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1 March 2016

The Iron take on promotion chasing Walsall on Tuesday night and will hope to build on their point against Oldham at the weekend.

Kyle Wootton scored a late equaliser after coming off the bench to earn the Iron a 1-1 draw, cancelling out Daniel Lafferty’s opener.

They travel to a Walsall side that has struggled for form of late and is without a victory in their last four matches.

That included Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Burton, which leaves them in fourth place having fallen away slightly in recent weeks.

Sean O’Driscoll’s side are still well placed to mount a push for a top two finish and will look to the impressive Tom Bradshaw for inspiration.

Stephen Dawson returned to the starting line-up on Saturday, shaking off the knock that forced him off at Fleetwood.

Attacker Luke Williams missed the game against Oldham as he continues to recover from a knock that has kept him out recently.

Manager Nick Daws may look to rotate his side with a busy fixture schedule ahead, and Kyle Wootton will hope to feature after scoring when coming off the bench.

Despite some reported interest for his services in January, Tom Bradshaw remains at Walsall and will hope to build on his 15 goals so far this season.

He is the side’s top scorer and his goals have helped to fire Walsall to within touching distance of the automatic promotion spots.

Bradshaw started his career with Aberystwyth Town, before moving to Shrewsbury Town for a fee of around £30k in 2009.

After a successful spell in Shropshire, he moved to Walsall in 2014 following Shrewsbury’s relegation to League Two and hit the ground running.

The former Welsh under-21 international netted 20 times in his debut season, helping his new side to the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final at Wembley.

He has carried on this form into the new season and has showed why some Championship sides were reportedly monitoring him in the last couple of transfer windows.

The Iron secured an emphatic victory on their visit to Walsall last season, coming away with an impressive 4-1 win.

A James Chambers own goal put United ahead, with Tom Hopper adding to that before half-time ensuring that the Iron had a two-goal cushion at the break.

Michael Cain gave the hosts a glimmer of hope after the restart, but Scunthorpe quickly re-established their dominance.

Paddy Madden added a third from the penalty spot, with Neal Bishop sealing a convincing victory just a few minutes later.

Both of the Iron’s last two trips to Walsall have produced 4-1 away victories, and Nick Daws will hope this trend continues.

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