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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: SOUTHEND UNITED v IRON

3 February 2017

The Iron head to Roots Hall this weekend, as they clash with Southend United in Sky Bet League One.

Last Saturday’s comeback victory against Port Vale meant Scunthorpe returned to the summit of the table, and they’ll be looking to build on that in the upcoming encounter with the Shrimpers.

Phil Brown’s men are dangerous opposition though, with them sitting on the very fringes of a spot in the play-offs.



Iron boss Graham Alexander says David Mirfin, Conor Townsend and Paddy Madden are all progressing well from their respective injury lay-offs.

Alexander stressed the importance of not rushing any of the injured bodies back - in particular Mirfin, who hasn’t featured since picking up a foot injury against Coventry City in November.

One man who is a little further away is full-back Jordan Clarke (hamstring), and Alexander confirmed the 25-year-old will definitely miss this weekend’s game.



Goals from Paddy Madden, Kevin van Veen, Josh Morris and Richie Smallwood saw Alexander’s men triumph 4-0 over Saturday’s opponents, back in September 2016.

Despite the emphatic scoreline, it took the Iron 36 minutes to find the breakthrough at Glanford Park, as Madden swept the ball home following a low cross from Duane Holmes.

The Irishman’s goal set the wheels in motion, and Scunthorpe got another five minutes later when van Veen turned home Morris’ pinpoint delivery from the right.

Two more delightful goals after the break then added some gloss to the scoreline, as firstly Morris and then Smallwood both lashed home superb strikes in the 57th and 87th minute respectively.



SEASON - DATE
COMPETITION
RESULT
IRON SCORERS
2016-17 - Sat 10 Sep
LG 1
Iron 4-0 Southend
Madden, van Veen, Morris, Smallwood
2015-16 - Sat 13 Feb
LG 1
Iron 1-0 Southend
Madden
2015-16 - Sat 7 Nov
FAC R1
Iron 2-1 Southend
Madden 2
2015-16 - Sat 26 Sep
LG 1
Southend 2-1 Iron
McSheffrey
2013-14 - Tue 11 Mar
LG 1
Iron 2-2 Southend
Sparrow, Winnall
2013-14 - Fri 13 Sep
LG 1
Southend 0-1 Iron
Iwelumo
2008-09 - Tue 24 Feb
LG 1
Southend 2-0 Iron

2008-09 - Tue 21 Oct
LG 1
Iron 1-1 Southend
Hayes
2005-06 - Fri 10 Mar
LG 1
Southend 3-0 Iron

2005-06 - Fri 26 Aug
LG 1
Iron 1-0 Southend
Baraclough
2004-05 - Fri 11 Feb
LG 2
Southend 0-0 Iron

2004-05 - Tue 19 Oct
LG 2
Iron 3-2 Southend
Torpey, Hayes, Crosby
2003-04 - Fri 2 Apr
DIV 3
Southend 4-2 Iron
Sparrow, Torpey
2003-04 - Sat 27 Sep
DIV 3
Iron 1-1 Southend
MacLean
2002-03 - Sat 25 Jan
DIV 3
Iron 4-1 Southend
Carruthers, Kilford, Calvo-Garcia, Hayes
2002-03 - Sun 29 Dec
DIV 3
Southend 1-2 Iron
Carruthers, Torpey
2001-02 - Sat 23 Mar
DIV 3
Southend 2-0 Iron

2001-02 - Tue 23 Oct
DIV 3
Iron 2-0 Southend
Carruthers, Beagrie
2000-01 - Sat 24 Feb
DIV 3
Iron 1-1 Southend
Berry
2000-01 - Sat 23 Sep
DIV 3
Southend 1-0 Iron

1998-99 - Mon 5 Apr
DIV 3
Southend 0-1 Iron
Sheldon
1998-99 - Sat 10 Oct
DIV 3
Iron 1-1 Southend
Calvo-Garcia
1989-90 - Fri 16 Feb
DIV 4
Southend 0-0 Iron

1989-90 - Sat 2 Dec
DIV 4
Iron 1-1 Southend
Ward
1986-87 - Sat 11 Apr
DIV 4
Iron 3-0 Southend
Broddle, Johnson 2
1986-87 - Tue 4 Nov
DIV 4
Southend 3-1 Iron
Johnson
1985-86 - Fri 24 Jan
DIV 4
Iron 2-0 Southend
Hill, Broddle
1985-86 - Sat 14 Sep
DIV 4
Southend 2-1 Iron
Cammack
1984-85 - Fri 8 Mar
DIV 4
Iron 2-1 Southend
Cammack, Graham
1984-85 - Fri 19 Oct
DIV 4
Southend 1-1 Iron
Cowling
1983-84 - Fri 3 Feb
DIV 3
Southend 0-0 Iron

1983-84 - Fri 30 Sep
DIV 3
Iron 1-6 Southend
Holden
1980-81 - Sun 22 Mar
DIV 4
Iron 2-1 Southend
Pilling, Green
1980-81 - Fri 17 Oct
DIV 4
Southend 2-0 Iron

1977-78 - Fri 3 Feb
DIV 4
Southend 2-0 Iron

1977-78 - Sat 10 Sep
DIV 4
Iron 1-2 Southend
Lumby
1976-77 - Sat 5 Mar
DIV 4
Iron 1-0 Southend
Lumby
1976-77 - Fri 24 Sep
DIV 4
Southend 1-1 Iron
Keeley
1972-73 - Sat 4 Nov
DIV 3
Iron 0-0 Southend

1972-73 - Mon 25 Sep
DIV 3
Southend 1-0 Iron

1971-72 - Tue 25 Apr
DIV 4
Iron 1-1 Southend
Kirk
1971-72 - Mon 30 Aug
DIV 4
Southend 2-3 Iron
Davidson 2, Fletcher
1970-71 - Fri 18 Dec
DIV 4
Southend 2-2 Iron
Davidson, Kirk
1970-71 - Sat 22 Aug
DIV 4
Iron 3-0 Southend
Kerr, Foxton, Heath
1969-70 - Tue 7 Oct
DIV 4
Iron 2-0 Southend
Rusling, Cassidy
1969-70 - Fri 15 Aug
DIV 4
Southend 3-0 Iron

1968-69 - Mon 12 May
DIV 4
Iron 4-1 Southend
Cassidy 2, Rusling 2
1968-69 - Mon 17 Mar
DIV 4
Southend 0-3 Iron
Heath, Haydock (og), Cassidy
1965-66 - Fri 13 May
DIV 4
Southend 0-1 Iron
Sloan
1965-66 - Sat 30 Apr
DIV 4
Iron 0-0 Southend

1964-65 - Sat 23 Jan
DIV 4
Southend 0-1 Iron
Thomas
1964-65 - Fri 18 Sep
DIV 4
Iron 2-1 Southend
Sloan, Lawther

Our full record against Southend is as follows:


PW
D
L
F
A
Home
27
16
9
2
48
24
Away
25
7
6
12
21
34
TOTAL
52
23
15
14
69
58



With nine goals to his name in all competitions, Simon Cox is the Shrimpers’ top marksman this season.

Five of those goals have come in his last six outings, including a brace in Southend’s 3-0 victory over AFC Wimbledon on Boxing Day.



SATURDAY
Bradford City v Gillingham (15:00)   
Charlton Athletic v Fleetwood Town (15:00)   
Chesterfield v Oldham Athletic (15:00)   
Coventry City v Millwall (15:00)   
Milton Keynes Dons v Bolton Wanderers (15:00)   
Port Vale v Peterborough United (15:00)  
Rochdale v Bristol Rovers (15:00)
Sheffield United v AFC Wimbledon (15:00)   
Shrewsbury Town v Bury (15:00)
Walsall v Northampton Town (15:00)



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Report: Southend United 3-1 Iron

4 February 2017

The Iron endured a frustrating afternoon at Roots Hall, as they were beaten 3-1 by Southend United.

Things started in positive fashion, with Murray Wallace giving the visitors an early advantage, but goals from Marc-Antoine Fortune, Simon Cox and a third from Ryan Leonard secured the points for the Shrimpers.

One change was made to the side which emerged victorious against Port Vale, with Neal Bishop replacing Sam Mantom in midfield.

David Mirfin returned to the matchday squad following his lengthy injury lay-off, as the defender took a spot amongst the substitutes.

Graham Alexander’s men got off to the perfect start and, with their first meaningful attack, they got themselves ahead.

Duane Holmes’ free kick from the left was not grasped by Southend ‘keeper Ted Smith, leading to Bishop crashing an initial header off the crossbar. However, Wallace was on hand to head home into an empty net.

The home side then went in search of an instant reaction, but Luke Daniels prevented them from doing so, as he got down brilliantly to deny Jason Demetriou from close range.

A clever piece of play from Craig Davies on 19 minutes nearly led to a second for the visitors. However, his reverse pass couldn’t quite be collected by Holmes, who had broken the offside trap and was clean through on goal.

Phil Brown’s side were enjoying a fair amount of possession but, in spite of this, the Iron continued to create openings. Ivan Toney had the next, controlling the ball in the box before acrobatically firing into the arms of Smith.

The Shrimpers kept pushing, with Cox trying his luck minutes later. The striker looked to have a good sight of goal. However, some good defensive work from Harry Toffolo stopped him from testing Daniels, and he subsequently fired wide.

Six minutes prior to the interval though, Southend did eventually manage to find their breakthrough. Ben Coker’s purposeful run down the left flank ended with an accurate cross onto the head of Fortune, who planted the ball into the ground before it bounced into the back of the net - to send the hosts in level at the break.

The opening 20 minutes after the restart passed by with little incident, as both sides battled for the early initiative. Anthony Wordsworth had the first chance. However, the midfielder could only slice over after pinball in the Scunthorpe area.

Some slick play down the right then saw the away side manufacture a decent opportunity of their own. Scott Wiseman’s cut back was accurate, and substitute Matt Crooks agonisingly curled the ball round the post.

15 minutes from time, Brown’s team completed the turnaround. Coker was once again the man who delivered, crossing from the left for Cox to score via a deflection into the opposing corner.

A third for the hosts arrived on 81 minutes. Leonard was the man who got it, as he angled a low effort into the left corner of Daniels’ goal.

The Iron’s frustrations were compounded shortly before the full time whistle, with Bishop given his marching orders following a coming together with a Southend player.

Alexander’s men carried on rallying until the final whistle, with Toney stabbing over in injury time. It would end 3-1 though, on what could only be described as a disappointing afternoon for the Iron.

TEAM LINE-UPS
Southend United:
Smith, Demetriou, Thompson, Ferdinand, Coker, Atkinson, Leonard, Timlin (McGlashan, 75), Wordsworth, Cox, Fortune (Robinson, 67).
Substitutes not used: Oxley, White, O'Neill, Amos, Nouble.

Scunthorpe United: Daniels, Wiseman, Wallace, Dawson (Adelakun, 80), Morris, Bishop, Toffolo, Holmes (Crooks, 46), Goode, Toney, Davies (Hopper, 63).
Substitutes not used: Anyon, Mirfin, Townsend, Ness.

Attendance: 7,016 (330 away).

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