Scunthorpe interim manager Nick Daws praised his side’s fearless character after twice coming from a goal behind in the League One play-off semi-final first leg against Rotherham
Scunthorpe caretaker boss Nick Daws says his side “don’t know how to be beaten” after their 2-2 League One play-off semi-final draw with Rotherham.
Heading into the game on the back of an eight-game unbeaten run, Daws’ men fell behind after 17 minutes when Jon Taylor slid home Richie Towell’s pass, but were level within 30 seconds of the restart when Michael Ihiekwe put Duane Holmes’ dink into his own net.
Substitute Joe Newell restored the lead with his first touch of the game just after the hour mark, but Cameron McGeehan scrambled a dramatic late equaliser when the Millers’ backline failed to deal with Ivan Toney’s flick into the six-yard box.
The draw leaves the tie finely poised ahead of next week’s return leg at the New York Stadium and the temporary Iron boss felt that ever-growing confidence will stand his side in good stead on Wednesday evening.
“It sets it up nicely, immensely,” said Daws. “I think me and Warney [Rotherham boss Paul Warne] were both saying with about 85 minutes to go, that we’d take a draw at that point. Joking apart, I thought it was two very good teams with contrasting styles going at each other for 90 minutes.
Highlights of the Sky Bet League One playoff semi-final first leg between Scunthorpe and Rotherham.
“I don’t think this team knows how to be beaten. That’s not tempting fate, I think it’s growing in confidence over the course of the eight games now and it’s fearless.
“We weren’t at our best today, by far, but credit to Warney for the way he set his team up, it’s what we expected and we’ve got to find another way of getting back into the game and we did that.”
Daws’ side responded well to falling behind on two separate occasions at Glanford Park and the former midfielder – who turned out for Rotherham between 2001 and 2005 – praised the character of his side in clinching a draw from the jaws of defeat.
“I thought my team showed an immense amount of character to get the equalising goal after bouncing back from the first goal as well. Cam McGeehan has come on, he’s been threatening that for a couple of months now and he gets his reward so I’m pleased for him.”
He added: “We’ve spoken about our home form not being perhaps as good as it should’ve been, but our away form has been excellent. It’s a play-off semi-final second leg and hopefully we’ve got two away games to come.”