The Iron off to a good start – now to beat Walsall and end last year’s poor home run


The Iron are off to a great start in the new season. A 2-1 victory away to Coventry City sees the club in sixth position in the League 1 table although, of course at this early stage, positions don’t mean much. Scunthorpe United manager, Nick Daws, was happy with the result although he has been quick to say that there is still plenty of room for improvement.

The victory came by way of goals from Alan Dales and Stephen Humphrys. Both scored debut goals which fans will be hoping are just the first of many.

Overall, The Iron did enough as a team to secure the win, with Humphrys and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson providing excellent performances. Substitute Duane Holmes had a positive influence when he was brought on. His contributed two assists. The first was by way of a telling pass and the second, his show of body strength.

But nonetheless, the manager readily acknowledges the team needs to play better if they are to be in with a chance of promotion when the new season draws to a close.

The starting eleven included six new players and was on average one of the youngest sides Scunthorpe have fielded for many a year. But their lack of cohesion saw them go behind to a goal from City’s Tony Andre in the 52nd minute. It was a quality free kick from 25-yards out.

The fact of the matter is that Scunthorpe didn’t start the game well. They came under early pressure from the newly promoted Sky Blues with Jordy Hiwula going close on two occasions in the first 30-minutes. But United showed great character and fought their way back to win the game with goals in the 68th and 81st minutes. All in all, a good day at the office.

The Iron’s next game is against Walsall at Glanford Park. They too won their opening game albeit it was a home match where they beat visitors Plymouth Argyle by 2-1. The last time that Scunthorpe and Walsall met was at Glanford Park in April earlier this year. United won by 1-0.

The last eight games at home to Walsall have only yielded one win. Sadly, Scunthorpe couldn’t find the back of the net in either of the last two games.

Scunthorpe’s home record is pretty dismal. They haven’t recorded a win in their last seven games at Glanford Park. It’s their longest run of games without a win since January 2013 when their bad run extended to nine matches.

Another win in this, their first home game of the season, is what the fans will be hoping for, so Daws and his men have got their work cut for them. But on the positive side, Walsall have only recorded one win in the last eleven away games.

Looking further ahead, The Iron will be hoping to go one better than last year when they lost in the promotion play-offs and who knows? They could be well worth a small bet.

With the transfer window deadline fast approaching, Scunthorpe United have made some useful additions. The latest is the youngster George Thomas who joins The Iron on loan from Leicester for the whole of this season. The 21-year-old midfielder has played at all levels up to the under 21s for the Welsh national team.

With rumours abounding about interest in Scunthorpe’s Duane Holmes from Derby County and Rotherham United, Iron fans will be hoping the club can retain his services. But if Scunthorpe are to challenge for promotion, a new striker coming on board, before the current window closes, wouldn’t go amiss either.


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