League One
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Scunthorpe United 3-1 Bristol Rovers

Brilliant second-half goals from Kevin van Veen and Josh Morris helped Scunthorpe come from behind to beat newly-promoted Bristol Rovers 3-1 on the opening day of the League One campaign.

Matty Taylor had given Rovers a first-half lead but Dutch striker Van Veen equalised in the 66th minute with a flashing drive from a tight angle that flew past goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall after the visitors had failed to clear a corner.

And nine minutes from time summer signing Morris popped up with the winner, cracking a blistering shot on the run from just outside the box past a stunned Mildenhall.

It was a real kick in the teeth for hard-working Rovers who had looked comfortable and composed for the opening hour.

They took the lead in the 31st minute from their first chance of the game through last season's 28-goal leading marksman Taylor, who controlled a ball into the box from Chris Lines to sweep an effort past keeper Luke Daniels from 10 yards.

But the visitors could not add to their advantage before cracking under increasing pressure in the second half as Scunthorpe hit back in style.

Substitute Kyle Wootton added the gloss in stoppage time when he broke clear to steer a shot past Mildenhall from the edge of the box.

Line-ups

Scunthorpe

  • 1Daniels
  • 22Townsend
  • 5Wallace
  • 6Mirfin
  • 33ClarkeBooked at 87mins
  • 12BishopSubstituted forNessat 67'minutes
  • 8Dawson
  • 16Adelakun
  • 11Morris
  • 10van VeenSubstituted forWisemanat 90+1'minutes
  • 14HopperSubstituted forWoottonat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Wiseman
  • 7Williams
  • 13Anyon
  • 19Holmes
  • 20Goode
  • 26Ness
  • 29Wootton

Bristol Rovers

  • 1Mildenhall
  • 2Leadbitter
  • 4LockyerBooked at 40mins
  • 15J ClarkeSubstituted forMontañoat 74'minutes
  • 6Hartley
  • 3Brown
  • 8O ClarkeBooked at 11mins
  • 24SinclairSubstituted forBodinat 74'minutes
  • 14Lines
  • 10Taylor
  • 30GaffneySubstituted forHarrisonat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5McChrystal
  • 9Harrison
  • 17Easter
  • 21Montaño
  • 23Bodin
  • 25Puddy
  • 29James
Referee:
Ben Toner
Attendance:
4,636

Match Stats

Home TeamScunthorpeAway TeamBristol Rovers
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home12
Away6
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home11
Away2
Fouls
Home8
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Scunthorpe United 3, Bristol Rovers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Scunthorpe United 3, Bristol Rovers 1.

Goal!

Goal! Scunthorpe United 3, Bristol Rovers 1. Kyle Wootton (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Scott Wiseman.

Scott Wiseman (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Billy Bodin (Bristol Rovers).

Foul by Murray Wallace (Scunthorpe United).

Peter Hartley (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Scott Wiseman replaces Kevin van Veen because of an injury.

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Peter Hartley.

Attempt missed. Billy Bodin (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Hakeeb Adelakun.

Foul by Jordan Clarke (Scunthorpe United).

Daniel Leadbitter (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Jordan Clarke (Scunthorpe United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Substitution

Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Kyle Wootton replaces Tom Hopper.

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Billy Bodin.

Goal!

Goal! Scunthorpe United 2, Bristol Rovers 1. Josh Morris (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.

Attempt missed. Hakeeb Adelakun (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Attempt blocked. Billy Bodin (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Tom Hopper (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers).

Tom Hopper (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers).

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Stephen Dawson.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Cristian Montaño replaces James Clarke.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Billy Bodin replaces Stuart Sinclair.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Ellis Harrison replaces Rory Gaffney.

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by James Clarke.

Attempt blocked. Kevin van Veen (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by James Clarke.

Substitution

Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Jamie Ness replaces Neal Bishop.

Goal!

Goal! Scunthorpe United 1, Bristol Rovers 1. Kevin van Veen (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tom Hopper.

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Peter Hartley.

Kevin van Veen (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Stuart Sinclair (Bristol Rovers).

Foul by Stephen Dawson (Scunthorpe United).

Lee Brown (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Steve Mildenhall.

Attempt saved. Kevin van Veen (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Millwall11003033
2Gillingham11003123
3Scunthorpe11003123
4Walsall11003123
5Bury11002023
6Peterborough11003213
7Bolton11001013
8MK Dons11001013
9Swindon11001013
10Chesterfield10101101
11Fleetwood10101101
12Northampton10101101
13Oxford Utd10101101
14Bradford10100001
15Port Vale10100001
16Rochdale100123-10
17Coventry100101-10
18Sheff Utd100101-10
19Shrewsbury100101-10
20Wimbledon100113-20
21Bristol Rovers100113-20
22Southend100113-20
23Charlton100102-20
24Oldham100103-30
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