New Scunthorpe boss Stuart McCall was raging as his side gave away sloppy goals against Rochdale at the weekend.
The Iron earned a point in a 3-3 draw, but on-loan Rangers keeper Jak Alnwick was given little protection by his back four. McCall insisted his players’ decision-making needs to improve if they’re going to get out of the rut they’re in.
“We expected it to be open, we knew we’d get opportunities and that we had to defend well. We went in two goals up at half-time and looked okay at parts. In the second-half, we lost a goal at the start. We were talking about giving cheap, silly free-kicks away on the edge of the box, and though Jak made a really good save, we didn’t follow it in and their lad did.”
“We bounced straight back with a goal from a set-play, but then we seemed to go into our shells. They were always going to come on, they’re 3-1 down and had to have a go. The third goal was a really poor goal to lose. They all left it for each other and it’s about decision-making. Even though you’re 30 yards from goal, if you have to make a foul you go and do it.”
McCall took over earlier this month from Nick Daws, dismissed before the end of the first month, but it is clear the size of the job ahead is significant.
The Iron are 18th in the table, with seven points from seven matches.
McCall has a huge job to do. We were at Glanford Park for the Fleetwood massacre and they looked devoid of ideas, shape and confidence. Daws lost his job soon after, but they’re still struggling at the back.
They are scoring goals though, that is one huge positive. Mind you, from 2-0 up and 3-1 up, they shouldn’t be letting points slip at home.