Scunthorpe boss Graham Alexander admitted Tuesday night’s Checkatrade Trophy tie with Grimsby Town was a game of two halves, as the Iron overcame their local rivals 2-1 at Glanford Park.
Two goals from Tom Hopper were enough for Scunthorpe to progress to the next round of the competition as they bounced back from defeat at Shrewsbury to come from a goal behind to secure a late victory.
“The second half was a much better performance than the first,” Alexander told the Scunthorpe Telegraph.
“I thought we were a bit pedestrian and slow in the first half in our thoughts, tempo and our press.
“But in the second half we played at the tempo we have to play at.
“It was a much better performance, we created opportunities, looked to score goals and I was really pleased with the players managing to turn around the lull at half time to come out and ready to win the game.
Defeat for Grimsby dumped them out of the competition, with fellow Group H side Doncaster Rovers sealing a place in the knock out stages with Scunthorpe following a win over Sunderland U21s.
“I was delighted to win the game. That was the first priority and to get through to the next round is pleasing.
“In the second half we started on the front foot from the first whistle and took the game to Grimsby. We played the majority of the game in their half and created some really good opportunities to score.
“That is the way we want to see our team play and it’s the way the supporters want to see them play.
“It is our responsibility to get them going and behind us so it was a pleasing night.”
Scunthorpe are now 25/1 to lift the Trophy and if you fancy Graham Alexander’s men to progress all the way through to Wembley you can use the William Hill sport app to place a bet.
Fleetwood, Shrewsbury, Gillingham, Forest Green Rovers, Wimbledon and Doncaster have also confirmed progression from their respective groups whilst Manchester City’s U21 are still favourites with the bookmakers to lift the trophy despite sitting 3rd behind Bradford and Chesterfield in the Northern Group F.