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Report: Accrington Stanley

It was not the dream start new Scunthorpe boss Stuart McCall would have liked, as the Iron produced another dismal display in Lancashire.

The gaffer cut an exasperated figure on the touchline for much of the 1-1 away draw with Accrington Stanley, joking afterwards he might have been tempted to come out of retirement to whip his lacklustre side into shape if it weren’t for a dodgy knee.

Accrington, who were workmanlike and willing throughout, should have been three up at the break but a mixture of desperate defending, woefully poor finishing from Zanzala and a good save from the impressive Jak Alnwick meant the visitors had something to build on in the second half.

The introduction of Colclough sparked a little life into an otherwise limp performance, but the majority of chances still fell to the determined home side until late on.

Undeservedly, Scunthorpe got their noses in front with ten minutes to go as Lund poked home following a scrappy goalmouth scramble but justice was done moments later.

Accrington captain Conneely hammered home the equaliser two minutes later as the visitors failed to deal with a corner. He buried the ball into the net at the second time of asking, to foil any hope of an Iron smash and grab.

Chelsea loanee Ike Ugbo did enough in a late cameo to suggest he should be given a role in the starting line up in the weeks to come. He was influential as Scunthorpe nearly snatched it, teeing up Colclough whose deflected effort forced Ripley into a fantastic stop to salvage a point the hosts thoroughly deserved.

Plenty to work on for the new Scunthorpe boss.


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Written by Will Montag

Will Montag is an English Literature graduate of Manchester Metropolitan University. He is an avid reader of fiction, and a lifelong Iron fan. Will enjoys various outdoor pursuits in his spare time.

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