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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: IRON v BRADFORD CITY

24 March 2017

The Iron return to Glanford Park this weekend when they host Bradford City on Sunday afternoon.

Graham Alexander and his players will be heading into the match seeking a quick response to last Saturday’s narrow loss at Oxford United.

They’ll be coming up against an in-form Bradford side though, with Sunday’s visitors winning four out of their last six matches.



Conor Townsend could return to the squad after recovering from a groin injury. He trained on Wednesday and will be assessed ahead of the weekend.

Matt Crooks (foot) will undergo a fitness test on Saturday prior to the fixture.

Kevin van Veen (hamstring) and Sam Mantom (ankle) will both miss out though, with the Dutchman likely to return to training next week.



The two sides shared the points at the Northern Commercials Stadium back in December, with neither team finding the elusive breakthrough in a 0-0 draw.

Former Bradford man Josh Morris went closest to scoring for the visitors in the opening period, but his 25-yard effort was well saved by Colin Doyle.

The hosts then went close after the break, with both Timothee Dieng and Filipe Morais seeing goal-bound shots blocked.

Morris could have won it for Scunthorpe in the 67th minute. However, the winger fired over from just outside the box following a Paddy Madden through-ball. 



Jordy Hiwula is the Bantams’ top marksman so far this season, netting 12 times in all competitions for Stuart McCall’s men.

The former Manchester City man joined Bradford on a season-long loan deal from Huddersfield Town at the beginning of the campaign, and he most recently netted against Coventry City midway through March.



SEASON/DATE
COMPETITION
RESULT
IRON SCORERS
2016-17 - Mon 26 Dec
2015-16 - Sat 2 Apr
LG 1
LG 1
Bradford 0-0 Iron
Bradford 1-0 Iron

2015-16 - Sat 21 Nov
LG 1
Iron 0-2 Bradford

2014-15 - Tue 21 Apr
LG 1
Iron 1-1 Bradford
McSheffrey
2014-15 - Sat 20 Dec
LG 1
Bradford 1-1 Iron
Adelakun
2006-07 - Sat 31 Mar
LG 1
Iron 2-0 Bradford
Sharp, Beckford
2006-07 - Sat 21 Oct
LG 1
Bradford 0-1 Iron
Sharp
2006-07 - Tue 17 Oct
FLT R1
Bradford 1-2 Iron
Foy, Goodwin
2005-06 - Sat 1 Apr
LG 1
Bradford 4-2 Iron
Beagrie, Hinds
2005-06 - Sat 31 Dec
LG 1
Iron 0-0 Bradford

1994-95 - Tue 22 Nov
FAC R1 R
Iron 3-2 Bradford
Carmichael, Alexander, Thompstone
1994-95 - Sat 12 Nov
FAC R1
Bradford 1-1 Iron
Hope
1988-89 - Tue 22 Nov
LG CUP R3 R
Iron 0-1 Bradford

1988-89 - Wed 2 Nov
LG CUP R3
Bradford 1-1 Iron
Daws
1983-84 - Sat 17 Mar
DIV 3
Iron 2-1 Bradford
Cammack, Matthews
1983-84 - Sat 8 Oct
DIV 3
Bradford 2-2 Iron
Leman, Lester
1981-82 - Sun 14 Feb
DIV 4
Bradford 0-0 Iron

1981-82 - Sat 3 Oct
DIV 4
Iron 1-3 Bradford
Grimes
1980-81 - Sat 31 Jan
DIV 4
Iron 1-0 Bradford
Cammack
1980-81 - Sat 23 Aug
DIV 4
Bradford 0-0 Iron

1979-80 - Sat 9 Feb
DIV 4
Iron 3-3 Bradford
Pilling, Partridge 2
1979-80 - Sat 22 Sep
DIV 4
Bradford 2-0 Iron

1978-79 - Sat 3 Mar
DIV 4
Bradford 1-1 Iron
Pilling
1978-79 - Sat 21 Oct
DIV 4
Iron 3-2 Bradford
Couch, Kilmore 2
1976-77 - Wed 4 May
DIV 4
Bradford 4-0 Iron

1976-77 - Sat 8 Jan
DIV 4
Iron 2-1 Bradford
Wiggington, Keeley
1975-76 - Sat 17 Apr
DIV 4
Iron 2-0 Bradford
Green, O'Connor
1975-76 - Fri 26 Dec
DIV 4
Bradford 0-0 Iron

1974-75 - Sat 1 Mar
DIV 4
Iron 1-2 Bradford
Charnley
1974-75 - Sat 31 Aug
DIV 4
Bradford 3-0 Iron

1973-74 - Wed 3 Oct
DIV 4
Bradford 2-1 Iron
Podd (og)
1973-74 - Tue 18 Sep
DIV 4
Iron 2-1 Bradford
Pilling, Fletcher
1968-69 - Sat 29 Mar
DIV 4
Bradford 3-0 Iron

1968-69 - Fri 6 Sep
DIV 4
Iron 1-0 Bradford
Deere
1957-58 - Thu 24 Apr
DIV 3 (N)
Bradford 2-3 Iron
Minton 2, Davis
1957-58 - Sat 28 Sep
DIV 3 (N)Iron 0-2 Bradford

1956-57 - Sat 9 Mar
DIV 3 (N)Bradford 3-1 Iron
Waldock
1956-57 - Sat 27 Oct
DIV 3 (N)Iron 1-1 Bradford
Brown
1955-56 - Tue 27 Dec
DIV 3 (N)
Iron 2-0 Bradford
Haigh, McGill
1955-56 - Mon 26 Dec
DIV 3 (N)Bradford 4-3 Iron
Gregory 2, Brown
1954-55 - Mon 27 Dec
DIV 3 (N)Iron 1-0 Bradford
Brown
1954-55 - Sat 25 Dec
DIV 3 (N)Bradford 2-4 Iron
Brown 2, Gregory, Mosby
1953-54 - Sat 27 Mar
DIV 3 (N)Iron 2-1 Bradford
Haigh, Mosby
1953-54 - Sat 7 Nov
DIV 3 (N)Bradford 1-3 Iron
Jones, Whitfield, Brownsword
1952-53 - Sat 17 Jan
DIV 3 (N)Iron 4-0 Bradford
Haigh 2, Whitfield, Daley
1952-53 - Sat 6 Sep
DIV 3 (N)Bradford 0-0 Iron

1951-52 - Wed 26 Mar
DIV 3 (N)Bradford 1-0 Iron

1951-52 - Sat 18 Aug
DIV 3 (N)Iron 1-0 Bradford
Cumner
1950-51 - Wed 18 Apr
DIV 3 (N)Iron 0-0 Bradford

1950-51 - Sat 14 Apr
DIV 3 (N)Bradford 2-0 Iron


Our full record against Bradford City is as follows:


PW
D
L
F
A
Home
24
14
5
5
35
23
Away
26
5
1011
26
41
TOTAL
50
19
15
16
61
64 



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Report: Iron 3-2 Bradford City

26 March 2017

The Iron emerged 3-2 victors over Bradford City in an action-packed afternoon of football at Glanford Park.

After Ivan Toney’s early strike was cancelled out by two quick-fire Bantams goals, Scunthorpe rallied, and deservedly got themselves level at the beginning of the second period through Toney.

The three points were then sealed by Matt Crooks seven minutes from time, as he headed home a Josh Morris corner.

There were five changes to the side which started against Oxford United last weekend. 

Charlie Goode, Conor Townsend, Crooks, Adelakun and Toney replaced David Mirfin, Harry Toffolo, Neal Bishop, Jamie Ness and Tom Hopper in the starting eleven.

Things got off to the perfect start for Graham Alexander’s men, as they struck the first blow inside three minutes. Morris’ corner from the right somehow found it’s way through to a loitering Toney at the far post, with the Newcastle loanee firing high into the roof of the net.

However, the visitors’ response was a good one, and they hit back 11 minutes later. They did so via the head of Kevin Toner, who found space round the back of the Scunthorpe penalty area to head home Billy Clarke’s left winged free-kick.

The Iron’s lead was almost restored instantly, with the Bradford backline getting themselves in a mix-up. Goalkeeper Colin Doyle came rushing out of his goal, but was left in no man's land when the ball was diverted past him by a Bantams defender. Luckily for the Irishman though, the ball skipped out of play and went behind for a corner.

In the moments that followed however, Bradford completed the turnaround. Alex Jones was the man who got it, as he picked the ball up on the right, prior to drilling into the far corner past Luke Daniels.

Like the away side before them, Scunthorpe immediately seeked a reaction, and they nearly got one through Crooks. The Iron built up play neatly, with the midfielder then lashing over from 30 yards out.

More impressive approach play from the hosts soon followed, as did another effort, but Jordan Clarke’s half-volley was always rising.

2-1 would be how it stayed until the interval, with the Bantams holding a slender advantage as the two teams walked off the pitch.

Bizarrely, the second period started in exactly the same vain as the first, and it was a case of deja vu for Toney. The frontman peeled off his marker to find space in the box, but he still had so much to do when Adelakun expertly picked him out. What followed was magnificent, as the 21-year-old acrobatically hooked the ball home with his back to goal.

The game continued at a frantic pace and, before the Iron had chance to finish their celebrations, the visitors were on the front foot again. Fortunately enough though, Clarke’s close range strike flashed past Daniels’ post.

There was more Bantams pressure in the minutes that followed, but Daniels was up to the task, as he somehow grabbed hold of Charlie Wyke’s goal-bound header.

Scunthorpe’s man between the sticks wasn’t finished there either, and the battle with Wyke continued. The striker’s turn and shot looked to have caught Daniels out. However, his handling was superb, and he held on despite several onrushing opposing players.

As the clock ticked over into the final ten minutes, the game was finely poised. Toney went within a whisker of completing his hat-trick in the 82 minute, but he could only flick Paddy Madden’s near post cross into the hands of Doyle with Morris lurking.

The drama was by no means finished there though and, with just seven minutes left to play, Crooks took the roof off Glanford Park. Morris’ corner from the right was beautifully flighted and Crooks did the rest, as he powered his header into the back of the net.

From then on, Alexander’s team showed their true character to keep out everything the visitors threw at them. A series of blocks from Murray Wallace and company preserved the lead, with referee Darren Deadman blowing for full-time after six minutes of stoppage time.

TEAM LINE-UPS
Scunthorpe United: Daniels, Wallace, Dawson, Madden, Morris, Adelakun (Wiseman, 85), Goode (Mirfin, 72), Townsend, Toney (Davies, 88), Crooks, Clarke.
Substitutes not used: Anyon, Bishop, Hopper, Ness.

Bradford City: Doyle, Meredith, Toner, Vincelot, Marshall, Dieng, Wyke, Clarke (Devine, 79), Jones (Hiwula, 79), McArdle, McMahon.
Substitutes not used: Sattlemaier, Darby, Hanson, Penny, Pybus.

Attendance: 5,247.

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