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Preview: Port Vale (A)

17 November 2020

The Iron are back in League Two action again on Tuesday night when they visit Port Vale (7pm kick-off).

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SCENE-SETTER...

The game at Vale Park, rearranged after originally being postponed a fortnight ago, will see United looking to make it two league wins in a row following Saturday's confidence-boosting 2-0 away success at Oldham Athletic.

After absorbing some early pressure, a Scunthorpe side that saw eight changes from the previous league game went on to dominate and could have won by more than two goals in the end. Jacob Bedeau and Kevin van Veen scored the decisive strikes.

The Valiants sit eighth in League Two, and could go as high as third in the table with victory in their game in hand this midweek, but were beaten 4-3 by Tranmere Rovers at home last weekend. They were down to 10 men from the 52nd minute when Luke Joyce was sent off.

THE OPPOSITION...

Tom Conlon, David Amoo and Devante Rodney got Vale's goals in that particular match, but they were hit by sucker punches from Rovers in the third and sixth minutes of stoppage time to see three points snatched away.

It was their second home loss in succession, following a 1-0 home defeat to King's Lynn in the Emirates FA Cup first round the previous week, so John Askey's side will enter the match eager to return to winning ways.

Before that, they'd won their last three league games - 2-0 away at Southend through a Tom Pope brace, 2-1 at home to Cheltenham thanks to Leon Legge and David Worrall and 2-1 at Oldham thanks to Nathan Smith and Mitch Clark.

The Valiants met Scunthorpe earlier in the season in the Carabao Cup first round back at the start of September, and were 2-1 winners thanks to debut goals from Zak Mills and Theo Robinson in stoppage time of both halves. Ryan Loft scored a debut strike for United that afternoon.

In the scoring charts, they have four players on two league strikes - Conlon, Mark Cullen, Pope and Rodney. Goalkeeper Scott Brown, defender Legge and midfielder Worrall top the appearance tallies with 11 starts apiece.

TEAM NEWS...

Saturday's win saw returns to action for several Iron players, who will be assessed with Tuesday's game coming around so quickly.

Jordan Clarke, who hadn't appeared since the 2-2 draw at Bradford City last January, played 90 minutes before being substituted late on.

It was Junior Brown's first appearance in the league since January too, with the left-back playing the full game, while winger Abo Eisa also returned to the team for the first time since October 20th after a chest muscle tear.

Elsewhere, Kevin van Veen played more than 80 minutes as he continued his return from a three-month long knee injury lay-off. It was his first league appearance since March.

United have central defender Tyler Cordner back available again after he served a one-match suspension at the weekend following his red card against Solihull Moors in the Emirates FA Cup first round.

Harrison McGahey returns to the club on Tuesday and could come into contention to be in the squad that takes on the Valiants.

Jake Taylor misses out on facing his former loan club 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. 

Speaking after the weekend's game, first team manager Neil Cox confirmed Aaron Jarvis missed out through a sore hamstring and though the club are waiting for a full prognosis, he will likely be out until after next Tuesday's home match against Bolton.

PAST MEETINGS...

Back in February, United twice came from behind to gain a point at Vale Park in the league, with Alex Gilliead and George Miller notching the goals.

In total, the two sides have met on 45 occasions with 14 wins apiece. The remaining 17 games have all been draws.

SEASON/DATE COMPETITION RESULT IRON SCORERS
2020-21 - Sat 5 Sep LG CUP R1 Iron 1-2 Vale Loft
2019-20 - Sat 29 Feb LG 2 Vale 2-2 Iron Gilliead, Miller
2019-20 - Sat 22 Nov LG 2 Iron 2-1 Vale van Veen, Ntlhe
2016-17 - Sat 27 Jan LG 1 Iron 3-2 Vale Morris (pen), Toney, Hopper
2016-17 - Sat 27 Aug LG 1 Vale 3-1 Iron Morris
2015-16 - Sat 30 Apr LG 1 Iron 1-0 Vale Madden
2015-16 - Sat 12 Dec LG 1 Vale 1-1 Iron King
2014-15 - Tue 14 Apr LG 1 Iron 1-1 Vale Wootton
2014-15 - Tue 21 Oct LG 1 Vale 2-2 Iron Bishop, Taylor
2009-10 - Tue 22 Sep LG CUP R3 Iron 2-0 Vale Hayes, McCann
2006-07 - Mon 1 Jan LG 1 Vale 0-0 Iron  
2006-07 - Tue 12 Sep LG 1 Iron 3-0 Vale Sharp (2), Morris
2005-06 - Tue 28 Feb LG 1 Vale 1-2 Iron Sparrow, Taylor
2005-06 - Sat 10 Sep LG 1 Iron 2-0 Vale Hinds, Keogh
1985-86 - Mon 3 Feb DIV 4 Vale 3-1 Iron Graham
1985-86 - Tue 22 Oct DIV 4 Iron 0-0 Vale  
1984-85 - Fri 10 May DIV 4 Iron 3-3 Vale Graham, Broddle, Cammack
1984-85 - Sat 22 Dec DIV 4 Vale 1-1 Iron Graham
1983-84 - Tue 17 Apr DIV 3 Iron 1-1 Vale Bell
1983-84 - Sat 27 Aug DIV 3 Vale 0-0 Iron  
1982-83 - Mon 9 May DIV 4 Vale 0-1 Iron Cowling
1982-83 - Tue 2 Nov DIV 4 Iron 1-0 Vale Cammack
1981-82 - Sat 17 Apr DIV 4 Vale 2-1 Iron Cammack
1981-82 - Sat 5 Dec DIV 4 Iron 0-0 Vale  
1980-81 - Tue 3 Mar DIV 4 Vale 2-2 Iron Partridge, Cammack
1980-81 - Tue 24 Feb DIV 4 Iron 1-1 Vale Cammack
1979-80 - Sat 5 Apr DIV 4 Iron 1-0 Vale Pilling
1979-80 - Wed 26 Dec DIV 4 Vale 1-0 Iron  
1978-79 - Tue 27 Mar DIV 4 Iron 2-0 Vale Grimes, Earl
1978-79 - Sat 19 Aug DIV 4 Vale 2-2 Iron Wigg, Pilling
1972-73 - Sat 24 Feb DIV 3 Iron 0-1 Vale  
1972-73 - Sat 16 Dec DIV 3 Vale 2-0 Iron  
1969-70 - Mon 23 Mar DIV 4 Vale 1-2 Iron Cassidy (2)
1969-70 - Sat 22 Nov DIV 4 Iron 2-1 Vale Heath, Sproson (og)
1968-69 - Sat 5 Apr DIV 4 Iron 0-1 Vale  
1968-69 - Sat 28 Sep DIV 4 Vale 4-1 Iron Heath
1964-65 - Fri 9 Apr DIV 3 Iron 0-0 Vale  
1964-65 - Sat 28 Nov DIV 3 Vale 0-1 Iron Ratcliffe
1953-54 - Sat 13 Feb DIV 3N Vale 0-0 Iron  
1953-54 - Sat 26 Sep DIV 3N Iron 0-2 Vale  
1952-53 - Sat 13 Feb DIV 3N Vale 4-0 Iron  
1952-53 - Sat 31 Jan DIV 3N Iron 1-2 Vale Mosby

 


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