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Preview: Morecambe (A)

13 April 2021

United play their fourth game in the space of 11 days when they make the trip to take on Morecambe this Tuesday night (6.30pm kick-off).

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13 April 2021

With three clean sheets in their last four games, Scunthorpe head to the Mazuma Stadium in confident mood and encouraged by a good performance in their 0-0 home draw against automatic promotion candidates Tranmere Rovers on Saturday.

A win could take Neil Cox's side up a place from 18th to 17th in League Two.

TEAM NEWS...

Devarn Green is set to return to the squad just a week after limping off just 18 minutes into the encounter away at Carlisle United with a thigh problem.

The attacker returned to training and is feeling no ill effects and will be named in Neil Cox's 18-man team.

Goalkeeper Mark Howard is out for three-to-four weeks with a thigh injury, with Rory Watson set to continue between the sticks after a clean sheet at the weekend.

Manny Onariase has missed the last two games with a hamstring problem, while right-back Jordan Clarke continues to be a doubt after reporting a swollen ankle following the defeat at Carlisle seven days ago.

Forward Kevin van Veen returned to the side on Saturday, playing the full 90 minutes for the first time this season, coming through that game successfully, while centre-back George Taft also completed the game despite a 46th minute scare on his ankle. He looks set to continue in the side in midweek.

Left-back Junior Brown is out for five-to-six weeks with a hamstring injury that forced him off against Bradford City. while fellow defender Harrison McGahey (thigh) has returned to full training. Attacker Jordan Hallam will be assessed in the coming weeks following an injection on a hamstring problem which he suffered against Oldham Athletic.

Striker Aaron Jarvis (hamstring) is set to miss the rest of the season, while midfielder George Hornshaw and goalkeeper Adam Kelsey are both expected to be out for the remainder of the campaign too following ankle surgery.

THE OPPOSITION...

Derek Adams' side sit fifth in the division and a victory on Tuesday evening could lift them to fourth place and just one point behind Bolton Wanderers in third position.

They are without a win in three matches though, following a 1-0 loss at in-form Port Vale on Saturday, a 1-1 home draw against Southend United and a 2-1 defeat at promotion rivals Cambridge United.

Top scorer for them this season is Carlos Mendes Gomes, who has struck 12 times, while Adam Phillips and Cole Stockton follow on 10 apiece. Phillips has also set up seven goals.

They have former Iron midfielder Yann Songo'o on their books, who has recently returned from suspension, and has made 36 appearances so far this term, scoring three times.

PAST MEETINGS...

Our last meeting came at the Sands Venue Stadium back in November, with Emmanuel Onariase scoring in a 1-1 home draw, as the visitors levelled very late on.

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
2020-21 - Sat Nov 21 LG 2 Iron 1-1 Morecambe Onariase
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 2 0
TOTAL 2 3 0

ELSEWHERE IN SKY BET LEAGUE TWO...

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Salford City v Bolton Wanderers (7pm)
Walsall v Tranmere Rovers (7pm)


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