The Iron return to action at home this weekend with the visit of play-off rivals Charlton Athletic to Glanford Park.
Scunthorpe come into the clash in a buoyant mood, having recently recorded huge victories away at Northampton and Bradford, to extend their winning streak to five league matches. Meanwhile, the Addicks stretched their unbeaten league run to nine games on Tuesday, with a 2-1 win over Rochdale.
Graham Alexander has a couple of injury problems, with Lee Novak the latest concern. The striker limped off in the first-half at Valley Parade after twisting his ankle, and he will be assessed by the clubs fitness staff ahead of Saturday’s fixture against his old side. Josh Morris is a doubt with a hamstring injury, while Simon Church has a similar problem and is at least another week away. Jonny Margetts and Luke Williams both remain absent.
The United boss is extremely unlikely to make changes to the side that saw off Bradford on Tuesday, in order to keep the current momentum going, with just Paddy Madden expected to come in for Lee Novak if he is unavailable.
Despite the recent return of Conor Townsend to the squad, Cameron Burgess will almost certainly keep his place in the side, after the centre-half notched goals in back-to-back games this week.
The Iron will once again be hoping for some inspiration from Hakeeb Adelakun, who has either scored or assisted each of his sides last six goals, including the midweek winner at Bradford.
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The Addicks haven’t lost in the league for over two months, and have taken three points from five matches during their nine-game unbeaten run. Charlton currently sit just one place behind the Iron, with only goal difference separating the two.
Manager Karl Robinson is celebrating a year in charge at the club today, and Saturday’s game will be his 400th as a manager, despite only being 37 years of age.
When talking about the prospect of facing United, Robinson said, “We go into every game knowing it’s a tough game at this level. They are stronger this year because of the unity they’ve got. They’ve got four or five strikers who are top at this level and their midfield is very strong. Their back four is very strong. So it will be a really interesting game.”
Robinson’s side will be without Ben Reeves for the trip to Glanford Park, after the midfielder was withdrawn at half-time in midweek. Also missing for the Addicks is Billy Clarke, Jason Pearce, Harry Lennon and top scorer Tariqe Fosu.
The key player for Charlton is Jake Forster-Caskey. The central midfielder will look to get the ball down and dictate the tempo of the game, whilst also allowing the creative players in front of him the freedom to get forward. The former England U-21 international has registered five assists and three goals this season, including a brace against Rochdale on Tuesday.
Scunthorpe have a miserable recent record against the Addicks, having recorded just one victory in the last six encounters between the two sides.
In 2008, after Charlton had been relegated from the Premier League, the Iron defeated them 1-0 at Glanford Park. It was three years before their paths would cross again in the 2011/12 season, where both league fixtures ended in a draw. Last season, the two sides played out a 0-0 draw at Glanford Park, before Charlton then saw off United in the FA Cup last November. Their latest meeting resulted in a 2-1 win for the Addicks, courtesy of an injury-time penalty.
The Iron will be hoping to avenge their poor recent record against Charlton and keep their excellent run of form going with a victory on Saturday.