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Match pack: Rotherham United (A)

16 May 2018

The Iron travel to Rotherham United in the second leg of their League One play-off semi-final this Wednesday (7.45pm kick-off).

Club News

Second leg to be shown live in the Iron Bar and Sir Ian Botham Executive Lounge

16 May 2018


Nick Daws’ men come into this game on a nine match unbeaten run, which has included four wins in their last six games. 

The tie is firmly in the balance following the first leg stalemate at Glanford Park on Saturday, with Cameron McGeehan coming off the bench to net his first goal for the club with a minute of normal time remaining. Michael Ihiekwe had earlier put through his own net for Scunthorpe's first equaliser, with strikes from Jon Taylor and Joe Newell both cancelled out.

The encounter at the New York Stadium will have to be played to a conclusion, with the game going to extra time and penalties if required. The away goals rule is not in operation for the play-offs.


Daws made five changes to his side going into the first leg, reverting back to the team who picked up victories over Charlton Athletic, Walsall, MK Dons and Plymouth Argyle.

He may, however, be forced into making one change with goalkeeper Matt Gilks labelled as a doubt after being forced off at the weekend with a knee injury. Should he be missing, Rory Watson will be the man to replace him.

Elsewhere, Luke Williams (hamstring) returned to training ahead of the first leg, while Jonathon Margetts (knee) is a definite absentee.


2017-18 - Sat 12 May LG 1 PO SF1 Iron 2-2 Rotherham Ihiekwe (og), McGeehan
2017-18 - Sat 10 Feb LG 1 Iron 1-2 Rotherham Novak
2017-18 - Sat 14 Oct LG 1 Rotherham 2-0 Iron  
2008-09 - Tue 17 Feb FLT AF L2 Rotherham 0-1 Iron Hooper
2008-09 - Tue 20 Jan FLT AF L1 Iron 2-0 Rotherham Woolford, Pearce
2006-07 - Sat 17 Feb LG 1 Iron 1-0 Rotherham Beckford
2006-07 - Sat 19 Aug LG 1 Rotherham 2-1 Iron Sharp
2005-06 - Sat 22 Apr LG 1 Rotherham 1-1 Iron Keogh
2005-06 - Sat 15 Oct LG 1 Iron 2-2 Rotherham Sharp 2
2001-02 - Mon 20 Aug LGC R1 Iron 0-2 Rotherham  
1998-99 - Sat 27 Mar DIV 3 Rotherham 0-0 Iron  
1998-99 - Sat 24 Oct DIV 3 Iron 4-3 Rotherham Wilcox, Eyre, Knill (og), Logan
1997-98 - Sat 21 Mar DIV 3 Iron 1-1 Rotherham Eyre
1997-98 - Tue 18 Nov DIV 3 Rotherham 1-3 Iron Eyre 2, Forrester
1996-97 - Sat 16 Nov FAC R1 Iron 4-1 Rotherham Baker 2, D'Auria, Clarkson
1995-96 - Tue 22 Aug LGC R1 L2 Rotherham 5-0 Iron  
1995-96 - Tue 15 Aug LGC R1 L1 Iron 4-1 Rotherham Eyre 2, McFarlane, Ford
1991-92 - Sat 21 Mar DIV 4 Rotherham 5-0 Iron  
1991-92 - Tue 26 Nov FAC R1 Rep Rotherham 3-3 Iron
(Rotherham win 7-6 on pens)
Helliwell, Daws, White
1991-92 - Sat 16 Nov FAC R1 Iron 1-1 Rotherham Helliwell
1991-92 - Sat 9 Nov DIV 4 Iron 1-0 Rotherham Daws
1988-89 - Mon 1 May DIV 4 Iron 0-0 Rotherham  
1988-89 - Tue 8 Nov DIV 4 Rotherham 3-3 Iron Flounders, Lister, Hodkinson
1983-84 - Tue 15 May DIV 3 Rotherham 3-0 Iron  
1983-84 - Sat 15 Oct DIV 3 Iron 1-2 Rotherham Lester
1974-75 - Sat 5 Apr DIV 4 Rotherham 3-2 Iron Keeley, Roberts
1974-75 - Sat 26 Oct DIV 4 Iron 0-3 Rotherham  
1973-74 - Tue 16 Apr DIV 4 Iron 3-0 Rotherham Warnock 2, Roberts
1973-74 - Mon 15 Apr DIV 4 Rotherham 1-1 Iron Keeley
1972-73 - Sat 24 Mar DIV 3 Iron 2-1 Rotherham Kirk, Fletcher
1972-73 - Sat 28 Oct DIV 3 Rotherham 2-1 Iron McDonald
1968-69 - Tue 13 Aug LGC R1 Iron 2-1 Rotherham Deere 2
1963-64 - Sat 8 Feb DIV 2 Iron 4-3 Rotherham Lindsey, Wilson, Sloan, Madden (og)
1963-64 - Sat 28 Sep DIV 2 Rotherham 2-1 Iron Crawford
1962-63 - Fri 17 May DIV 2 Rotherham 1-0 Iron  
1962-63 - Sat 8 Sep DIV 2 Iron 1-0 Rotherham Kaye
1961-62 - Fri 2 Feb DIV 2 Rotherham 0-1 Iron Kaye
1961-62 - Fri 15 Sep DIV 2 Iron 5-2 Rotherham Thomas 2, Godfrey 2, Thorpe
1960-61 - Sat 11 Feb DIV 2 Rotherham 4-0 Iron  
1960-61 - Sat 24 Sep DIV 2 Iron 1-1 Rotherham Marriott
1959-60 - Sat 16 Jan DIV 2 Iron 2-1 Rotherham Donnelly, Middleton
1959-60 - Sat 5 Sep DIV 2 Rotherham 1-1 Iron Haigh
1958-59 - Sat 7 Feb DIV 2 Rotherham 1-0 Iron  
1958-59 - Sat 20 Sep DIV 2 Iron 2-0 Rotherham Wood, Brownsword
1955-56 - Thu 12 Jan FAC R3 Rep Iron 4-2 Rotherham Brown 3, Davies
1955-56 - Sat 7 Jan FAC R3 Rotherham 1-1 Iron Brown
1950-51 - Sat 30 Dec DIV 3N Rotherham 4-1 Iron Cumner
1950-51 - Sat 2 Sep DIV 3N Iron 0-0 Rotherham  

Our full record against Rotherham United is as follows: 

League 12 10 14
Cup 2 0 0
League Cup 2 0 2
FA Cup 2 4 2
Play-Off 0 1 0
Total 18 15 18


Rotherham’s midfielder Ryan Williams won the Sky Bet Man of the Match in the first leg at Glanford Park and will be looking to put in a similar personal performance when the two sides lock horns again on Wednesday.

It's his first season with the Millers after switching from Barnsley in the summer, with the Australian making 45 appearances so far this campaign in all competitions. 33 of those have been league starts, scoring on four occasions.


Daws, Clarke and Yates' video previews
Daws' written preview
Clarke ahead of the game
Yates on the challenge
Betting preview
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Match Reports

Report: Rotherham United 2-0 Iron

16 May 2018

The Iron's season has come to an end following a 2-0 defeat to Rotherham United in the second leg of the play-off semi-final at the New York stadium.

Goals from captain Richard Wood and midfielder Will Vaulks saw Rotherham progress to play Shrewsbury in the play-off final with a 4-2 win on aggregate in a game that saw Scunthorpe captain Rory McArdle sent off in the second half.

Nick Daws made two changes from the side that drew 2-2 in the semi-final first leg with Rory Watson and Marnick Vermijl replacing the injured duo of Matt Gilks and Jordan Clarke.

The Iron got the game underway and won the first set piece of the match inside three minutes, Josh Morris played the ball short to Conor Townsend who tried his luck but his shot was charged down quickly by the Rotherham defence.

Scunthorpe started brightly, a dangerous looking free-kick from the left was sent towards the back post from Hakeeb Adelakun, which was cleared but only as far as Duane Holmes, whose shot on goal was blocked. A faint appeal for handball in the process was waved away by referee Scott Duncan.

In the 19th minute, United registered the first shot on target, a pass inside to Holmes from Townsend allowed the midfielder to carry the ball forwards and slot Adelakun in whose shot forced Marek Rodak into a save. The goalkeeper was then able to gather the ball before a Scunthorpe player could pounce on the rebound.

Rotherham then mounted an attack of their own, but great defending from Ryan Yates stopped Ryan Williams from getting a shot on goal as the midfielder made sure he charged the ball down as the hosts appealed for a penalty of their own as Williams went down in the area under the challenge.

Minutes later, the home side were on the attack again, a cross into the box was steered away for a corner. The resulting set piece was whipped across the six-yard-box with the ball bouncing around and Watson did well to turn the ball round the post for another corner that came to nothing.

The Millers then almost took the lead in the 37th minute through Richie Towell but a brilliant fingertip save from Watson at full stretch prevented the ball from flying into the top right corner of the net.

In the two minutes of added time at the end of the first half, Matt Palmer had a shot that called Watson into action again with Rory McArdle hooking the ball away.

Rotherham then did take the lead. A long throw was aimed towards captain Richard Wood in the penalty area who headed home to put the Millers ahead at half-time.

Shortly after the restart, the Iron looked to bounce back, Holmes found himself through on goal after an Ivan Toney pass set him free, but a heavy touch allowed Rodak to come and collect.

On the 63rd minute, the home side doubled their lead courtesy of Will Vaulks who converted into bottom left corner after the ball fell kindly to him when a cross from the right was only cleared as far as the midfielder.

Scunthorpe looked to hit back quickly like they did in the first leg, a Morris cross was flashed across the face of goal which found Toney on the slide but Wood was there to prevent the ball from going in.

United continued to press, the ball found it's way to Morris on right inside the penalty area, who squared to Toney who spun and shot but a sea of red and white shirts surrounded him and Rotherham were able to clear the danger.

Substitute Cameron McGeehan then had a chance to score when another Morris cross was played in, but the attacker headed wide of the post.

77 minutes in and the Iron were reduced to ten men when captain Rory McArdle was dismissed for a second bookable offence.

The Millers looked to score again but Watson denied Jon Taylor at the back post before the corner was played in and eventually scrambled clear.

It was then the Iron’s turn to attack, McGeehan’s effort was saved by Rodak after he did well to beat his man. Rodak had to be alert again moments later to palm Holmes’ shot away who did well to create himself a goal scoring opportunity on the right by cutting inside.

In the seven minutes of time added on in the second half, Scunthorpe couldn't find a way to get back into the game and they fell to a 2-0 defeat on the night.

Rotherham United: Rodak, Emmanuel, Mattock, Vaulks, Wood, Palmer, Towell, Ihiekwe (Ajayi 52), Newell (Forde 89), Williams (Taylor 68), Smith.
Substitutes not used: Price, Ball, Purrington, Lavery.

Scunthorpe United: Watson, Townsend, Wallace, Ojo, Toney (Novak 80), Morris, Adelakun (McGeehan 62), Vermijl, Holmes, McArdle, Yates (Hopper 83).
Substitutes not used: Kelsey, Bishop, Burgess, Sutton.

Attendance: 11,061 (1,202 away).

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