for skipper Paul Reid however, proved costly and Hughes levelled once more for the Magpies.
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Still, it made it three unbeaten for United under Laws, who also gave a debut to loan signing Nathan Ellington in the final few minutes.
The Ipswich Town striker was brought in earlier in the week as the manger prepares for life without Leon Clarke, with the Charlton Athletic front man due to return to his parent club next month.
Clarke's goals have been a lifeline for Scunthorpe, but against a classy County side, they proved others are perfectly capable of chipping in.
Having survived a spell of Notts possession, the hosts gradually grew into the game.
A long throw out from keeper Steve Mildenhall found Mark Duffy on the right and some lovely link-up play followed between the Iron winger, Karl Hawley and Clarke.
The latter attempted to find the finish from inside the area, but didn't have enough power behind his shot to beat Bartosz Bialkowski. The Magpies stopper spilled the ball at the first attempt, but was able to gather in time before Hawley could follow-up.
It got worse for Bialkowski though, just a few minutes later.
A poor clearance allowed United to quickly reapply the pressure, with Duffy back on the attack down the right. Ribeiro soon joined in, taking over possession before cutting inside and drilling the ball across goal and into the far corner of the net for his first senior goal.
Duffy could have made it 2-0 three minutes later, tearing up the field on the counter-attack from a Notts corner, only to be stopped right on the edge of the area by a superb tackle from Dean Leacock before he had chance to pull the trigger.
Having been kept quiet for a spell, the visitors then began to turn on the style.
Mildenhall comfortably caught a Hughes header from a free-kick just before the half hour mark, but could not do the same barely five minutes later.
A fine cross from Alan Judge out on the right was powerfully headed in by the County forward to equalise.
Scunthorpe though, were quick to respond and ended the half on the front foot.
Clarke headed against the crossbar from Jimmy Ryan's clipped ball in, before appealing for a penalty after being floored when racing on to Duffy's through-ball.
Just as it looked like the scoreline was going to stay all-square heading into half-time, Mozika was played in by Ribeiro and fired into the far corner from inside the area.
County came out determined to level the scores again in the second half.
A free-kick on the very edge of the right-hand side of the area, following a handball by Tom Newey, was swung in by Alan Sheehan and punched away by Mildenhall, while Hughes saw a header come crashing back off a post and then had an effort ruled out for offside.
Notts continued to turn the screw and Scunthorpe's task was made all the harder with 20 minutes remaining when Reid was given his marching orders for elbowing Yoann Arquin when going up for a header.
The home side came under sustained attack as the Magpies laid siege to the 10 men in claret and blue.
Although for the most part doing a sterling job, it came as no surprise when the Iron defence was finally breached.
A corner from Sheehan found Lee Hughes at the far post and he slotted the ball into the net to draw level.
County continued to pummel their opponents, but the Iron stood firm, surviving a fraught five minutes of added time to secure a point.
SCUNTHORPE: Mildenhall; Ribeiro, Reid, Canavan, Newey; Duffy, Ryan (Kennedy 71), Mozika, Barcham; Hawley, Clarke (Ellington 83). Subs not used: Slocombe, Grella, Gibbons, Howe, Keegan.
NOTTS COUNTY: Bialkowski; Liddle, Stewart (Labadie 74), Leacock, Sheehan; Bishop, Boucard, J Hughes (Zoko 83); Campbell-Ryce (Arquin 30), L Hughes, Judge. Subs not used: Mitchell, Showunmi, Mahon, Bencherif.
ATTENDANCE: 4,553 (795 away).