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Match Report: Scunthorpe United 2-1 Southend United

7 November 2015

Paddy Madden brace sees Blues exit the Emirates FA Cup in the first round.

A Paddy madden brace resulted in a 2-1 win for Scunthorpe United as Southend United bowed out of the Emirates FA Cup at the first round.

Madden pounced mid-way through the first half before Ryan Leonard equalised excellently after the half hour mark.

But Madden was at the double with 12 minutes remaining, and that was enough for the Iron to progress in the competition at a chilly Glanford Park.

Manager Phil Brown has made a number of changes for the game against the Iron.

Luke O'Neill came in for John White, with Michael Timlin taking the captain's armband.

Glen Rea returned to the starting XI in central midfield in place of the injured Gary Deegan, whilst Myles Weston replaced David Mooney up front, with Mooney dropping to the bench.

Following a bright opening by the Blues, Brown was forced to shuffle his pack early on, with Stephen McLaughlin picking up a knock and he was replaced by David Worrall after only 13 minutes.

But a couple of minutes later, the hosts took the lead after through their top scorer Madden.

The striker, who started the game on the right wing, pounced to smash home from close range after an in-swinging Luke Williams corner wasn't cleared by the Blues defence.

But Blues hit back through Leonard on the half hour mark, and a good strike it was too.

The midfielder latched on to a Charlie Goode clearance to smash a low, left-footed effort past Luke Daniels and into the bottom corner. 

And moments later the Blues almost had a second goal through substitute Worrall.

The winger gained some space and looked to curl the ball into the bottom corner, only for Daniels to get a fingertip on the attempt and flick it round the post.

Weston went close as half time creeped closer, with ex-Blue goalkeeper Daniels having to be alert to beat the powerful strike away from danger. 

After the break, referee Peter Bankes waved away cries for a Scunthorpe penalty when Gary McSheffrey went down under the challenge of Cian Bolger, but rightfully waved away the pleas from the home supporters and players.

Kevin van Veen tested Bentley with a long range strike that bounced just before the Blues stopper claimed the ball as both sides went searching for their second of the game.

Time was ticking away for both sides to find a winner and with 16 minutes remaining, Blues were fortunate to have Timlin on hand to head van Veen's close range header away from danger after a wicked McSheffrey corner.

But moments later the Iron did gain the lead and it came through that man Madden again.

In almost a carbon copy of his first goal of the game, the Irishman was alert to fire into the roof of the net after another great McSheffrey flag kick caused chaos.

Bentley saved the initial attempt by substitute Darius Henderson in emphatic fashion, but Madden was waiting to pounce and complete his brace for the afternoon.

Brown made his final change straight away, with former Scunthorpe man Kevan Hurst entering the action in place of Rea, who had a steady game in the centre of the park for the Blues.

The Blues had ten minutes of normal time to find an equaliser, and with time running out, Worrall couldn't connect cleanly with a volley on the edge of the box and it drifted well wide of the target. 

At the other end, and Henderson latched onto a through ball only for Bentley to be out smartly to stop. The ball fell to McSheffrey who lashed inches past the post in the last action of note in the game.

Blues: Bentley; O’Neill, Bolger, Prosser, Coker; Leonard, Rea (Hurst, 80), Timlin, McLaughlin (Worrall, 13); Pigott (Mooney, 73), Weston.

Unused substitutions: T. Smith, Payne, Atkinson, Barrett

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