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Scunthorpe United 1-1 Northampton Town

Zander Diamond (left) and Sam Winnall

Zander Diamond headed his first goal for 10-man Northampton to deny Scunthorpe a victory that would have taken them to the top of League Two.

The on-loan defender found the top corner from Darren Carter's free-kick.

After a largely forgettable first half, Niall Donovan nodded the home side in front from Andy Dawson's corner.

Northampton's Ricky Ravenhill was sent off for a second yellow card, but after Diamond's equaliser, keeper Matt Duke denied Paddy Madden to secure a point.

The draw extended the Iron's unbeaten run to 19 matches, equalling a club record set in 2006-07, but Russ Wilcox's side had to settle for climbing above Rochdale into second place in the table on goal difference, having only won two of their last 10.

Northampton have not lost in four games, but remained second from bottom and six points adrift of Accrington, the team immediately above them, who beat leaders Chesterfield 3-1.

Scunthorpe manager Russ Wilcox told BBC Radio Humberside:

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Post-match: Scunthorpe boss Russ Wilcox

"I feel anger, it's a game we should have won, it's a game we should have managed better. They were down to 10 men. All we had to do was to stop giving silly free kicks away and look after the ball better.

"I've got a great group of players that are working so hard. Today we were just a little bit naive on managing the game.

"I can't understand the negativity at all. we are 19 games unbeaten now, it's a club record. I think the expectations have gone through the roof, we have to manage that wisely, but the players are focused and ready for [the next game on] Tuesday.

"There are not a lot of positives from today from my point of view. I probably feel the most disappointed I have felt in the 19 games because we had chances to win that game."

Northampton Town manager Chris Wilder told BBC Radio Northampton:

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Post-match: Northampton boss Wilder

"We knew we were coming to a team at the top of the table on a fantastic run and I've got to say the manager here is doing a great job.

"After having Ricky Ravenhill sent off, the players put in a superb shift to get a point from the game.

"I think we've shown to everyone else in this league that we're a dangerous team in the last few weeks.

"I'm delighted with the result, with the attitude of my players and it's onwards and upwards to the Exeter game on Tuesday night."

Line-ups

Scunthorpe

  • 1Slocombe
  • 18Nolan
  • 3DawsonSubstituted forHayesat 75'minutes
  • 4McAllisterBooked at 66mins
  • 5Mirfin
  • 6CanavanBooked at 86mins
  • 16AdelakunSubstituted forHawkridgeat 84'minutes
  • 24Syers
  • 29Winnall
  • 27Madden
  • 30WilliamsSubstituted forEsajasat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Ribeiro
  • 7Sparrow
  • 10Esajas
  • 13Severn
  • 14Hawkridge
  • 15Waterfall
  • 39Hayes

Northampton

  • 1Duke
  • 2McSweeney
  • 29Robertson
  • 4Carter
  • 23Diamond
  • 27Kouo-Doumbe
  • 17Deegan
  • 34RavenhillBooked at 58mins
  • 18ConnellSubstituted forHackettat 66'minutes
  • 9MarquisSubstituted forSinclairat 61'minutes
  • 8Morris

Substitutes

  • 7Sinclair
  • 11Hackett
  • 12Tozer
  • 13Snedker
  • 24Toney
  • 28Roberts
  • 35Dickenson
Referee:
Kevin Wright
Attendance:
3,968

Match Stats

Home TeamScunthorpeAway TeamNorthampton
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home15
Away2
Shots on Target
Home6
Away1
Corners
Home5
Away1
Fouls
Home10
Away17

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Scunthorpe United 1, Northampton Town 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Scunthorpe United 1, Northampton Town 1.

  3. Post update

    Etienne Esajas (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Emile Sinclair (Northampton Town).

  5. Post update

    Foul by Terry Hawkridge (Scunthorpe United).

  6. Post update

    Chris Hackett (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Etienne Esajas (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  8. Post update

    Sean McAllister (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Darren Carter (Northampton Town).

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Paddy Madden (Scunthorpe United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Terry Hawkridge (Scunthorpe United).

  12. Post update

    Matthias Kouo-Doumbe (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Etienne Esajas replaces Marcus Williams.

  14. Booking

    Niall Canavan (Scunthorpe United) is shown the yellow card.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Niall Canavan (Scunthorpe United).

  16. Post update

    Chris Hackett (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Terry Hawkridge replaces Hakeeb Adelakun.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Zander Diamond.

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Paddy Madden (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner from a direct free kick.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chesterfield351711756332362
2Scunthorpe351516454351961
3Rochdale34187953361761
4Burton35161184035559
5Fleetwood351761249391057
6Oxford Utd351413847331455
7Southend351311114234850
8Plymouth34139123938148
9York351113114138346
10Hartlepool35129144040045
11Newport331111114242044
12Cheltenham341013113945-643
13Morecambe341110133848-1043
14Bristol Rovers341012123334-142
15Dag & Red341012124143-242
16Wimbledon35119153440-642
17Mansfield351012133648-1242
18Wycombe341011133841-341
19Portsmouth35914123748-1141
20Bury33913113838040
21Exeter351010154147-640
22Accrington341010143945-640
23Northampton34810162844-1634
24Torquay3479183152-2130
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