Remembering past matches played by the Iron on December 17...
|Former Iron players born on this day: Bobby Barnes (1962), Phil Whitehead (1969).|
Scunthorpe secured a decisive 3-0 victory against Millwall On This Day in 2016, thanks to a brace from Paddy Madden and a goal from Hakeeb Adelakun.
In an evenly balanced opening 45 minutes, it was Millwall who twice almost snatched the lead.
Shaun Williams tested goalkeeper Luke Daniels with a dipping long-range effort and the United stopper had to be at his best again to turn away a shot from Lee Gregory after he had wriggled free in the box.
But it was the Iron who finished the half with a flourish to take command with two goals in nine minutes.
Madden steered them in front in the 36th minute with a measured header from a free-kick on the right curled in by Josh Morris.
Then, just before the break, they made it 2-0 when Adelakun celebrated his return to the starting line-up by forcing his shot past keeper Jordan Archer at the second attempt after a low ball into the box from Jordan Clarke.
The visitors made a double substitution at half-time, sending on striker Steve Morison and midfield man David Worrall.
They pressed forward strongly to try to get back into the game but could make little headway against a solid home defence.
It was the hosts who struck again to make it 3-0 in the 68th minute when Tom Hopper drove forward into the box and unselfishly squared a pass into the path of an unmarked Madden. The striker crashed a first-time shot low into the bottom corner for his second goal of the game - and eighth of the season.
Only a great reaction save prevented full-back Harry Toffolo adding a fourth as Scunthorpe ran out comfortable winners.
Overall playing record for December 17: Played 10, Won 5, Drawn 3, Lost 2, Scored 16, Conceded 9.
|2016||LG 1||Iron 3-0 Millwall||Madden 2, Adelakun|
|2011||LG 1||Exeter 0-0 Iron|
|2003||FAC R2 r||Sheff Wed 0-0 Iron
(SUFC win 3-1 on pens)
|1997||FAC R2 r||Ilkeston 1-2 Iron||Wilcox, Forrester|
|1996||FAC R2 r||Iron 2-3 Wrexham||Baker, Clarkson|
|1988||DIV 4||Doncaster 2-2 Iron||Hodkinson, Flounders|
|1983||DIV 3||Iron 2-0 Gillingham||Cammack, Cowling|
|1976||DIV 4||Stockport 1-0 Iron|
|1966||DIV 3||Gillingham 0-1 Iron||Ash|
|1955||DIV 3N||Iron 4-2 Bradford PA||Brown 3, Gregory|