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ALEXANDER PREVIEWS SHAKERS SHOWDOWN

6 January 2017

United boss Graham Alexander is predicting a tough test when Bury visit Glanford Park this Saturday.

This weekend’s opponents are currently sitting in 20th position but, despite this, Alexander certainly doesn’t feel the challenge will be any easier.

Speaking to The Iron PlayerHD, Alexander said: “When we played them at their place, it was an extremely difficult game but one we were victorious in.

“That result sparked off a run of poor results for Bury, which cost the manager his job, which was very unfortunate.

“They’ve still got the same good quality players that were up at the top end when we played them.

“We know they’ve got certain good players within their ranks, and they’ll be extremely well organised.

“We have to make sure we perform to our maximum, and I’m sure we’ll get the results to follow those performances.”

Saturday’s fixtures sees a special promotional offer from the club, with admission for Adults just £10, £5 for 65+’s/Under-21’s/Students, £1 for Under-18’s and free for Under-12’s* (*when purchased in advance from the club’s ticket office).

Alexander is hoping for another bumper Glanford Park crowd. Click here to purchase your tickets online.

“It’s important the strength of support we get,” Alexander declared.

“We had a really good crowd here last week (versus Peterborough) as well, and the players feel that sort of support also.

“For a supporter coming down here, you’re going to see a team that’s fully committed to the game, that wants to score goals and wants to win games.

“We saw last year when we did a similar thing against Port Vale, there were over 7,000, and that’s the kind of support that spurs players on.

“I’m delighted with the people that come anyway, because I think their support for the team has been superb. However, the more we can get in the better.”

There was more positive news on the fitness of both David Mirfin and Conor Townsend, who remain on course for a return to action in the not too distant future.

“They’re (Conor Townsend and David Mirfin) both going to be a few weeks, but Conor is going to be a bit more straightforward, as we know his rehab plan,” he stated.

“However, like I said last week, Mirf plateaued out a little bit, but he’s actually come on a bit this week and has had four days of running, with no negative response.

“It’ll still be a short period of time before he joins in with us and, once he does start training, it’s going to then take him a couple of weeks to get up to match fitness.”

Alexander also provided an update on the various loan deals involving the club, with Kyle Wootton, Scott Laird, Jack King and Harry Toffolo’s respective situations explained.

“Kyle (Wootton) has come back from Ferriby, but I’m going to discuss it with him. I spoke to Steve Housham (North Ferriby’s manager) about it, and they’re very keen to take him back there,” he disclosed.

“Scott Laird and Jack King are both due back next week.

“Harry Toffolo has gone back to Norwich, but we’re trying to get him back before the weekend if possible.

“They have certain issues down there, so they need Harry in and around it, especially this week.”

The Scunthorpe manager in addition spoke of the club’s plans in the January transfer window, and explained it’ll be a case of quality over quantity.

“There are still general enquiries around the various clubs,” he revealed.

“We’re not trying to revolutionise the squad, it’s only a couple of players, but we need to support the players that are here.

“If we can get a couple of players to help continue the positive performances and results, then we’ll try and do that.”

See much more from Graham Alexander, Stephen Dawson and Murray Wallace on The Iron PlayerHD.



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Match Reports

Report: Iron 3-2 Bury

7 January 2017

The Iron returned to winning ways, as they defeated a spirited Bury 3-2 at Glanford Park to move back up to second in the Sky Bet League One table.

All of United’s goals arrived in the opening period, as Harry Toffolo, Stephen Dawson and Josh Morris all got on the scoresheet.

The Shakers’ battling attitude ensured the match would go right to the end as a contest, with them getting back to within one goal of the home side twice.

Graham Alexander made three changes going into the match, with Toffolo, Dawson and Tom Hopper replacing Duane Holmes, Hakeeb Adelakun and Paddy Madden respectively.

Craig Davies, signed from Wigan ahead of the game, began the match on the substitutes bench.

The Iron almost got off to the perfect start when Kevin van Veen raced through on goal after just 19 seconds. The Dutchman drove the ball low and hard, but he was foiled by the legs of Bury ‘keeper Rob Lainton.

It wouldn’t be long though before the deadlock was broken, and it came via an unlikely source. Morris’ corner from the right was initially cleared, straight into the path of Toffolo, whose deflected effort nestled in the bottom corner of the goal.

The game by this point had settled into a one-way traffic pattern, with the home side creating openings at will. Van Veen tried his luck again on 12 minutes, wriggling free prior to firing wide.

That second would arrive shortly after however and, it was a superb moment for the Scunthorpe skipper Dawson as he notched his first for the club. In similar fashion to Toffolo’s earlier finish, the Irishman lashed home into the far corner, following him finding space on the right.

The hosts were threatening to run riot and, the advantage could have been three if Neal Bishop’s close range header hadn’t have hit the inside of the opposing post.

Opportunities kept presenting themselves to Alexander’s side, as Hopper soon tested Lainton with a looping header from an in-swinging Morris free kick from the left.

United’s lead was then halved however, when George Miller planted a deflected shot into the back of the net after making his way into the penalty area.

That 2-1 scoreline didn’t last long though and, in much the same vein as his effort against Peterborough, Morris curled in another excellent free kick. The angle was far narrower this time around, but the outcome was the same, as the winger whipped the ball across goal and into the far corner.

Morris’ strike was the perfect tonic to end the half, as United went in ahead by two goals at the break.

The hosts set about adding a fourth to their total after the interval, and they went very close to doing so when Bishop glanced a near post header inches wide of the opposite corner of the goal.

Bury’s persistence was commendable and, on 67 minutes, they halved the scoreline once more. Substitute Kelvin Etuhu was the man who got it for the Shakers, with a finish off the post from inside the box.

New man Davies came on for his Iron debut 20 minutes from time, with his impact almost immediate. The frontman initially showed superb strength to hold onto possession, before delivering an exquisite pass into the path of Jordan Clarke, who’d bombed on from full back. Clarke then drew a fine stop out of Lainton from point blank, with the subsequent follow-up from Sam Mantom also repelled by the Bury man.

The visitors pushed for a late equaliser, but the Iron stood firm, to secure a crucial three points.

TEAM LINE-UPS
Scunthorpe United:
Daniels, Wallace, Dawson, van Veen (Holmes, 87), Morris, Bishop, Hopper (Davies, 70), Toffolo, Mantom (Smallwood, 87), Goode, Clarke.
Substitutes not used: Anyon, Wiseman, Williams, Margetts.

Bury: Lainton, Bedeau, Brown, S Burgess (Etuhu, 46), Kay, Leigh, G Miller, Moore, Pope (I Miller, 77), Styles (Mackreth, 46), Vaughan.
Substitutes not used: Williams, C Burgess, Danns, Hope.

Attendance: 5,173.

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Ticket News

IRON v BURY - SPECIAL TICKET OFFER!

30 December 2016

The Iron will be running a special local promotion offer when we face Bury at Glanford Park on Saturday, 7th January, 2017.

CLICK HERE TO BUY YOUR TICKETS ONLINE

Chairman Peter Swann said: "With money often tight for families at the start of the year just after Christmas, we want to provide our supporters with an opportunity to see the team in action at a discounted price.

"We have played terrific entertaining football so far this season, scoring some excellent goals along the way and we also want to try and encourage new followers to come and watch us, feel the buzz of going to see live football, and see them return for future matches.

"It was always our intention to reward our loyal fans with some localised offers and as Bury have made their home fixture offer against us applicable to their supporters only we thought it would be an ideal opportunity for us to do the same."

Tickets for home supporters will go on sale at the following prices for the clash with the Shakers:

CATEGORYPRICE
Adult£10
65+/Under-21/Student
£5
Under-18£1
Under-12FREE*

*Must be accompanied by a paying adult and purchased in advance from our ticket office

You can buy tickets in the following ways: 

> By visiting our ticket office 
> Calling 01724 747670 (manned during opening hours) 

Please note there will be no further reductions in admission prices for Iron Members for this fixture.

The fixture has been designated as a local promotion and will only be available for home sections of the stadium. As per EFL regulations, clubs are entitled to designate up to four matches per season as a local promotion. Visiting supporters trying to gain entry to home areas will be denied access or ejected from the stadium.

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