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REPORT: IRON 1-1 BOLTON WANDERERS

24 July 2015

The Iron were held to a 1-1 draw by Championship side Bolton Wanderers at Glanford Park on Friday evening, with Paddy Madden once again getting on the scoresheet.

The Irishman smashed home a penalty early on in the second half to cancel out Josh Vela's early strike.

Mark Robins opted to field nine of the same eleven that started in the win over Hartlepool on Tuesday night. With Neal Bishop and David Mirfin replacing Jamie Ness and Scott Wiseman respectively.

The Iron conceded early though, going behind to Josh Vela's strike from the edge of the area in the second minute.

United were inches away from equalising soon after however, as Luke Williams saw his deflected effort strike the crossbar, after some neat play between himself and Madden.

Williams again was almost instrumental in getting the Iron level, but his well flighted free-kick was glanced wide by Mirfin.

United 'keeper Joe Anyon was then called into action, getting down well to save from Liam Feeney on 20 minutes.

As the half went on, the Iron grew more and more into the game, and went close on the half an hour mark as Scott Laird's over hit cross almost caught out Wanderers 'keeper Ben Amos.

But Williams was forced off with an injury on 33 minutes and had to be replaced by Gary McSheffrey.

Robins' side were almost level right on half time and after some good work down the right flank, Jordan Clarke saw his cross diverted wide by the head of Madden.

It could so easily of been two however, with Iron stopper Anyon having to show quick reactions to parry away a dangerous Bolton free-kick.

Then there was a late flurry of United chances, with firstly Madden and then McSheffrey seeing efforts on goal turn out unsuccessful.

The Iron however couldn't find a way through and went in at the break trailing by that early strike.

The visitors threatened to start the second period in the exact same vain in which they started the first, but the ever dangerous Feeney saw his effort blocked.

Feeney's failure to dispatch his chance was then punished, as the hat-trick hero of Tuesday night, Madden, tucked away the penalty that was won by Stephen Dawson.

The equaliser was no more than the Iron deserved, having ended the first half in such positive fashion.

The goal gave Madden and his team-mates a huge lift and Tom Hopper almost completed a quick turnaround, but he saw his instinctive effort at the near post sail over.

The Iron arguably could of had another penalty soon after, as McSheffery looked to have been bundled to the ground, but referee Gary Sutton waved away all the appeals.

Confidence was sky high and so much so that centre back Mirfin tried his luck from range on 58 minutes.

The visitors were the first to make the host of second half changes, with former Iron midfielder Liam Trotter included in those.

Wanderers then almost took a controversial lead, as Robert Hall somehow spurned a chance from close range. He did however appear to be stood in an offside position.

Madden then nearly put the Iron in front in spectacular fashion on 74 minutes, but his curling effort drifted just past Amos' post. That would be the former Manchester United 'keeper's last action as he was replaced by Ross Fitzsimons.

Robins then made his second change, as Hopper was replaced up top by Dutchman Kevin van Veen in the 77th minute.

Van Veen then nearly won the game for United late on, but despite climbing well, his header was straight into the gloves of Bolton 'Keeper Fitzsimons.

As well as van Veen, Madden could have also stole it in the closing stages, but just like the Dutchman, he saw his header end up in the gloves of the Bolton Stopper.

United continued to press for a late winner, but it finished all square. Nevertheless a lot of positives to take for manager Robins as the start of the League One season draws ever closer.

TEAM LINE-UPS
Scunthorpe United:
Anyon, Laird, Mirfin, Canavan, Williams (McSheffrey), Madden, Bishop, Dawson, King, Hopper (van Veen), Clarke.

Bolton Wanderers: Amos (Fitzsimons), Moxey, Dervite, Vela, Feeney (Woolrey), Spearing, Hall, Madine (Dobbie), Danns (Trotter), Wilson, Finney.

Attendance: 1,732 (170 away).

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