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Scunthorpe United 0-2 Fleetwood Town

Striker Devante Cole set in-form Fleetwood on their way into the top two with victory in their clash at fellow promotion-chasers Scunthorpe.

He opened the scoring in the 41st minute with a simple tap home at the far post from a low cross from the right by Markus Schwabl.

Town defended that lead solidly and in the 90th minute former Scunthorpe striker Bobby Grant was left unmarked as he burst into the box to steer a low left-footed shot into the bottom corner to make it 2-0.

It stretched Fleetwood's unbeaten run to 18 games, but in contrast Scunthorpe's promotion hopes continue to falter after seven games now without a win.

Handing a home debut in midfield to Rangers loanee Matt Crooks, Scunthorpe paid the price for not taking some first-half chances.

Crooks himself might have opened the scoring with a flashing close-ranger header which was brilliantly tipped over at full stretch by keeper Alex Cairns.

Cairns again denied the home side, keeping out an angled effort from Kevin van Veen, before Paddy Madden broke free to the edge of the box, only to lift his first-time shot well over.

Cole's strike close to the interval gave Fleetwood the edge and left Scunthorpe under pressure in the second half.

As the hosts chased an equaliser, Van Veen was just a whisker away with an effort that flashed across the face of goal and just inches wide of the far post.

They did have the ball in the back of the net after 64 minutes when Madden headed down in the box for skipper Stephen Dawson to steer his shot home with an overhead kick, only to be flagged offside.

Scunthorpe continued to press but could not break down a stubborn Fleetwood defence.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Scunthorpe

  • 1Daniels
  • 33Clarke
  • 5Wallace
  • 22Townsend
  • 6MirfinSubstituted forWisemanat 82'minutes
  • 30Crooks
  • 8DawsonBooked at 64minsSubstituted forToneyat 82'minutes
  • 12BishopSubstituted forHolmesat 69'minutes
  • 11MorrisBooked at 11mins
  • 9MaddenBooked at 64mins
  • 10van Veen

Substitutes

  • 2Wiseman
  • 13Anyon
  • 14Hopper
  • 19Holmes
  • 20Goode
  • 24Toney
  • 28Davies

Fleetwood

  • 21Cairns
  • 5Eastham
  • 12Bolger
  • 37Davies
  • 2McLaughlin
  • 34DempseySubstituted forBrannaganat 73'minutes
  • 38Schwabl
  • 11Grant
  • 43MaguireSubstituted forNirennoldat 66'minutes
  • 10Ball
  • 44ColeBooked at 29minsSubstituted forHunterat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Neal
  • 4Brannagan
  • 15Nirennold
  • 18Glendon
  • 22Hunter
  • 28Sowerby
  • 35Ekpolo
Referee:
Peter Bankes
Attendance:
5,541

Match Stats

Home TeamScunthorpeAway TeamFleetwood
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home11
Away5
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home11
Away3
Fouls
Home8
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Scunthorpe United 0, Fleetwood Town 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Scunthorpe United 0, Fleetwood Town 2.

Attempt missed. Duane Holmes (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

Attempt missed. David Ball (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Goal!

Goal! Scunthorpe United 0, Fleetwood Town 2. Bobby Grant (Fleetwood Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ashley Eastham.

Attempt blocked. Ivan Toney (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Josh Morris (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Cameron Brannagan (Fleetwood Town).

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Victor Nirennold.

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Ashley Eastham.

Attempt blocked. Paddy Madden (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Ivan Toney replaces Stephen Dawson.

Substitution

Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Scott Wiseman replaces David Mirfin.

Ben Davies (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jordan Clarke (Scunthorpe United).

Murray Wallace (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Cian Bolger (Fleetwood Town).

Foul by Murray Wallace (Scunthorpe United).

David Ball (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Conor Townsend (Scunthorpe United).

Cian Bolger (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Fleetwood Town. Cameron Brannagan replaces Kyle Dempsey.

Substitution

Substitution, Fleetwood Town. Ashley Hunter replaces Devante Cole.

Josh Morris (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Victor Nirennold (Fleetwood Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Duane Holmes replaces Neal Bishop.

Attempt saved. Kevin van Veen (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from long range on the left is saved in the bottom left corner.

Neal Bishop (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Victor Nirennold (Fleetwood Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Fleetwood Town. Victor Nirennold replaces Joe Maguire.

Booking

Stephen Dawson (Scunthorpe United) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Paddy Madden (Scunthorpe United) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt blocked. Stephen Dawson (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by David Mirfin (Scunthorpe United).

Bobby Grant (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Paddy Madden (Scunthorpe United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Cian Bolger.

Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by Conor Townsend.

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Ashley Eastham.

Attempt missed. Kevin van Veen (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sheff Utd35209664382669
2Fleetwood351810752322064
3Scunthorpe351710860382261
4Bolton34179846291760
5Bradford361417547341359
6Millwall35161095041958
7Southend351412953431054
8Bristol Rovers361312115454051
9Peterborough36148144948150
10Oxford Utd33147124235749
11Rochdale33147124846249
12Walsall351213104344-149
13Wimbledon351114104745247
14MK Dons351110144545043
15Northampton36127175360-743
16Charlton35915114441342
17Gillingham361012144757-1042
18Shrewsbury36119163950-1142
19Bury36117185464-1040
20Oldham36912152336-1339
21Swindon3699183550-1536
22Port Vale33811143552-1735
23Chesterfield3587203256-2431
24Coventry35511193054-2426
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