League Two
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Scunthorpe United 2-0 Cheltenham Town

Scunthorpe extended their unbeaten run to six games with victory over struggling Cheltenham.

The Iron took an early lead when Etienne Esajas fired home a left-footed effort from the edge of the box.

David Syers and Jamie Spencer both missed chances to extend the hosts' lead while Jamie Cureton missed a great chance for the Robins.

The points were finally wrapped up through Sam Winnall's close-range effort late on.

The win moves Scunthorpe into the top seven while Cheltenham drop to third-bottom.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Scunthorpe manager Brian Laws told BBC Radio Humberside:

The first half, I thought we dominated large periods of the game, and we should really have seen the game out and buried it

When you miss opportunities to get your second or even third, they've still got something to hold on to.

In the second half, they took the gamble and pushed onto us. We had a couple of scary moments, but always needed that second goal.

Cheltenham Town boss Mark Yates told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

"We've got to keep working hard and keep believing - believing is not saying the right thing, it's doing the right thing and at the minute we're just a little bit short.

"I think the supporters saw the effort and all the commitment. Everyone's just got to keep working and raising their game.

"For 60 minutes of the game today, I thought we were the better team but we've lost."

Line-ups

Scunthorpe

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Slocombe
  • 26Byrne
  • 3DawsonBooked at 75mins
  • 6Canavan
  • 5Mirfin
  • 10EsajasSubstituted forHawkridgeat 66'minutes
  • 24Syers
  • 7Sparrow
  • 4McAllister
  • 28SpencerSubstituted forIwelumoat 83'minutes
  • 8BurtonSubstituted forWinnallat 66'minutesBooked at 78mins

Substitutes

  • 20Howe
  • 16Adelakun
  • 14Hawkridge
  • 9Iwelumo
  • 29Winnall
  • 13Severn
  • 15Waterfall

Cheltenham

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Brown
  • 14Richards
  • 5Brown
  • 2LoweSubstituted forJombatiat 84'minutes
  • 26Wilson
  • 4Taylor
  • 16Penn
  • 11McGlashan
  • 25NobleBooked at 20minsSubstituted forCuretonat 52'minutes
  • 9Harrison
  • 10GornellSubstituted forKotwicaat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 21Vincent
  • 6Elliott
  • 7Cureton
  • 12Roberts
  • 8Deering
  • 20Jombati
  • 19Kotwica
Referee:
Darren Bond
Attendance:
3,191

Match Stats

Home TeamScunthorpeAway TeamCheltenham
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home14
Away11
Shots on Target
Home5
Away5
Corners
Home2
Away10
Fouls
Home12
Away18

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Scunthorpe United 2, Cheltenham Town 0.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    David Syers (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Russell Penn (Cheltenham Town).

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Sido Jombati (Cheltenham Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  6. Goal!

    Goal! Scunthorpe United 2, Cheltenham Town 0. Sam Winnall (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Terry Hawkridge.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sam Winnall (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Chris Iwelumo (Scunthorpe United).

  9. Post update

    Troy Brown (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Terry Hawkridge (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Sido Jombati (Cheltenham Town).

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Sido Jombati replaces Keith Lowe.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Troy Brown (Cheltenham Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Chris Iwelumo replaces James Spencer.

  15. Post update

    Hand ball by Russell Penn (Cheltenham Town).

  16. Booking

    Sam Winnall (Scunthorpe United) is shown the yellow card.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Sam Winnall (Scunthorpe United).

  18. Post update

    (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Zachary Kotwica replaces Terry Gornell.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Andy Dawson.