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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: IRON v SHEFFIELD UNITED

23 September 2016

The Iron welcome Sheffield United to Glanford Park, as they look to preserve their lead at the top of the League One table.

Tuesday night’s goalless draw with Charlton Athletic extended United’s advantage at the summit to two points, but they face a Sheffield United who too are in a good vain of form themselves.

The Blades have won four league matches on the spin, a run which has seen them rise to sixth in the standings.



Graham Alexander revealed he’s got the same squad he’s had recently to choose from, but had good news on the fitness of Tom Hopper, Conor Townsend and Luke Williams, who continue to get closer to a return to action.



The last time the two sides met was on the final day of last season, with the Iron winning 2-0, but at the same time missing out on a spot in the League One play-off places.

Tom Hopper’s strike from inside the penalty area, shortly ahead of the break, set the Iron on their way to the three points and, at that stage, a place in the top six.

As the afternoon went on though, it became clear the Iron wouldn’t be able to make the play-offs, but they still served up a treat for the 2,930 travelling Scunthorpe faithful.

Paddy Madden sealed the victory on 64 minutes, and gave United fans plenty to be optimistic about heading into the 2016-17 campaign.



SEASON/DATE
COMPETITION
RESULT
IRON SCORERS
2015-16 - Sun 8 May
LG 1
Blades 0-2 Iron
Hopper, Madden
2015-16 - Sat 19 Dec
LG 1
Iron 0-1 Blades

2014-15 - Tue 24 Mar
LG 1
Blades 4-0 Iron

2014-15 - Sat 14 Mar
LG 1
Iron 1-1 Blades
Bishop
2012-13 - Wed 26 Dec
LG 1
Blades 3-0 Iron

2012-13 - Sat 8 Sep
LG 1
Iron 1-1 Blades
Clarke
2011-12 - Wed 29 Feb
LG 1
Blades 2-1 Iron
Duffy
2011-12 - Sat 10 Sep
LG 1
Iron 1-1 Blades
Dagnall
2010-11 - Tue 22 Feb
CHAMP
Iron 3-2 Blades
Garner 2, Miller
2010-11 - Tue 14 Sep
CHAMP
Blades 4-0 Iron

2009-10 - Sun 28 Mar
CHAMP
Blades 0-1 Iron
Hayes
2009-10 - Sat 17 Oct
CHAMP
Iron 3-1 Blades
McCann 2, Hayes
2007-08 - Sat 7 Feb
CHAMP
Blades 0-0 Iron

2007-08 - Sat 1 Sep
CHAMP
Iron 3-2 Blades
Crosby, Paterson, Sparrow
1983-84 - Tue 27 Mar
DIV 3
Iron 1-1 Blades
Bell
1983-84 - Tue 1 Nov
DIV 3
Blades 5-3 Iron
Dey, Broddle, Wilson
1981-82 - Sat 20 Feb
DIV 4
Iron 2-1 Blades
Moss, Telfer
1981-82 - Sat 26 Sep
DIV 4
Blades 1-0 Iron

1960-61 - Sat 25 Feb
DIV 2
Iron 1-1 Blades
Godfrey
1960-61 - Sat 8 Oct
DIV 2
Blades 2-0 Iron

1959-60 - Sat 13 Feb
DIV 2
Blades 2-1 Iron
Thomas
1959-60 - Sat 26 Sep
DIV 2
Iron 1-1 Blades
Marriott
1958-59 - Sat 28 Mar
DIV 2
Iron 1-3 Blades
Harburn
1958-59 - Sat 11 Oct
DIV 2
Blades 4-1 Iron
M Jones

Our full record against Sheffield United is as follows:


PW
D
L
F
A
Home
12
4
6
2
18
16
Away
12
3
1
8
13
23
TOTAL
24
7
7
10
31
39



Billy Sharp will be a familiar face to Iron fans, following his successful two-year stint with the club from 2005 to 2007.

In two seasons, the 30-year-old scored 56 times in 95 matches - form which earned a move back to the Blades.

Following spells at the likes of Doncaster Rovers, Southampton and Leeds United, Sharp returned to Bramall Lane in 2015 and has been on the goalscoring trail once again.



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