Praise for strike duo

Last updated : 14 January 2006 By Luke Thornhill

Keogh put United ahead five minutes in when he capitalised on an error by Robins keeper Adriano Basso, who blasted an attempted clearance straight at the Irishman to leave him with a simple tap-in.

Laws told BBC Radio Humberside: "We identified the fact their goalkeeper does take risks at times, and you've got to be there to close them down

"It was great work by Keogh, he was outstanding with the effort that he put in and deserved that goal.

"That wasn't our best performance, but we're tough to beat and that's how you have got to be. we've made them work hard for a point.

"There was some exceptionally good movement at times, on the odd occasion when it worked it looked fantastic

"The oportunity for Billy Sharp came from superb movement, but it didn't result in a goal. He was stretching, I thought the front pair worked extremely hard and caused their defence problems - we've got the willingness of Keogh down the sides and Sharp in the box."

But Laws was disappointed to concede a leveller from Bas Savage, who was left unmarked to head home from six yards out after escaping his marker Richard Hinds.

He added: "We got a little bit sloppy with the passing which allowed Bristol City to get up a head of steam.

"The equaliser, no disrespect to Savage but he's probably one of the worst headers of the ball you'll ever see.

"I don't think he even knew himself that it had come off his head. Hindsy should have done better, but the rest of the match we were solid."

Bristol City boss Gary Johnson said: "With the debacle of the goal after five minutes it is difficult against a team who just want to keep that result. But we had to get a tempo, and we were right on song in our quality and on another day we might have took our chances better.

"Scunthorpe were a hard nut to crack, we kept going and we are still unbeaten now."