Scunthorpe manager Brian Laws was furious with one red card, and the lack of another, as his first home match back in charge ended in a 2-2 draw with Notts County.

Laws felt the sending off of his skipper Paul Reid for an aerial challenge with Yoann Arquin was harsh and claimed County's two-goal hero Lee Hughes should also been sent off.

"I have seen the video evidence and Reid heads the ball," said Laws. "I will be talking with the referee and we will consider an appeal. Then just afterwards, there is clear video evidence again that Hughes has smashed our defender Tom Newey in the face and gets away with it.

"Then he goes and scores the goal that earns County a draw. But he should not have been in the field."

Rejuvenated Scunthorpe, looking for a third successive win since the return of Laws for his second spell in charge of the club, led twice. Full-back Christian Ribeiro fired them in front after 13 minutes with his first-ever league goal and midfielder Damien Mozika celebrated his first start of the season with a goal on the stroke of half-time.

"I thought we started extremely well," said Laws. "County are a good team and I was pleased with the way we played against them. It was difficult for us when we went down to 10 men, so overall I have to be happy with a point."

It was veteran Hughes, recalled to the starting line-up for the first time in two months, who rescued County's unbeaten away record, which is now 18 games stretching back to February.

"I felt it was the right time to bring Lee back in," said Notts manager Keith Curle. "I know his character and I know if you put him in at the right time and against the right opposition, then you will get goals out of him. I wish I could say it was because of what he had been doing in training - but he has just had a few days off!

"I thought some of our football was excellent but I am really disappointed with the goals we conceded. We have come here and adjusted our system to stop Scunthorpe playing, but have then gifted them two goals.

"We should have done much better with our defending out wide for each goal. It really annoys me because we spend so much time working at our defending on the training ground."