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Preview: Port Vale (H)

26 January 2021

The Iron will be looking to build on their #DerbyDay victory at the weekend when they host Port Vale at the Sands Venue Stadium on Tuesday (7pm kick-off).

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26 January 2021


United will be buoyed with confidence after picking up their first three points of 2021 at the weekend against their local rivals Grimsby Town.

Abo Eisa grabbed a brace, including an exquisite free-kick to break the deadlock, while Ryan Loft notched the other goal to make it a comfortable win on home soil.

The Valiants lost 3-1 at the weekend to Walsall with their last victory being their own 3-0 triumph over the Mariners on January 9th. Prior to that, their last league win was a nine-goal thriller as they saw off Bolton Wanderers 6-3.

Port Vale come into the game in 16th position with 29 points from 25 games. The Iron are three points further back having played a game less. A win for Scunthorpe by a four-goal margin would see them leapfrog the Valiants on goal difference.


The Iron were 1-0 victors in the reverse fixture among a five game losing run for Port Vale back in November. Following that poor run, the side would go onto win just one game in eight, culminating in John Askey losing his job four days into the calendar year.

Danny Pugh is in interim charge of the side, but won't journey to the Sands Venue Stadium having began a period of self isolation last week. Frank Sinclair led the team at Vale Park at the weekend.

A familiar figure in the opposition team is midfielder Jake Taylor, who spent the first half of the season in claret and blue. He was recalled to then-parent club Nottingham Forest at the start of the window before he was sold to Vale, who he was on loan to last season, on a three-and-a-half year contract. Since returning to the side, he's made three appearances.

Goalkeeper Scott Brown is the most-appearing player for the Valiants this season, having featured for 2,250 minutes, while Devante Rodney is their top goalscorer with seven league goals to his name.

Meanwhile, 35-year-old defender Leon Legge hasn't featured in the league under the new regime as he was sent off for the second time this season on January 2nd.


Jordan Clarke (thigh) and Abo Eisa (knee) will be assessed on the morning of the game after picking up knocks at the weekend. 

Myles Hippolyte (ankle) returned to the bench at the weekend, while Ryan Loft (back) was passed fit to play and scored his fifth goal for the club. Manny Onariase also got through his first full game since December 19th after his recent injury troubles, while John McAtee also shook off a dead leg to be a used substitute.

Harrison McGahey (hamstring) will be missing once more after he managed 45 minutes at Barrow before feeling his previous injury, while Aaron Jarvis (also hamstring) continues to be missing for a total of 10 weeks.

Jordan Hallam (thigh) played over 75 minutes last Tuesday in the Under-23s and came off the bench at the weekend to see the game to its conclusion.

Junior Brown returns to contention after serving a one-match ban following his red card at Barrow, while Kevin van Veen continues his rehabilitation, but is ever edging closer to a return. Fin Shrimpton (ankle) is also back on grass, along with Andy Dales (ankle), as they both work their way back to fitness.

Olufela Olomola is still out following a knee injury sustained after coming off the bench against Bolton Wanderers in November.


Abo Eisa struck the winner at Vale Park in the reverse fixture as he received the ball from a quick release from Mark Howard before sending his long range effort into the net to seal all three points.

It'll be the second time the two sides have met at the Sands Venue Stadium this season, with Vale edging through in the Carabao Cup, despite a goal from Ryan Loft.

2020-21 - Tue 17 Nov LG 2 Vale 0-1 Iron Eisa
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
FA CUP 0 0 2
LEAGUE 14 16 11
TOTAL 15 17 14


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