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Preview: Tranmere Rovers (H)

9 April 2021

The Iron will be looking to bounce back from Tuesday night's defeat which succeeded an unbeaten run of five games when they host Tranmere Rovers this Saturday (3pm kick-off).

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10 April 2021


Neil Cox's side come into the match on the back of a 2-0 defeat away at Carlisle United in midweek after what was a run of five games unbeaten, which included four draws.

United will also be looking to back up four points from their last two home games, with a goalless draw against Crawley Town on Good Friday preceded by a 2-0 win over Bradford City.


Goalkeeper Mark Howard has been ruled out for three-to-four weeks with a thigh injury, which saw him miss the midweek game at Carlisle United. Rory Watson came in for his first league start since October in his place on Tuesday.

Manny Onariase also missed Tuesday's game at Brunton Park having come back into the side against Crawley. He has a hamstring issue which the club are waiting on the results of.

Right-back Jordan Clarke returned on Tuesday in what was Onariase's position after missing the Good Friday clash as a precaution with a tight thigh, but managed an ankle problem sustained in the game to make it through the 90 minutes. However, he is a doubt for the match after reporting for training on Thursday with a swollen ankle.

Meanwhile, Devarn Green lasted just 18 minutes in midweek when he had to come off with a thigh problem and is expected to miss the next two matches.

Forward Kevin van Veen will be looked at ahead of the match after undergoing an injection on his knee while left-back Junior Brown is out for five-to-six weeks with a hamstring injury that forced him off against Bradford City. Centre-back George Taft is ahead of schedule with his recovery from an ankle injury and will be assessed ahead of the match.

Their fellow defender Harrison McGahey (thigh) is back running on the training ground and has returned to full training, but Saturday's game will come too soon, while attacker Jordan Hallam will be assessed in the coming weeks following an injection on a hamstring problem which he suffered against Oldham Athletic.

Striker Aaron Jarvis (hamstring) is set to miss the rest of the season, while midfielder George Hornshaw and goalkeeper Adam Kelsey are both expected to be out for the remainder of the campaign too following ankle surgery.


Tranmere haven't won in their last four games, but have drawn three out of those matches, including a respectable 1-1 draw against Cambridge United last time out. They were involved in a televised fixture at Cheltenham on Good Friday, losing 4-0.

The side's surge up the league can be attributed to a big upturn in form in 2021 with a run of 11 wins in 14 games in all competitions through January and February seeing the side brimming with confidence.

In between the sticks for the side in recent weeks is 39-year-old former Iron shot stopper Joe Murphy while they also have other experience in their side including the likes of Jay Spearing and David Nugent.

James Vaughan, who netted both the goals in the reverse fixture, has been out since the end of February and has since undergone knee surgery.


It's been over eight years since the last meeting between the two sides at the Sands Venue Stadium, with Tranmere winning the last three games.

The teams last met at Scunthorpe's home in October 2012, with Karl Hawley's goal not enough to get any points on the day.

United last took three points in this fixture in October 2011 with Shane Duffy, Bobby Grant (two) and Chris Dagnall netting in the 4-2 home win.

You have to go back to April 2007 for the last time the Iron took all three points at Tranmere, with an own goal and a Billy Sharp strike sealing a 2-0 win en route to promotion from League One.

2020-21 - Sat Oct 3 LG 2 Tranmere 2-0 Iron  
2012-13 - Sat Dec 29 LG 1 Tranmere 1-0 Iron  
2012-13 - Tue Oct 2 LG 1 Iron 1-3 Tranmere Hawley
2011-12 - Sat May 5 LG 1 Tranmere 1-1 Iron Thompson
2011-12 - Sat Oct 29 LG 1 Iron 4-2 Tranmere Duffy, Grant 2, Dagnall
2008-09 - Sat May 2 LG 1 Iron 1-1 Tranmere Byrne
2008-09 - Tue Dec 16 FLT Area QF Iron 2-1 Tranmere May, Hayes
2008-09 - Tue Nov 25 LG 1 Tranmere 2-0 Iron  
2006-07 - Sat Apr 21 LG 1 Tranmere 0-2 Iron Ward og, Sharp
2006-07 - Tue Dec 5 LG 1 Iron 1-1 Tranmere Keogh
2005-06 - Sat Nov 19 LG 1 Iron 1-2 Tranmere Sharp
2005-06 - Fri Oct 7 LG 1 Tranmere 0-2 Iron Keogh, Sharp
2005-06 - Tue Aug 23 FLC R1 Iron 2-1 Tranmere Ryan, Hinds
1990-91 - Sat Dec 8 FAC R2 Iron 3-2 Tranmere Ward, Lillis, Flounders
1988-89 - Fri Apr 7 DIV 4 Tranmere 2-1 Iron Daws
1988-89 - Sat Dec 31 DIV 4 Iron 0-1 Tranmere  
1987-88 - Sat Feb 20 DIV 4 Tranmere 1-3 Iron Flounders 2, Lister
1987-88 - Sat Aug 15 DIV 4 Iron 3-0 Tranmere Russell, Flounders 2
1986-87 - Sat Jan 31 DIV 4 Iron 6-0 Tranmere Hunter, Lister, De Mange, Johnson, Broddle 2
1986-87 - Tue Oct 21 DIV 4 Tranmere 1-0 Iron  
1985-86 - Fri Jan 31 DIV 4 Tranmere 2-1 Iron Hawley
1985-86 - Fri Sep 6 DIV 4 Iron 0-1 Tranmere  
1984-85 - Tue Apr 9 DIV 4 Iron 5-2 Tranmere Brolly 2, Cammack 2, Broddle
1984-85 - Tue Jan 1 DIV 4 Tranmere 2-0 Iron  
1982-83 - Sat Mar 5 DIV 4 Tranmere 0-4 Iron Leman, Cammack 2, Parkinson
1982-83 - Sat Oct 23 DIV 4 Iron 2-1 Tranmere Baines, Cowling
1981-82 - Sat Jan 30 DIV 4 Tranmere 0-1 Iron Green
1981-82 - Sat Sep 19 DIV 4 Iron 2-1 Tranmere Cowling, Moss
1980-81 - Fri Apr 24 DIV 4 Tranmere 1-2 Iron Pilling, Stewart
1980-81 - Sat Dec 20 DIV 4 Iron 2-0 Tranmere Lambert, Stewart
1979-80 - Sat Mar 8 DIV 4 Iron 2-2 Tranmere Pilling, Cammack
1979-80 - Fri Oct 26 DIV 4 Tranmere 1-2 Iron Green, Pilling
1975-76 - Tue Feb 24 DIV 4 Iron 2-2 Tranmere Wiggington, O'Connor
1975-76 - Mon Sep 22 DIV 4 Tranmere 2-1 Iron Money
1972-73 - Sat Dec 30 DIV 4 Iron 1-5 Tranmere Fletcher
1972-73 - Fri Aug 18 DIV 4 Tranmere 2-1 Iron Kirk
1970-71 - Mon Nov 30 FAC R1 Rep 2 Tranmere 0-1 Iron Rusling
1970-71 - Tue Nov 24 FAC R1 Rep 1 Iron 0-0 Tranmere  
1970-71 - Sat Nov 21 FAC R1 Tranmere 1-1 Iron Woolmer
1967-68 - Fri Mar 22 DIV 4 Iron 1-1 Tranmere Colquhoun
1967-68 - Fri Oct 27 DIV 4 Tranmere 2-0 Iron  
1957-58 - Thu Sep 5 DIV 3N Iron 1-0 Tranmere Fletcher
1957-58 - Mon Aug 26 DIV 3N Tranmere 1-4 Iron Waldock 3, Fletcher
1956-57 - Sat Apr 6 DIV 3N Tranmere 4-2 Iron Waldock, Haigh
1956-57 - Sat Nov 24 DIV 3N Iron 1-4 Tranmere Gregory
1955-56 - Sat Apr 7 DIV 3N Iron 2-1 Tranmere Brown, Gregory
1955-56 - Sat Nov 26 DIV 3N Tranmere 2-1 Iron Brown
1954-55 - Sat Mar 12 DIV 3N Iron 1-2 Tranmere Gregory
1954-55 - Sat Oct 23 DIV 3N Tranmere 1-2 Iron Brown, Haigh
1953-54 - Tue Apr 27 DIV 3N Tranmere 1-1 Iron Jones
1953-54 - Sat Apr 10 DIV 3N Iron 3-1 Tranmere Gregory 3
1952-53 - Sat Mar 7 DIV 3N Iron 2-0 Tranmere Haigh, Daley
1952-53 - Sat Oct 18 DIV 3N Tranmere 0-1 Iron Mynard
1951-52 - Mon Apr 14 DIV 3N Iron 2-0 Tranmere Ottewell, Wallace
1951-52 - Fri Apr 11 DIV 3N Tranmere 3-1 Iron Ottewell
1950-51 - Sat May 5 DIV 3N Tranmere 1-0 Iron  
1950-51 - Sat Feb 10 DIV 3N Iron 1-1 Tranmere Payne
1935-36 - Sat Dec 14 FAC R2 Tranmere 6-2 Iron Lewis, Allen
LEAGUE 22 8 20
CUP 1 0 0
FA CUP 2 2 1
TOTAL 26 10 21


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Match Reports

Report: Iron 0-0 Tranmere Rovers

10 April 2021

Scunthorpe drew 0-0 at home for the second time in succession, as they held Tranmere Rovers, who had been in the top three prior to the game, to a goal-less draw.

The Iron entered the fixture making four changes from the side that lost 2-0 at Carlisle in midweek.

George Taft, Kevin van Veen, Myles Hippolyte and Johl;n McAtee came in for Jordan Clarke, Ryan Loft, Devarn Green and Lewis Spence.

The third minute saw Alfie Beestin and van Veen press the Tranmere defence to put the ball back to goalkeeper Joe Murphy, with the latter almost stealing in before the former United goalkeeper cleared.

Three minutes later, Van Veen was almost in as McAtee slotted the ball between two defenders. The central defender held the ball between his legs to prevent the Dutchman getting possession and it resulted in a free-kick to the Iron.

From it, Mason O’Malley teed up van Veen, but his low effort was blocked by the wall. Jacob Bedeau was lurking for the loose ball but Tranmere managed to clear.

With nine minutes gone, Tranmere's Kaiyne Woolery latched onto a ball through the middle, with his first touch taking the ball onto his left foot before he sent a left-footed half-volley wide.

On ten minutes, the Iron raced down the left after neat touches from McAtee and van Veen with Hippolyte overlapping. The latter crossed, with a deflection coming out to Alex Gilliead who couldn’t quite nip past the defender with possession.

Tranmere then counter-attacked from that Iron move, with a ball across the box from the left dealt with by O’Malley before Teddy Howe won the ball back on the edge of the area.

Shortly after, Woolery sent a left-footed shot wide of the target from the edge of the box, with Watson comfortably seeing the ball past his left-hand post.

With 18 minutes gone, van Veen charged down a clearance from Peter Clarke, but the ball went out for a goal kick as the Iron continued to press the Tranmere back line out of possession.

Then, a minute later, McAtee stole in on a loose touch from Clarke to get into the area but his effort across goal was well saved by Murphy.

With 21 minutes gone, Rovers' Ali Crawford turned on the edge of the box and had a go from 25-yards, but his shot cleared the stadium.

Five minutes later, O’Malley did well to head behind for a corner as a left-wing cross came into the box searching for Woolery.

On 33 minutes, a cross from the right was cleared, but only as far as Crawford who then saw his volley blocked by Howe out for a corner. The visitors headed wide from the resultant set-piece.

Two minutes later, Paul Lewis latched onto a low, near post cross from the left, but sent his effort wide of the post.

Then, Crawford headed over the bar for Tranmere as he read a deflection on a right-winged cross.

In the 39th minute, Beestin chased the ball back to Murphy a matter of yards from goal and almost dispossessed him, but for a quick turn in the other direction.

Two minutes later, Hippolyte sent a long throw into the area, with the ball taking a glancing touch towards goal, but Murphy gathered.

The start of the second-half saw Taft stay down after an early challenge on the far side of the pitch. Watson gathered and puts the ball out of play for him to receive treatment and he eventually continued.

Four minutes into the second period, Van Veen forced Peter Clarke to clear, but the ball was won back quickly by the Iron who found Gilliead on the edge. He sidestepped his man before angling a low shot across goal and wide.

On 53 minutes, Woolery lashed a 20-yard effort into the stand after the ball was played into him.

A minute later, Gilliead did well to win the ball back and turn away from Crawford before looking to thread in van Veen. Tranmere came away with the ball though.

The 55th minute saw a superb fingertip save from Rory Watson to deny Paul Lewis as he sent his header towards the top corner. It resulted in another corner to the visitors, which United dealt with.

On the hour mark, Hippolyte did well to keep the ball in play following an Iron indirect free-kick before then winning a corner.

Van Veen got the ball back from the corner he took, before a low shot came into the near post which was turned behind for another corner, which the visitors dealt with.

Then, McAtee latched onto a ball down the channel by Jem Karacan before he laid the ball into van Veen. The Dutchman drove forward before being knocked off his stride on the edge of the box. No foul was given though.

With 66 minutes gone, Lewis drew a smart save from Watson before Bedeau put the ball out for a corner.

United then had to deal with a succession of crosses into the box, and set-pieces, but dealt well with the threat.

With 73 minutes gone, van Veen angled a half-volley over the bar after a dangerous cross into the box was headed away by Manny Monthe.

The first Scunthorpe change was four minutes later as Olufela Olomola came on for McAtee.

In the 85th minute, Olomola and Beestin got the Iron going forward with a ball down to van Veen on the right. He had a go from range, but the shot was off-target.

Olomola then fed the ball into Beestin, who exchanged passes with Gilliead before sending a low shot across goal and narrowly wide.

Jai Rowe then came on for Howe at right-back as Scunthorpe made their second alteration.

There were then big shouts for handball in the Tranmere penalty area as Hippolyte crossed into the box, but the referee indicated the ball hit a chest and play continued.

There were four minutes of added time but neither side could make the breakthrough, as Beestin tested Murphy with an effort in the 90th minute, and then van Veen curled over the crossbar from the edge of the area right at the death.

Scunthorpe return to action on Tuesday night when they make the trip to take on Morecambe (6.30pm kick-off).

IRON: Watson, Taft, Bedeau, Gilliead, van Veen, Hippolyte, Beestin, Karacan, Howe (Rowe, 87), O'Malley, McAtee (Olomola, 77).

IRON SUBS NOT USED: Collins, Spence, Mooney, Pugh, Jessop.

TRANMERE: Murphy, Khan, Monthe, Clarke, MacDonald, O'Connor, Crawford (Blackett-Taylor, 73), Feeney (Morris, 78), Lewis, Woolery, Lloyd (Nugent, 64).

TRANMERE SUBS NOT USED: Jones, Ridehalgh, Ray, Kirby.

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