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Big Preview: Scunthorpe United vs Southend United

22 December 2017

Scunthorpe United vs Southend United

Southend travel to Scunthorpe United tomorrow afternoon hoping to put an end to a run which has seen Blues lose their last three matches in all competitions.

To do so, they’ll need to get a result at Glanford Park which has been far from a happy hunting ground for Blues as they have not won any of their 13 visits to the ground since it opened in 1988.

Scunthorpe’s recent form though may give Southend hope as The Iron have failed to win any of their last four, although they did end a run of three straight defeats with a 2-2 draw against MK Dons.

Graham Alexander’s side currently find themselves inside the play-off places in 5th, 11-points above Blues who could climb into the top 10 should they win away at Scunthorpe for the first time since 1983.

Scunthorpe United: DLLLWW

Southend United: LLLWDD

4th February 2017: Southend United (Fortune, Cox, Leonard) 3 vs 1 (Wallace) Scunthorpe United

10th September 2016: Scunthorpe United (Madden, van Veen, Morris, Smallwood) 4 vs 0 Southend United

13th February 2016: Scunthorpe United (Madden) 1 vs 0 Southend United

Southend will be without Ryan Leonard after he was sent off for two yellow cards in last weekend’s defeat to Bradford, meaning he has to serve a one-game ban.

Blues will also travel without fellow midfielder Michael Timlin as he’s been ruled out for between “4-6 weeks” with an ankle ligament injury which forced him off against the Bantams.

Anthony Wordsworth also limped off last Saturday but is expected to be fit, as is Ben Coker who came through the full 90 minutes on his return to first-team action last weekend.

Graham Alexander has some selection problems in midfield with Neal Bishop suspended, as well as Funso Ojo, Sam Mantom and Andrew Crofts all out through injury.

Those four join their captain Rory McArdle on the sidelines, whilst Lee Novak is hopeful of returning to training this week so may feature in some capacity.

Phil Brown, Southend United Manager:

“It’s one of them situations where the league is like that. Anybody can beat anybody.

“But Scunthorpe are up there on merit, the same as Bradford last week and then it’s Charlton and Shrewsbury so we’re coming up against some tough teams who have been consistent.

“That’s all I’m after in the second half of the season; a little bit of consistency and a little slice of lady luck.”

Graham Alexander, Scunthorpe United Manager:

“I think like a lot of clubs in this league you can’t really tell where they are going to finish up. They have pulled out some fantastic results and results that they are probably disappointed with.

“We know they have got very good players and a very experienced manager. They will be coming here determined to get a result. It will be a challenge for us, but it is another one that we can overcome.

“We just have to focus on what we can bring to the game. We have got to be ready for a fully motivated Southend coming here to get a result, so we have to make sure that we are at our best.”

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Match Reports

Match Report: Scunthorpe 3-1 Southend

23 December 2017

Southend’s long wait for a win at Glanford Park goes on as goals from Kevin van Veen, Conor Townsend and a Michael Turner own goal helped Scunthorpe United beat Blues 3-1.

Phil Brown’s side took the lead against the run of play midway through the first-half when Jason Demetriou’s deflected strike deceived Matt Gilks to put Southend 1-0 up.

Having missed a number of chances before Southend’s goal, Kevin van Veen would get Scunthorpe level with a close-range header that was just squeezed over the line.  

In the second-half, the Iron would go in front for the first time when some quick-thinking from Hakeeb Adelakun would find the run of Conor Townsend who swept the ball in from a corner.

And Southend’s fate was sealed when Michael Turner would slice an Adelakun corner into his own net late on to condemn Blues to a fourth straight defeat.

The win would see Scunthorpe pick up their first win in five and extend a run which has seen Blues fail to win away at the Iron since 1983, with no win coming at Glanford Park.

After successive league defeats against Bristol Rovers and Bradford City, today was another bitter blow for Phil Brown’s side with tough games against Charlton and Shrewsbury to come.

Following last weekend’s late defeat at home to Bradford, the Blues boss made three changes to his side with Simon Cox, Marc-Antoine Fortune and skipper Anton Ferdinand coming in.

Both teams went into the game in poor form with Southend losing their last three whilst Scunthorpe had failed to win any of their last four in all competitions.

But it was Blues that came out of the blocks early, creating a half-chance inside the first 30-seconds when Stephen McLaughlin’s flashed cross was too quick for Jason Demetriou to prod on target.

Almost immediately after Southend were indebted to Mark Oxley for keeping Scunthorpe out at the other end when he pulled off a superb save to stop Kevin van Veen scoring from close range.

Van Veen was proving a menace up front early on and quarter of an hour in he was picked out again with a cross, heading the ball against the crossbar before committing a foul going for the rebound.

The Scunthorpe number 10 was proving difficult to handle and after Oxley was second to a loose ball inside the area, van Veen had an open goal to aim for only for Ben Coker to put in a superb block. 

Southend had been second best so far in the half, but against the run of play, a huge slice of luck would allow Blues to take the lead through Jason Demetriou.

The Cypriot international received the ball 30-yards from goal and took aim at Matt Gilks, seeing his strike take a wicked deflection to wrong-foot the Iron goalkeeper and hit the back of the net.

Blues couldn’t believe their luck and they were almost in dreamland when Josh Wright came close to a second, running onto a low cross only for his shot to be blocked away for a corner

Southend though wouldn’t be able to see their advantage through to the break as Scunthorpe would level the game after the half-hour mark with van Veen finally breaking through the Blues defences.

A corner from the right was initially dealt with before Josh Morris’ low cross caused chaos inside the penalty area with van Veen nodding the ball across the line with the linesman giving the goal.

Having picked up a knock earlier in the first-half, Oxley failed to reappear after the interval and was replaced in goal by Nathan Bishop who was making his first-team debut.

Just like in the first-half, Blues started the half quickly and carved out a chance less than a minute after the interval when McLaughlin’s looping header floated just over Gilks’ crossbar.

Scunthorpe responded with Conor Townsend’s low ball into the penalty area which needed to be bundled away by Coker to prevent Morris from tapping in at the far post.

The home side were growing in confidence and only a last-ditch tackle from John White would stop Tom Hopper from putting the home side in front for the first time as he went through on goal. 

Blues’ stay of execution though would only last a matter of seconds as quick thinking from Hakeeb Adelakun picked out the run of Townsend whose side-footed effort found the far corner.

It looked like Southend’s wait for a first-ever win at Glanford Park would go on with the Iron going close to wrapping up the win when a van Veen header was cleared off the line by Demetriou.

With just a goal in it, Southend still felt they could get something from the game and Anthony Wordsworth went close when his low strike was kept out by the feet of Gilks.

Scunthorpe should have made the game safe when Adelakun beat the offside trap before rounding Bishop, but his touch let him down as he went wide with Bishop recovering to save at his near post.

But form the resulting corner the points were secured from Adelakun’s corner was sliced into his own net by Michael Turner to ensure the Iron picked up their first win in five matches.

Scunthorpe United XI: Gilks (C), Townsend, Wallace, Ojo, van Veen (Church 88’), Morris, Hopper, Adelakun (Lewis 90’), Holmes, Goode, Burgess. Subs Not Used: Watson, Madden, Redmond, Sutton, Butroid

Blues XI: Oxley (Bishop 46’), Coker, Wordsworth, Ferdinand (C), Turner, Fortune, Cox (Wabo 87’), McLaughlin, Demetriou, Wright, White. Subs Not Used: Hendrie, Ba, Yearwood, McGlashan, Kyprianou

Referee: Martin Coy

Assistants: Paul Newhouse & Lee Freeman

Fourth Official: Sebastian Stockbridge


Scunthorpe United: Kevin van Veen 32’, Connor Townsend 63’, Michael Turner O.G. 87’

Southend United: Jason Demetriou 25’

Yellow Cards:

Scunthorpe United: None

Southend United: Anthony Wordsworth 35’

Attendance: 4,040

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Ticket News

Scunthorpe United tickets are now on sale

21 December 2017

Tickets for Blues' game against Scunthorpe United on Saturday 23rd December are now on sale...

We have been sent an initial allocation of 250 tickets for the game at Glanford Park and they will come off sale at 3pm on Friday.

You can purchase online, from the ticket office in person or by calling 08444 770077.

Tickets will be on sale on the day of the game - cash only at the turnstile. Tickets increase in price on the day of the game to the below. Collections will be available from the collection window at the Main Ticket Office.

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