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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: SHEFFIELD UNITED v IRON

17 February 2017

Sky Bet League One’s top two meet at Bramall Lane on Saturday, when the Iron visit leaders Sheffield United.

The Blades and Graham Alexander’s side sit first and second respectively in the table heading into the weekend’s fixture.

Both teams also go into the match on the back of midweek draws, with Chris Wilder’s men picking up a point on the road at Bristol Rovers and Scunthorpe drawing at home against Walsall.



Sam Mantom trained on Thursday after his recent groin injury lay-off, and Alexander says his fitness will be evaluated ahead of the encounter.

One man who’ll definitely miss out is Jordan Clarke (hamstring), with the Iron boss revealing the full-back will join the rest of the group on Monday.



Both had to settle for a share the spoils when they last met, in a 2-2 draw at Glanford Park back in September.

After a tight opening 30 minutes, the visitors landed the first blow through Chris Basham, who slotted home following a well-worked free-kick.

The Iron’s response was impressive though and they got their reward 10 minutes after the break, as Josh Morris lashed home from inside the penalty area.

Blades goalscorer Basham then saw red for a challenge on Scunthorpe midfielder Neal Bishop, ahead of Duane Holmes firing home an unstoppable shot on 83 minutes.

However, the away side levelled through Billy Sharp, who converted from the spot after David Mirfin had fouled Stefan Scougall.



SEASON/DATE
COMPETITION
RESULT
IRON SCORERS
2016-17 - Sat 24 Sep
LG 1
Iron 2-2 Blades
Morris, Holmes
2015-16 - Sun 8 May
LG 1
Blades 0-2 Iron
Hopper, Madden
2015-16 - Sat 19 Dec
LG 1
Iron 0-1 Blades

2014-15 - Tue 24 Mar
LG 1
Blades 4-0 Iron

2014-15 - Sat 14 Mar
LG 1
Iron 1-1 Blades
Bishop
2012-13 - Wed 26 Dec
LG 1
Blades 3-0 Iron

2012-13 - Sat 8 Sep
LG 1
Iron 1-1 Blades
Clarke
2011-12 - Wed 29 Feb
LG 1
Blades 2-1 Iron
Duffy
2011-12 - Sat 10 Sep
LG 1
Iron 1-1 Blades
Dagnall
2010-11 - Tue 22 Feb
CHAMP
Iron 3-2 Blades
Garner 2, Miller
2010-11 - Tue 14 Sep
CHAMP
Blades 4-0 Iron

2009-10 - Sun 28 Mar
CHAMP
Blades 0-1 Iron
Hayes
2009-10 - Sat 17 Oct
CHAMP
Iron 3-1 Blades
McCann 2, Hayes
2007-08 - Sat 7 Feb
CHAMP
Blades 0-0 Iron

2007-08 - Sat 1 Sep
CHAMP
Iron 3-2 Blades
Crosby, Paterson, Sparrow
1983-84 - Tue 27 Mar
DIV 3
Iron 1-1 Blades
Bell
1983-84 - Tue 1 Nov
DIV 3
Blades 5-3 Iron
Dey, Broddle, Wilson
1981-82 - Sat 20 Feb
DIV 4
Iron 2-1 Blades
Moss, Telfer
1981-82 - Sat 26 Sep
DIV 4
Blades 1-0 Iron

1960-61 - Sat 25 Feb
DIV 2
Iron 1-1 Blades
Godfrey
1960-61 - Sat 8 Oct
DIV 2
Blades 2-0 Iron

1959-60 - Sat 13 Feb
DIV 2
Blades 2-1 Iron
Thomas
1959-60 - Sat 26 Sep
DIV 2
Iron 1-1 Blades
Marriott
1958-59 - Sat 28 Mar
DIV 2
Iron 1-3 Blades
Harburn
1958-59 - Sat 11 Oct
DIV 2
Blades 4-1 Iron
M Jones

Our full record against Sheffield United is as follows:


PW
D
L
F
A
Home
13
4
7
2
20
18
Away
12
3
1
8
13
23
TOTAL
25
7
8
10
33
41



Having netted 20 times in League One so far this season, Billy Sharp sits as the division’s top scorer.

The former Iron man has found the back of the net in three of his last five matches, and will be expected to lead the line for the Blades on Saturday.



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Match Reports

Report: Sheffield United 1-1 Iron

18 February 2017

The Iron picked up a hard-earned point in a fiery top-of-the-table fixture against Sheffield United on Saturday afternoon.

Paddy Madden put Scunthorpe ahead just after the break with a real poacher’s finish before Billy Sharp levelled things up in what was a frantic start to the second-half.

Scunthorpe were forced to finish the clash with 10 men as Harry Toffolo received his marching orders for two bookable offences but the team dug in to secure a valuable 1-1 draw.

Manager Graham Alexander made three changes to the side that drew with Walsall in midweek as Neal Bishop and Kevin van Veen returned and there was also a first United start for midfielder Matt Crooks.

That meant Duane Holmes and Ivan Toney slipped to the bench at Bramall Lane whilst Jamie Ness missed out on a place in the matchday squad.

The hosts started brightly and had the game’s opening chance after a few minutes as Daniel Lafferty beat his man on the left before crossing for Sharp, who fired just over when well placed 12 yards out.

Sharp then turned provider as he teed up Mark Duffy, whose cool effort whizzed inches past Luke Daniels’ upright and James Hanson also tested the Iron number one with a firm header that was confidently pushed away.

Scunthorpe responded with an opportunity of their own at the other end as neat interplay eventually saw Levi Sutton find captain Stephen Dawson in space and his long range drive flew only just wide as Blades goalkeeper Simon Moore scrambled down to the right.

It was another Dubliner who next went close for the Iron when Madden composed himself before striking a half-volley over and Toffolo then made an expert last-ditch sliding challenge to deny Sharp moments later.

Towering centre forward Hanson forced Daniels into further action, meeting Duffy’s centre with a powerful nodded attempt and the fixture began heating up prior to half-time following a series of feisty tackles, one that saw van Veen’s name jotted down in the book.

The interval arrived with the contest goalless but it didn’t stay that way for long as both sides came out rejuvenated and things sparked very much into life.

Scunthorpe made the perfect start to the second period when Dawson’s low right-wing cross was tapped in by Madden from close range, sparking scenes of jubilation amongst the 2,850 strong away end.

Just moments later however, the home team equalised as Sharp reacted to a loose ball in the box before firing beyond Daniels and two goals had been scored in rapid succession.

There was an additional setback soon after as Toffolo was given his marching orders for a second bookable offence after a foul inside the Iron half but that didn’t stop Alexander’s men from going close to bagging again as Madden’s nonchalant effort curled narrowly wide.

Full-back Lafferty then dragged an attempt from distance past the post and John Fleck fired over as the South Yorkshire outfit looked to make their numerical advantage count with a succession of threatening attacks.

The Iron opted for a couple of changes as the clash entered its final 20 minutes, with Tom Hopper replacing van Veen up front and Sam Manton coming on for Crooks in midfield, who had gone down after picking up a knock.

Blades substitute Caolan Lavery tested the glove work of Daniels with a poked shot in the area as the hosts continued to pile forward before Sharp passed up a golden opportunity to put Chris Wilder’s table toppers ahead, miscuing an instinctive effort from deep inside the six yard box.

As the clock ticked down, Scunthorpe still had one eye on three points and almost bagged them when Madden hit Mantom’s teasing cross against the post and Jay O’Shea did likewise for the hosts in injury time but 1-1 was how it remained.

TEAM LINE-UPS
Sheffield United:
Moore, Fleck, O’Connell (Done, 90+3), Basham, Sharp, Wright, Coutts, Hanson (Lavery, 79), Freeman, Duffy, Lafferty (O’Shea, 83).
Substitutes not used: Long, Riley, Ebanks-Landell, Carruthers.

Scunthorpe United: Daniels, Wallace, Mirfin, Dawson, Madden (Davies, 90+3), van Veen (Hopper, 71), Morris, Bishop, Toffolo, Crooks (Mantom, 77), Sutton.
Substitutes not used: Anyon, Holmes, Goode, Toney.

Attendance: 27,980 (2,850 away).

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SHEFFIELD UNITED TICKETS NOW OFF SALE

17 February 2017

Tickets are now off sale for this weekend's away clash at Sheffield United.

There will be NO on the day sales at Bramall Lane, as tickets went off sale at 2pm on Friday at Glanford Park.

2,844 tickets have been sold to Iron fans for the match against the Blades. Safe travels to all.

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