Boss Brian Laws felt the magnitude of Scunthorpe's victory over Crawley could not be underestimated.

The Iron boosted their hopes of npower League One survival by coming from behind to record back-to-back home wins for the first time for almost three years.

"I feel so sorry for the fans that it has taken so long for this club to string together two successive home wins again," said Laws. "It just shows the magnitude of this result for us."

Former Scunthorpe favourite Matt Sparrow threatened to return to haunt his old club when he fired Crawley in front in the 48th minute with his first goal since joining them in January.

But the hosts came roaring back with goals from Jimmy Ryan and centre-back Niall Canavan to snatch a 2-1 victory. On the back of a similar result in midweek against Portsmouth, that keeps Scunthorpe just above the bottom four.

"I am delighted for the players because they got their reward for the endeavour they put in," said Laws. "They have scrapped it out against a good Crawley side who have invested well during January."

Crawley's hopes of making the play-offs appear to be faltering after only one win in their last five games.

"It is very frustrating," said manager Richie Barker. "We have brought in a lot of new faces and we have a very young squad who going to need time to gel. But that has been made very difficult by a very stop-start fixture list that we have had.

"We have a very disappointed dressing room in there. They know they have let themselves down with the way they have played. I let them have their say first after the game - and I was pleased with their reaction.

"Without playing particularly well, this was a game we could have won after going in front early in the second half. We are going to have to learn how to win games like this - and quickly. But the margins are so fine between success and failure."