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Preview - A trip to Scunthorpe United

18 February 2021

Match Previews

Preview - A trip to Scunthorpe United

18 February 2021

Simon Weaver's Town side make one of the shorter away journeys of the season as they head to Glanford Park to face Scunthorpe United.

Not only will they be looking to make it four wins from five games but they will seek to avenge the disappointing 5-2 defeat at the EnviroVent Stadium earlier in the season.

Since we last met
‘The Iron', are in 20th place with 32 points and come into the game riding high on the back of three consecutive wins without conceding a goal in the process. However, due to postponements this will be the first game they have played in February.

Their victory in mid-December was the start of a run that pulled them away from the relegation zone and they have posted seven wins and seven defeats since that time to leave themselves nine points clear of the drop zone.

To date, they have taken 17 points from their 13 home fixtures. 

The Man in Charge

In the dugout is Neil Cox. Born in Scunthorpe, the former Notts County assistant took the role at the start of this season.
Cox had a long-playing career at centre-back which lasted 20 years. He made over 100 appearances for Middlesbrough between 1994-97 and over 200 appearances for Watford between 1999-2005.

Ones to Watch
Abo Eisa and Ryan Loft, who both scored in the game earlier in the season have netted six times apiece, but no other players has hit the target more than twice so far.

Both Eisa and Loft also lead the assist tally charts and are clearly the attacking threats Town's defence will have to keep a close eye on.

Midfielders Alex Gilliead and Alfie Beestin should be key parts of the Scunthorpe midfield whilst Emmanuel Onariase is a big presence in the back line.

During the January window the club brought in George Taft from Bolton Wanderers and Jem Karacan who was a free agent. Both have made immediate impressions for Cox's side.

Recent History
In recent years, Scunthorpe have found themselves jumping between the second, third and fourth divisions of English football.
They were last promoted to the Championship via the 2009 League One Play-Off Final but two relegations in as many years saw the ‘The Iron' back in League Two.
Scunthorpe were successfully promoted back to League One in 2014 before their stint was ended in the 2018/19 campaign.
Team News

With long term absentee Dan Jones returning to training, Weaver has an almost full squad to choose from, with Joe Cracknell and Birmingham loanee Mitch Roberts the only absentees.

How To Follow

Saturday's fixture is available to watch live for £10 via our streaming service, where commentary will be provided by Scunthorpe's local radio station.



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