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Preview: Blackburn Rovers (A)

29 December 2017

The Iron return to League One action with an away clash at Blackburn Rovers on Saturday.

United enter the game buoyed by back-to-back festive period wins against Southend United and Blackpool.

The most recent of those wins came on Boxing Day and helped consolidate Scunthorpe in fourth position in League One. A victory at Ewood Park could see Graham Alexander's side climb up to second in the table.

Rovers made it three League One wins in a row on December 26th, by defeating Rochdale 2-0 at home.

TEAM NEWS...
Alexander reported no fresh injury worries when speaking to the press on Thursday.

Luke Williams was set to return to training on Thursday following a long-term hamstring injury but will be a few weeks away from a playing comeback yet such is the time he's been out injured.

Andrew Crofts will be out until mid-January with an ankle injury, while Sam Mantom has had a setback in his return from a groin injury and will be a few more weeks away yet - with Alexander hoping for the end of January depending on how the player's rehabilitation goes.

Rory McArdle (groin) is closest to a return out of the injured players, but will be a week or so a

Jordan Clarke (hamstring) and Jonathon Margetts (knee) remain long-term absentees.

Lee Novak was reintroduced back into the squad following injury during the win at Blackpool.

PAST RECORD...
United lost 1-0 to Rovers at Glanford Park earlier this season, despite dominating the match. 

SEASON/DATE COMPETITION RESULT IRON SCORERS
2017-18 - Tue 12 Sep LG 1 Iron 0-1 Blackburn  
2014-15 - Tue 12 Aug LGC R1 Blackburn 0-1 Iron Bishop
1972-73 - Tue 24 Apr DIV 3 Iron 1-1 Blackburn Garbett (og)
1972-73 - Sat 30 Sep DIV 3 Blackburn 3-0 Iron  

Our full record against Blackburn is as follows: 

  SCUNTHORPE WINS DRAWS BLACKBURN WINS
League 0 1 2
League Cup 1 0 0
Total 1 1 2

ELSEWHERE IN LEAGUE ONE...
FRIDAY
Doncaster Rovers v Rochdale
Wigan Athletic v Charlton Athletic

SATURDAY
Blackpool v Plymouth Argyle
Bradford City v Oxford United
Bury v Fleetwood Town
Gillingham v AFC Wimbledon
Milton Keynes Dons v Peterborough United
Oldham Athletic v Bristol Rovers
Portsmouth v Northampton Town
Southend United v Shrewsbury Town
Walsall v Rotherham United


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