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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: IRON v WALSALL

14 February 2017

The Iron take on Walsall at Glanford Park on Tuesday night, as they look for a response to Saturday’s narrow defeat against Shrewsbury Town.

Last weekend’s loss was Scunthorpe’s first on home soil in well over a year, and Graham Alexander’s side will be itching to return to winning ways in the encounter with the Saddlers.

Nevertheless, Jon Whitney’s men also come into the fixture looking to bounce back - following a 4-1 reverse at the hands of Bolton Wanderers in their most recent outing.



Alexander revealed everyone in the squad came through Saturday’s match unscathed, and added there are no fresh injury concerns ahead of Tuesday’s encounter.

Matt Crooks missed the game at the weekend through illness, while Jordan Clarke (hamstring) and Sam Mantom (groin) are set to continue to miss out as they recover from their respective injuries.



A marvellous individual display from Josh Morris grabbed the headlines, as United romped to a 4-1 away victory over Walsall in September.

Liam Kinsella’s handball on 11 minutes handed Morris the opportunity to get the scoring underway from the spot and he duly obliged, slotting home with ease.

There was barely time for the travelling section of Scunthorpe supporters to finish their celebrations when Morris struck again, two minutes later, as he followed up Tom Hopper’s initial effort.

Walsall halved the deficit before half time, with Erhun Oztumer producing a neat finish from 18 yards.

Simeon Jackson then had the chance to level almost immediately, but some Luke Daniels heroics preserved the Iron’s lead.

The hosts would be made to pay for that miss as, two minutes into the second half, Neal Bishop drilled the ball home, ahead of Morris completing his hat-trick with a superb curling strike late on.



SEASON - DATE
COMPETITION
RESULT
IRON SCORERS
2016-17 - Tue 27 Sep
LG 1
Walsall 1-4 Iron
Morris 3, Bishop
2015-16 - Tue 1 Mar
LG 1
Walsall 0-0 Iron

2015-16 - Tue 29 Sep
LG 1
Iron 0-1 Walsall

2014-15 - Sat 10 Jan
LG 1
Walsall 1-4 Iron
Chambers (og), Hopper, Madden, Bishop
2014-15 - Sat 30 Aug
LG 1
Iron 2-1 Walsall
Adelakun, McSheffrey
2012-13 - Sat 14 Apr
LG 1
Iron 1-1 Walsall
Canavan
2012-13 - Tue 6 Nov
LG 1
Walsall 1-4 Iron
Canavan 2, Duffy, Clarke
2011-12 - Tue 21 Feb
LG 1
Iron 0-1 Walsall

2011-12 - Sat 17 Sep
LG 1
Walsall 2-2 Iron
Thompson, Ryan
2008-09 - Tue 3 Mar
LG 1
Iron 1-1 Walsall
Odejayi
2008-09 - Sat 8 Nov
LG 1
Walsall 1-3 Iron
Hooper 2, Hurst
2008-09 - Sat 16 Aug
LG 1
Walsall 2-1 Iron
Thompson
2005-06 - Sat 11 Feb
LG 1
Walsall 2-2 Iron
Keogh, MacKenzie
2005-06 - Sat 24 Sep
LG 1
Iron 1-3 Walsall
Sharp
1994-95 - Sat 29 Apr
DIV 3
Walsall 2-1 Iron
Gregory
1994-95 - Sat 10 Nov
DIV 3
Iron 0-1 Walsall

1993-94 - Mon 3 Jan
DIV 3
Iron 5-0 Walsall
Martin, Smith, Bullimore, Carmichael, Henderson
1993-94 - Tue 14 Dec
FAC R2 R
Iron 0-0 Walsall
(Iron win 7-6 on pens)

1993-94 - Sat 4 Dec
FAC R2
Walsall 1-1 Iron
Carmichael
1993-94 - Tue 31 Aug
DIV 3
Walsall 0-0 Iron

1992-93 - Sat 20 Feb
DIV 3
Walsall 3-2 Iron
Stevenson, Helliwell
1992-93 - Tue 1 Sep
DIV 3
Iron 2-0 Walsall
Elliott, Helliwell
1991-92 - Sat 7 Mar
DIV 4
Walsall 2-1 Iron
Buckley
1991-92 - Sat 25 Jan
DIV 4
Iron 1-1 Walsall
White
1990-91 - Tue 12 Mar
DIV 4
Iron 1-0 Walsall
Daws
1990-91 - Tue 2 Oct
DIV 4
Walsall 3-0 Iron

1983-84 - Tue 6 Mar
DIV 3
Walsall 1-1 Iron
Bell
1983-84 - Sat 5 Nov
DIV 3
Iron 0-0 Walsall

1979-80 - Sat 15 Mar
DIV 4
Walsall 1-1 Iron
Partridge
1979-80 - Sat 6 Oct
DIV 4
Iron 2-2 Walsall
Green, O'Berg
1972-73 - Sat 28 Apr
DIV 3
Walsall 1-1 Iron
Collier
1972-73 - Tue 29 Aug
DIV 3
Iron 2-1 Walsall
Fletcher, Kirk
1967-68 - Sat 24 Feb
DIV 3
Walsall 0-0 Iron

1967-68 - Sat 7 Oct
DIV 3
Iron 2-5 Walsall
Barton 2
1966-67 - Fri 24 Feb
DIV 3
Walsall 0-0 Iron

1966-67 - Sat 8 Oct
DIV 3
Walsall 2-0 Iron

1965-66 - Sat 21 May
DIV 3
Iron 4-2 Walsall
Sloan 2, Thomas, Bedford
1965-66 - Sat 8 Jan
DIV 3
Walsall 3-0 Iron

1964-65 - Tue 20 Oct
DIV 3
Walsall 1-2 Iron
Scott, Lawther
1964-65 - Tue 13 Oct
DIV 3
Iron 4-0 Walsall
Lawther 2, Scott, Hutton
1962-63 - Sat 20 Apr
DIV 2
Walsall 1-1 Iron
Wilson
1962-63 - Fri 30 Nov
DIV 2
Iron 2-0 Walsall
Brownsword, McPherson (og)
1961-62 - Sat 28 Apr
DIV 2
Walsall 4-1 Iron
McGuigan
1961-62 - Tue 6 Mar
DIV 2
Iron 2-1 Walsall
McGuigan, Hodgson

Our full record against Walsall is as follows:


PW
D
L
F
A
Home
21
10
6
5
34
21
Away
23
5
10
8
32
35
TOTAL
44
15
16
13
66
56



Following his switch to the Banks’s Stadium in the summer, Erhun Oztumer has risen to the top of the Saddlers’ goalscoring charts.

The diminutive attack-minded player has netted 12 times in his debut season, with four of those coming in his last six appearances. 



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Report: Iron 0-0 Wals

14 February 2017

The Iron were held to a 0-0 draw by a resolute Walsall side at Glanford Park.

Scunthorpe pushed for what would have been a decisive strike throughout the game, but the Saddlers held firm to take a share of the spoils.

There were three alterations to the United side which started Saturday’s match against Shrewsbury Town, with Jamie Ness, Ivan Toney and Paddy Madden coming in for Neal Bishop, Kevin van Veen and Tom Hopper respectively.

The visitors created the first chance, seven minutes into proceedings. Jason McCarthy was fed on the right by Isaiah Osbourne, with the ball then being whipped into Simeon Jackson, who’d made a darting run to the near post. The Canadian got a decent contact on his header, but Luke Daniels stretched out his right arm to palm the effort away from danger.

It was then the turn of Graham Alexander’s side to manufacture an opening of their own. Good initial link-up play down the right flank from Madden and Duane Holmes resulted in the ball landing at the feet of Toney. The Newcastle United loanee span and attempted to shoot, but the ball evaded him slightly. Harry Toffolo then followed up with a long range effort which was subsequently blocked.

Opportunities proved few and far between in the first period, and it took until five minutes before the interval for the next one to arrive. It came the way of Toffolo once more - who, after wriggling free, was able to stab the ball goalwards, but into the hands of Saddlers ‘keeper Neil Etheridge.

That strike from the full-back proved to be the last incident of the half, as referee Graham Salisbury soon called a halt on proceedings.

Walsall were bright in the minutes after the restart, and they quickly got sight of goal - on two occasions in quick succession. Jackson, who had tested Daniels at pretty much the same point in the opening period, did so again. A slick one-two brought about a chance for the frontman, and he then drew a smart save out of the Iron stopper.

The second of the Saddlers’ attempts came off the left boot of substitute Kieron Morris. However, despite the powerful nature of the shot, Daniels was never troubled and simply watched the effort fly past his post.

Daniels did though have work to do as the game ticked towards it’s final quarter. Joe Edwards thought he’d got the game’s first goal, but he was to be denied by a superb piece of goalkeeping from United’s man between the sticks, who somehow reached out and tipped the ball onto the crossbar.

Alexander’s men continued to search for the elusive opener, but the away side were holding firm. 65 minutes in, the ball dropped for Madden at the far post, with the Irishman stood in an offside position when he poked his effort at Etheridge from close range.

As the game wore on, the home side began to take a grip of matters, and substitute Craig Davies had Etheridge scrambling with a deflected strike that went behind for a corner.

Josh Morris did his best to produce a moment of magic late on. However, his low left-footed strike didn’t have the power to find the bottom corner of the net.

A sucker-punch almost arrived in the final minutes of the match, as Erhun Oztumer let fly from distance. Daniels came up with the goods once more though, with a marvellous diving save.

That one golden chance nearly fell to Morris in the dying seconds when Madden stretched to hook the ball across the face of goal, but United’s top marksman was snuffed out by some terrific last ditch defending, as the game finished level.

TEAM LINE-UPS
Scunthorpe United:
Daniels, Wallace, Mirfin, Dawson, Madden, Morris, Toffolo, Holmes (van Veen, 70), Toney (Davies, 70), Ness (Bishop, 77), Sutton.
Substitutes not used: Anyon, Hopper, Goode, Crooks.

Walsall: Etheridge, Edwards, O'Connor, McCarthy, Chambers, Cuvelier (Morris, 37), Jackson (Bakayoko, 76), Oztumer, Osbourne, Preston, O'Connell.
Substitutes not used: MacGillivray, Dobson, Randall, Roberts, Moussa.

Attendance: 3,168.

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