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Match Preview: Scunthorpe v Fleetwood

16 October 2017

Match Previews

Match Preview: Scunthorpe v Fleetwood

16 October 2017

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Fleetwood return to action on Tuesday night as they head to Lincolnshire to face Scunthorpe United at Glanford Park.

Town head into the game on the back of an action packed 2-2 draw with Rochdale on Saturday, where Devante Cole rescued a late point for Uwe Rosler’s side.

Rosler will be forced into making changes to his squad for the trip to face the Iron, with Wes Burns serving the first match of his three game suspension after his dismissal on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Scunthorpe fell to a 2-0 defeat at Rotherham United last time out.

Inconsistent Irons

United sit 12th in Sky Bet League One and are three places and one point behind the Cod Army.

A run of three straight defeats in the league brought to an end a run of five wins in eight games, which included a 4-0 demolition of Plymouth at Home Park and a 1-0 win in their derby with Doncaster Rovers.

Their one loss in that eight game run was also their first of the season, as they fell to 1-0 home defeat to Blackburn in mid-September.

We’ve Met Before

A 2-0 win at Glanford Park for Fleetwood last season was instrumental in Town’s late push towards the playoffs. Devante Cole and Bobby Grant both scored to secure a vital three points.

The reverse fixture last August saw a 2-2 draw at Highbury, as Scunthorpe battled back from 2-0 down through Kevin van Veen and Tom Hopper, after Eggert Jonsson and David Ball had given Fleetwood the league.

Tuesday’s game will be the ninth meeting between the two sides. Of the previous eight, there have been three wins for Fleetwood, two for Scunthorpe, with three draws.

Ones to Watch

Midfielder Josh Morris will be a familiar name amongst Fleetwood fans, having been on loan at Highbury, and playing a part in the memorable promotion at Wembley in 2014. Morris scored a total of eight goals in a red and white shirt. Now at Scunthorpe, Morris is well known for his goals from long distance, and has scored 22 goals for the Iron since signing from Bradford City in the summer of 2016, including three this season.

Striker Lee Novak joined Scunthorpe from Charlton this summer, and is a player with Championship pedigree. Having begun his career in Scotland with Gretna, but has played in Championship for Huddersfield Town, where he made nearly 150 appearances, and Birmingham City where he featured 59 times. He has scored twice for United this season. 

Defender Rory McArdle was the man who ended Fleetwood’s promotion hopes last season with his goal for Bradford City in the play-off semi-final, so Uwe Rosler’s side will be well aware of the threat he poses on Tuesday night. Now captaining his new side, McArdle was also the captain at Valley Parade, where he had spent the last five years – being an almost permanent fixture in the starting line up in that time. McArdle has also featured in the Football League for Rochdale and Sheffield Wednesday. 

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