New signing Matt Sparrow looked to be writing himself the perfect script for his first return to his former club.
He scored Crawley Town’s opening goal and looked likely to be setting up a welcome away win.
However two goals conceded in the last 20-odd minutes meant he had to rip up his dream story.
Sparrow, 29, received a warm welcome from the appreciative Scunthorpe fans after spending 11 years there during which he scored around 40 goals in 300 appearances.
He did not celebrate his goal and became a popular figure among his friends at Glanford Park who laid bets he would score against his old club.
Sparrow said: “I’ve got to respect the fans here - they’ve been good to me. I decided if I scored I wouldn’t celebrate. I didn’t have to do much - it came in my direction all I had to do was hit the target.”
Sparrow reckons the Reds threw away a chance to win by missing a great chance to increase their lead and by letting in cheap goals.
He said: “We came in at half-time lucky to be 0-0 because we were second best all over the park. We got the goal and if we’d got the second we’d have killed them off.
“We dropped deep and in my opinion conceded two sloppy goals. They got their goal which was a bit lucky, got the second and it was game over. You can’t give away goals like that.”
Sparrow insists the senior players like himself must lend a hand with bringing the younger players on.
He said: “Coming to this team I’ve got to be a leader myself and make sure I get the best out of them. We’ve got loads of young players here, very talented ones who’ve got to be men instead of boys.”