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Knill salutes his loan star

19 September 2012

Scunthorpe manager Alan Knill hailed the impact of his new-look strikeforce after his side earned a 1-1 draw at Oldham.

In a battle of early-season strugglers Karl Hawley and Leon Clarke formed a dangerous partnership for the Iron - with Clarke making it three goals in three games since joining on loan from Charlton.

Oldham levelled after 40 minutes as Jonathan Grounds crossed from the left and Matt Derbyshire, on loan from Nottingham Forest, bundled home from close range. The home side then took control, but had an injury-time goal ruled out for Robbie Simpson's challenge on visiting goalkeeper Sam Slocombe.

Scunthorpe manager Knill said: "In the end I'm delighted with a point because we knew Oldham would put us under pressure in the second half. It's another step forward and our front two were a real handful.

"Their movement is so good and they have made a real difference. You can't ask for more than a goal per game from Leon. They are looking pretty good signings - we only had a certain amount of money to spend, but we spent it wisely.

"Our confidence is growing, which you could see from our first-half performance and the point keeps us moving. We couldn't keep up the tempo for 90 minutes, but we knew we'd have to do some defending."

Oldham boss Paul Dickov was unhappy with the officials. He said: "I've looked at the disallowed goal and it wasn't a foul. Their keeper came out, dropped the ball on to our player and then fell over him.

"On Saturday [in a 2-2 draw with Notts County] we had a late goal disallowed for offside when it was actually onside by two yards. It's very frustrating and we are unlucky not to be talking about six points instead of two.

"That doesn't mean I'll forget about the first 30 minutes because they weren't good enough. We weren't at the races, we were too open and we were too stretched as a team.

"Once we put that right we played some of our best stuff in my time at the club. At times it was magnificent. We deserved to win, but we have to perform more consistently for 90 minutes and from game to game."

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