We're not gaining full rewards for our efforts, says Scunthorpe United boss Brian Laws after draw
SCUNTHORPE United boss Brian Laws said he could do nothing but applaud the free-kick which rescued a point for Carlisle United at Brunton Park.
But admitted if his own side had shown such sharpness in front of goal they would have been celebrating a second successive away win.
The Iron had the edge against the Cumbrians, creating several chances in the first half before Karl Hawley put them in front with 52 minutes gone.
They were left to rue those missed opportunities when David Symington fired in a stunning free-kick, arrowing the ball past keeper Sam Slocombe and into the top corner from at least 30 yards out to leave the scores tied.
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"The only disappointment is we didn't take the chances we created," Laws reflected.
"In open play, we created all the chances really. Carlisle didn't really create anything in open play.
"The only time they had a chance was from a set-play. And some set-play it was.
"It's probably goal of the season, you'll not see a better strike than that.
"Sometimes you have to stand back and admire it and say well done, terrific.
"If you tried that a thousand times you'd never do it. It hit us on Saturday and cost us two points.
"Karl's doing extremely well.
"But I've got to say, and probably Karl will say, he should have had two or three on Saturday. He probably had the best chances of everybody to score. If he had his shooting boots on he would have had a hat-trick.
"But great credit to him. He's getting confidence and growing. Everybody's thriving on him and long may it continue."
The 1-1 draw maintained United's unbeaten start to 2013, but to keep that going Laws accepts his players will have to start performing at home.
Their form at Glanford Park, where they have won just once all season, remains something of a concern.
Colchester United's victory over Walsall on Saturday meant Scunthorpe slipped back into the bottom four, and with five home games coming up in February, the manager knows the next month will go some way to deciding their fate.
"I'm delighted we're undefeated but I'm disappointed we haven't gained more points for the effort we're putting in," he said.
"Certainly, the players deserve more because they're showing a resilience we didn't have before and when they go out there they believe they're not going to get beat.
"That's something they've not tasted before.
"We're on a reasonable run away from home, we just need to transfer our performances, hard work and effort into our home form.
"We should have had two wins at home at the turn of this new year, but we've got to keep believing it's only a matter of time.
"I believe that's the case, that it's only a matter of time before we get our home wins.
"If we get our home wins right we will be fine.
"We've played a lot of games away from home since I've been here, I feel like we've hardly played at home, so it will be nice to get some games under our belt there.
"We've got three games on the bounce coming soon and that's a time when we've got to now take charge.
"The players will certainly believe in themselves a little bit more after Saturday's performance because other than a magnificent strike against us we didn't look like we were going to concede.
"That showed great spirit from the players."