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Preview: Blackburn Rovers (H)

11 September 2017

The Iron return to Sky Bet League One action this Tuesday, with Blackburn Rovers the visitors to Glanford Park (7.45pm kick-off).

Ticket News

Iron v Blackburn Rovers tickets on sale now

12 September 2017

The match comes off the back of a goalless draw against Blackpool at home on Saturday, with United still unbeaten in the league this campaign following three wins and three draws.

Blackburn come into the fixture following a comprehensive 3-0 away victory against Rochdale, with former loanee Richie Smallwood amongst the scorers. The three points put Rovers tenth following three wins and two defeats so far this season.

TEAM NEWS...
In his pre-match interview, Graham Alexander is expecting to have the same 22-man squad that was available for the Blackpool game at the weekend.

Murray Wallace played with a dead leg on Saturday, but is expected to be fit for the visit of Blackburn.

However, Luke Williams, who has had an operation on his hamstring injury and faces two-to-three months out, and Jonny Margetts (knee) will not be involved again. Meanwhile Andrew Crofts will also miss out for around three weeks after picking up an ankle injury in training.

PAST MEETINGS…
The two sides last met at Ewood Park in August 2014 in the League Cup. Neal Bishop's header from Gary McSheffrey's corner was enough to put Scunthorpe through to round two of the competition.

Prior to that, the two sides have only met twice competitively, in the old Division Three league campaign in 1971-72. Blackburn won their home encounter 3-0, while the score was 1-1 at the Old Show Ground.

ONE TO WATCH…
Signed for an undisclosed fee from Ipswich Town in the summer, Dominic Samuel has started life as a Rovers player in positive spirits, with four goals to his name already this campaign.

One of those four strikes proved to be the match winner at Bradford City, ending the Bantams' long unbeaten home record, while he last notched in their 4-1 home win over Milton Keynes Dons.

The 23-year-old has notched 18 goals in 63 career league appearances.

ELSEWHERE IN LEAGUE ONE…
Tuesday:
AFC Wimbledon vs Gillingham (7.45pm)
Bristol Rovers vs Oldham Athletic (7.45pm)
Charlton Athletic vs Wigan Athletic (7.45pm)
Fleetwood Town vs Bury (7.45pm)
Northampton Town vs Portsmouth (7.45pm)
Oxford United vs Bradford City (7.45pm)
Peterborough United vs Milton Keynes Dons (7.45pm)
Plymouth Argyle vs Blackpool (7.45pm)
Rochdale vs Doncaster Rovers (7.45pm)
Rotherham United vs Walsall (7.45pm)
Shrewsbury Town vs Southend United (7.45pm)

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Match Reports

Report: Iron 0-1 Blackburn Rovers

12 September 2017

The Iron were beaten 1-0 by Blackburn Rovers on Tuesday night, suffering their first league loss of the season.

The only goal of the match came in the 58th minute through a Marcus Antonsson volley from inside the area.

Manager Graham Alexander made two changes from the draw against Bury, giving a first start to deadline day signing Lee Novak. Duane Holmes also started the game.

The Iron’s Paddy Madden had an early chance in the ninth minute. He won the ball in the area before firing a shot straight at David Raya in the Rovers net.

Captain Rory McArdle then tried his luck with a volley on the edge of the box, after Blackburn headed away a Conor Townsend free-kick, but he got under the ball with it sailing over the crossbar.

Moments later, the Iron’s defence was put the test. Dominic Samuel swivelled inside the box, but didn’t get a good connection with Murray Wallace getting in the way of it.

In the 19th minute, McArdle passed to Holmes, who had found space in the centre of the pitch, turning and forcing Raya to fumble it before a Blackburn defender cleared the ball. The shot was close to the goalkeeper, but it was swerving and struck with power.

Raya was called into action again in the 30th minute, pulling a fantastic save in the top left corner to deny Josh Morris scoring from a free-kick 25-yards out. It was taken on the left side and Morris done well to curl it around the wall.

Blackburn’s goalkeeper prevented Morris again a couple of minutes later. The winger intercepted a clearance in the box and hit a low shot, but Raya was alert and down quick to hold onto the ball.

37 minutes in and Matt Gilks was down to make his first important save of the match. Using his pace, Samuel broke through the Iron defence with only Gilks in his way, but the goalkeeper got down quick to his right to save.

That chance woke Blackburn up and Rekeem Harper was presented with a golden opportunity. The ball was crossed in and the midfielder was left unmarked, heading wide of the left post.

It was Morris’ turn to whip a cross into the box next and Novak got a glancing header on it, but Raya got his body behind it.

One minute before the interval and Neal Bishop came close to getting the first goal of the game. He took the ball forward before striking it from outside of the area but past the wrong side of the left post.

After a good period of play from the Iron, Blackburn hit on the break to take a 1-0 lead in the 58th minute. Elliott Bennett put a wonderful cross into the box and Antonsson volleyed home at the back post.

In the 72nd minute, Morris cut in and passed to substitute Hakeeb Adelakun, who took it forward before shooting just over the bar from outside of the area.

Adelakun then whipped in a corner to the far post, which was met by the head of Bishop, but Rovers had players on the line to clear.

Blackburn nearly had a second goal in the 81st minute, but Gilks made a tremendous save with his feet to stop Danny Graham’s effort from going in. The ball had been pulled back to the striker and he struck it first time.

In a search of an equaliser, the Iron’s Adelakun came close. Morris put a driven cross into the area, which was only cleared to the incoming Adelakun, who drilled a shot wide of the left post.

Funso Ojo then nearly scored a screamer from range moments later. With the ball heading into the top corner, Raya got a hand on it to put the ball out for a corner.

In additional time, a corner found its way to Madden on the left of the area, he cut in and his attempt deflected inches over the bar.

From the resulting corner, Adelakun nearly scored directly from the set-piece. His curling effort had Raya panicking, as the ball just went over.

TEAM LINE-UPS
Scunthorpe United:
Gilks, Townsend, Wallace, Ojo, Madden, Morris, Bishop (van Veen, 80’), Novak, Holmes (Adelakun, 65’), Sutton (Clarke, 69’), McArdle.
Substitutes not used: Watson, Mantom, Hopper, Burgess.

Blackburn Rovers: Raya, Williams, Harper (Dack, 46’), Smallwood, Samuel (Chapman, 81’), Muglrew, Ward, Caddis, Antonsson (Graham, 64’), Evans, Bennett.
Substitutes not used: Leutwiler, Whittingham, Gladwin, Downing.

Attendance: 4,330.

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Ticket News

Under-12s go free against Portsmouth

19 September 2017

Scunthorpe United are keen to get the younger generation attending local live football, and Iron supporters aged under 12 can attend this season for free.

*NOTE: All Under-12 tickets must be obtained in advance from the Glanford Park Ticket Office, and all Under-12s should be accompanied by an adult on matchdays.

It is an offer that has been praised by fans of other teams, and the Iron want to make to make it as easy as possible for the full family to come and enjoy the team in action this season.

Indeed, it is one of the reasons why the club has won the EFL Family Excellence Award for 2017. Details can be seen here.

For all home league matches during the 2017-18 campaign, supporters under the age of 12 will be printed a match ticket for free admission*.

*To take advantage of the offer, you must visit the Scunthorpe United ticket office at Glanford Park, Jack Brownsword Way, Scunthorpe, DN15 8TD, visit our matchday ticket booth in the north east corner of the stadium (this is open from 1.30pm on matchdays), or call 01724 747670 to get your ticket printed.

Proof of age will be required where necessary. Anybody under 14 must be accompanied by an adult on matchdays.

Please note, there is a MAXIMUM of two free Under-12s for every paying adult or senior. Extra Under-12s will pay the Under-18 rate.

Unfortunately. Under-12’s without a ticket who try to access a turnstile will not be allowed in. All tickets must be acquired from our ticket office.

Our ticket office opening times:
Monday - 8.30am to 5pm
Tuesday - 8.30am to 5pm
Wednesday - 8.30am to 6pm
Thursday - 8.30am to 5pm
Friday - 8.30am to 5pm
Home matchday Saturdays – 9.00am to 3pm (and for a short period after the game too)
Non-matchday Saturdays and Sundays - Closed

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