Scunthorpe secured their place in the second round of the FA Cup with a 2-1 victory over Burton Albion on Saturday.
Stuart McCall’s side had a decent start to the game and were rewarded with the opening goal 16 minutes into the tie, when James Perch got the rebound from George Thomas’ free-kick to tap home.
The Brewers threatened to get back into the game on a couple of occasions, but Lee Novak smartly got on the end of a poor backpass to slot home just after the half-hour mark.
After the break, Burton were on top for most of the half and deservedly got a goal back following a neat move that was finished by Liam Boyce with 11 minutes left on the clock.
The visitors pushed for an equaliser but the Iron defence stood strong and battled hard to claim their first victory in eight matches.
Jak Alnwick – Definitely one of his best games in a United shirt. After coming under a bit of criticism lately, the ‘keeper responded well and made some excellent saves. If it wasn’t for Alnwick, progress to the next round probably wouldn’t have been secured – 8
Jordan Clarke – It’s a shame Clarke had to go off towards the end of the first half because he was having one of his best games for a while – 7
Rory McArdle – The captain has had a hard time of it lately but he led by example against the Brewers. McArdle was pretty dominant in the air and made a superb last-ditch tackle in the second half – 7
Cameron Burgess – He did ok but he was probably the weak link in what was a much-improved defensive performance. The centre-half struggled to deal with Burton’s forwards at times – 6
Lewis Butroid – A promising young player who must surely now be in the reckoning for a regular starting berth. Although he lost his man on a couple of occasions, Butroid was operating on that left side on his own for most of the game. He played well at both ends of the field, though – 7
James Perch – This was much more like it from Perch and he even got a goal. He slotted in well at full-back once Clarke went off and had a pretty solid game – 7
Matt Lund – Not his best performance but there was a lot of effort and enthusiasm from the midfielder. He held the midfielder together reasonably well following the changes – 6
Ryan Colclough – The winger had decent spells in the game but struggled to have as much of an impact as he would have liked in the final third – 6
George Thomas – Another one who was having a good game but was forced off through injury. Thomas put himself about and you can see that his confidence is growing – 7
Ike Ugbo – He was asked to play from the left and didn’t look entirely comfortable. However, he showed a couple of nice touches and worked hard for the side – 6
Lee Novak – The striker is having a pretty good season and led the line well again. It was clever play from Novak to nip in and get on the end of a poor backpass, before keeping his cool and comfortably slotting the ball home – 7
James Horsfield – Sadly, the midfielder had a pretty poor game off the bench. Once Clarke went off and Perch dropped to right-back, the Iron lost control of the game and Horsfield simply didn’t do enough – 5
Andy Dales – Worked hard as ever when he came on and got back well to help Perch – 6
Kyle Wooton – Was only on for a matter of minutes but he did a nice job of holding the ball up and helped see out extra time – 6