The Iron face Peterborough at Glanford Park on Saturday, with the hope of registering their first league win in five matches.
Scunthorpe come into the fixture low on confidence, having conceded a late equalising goal against Fleetwood Town on Tuesday night. The Posh are also in poor form, after going four games without a league win, with a 1-1 draw against Southend United coming in their latest outing.
Graham Alexander has a number of injury worries, with Sam Mantom his latest concern. The midfielder was due to see a specialist on Thursday and the Iron boss is hoping his groin injury is not too bad. Andrew Crofts and Conor Townsend are again unlikely to feature, with Levi Sutton, Jonny Margetts and Luke Williams all ruled out.
Due to Scunthorpe’s awful recent run, there are several places up for grabs. Alexander may plunge for a similar team to the one that was unfortunate not to beat Fleetwood on Tuesday, but could decide to add some fresh legs to his lineup. Hakeeb Adelakun will be hoping to get a start on the right wing, while United’s latest signing, Clayton Lewis, could be given his debut in midfield at some point on Saturday.
This may well be the perfect opponent for the Iron to face, as Peterborough’s attacking team will likely commit men forward and allow space for Scunthorpe on the counter. Josh Morris has to get himself more involved in the game, in order for the side to threaten the opposition and create chances. Lee Novak will be hoping to build upon his goal in midweek against Fleetwood.
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Posh had a solid start to the season, losing just once in their opening nine games, before recently going four matches without a victory.
Former Iron fans’ favourite, Grant McCann, returns to Glanford Park as Peterborough manager. The ex United midfielder scored 18 goals in his 102 appearances for the club, including a superb strike at Wembley in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Final. A number of fans believe that what the current Scunthorpe side is lacking is a player of McCann’s quality on the ball.
The Posh boss will have midfielder Michael Doughty once again at his disposal, alongside Alex Penny who also returns to the fold. The only player to miss out through injury is long-term absentee Junior Morais.
When talking about the clash against the Iron, McCann said, “They are a big threat. Graham’s (Alexander) team is playing the ball a lot more this year and they move the ball really well.”
He continued, “I think it will be a good footballing game, with two teams that like to play. We need to make sure we try and nullify their threats, they have threats, of course they have. We need to make sure we get our threats on the ball, higher up the pitch.”
Peterborough have a number of talented players in attacking areas, but the main danger man is Jack Marriott. The striker joined the club from Luton in the summer and has so far registered ten league goals to his name, including four in his last five outings. Marriott will look to play on the shoulder of the defence and get in behind when possible, so he should be tightly marked at all times.
Scunthorpe has a strong recent record against the Posh, having won four of their last six encounters, suffering defeat on just one occasion.
In the 2014/15 season, the two sides met in League One, and the Iron did the double over their opponents. The following campaign, Peterborough hammered United 4-0 at Glanford Park courtesy of a Conor Washington hat-trick, before the Iron then partly redeemed themselves with a 2-0 away win in the reverse fixture. Last season, Scunthorpe once again picked up a 2-0 victory away to the Posh, but the pair played out a 1-1 draw in their latest match in January of this year.
The Iron will be hoping to get back to winning ways and continue their fine recent record against Peterborough on Saturday.