Scunthorpe have lost their final game of pre-season after suffering a 2-1 loss away to Luton Town.
Graham Alexander made one change from the side that drew 0-0 against Sunderland in midweek, with Kevin van Veen coming in for Josh Morris.
Scunthorpe took the lead in the 18th minute, courtesy of a close-range finish from Paddy Madden after good work by Hakeeb Adelakun. Luton responded with a goal of their own just four minutes later through James Collins from the penalty spot. The home sides winner came in the 80th minute, when full-back Jack Stacey found the net from 20 yards.
New Iron loanee Devonte Redmond made his debut as a second-half substitute.
After the game, Alexander said, “We weren’t good enough. I don’t think we approached the game with the right mentality, looking at the actual start of the game, and the things we have been working on in training and so forth. It was almost as if we had thrown it together and just decided to play how we want. It’s something we need to address.”
He continued, “We got a goal from what we have worked on this week – that is the first time we did it and we scored. We should have grown in confidence and controlled more of the game, but we gave a poor penalty away. I knew Luton would cause us problems, and I’ve said that before the game. I know how they play, and they have lots of movement. We didn’t do the things we have been working on, on the ball either. We didn’t offer enough of a threat as a team.”
The Iron’s next game is the season opener against AFC Wimbledon at home, where they will be hoping to kick off the season with a win.