Proud Laws praises players

Last updated : 08 January 2005 By Luke Thornhill
United stunned their prestigious hosts with an eight minute opener from Paul Hayes, and could have been two goals up before Mateja Kezman hit the equaliser.

And even after the Blues had taken the lead through a cruel Andy Crosby own goal, the Iron put in a sterling display - with Cleveland Taylor twice going close, seeing one of those efforts come crashing back off the woodwork.

Laws said: "I am very proud of the players but a little disappointed that we didn¹t get anything more out of the game.

"When the score was 1-1 there was some nervy play from Chelsea and it was disappointing for Andy to score the own goal.

"But we had our chances to equalise. Cleveland Taylor had a volley brilliantly saved by their keeper and then he hit the post.

"We were pressing for the equaliser and then the third goal killed us. Their manager made a few changes and maybe that was the reason we started so well.

"We were very much on top in the first 20 minutes - there was only one team in looking likely to score.

"But as the game went on, the Chelsea players stepped up a gear. They knew they had to to get a result.

"But overall, the players did the town, the fans and the club proud. I could not have asked for anymore from them.

"Hopefully, we can continue that kind of performance in the League - that's the most important thing for us."