Scunthorpe boss: Portsmouth are the best team in League One

Stuart McCall believes leaders Pompey are the best team League One has to offer.

Sunday, 25th November 2018, 8:47 am
Updated Tuesday, 8th January 2019, 4:57 pm
Scunthorpe boss, Stuart McCall. Picture: Richard Sellers (EMPICS Sport)

The Blues were 2-1 winners at Glanford Park on Saturday, extending their advantage at the summit to four points.

First-half goals from Tom Naylor and Gareth Evans looked to have put Kenny Jackett's side on the way to a convincing victory.

But after Lee Novak got one back on the hour mark, it was the Iron applying all the pressure.

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Scunthorpe boss, Stuart McCall. Picture: Richard Sellers (EMPICS Sport)

Yet Pompey remained resolute to ensure they returned to Fratton Park with a 10th away success of the campaign. 

McCall was pleased with the fighting spirit his Scunthorpe troops displayed. 

But the Iron boss insisted his side have a long way to go to get to the Blues' level.

McCall told Scunthorpe's official website: 'We were 2-0 down against the best side in the league, as the table shows, who are outstanding away from home.

'˜They're a good side, no doubt, but the key is to try to get the first goal against them. They got that from a set-play which they're really strong at.

'˜We didn't win the first header or the second ball, which is crucial and then they got one again not long after.

'˜It was a good goal from their point of view. One of our forward players dropped a runner and Gareth Evans nicked in, which we're always aware of and we showed that lads him doing that in the video on Friday.

'It could have been a case of do we buckle and it ends four or five nil, or do we show a bit and go out and win the second half.

'˜They did that and for spirit, guts and effort, it was terrific against a side with an experienced manager and a lot of lads who know this level.

'We're not at Portsmouth's level at this moment and we have a lot of work to do to get there, but one day we'll be there.'