Laws not throwing in the towel

Brian Laws: Encouraging first-half display

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Brian Laws believes Scunthorpe can still survive in League One.

A 1-1 home draw with play-off chasing Walsall leaves the Iron in the bottom four, two points adrift of safety, but Laws remains optimistic about keeping them up.

"It does look a difficult task now but we have got to keep believing we can do it," said Laws.

"I thought our first half display was really good and we should have been a couple of goals in front. But the goals have dried up for us now and that is really hurting us.

"The goals are not coming at times when we are dominating games. I really believe that if we had scored first against Walsall, then we would have gone on and won this game.

"But you could see a reaction when it was they who scored just after half-time. Credit to my team though that they kept going to got back into the game with a late equaliser.

"Will that be enough - who know's? I can quite understand our supporters going away at the end feeling 'that is it'. But we cannot think like that. I know the situation we are in is now difficult but we have got to believe we still have a chance of getting out of trouble.

"We have got a big match at Bury now on Tuesday night and we have got to go there and get three points. Nothing else will do, but if we can come away with a win, then that will keep the pressure on the teams around us."

Centre-back Niall Canavan salvaged Scunthorpe a point with an 88th-minute header after Will Grigg had fired Walsall in front from close range after 54 minutes with his 19th goal of the season.