Notts County manager Chris Kiwomya was happy with his side's efforts after they battled to a 1-0 win against relegation-threatened Scunthorpe at Meadow Lane.

Former County man Karl Hawley proved the villain for Scunthorpe after missing a host of guilt-edge chances for the Iron in the second half which ultimately cost his side dearly.

Defender Dean Leacock - back after a two-game ban - stroked in the winner in the 81st minute for County and kept them in touch with the race for the playoffs.

Kiwomya said his side responded well after their below-par performance in losing to Preston at home on Tuesday night.

He said: "I always thought that whoever got the first goal would win the game. It was a lot better than Tuesday. We were a lot more committed and knew what we wanted to do and created a lot more chances than against Preston.

"On Tuesday night we all got a lot of stick and rightly so. If you don't perform to the standards we have set ourselves we will come in for a bit of stick. We have to take that criticism and turn it into a positive and we did today. Playing 4-4-2 you will leave yourself a bit open and we did at times but at this stage of the season you need the wins."

Scunthorpe manager Brian Laws refused to criticise his striker Hawley for missing a hat-trick of clear chances to punish his former employers. He said: "I just feel so sorry for Karl. He should have been walking away with the match ball.

"You can't fault a player for missing. He wants to score goals and he has created the opportunities himself as well. It is just one of those things and there is always that nagging thought at the back of your mind that they will get an opportunity at some stage of the game and that's what happened."

The defeat leaves Scunthorpe still mired in the relegation dogfight but Laws felt his side's performance has to be taken as a positive for the rest of the campaign.

He said: "I was delighted with the performance - we were excellent. I've said to the players there are two ways this can go. We can either use this performance as a solid base and say that is the kind of performance we've got to put in until the end of the season to get the points we need, or you sulk about it. "