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Preview: Scunthorpe (H)

12 August 2016

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Graham Alexander's Iron are next up for the Cod Army

Fleetwood Town will face off against Graham Alexander’s Scunthorpe United at Highbury Stadium this weekend for the second EFL League One fixture of the season. Kick off at 3:00pm.

Having suffered defeat on Wednesday night to Leeds United, in the EFL Cup, Town will be looking for their first three points in the Football league this season. The game last Saturday ended in a 1-1 draw against Northampton.

Aaron Amadi-Holloway’s 12th minute opener was cancelled out late on in regulation time as Leeds Substitute, Marcus Antonsson drilled his strike home just one minute from time to see the game go into extra time.

Chris Wood added a second to Leeds’ tally just four minutes into added time after a penalty but, the lead only lasted 15 minutes as Ashley Hunter volleyed home the equaliser which saw the game continue onto penalties.

Late on, on the Wednesday night, nine penalties were converted, five from Leeds and four from Town, until Robert Green stepped up and saved Eggert Jonsson’s effort knocking out the side from the Fylde.

In contrast, the visiting side Scunthorpe progressed through to the second round of the cup after needing extra time to beat Notts County.

The Irons were saved by their Dutch striker, Kevin van Veen as a brace saw them go through to the second round of the EFL Cup for the first time in two season. His first coming from a loose ball and his second coming from a run from new signing, Sam Mantom.


Fleetwood Town go into this weekend’s game with no injuries, after seeing Jimmy Ryan, Amari’i Bell and Aaron Amadi-Holloway all return to play last week’s game against Northampton Town.

The Irons, on the other hand, are having to wait on Tom Hooper after he pulled out of their midweek clash against Notts County due to illness.

Sam Mantom will be monitored up until the kick off and could still be seen as a doubt but, Paddy Madden could play this weekend after missing the start of the season with a calf problem.


Eindhoven-born striker Kevin van Veen added to the Irons attacking force after he signed from Eerste Divisie side, FC Oss.

After starting his career in PSV Eindhoven’s youth system, the attacker moved around from club to club until 2013 when he signed for JVC Cujik in the Zondag League, in Holland.

In his only season there, he managed to score 20 goals in 29 appearances and that seemed to attract attention from much bigger clubs.

The summer of 2014 saw van Veen move to FC Oss in the second tier of Dutch football and he managed to score 16 goals in just 20 appearances there.

Since signing for Scunthorpe in January 2015, the striker has managed to win the Irons goal of the season last season after a run from the half way line, a nutmeg on a defender and a lob over the keeper in a 4-2 win over Oldham Athletic.

Van Veen’s has been on form for the Irons in their previous games as he has scored in all of their last four games. Scoring one against Rotherham, one against Hartlepool, one against Bristol and two against Notts County.


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