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Preview: Morecambe (H)

20 November 2020

The Iron host Morecambe at the Sands Venue Stadium on Saturday, as we play our first league game there for five weeks.

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21 November 2020

SCENE-SETTER...

United come into the game on the back of two hard-fought, morale-boosting away wins at Oldham Athletic (2-0) and Port Vale (1-0).

Jacob Bedeau and Kevin van Veen netted in the first of those successes last Saturday, before Abo Eisa got the winner in the latter on Tuesday evening.

Neil Cox's side haven't won at home since the 1-0 victory over Carlisle in late September, and play host to a Morecambe side that sit 10th in the division and one point off the play-offs.

Tuesday night's win lifted Scunthorpe out of the relegation zone and they could potentially climb up to 17th with victory at the weekend.

THE OPPOSITION...

Derek Adams' team lost 5-0 at home to Cambridge on the opening day of the season, but have kicked on since. They're unbeaten in five games going into this weekend, and drew 1-1 at home to Stevenage last time out in the league, with Jordan Slew netting a late equaliser.

They've won their last two away games 1-0, at Maldon & Tiptree in the FA Cup first round and against Tranmere in the league.

On Wednesday, they defeated Manchester United Under-21s 4-0 in the group stages of the Papa John's Trophy. 

Their summer signings included former Iron midfielder Yann Songo'o, who linked up with Shrimps boss Adams for a third time, having also played under him at Plymouth Argyle and Ross County. He was with us last season.

Midfielder Adam Phillips, on loan from Burnley, is top scorer with five goals to his name, while he, Jake Turner, a goalkeeper on loan from Newcastle, and defender Sam Lavelle lead the appearance charts for them.

TEAM NEWS...

Cox will leave it late to pick his side, as a number of players will be assessed on Saturday morning following the exertions of the last week, and due to a number only recently returning to first team contention.

Midfielder Jake Taylor misses out as he has to self-isolate for 14 days after coming into contact with somebody who has tested positive for COVID-19.

On-loan midfielder Frank Vincent has returned to parent club Bournemouth for treatment, and looks set to be out for two months with a thigh strain. 

Aaron Jarvis has a hamstring injury and though the club are waiting for a full prognosis, he will likely be out until after Tuesday's home match against Bolton.

PAST MEETINGS...

United were 3-0 winners in our home game against Morecambe last season, which saw Jamie Proctor, Kevin van Veen and Matthew Lund on the scoresheet.

SEASON - DATE COMPETITION RESULT IRON SCORERS
2019-20 - Sat Sep 14 LG 2 Iron 3-0 Morecambe Proctor, van Veen, Lund
2016-17 - Tue Dec 6 FLT R2 Iron 1-1 Morecambe
(SUFC win 5-3 on pens)
Mantom
2013-14 - Fri Apr 18 LG 2 Morecambe 1-1 Iron Winnall
2013-14 - Sat Dec 21 LG 2 Iron 2-0 Morecambe Burton 2
  SCUNTHORPE WINS DRAWS MORECAMBE WINS
CUP 0 1 0
LEAGUE 2 1 0
TOTAL 2 2 0

ELSEWHERE IN SKY BET LEAGUE TWO...

FRIDAY
Mansfield Town v Colchester United (7pm)

SATURDAY
Crawley Town v Carlisle United (1.30pm)
Barrow v Forest Green Rovers (3pm)
Cheltenham Town v Walsall (3pm)
Exeter City v Oldham Athletic (3pm)
Leyton Orient v Harrogate Town (3pm)
Newport County v Port Vale (3pm)
Salford City v Bradford City (3pm)
Southend United v Cambridge United (3pm)
Stevenage v Bolton Wanderers (3pm)
Tranmere Rovers v Grimsby Town (3pm)


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