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Preview: Coventry City (H)

4 January 2019

The Iron will be hoping to make it three wins in a row for the first time in the league this season, as they host Coventry City at Glanford Park on Saturday 5th January (3pm kick-off).

Stuart McCall’s side enter the game in good form, on the back of two successive victories against Wycombe and Peterborough, which made it the first back-to-back wins since October.

Scunthorpe came out 2-0 victors on New Year’s Day, with Lee Novak netting a brace. He scored a goal in each half to secure the three points against Peterborough United at the Abax Stadium.

Meanwhile, the Sky Blues themselves have been on a decent run of their own of late, winning their previous three matches. In their last game, they beat Wycombe 2-0. Conor Chaplin converted a penalty and Jonson Clarke-Harris netted in the second half to complete the win.


United boss Stuart McCall reported no fresh injury worries ahead of the game, though he provided updates on Jordan Clarke and Matthew Lund. Clarke faces four months out following an operation on a knee ligament injury, while Lund will be assessed next week as he looks to return from a knee problem.

Josh Morris faces two months out with a fractured fibula and strained ankle ligaments. Elsewhere, Matt Gilks (knee) and Rory Watson (arm) continue to miss out but are edging closer to a return, Ryan Colclough (knee) is out for the remainder of the season.

Kevin van Veen, Tony McMahon, Adam Hammill, Byron Webster and Harrison McGahey will all be hoping to make their first appearance since signing this week.


The Iron have a great record against this weekend’s opponents and are unbeaten in seven matches against the Sky Blues, having not lost a game since 2013.

The two sides have already met this season, having played each other on the opening day of the campaign back in August. On that occasion, the Iron were 2-1 winners, with Stephen Humphrys and Andy Dales netting on their debuts. 

In the last meeting at Glanford Park, Scunthorpe were victorious again, beating Coventry 3-1 in April 2017 – a result which all but secured the Iron’s position in the play-offs that season. 

2018-19 - Sat 4 Aug LG 1 Coventry 1-2 Iron Humphrys, Dales
2016-17 - Sun 30 April LG 1 Iron 3-1 Coventry van Veen, Bishop, Adelakun
2016-17 - Sat 11 Nov LG 1 Coventry 0-1 Iron Morris 
2015-16 - Sat 30 Jan  LG 1  Coventry 1-2 Iron  Hopper, Wallace 
2015-16 - Sat 12 Sep  LG 1  Iron 1-0 Coventry  Madden 
2014-15 - Tue 10 Feb  LG 1  Coventry 1-1 Iron  McSheffrey 
2014-15 - Tue 16 Sep  LG 1  Iron 2-1 Coventry  Madden, Taylor 
2012-13 - Sat 9 Mar  LG 1  Iron 1-2 Coventry  Sodje 
2012-13 - Sat 10 Nov  LG 1  Coventry 1-2 Iron  Clarke 2 
2010-11 - Fri 22 Apr  CHAMP  Coventry 1-1 Iron  Nunez 
2010-11 - Sat 27 Nov  CHAMP  Iron 0-2 Coventry   
2009-10 - Sat 27 Feb  CHAMP  Coventry 2-1 Iron  McCann 
2009-10 - Sun 6 Dec  CHAMP  Iron 1-0 Coventry  Hooper 
2007-08 - Sat 1 Mar  CHAMP  Iron 2-1 Coventry  Paterson, Cork 
2007-08 - Sat 27 Nov  CHAMP  Coventry 1-1 Iron  Cork 

Our full record against Coventry is as follows: 

  P W D L F A
Home 7 10 
Away 4 11  
TOTAL 15  9 21   15 


Striker Jordy Hiwula is in good form for the Sky Blues, having netted in two of Coventry’s last three games. 

The 24-year-old has five goals and one assist to his name this season and previously made a name for himself after starting his career on the books at Manchester City.

During his time at the Etihad, the attacker had two loan spells, one at Yeovil Town and the other with Walsall, before he decided to move away permanently to join Huddersfield Town in 2015. 

After a tough spell at the John Smiths Stadium, which saw his chances limited and further loans with the likes of Wigan, Bradford and Fleetwood, Hiwula left the Terriers in 2018 and joined Coventry City in League One on a two-year deal. 


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