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Preview: Forest Green Rovers (H)

21 February 2020

The Iron will be looking to make it two wins from three home games with victory over Forest Green Rovers at the Sands Venue Stadium this weekend.

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21 February 2020


United come into the match on the back of the late postponement of last weekend's trip to face Swindon Town, which was a decision taken by the hosts for safety reasons.

Prior to that, Scunthorpe had lost 2-0 to Cambridge United in a game badly affected by the weather conditions, while United defeated promotion-chasing Cheltenham Town 1-0 the week prior through a goal from John McAtee.

Elsewhere, our opponents drew 1-1 at Oldham Athletic last weekend, with George Williams' late equaliser securing a point. Their last win came on January 11th, winning 4-3 at Mansfield Town.


Rory McArdle and Yann Songo'o have had a further week of training behind them following returns from hamstring and knee injuries respectively so will be in the squad.

Junior Brown has returned to training following a medial ligament injury but the game will come too soon, although he may get some minutes for the Under-23s at Hull City next week.

Elsewhere, Jordan Clarke could return sooner than originally anticipated from a calf injury, as he was originally out until late April. Meanwhile, Kgosi Ntlhe is still out with an Achilles injury.

Regan Slater (ankle) is likely to be out until the start of next month.


Scunthorpe won 2-0 at the New Lawn earlier this season, with Alex Gilliead and Abo Eisa scoring after Jake Eastwood's penalty save from Matt Stevens.

Prior to that, the two teams had only met once, with United running out 2-0 winners in the FA Cup first round in November 2004. Gary McSheffrey scored two goals as the Iron negotiated through a tricky tie at the then non-league outfit.


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