Graham Alexander urged goalscorer Duane Holmes to keep piling the pressure on his Scunthorpe team-mates following their 1-1 draw at Rochdale.

Alexander considers starting Duane Holmes after sub rescues point for Scunthorpe

Alexander considers starting Duane Holmes after sub rescues point for Scunthorpe

The 22-year-old came off the bench to secure a point for the visitors, cancelling out Steven Davies' 55th-minute header for Rochdale with a neat finish from close range.

It was Scunthorpe's second successive 1-1 draw of the season and the second time in a matter of days that Holmes has come off the bench to score after the youngster netted in the Carabao Cup victory against Notts County in midweek.

"Duane was disappointed that he wasn't starting, which I can understand after his performance when he came on the other night," said Scunthorpe boss Alexander.

"I said to Duane that he was putting pressure on me and he's putting massive pressure on the lads who are starting in front of him.

"That's what we want from the other players as well. I don't want to pick the same 11 each week because there's no one competing.

"I thought we were a little bit hesitant in our actions and not really at full throttle until we conceded. We need to try and start games like that.

"But I was really pleased with the manner in which the players responded to going a goal down away from home."

Rochdale saw more of the ball in the first half but lacked a cutting edge, with Scunthorpe offering greater threat. Josh Lillis saved from Paddy Madden and Josh Morris, while at the other end former Dale stopper Matt Gilks was untroubled.

After the break, Niall Canavan saw an effort pushed onto the crossbar by Gilks just before Davies headed the home side in front, latching onto Ian Henderson's flick on in the 55th minute.

But the home side's lead lasted just eight minutes, Holmes pouncing on Hakeeb Adelakun's pass and sliding the ball beneath Josh Lillis to level.

"When you take the lead as we did you don't expect to lose the game," said Rochdale boss Keith Hill.

"We didn't lose it, we got a point. I was happy with the pressing in the first half but not the end product.

"After the break I made a tactical substitution but we were lacking on the press. We have to get the balance right on that and we will do."

"We were playing against very good opposition today and there were some things about what we did I was really happy with and one or two things that need brushing up. I'm relatively happy with the result."

"If I look at the squad of players I've got, Harrison McGahey and Joe Bunney are important to what we do and they are missing at the minute, so I'm relatively happy with this result."