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Scunthorpe United 2-2 Southend United

Sam Winnall

Scunthorpe made it a club record 20 matches unbeaten but missed the chance to go top of League Two after Southend retrieved a two-goal deficit.

Matt Sparrow hit a powerful left-footed drive into the roof of the net and Sam Winnall turned in an inswinging cross to put the Iron 2-0 ahead.

But defender John Egan volleyed in from 35 yards to give the visitors hope.

Scunthorpe goalkeeper Sam Slocombe then allowed John White's cross to drop over his head into the goal.

The Iron suffered a blow before the game when in-form midfielder Sean McAllister was ruled out with a minor calf strain picked up in training on Friday.

But experienced replacement Sparrow quickly made his mark to put his side on their way to breaking a record set by Nigel Adkins' League One title-winning side of 2006-7.

Shortly before half-time Winnall was on hand to score his 19th goal of the season by turning in Gary McSheffrey's cross to leave the home team looking comfortable.

Egan's spectacular long-distance effort on the hour brought the away side back into the game, before White's speculative cross deceived Slocombe and rescued a point for the visitors.

Scunthorpe remain second in League One, but have now drawn nine of their last eleven games, while Southend occupy the last play-off position.

Scunthorpe boss Russ Wilcox told BBC Radio Humberside:

"We're disappointed, of course we are, but it's totally different to the other games where we've thrown away a two goal lead.

"A game of two halves - we were absolutely magnificent in the first half, we passed it around, created opportunities

"We knew at half time Southend had to be better, and to be fair to them, they did to us what we did to them in the first half.

"We move on, results have gone our way again and it becomes a 10-game season."

Line-ups

Scunthorpe

  • 1Slocombe
  • 18Nolan
  • 30Williams
  • 7SparrowBooked at 55mins
  • 5Mirfin
  • 6Canavan
  • 14HawkridgeSubstituted forAdelakunat 66'minutes
  • 24Syers
  • 29WinnallSubstituted forAlabiat 75'minutes
  • 27Madden
  • 28McSheffrey

Substitutes

  • 2Ribeiro
  • 3Dawson
  • 13Severn
  • 15Waterfall
  • 16Adelakun
  • 26Alabi
  • 39Hayes

Southend

  • 17Bentley
  • 2White
  • 3CokerBooked at 29mins
  • 16CliffordSubstituted forTimlinat 81'minutes
  • 32Egan
  • 5Phillips
  • 4Laird
  • 18Leonard
  • 10CorrBooked at 60minsSubstituted forEastwoodat 61'minutes
  • 12AtkinsonSubstituted forStrakerat 57'minutes
  • 14Hurst

Substitutes

  • 1Smith
  • 7Eastwood
  • 8Timlin
  • 11Straker
  • 21Payne
  • 35Sokolik
  • 39Barnard
Referee:
Mark Brown
Attendance:
3,018

Match Stats

Home TeamScunthorpeAway TeamSouthend
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home6
Away12
Shots on Target
Home6
Away5
Corners
Home3
Away7
Fouls
Home13
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Scunthorpe United 2, Southend United 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Scunthorpe United 2, Southend United 2.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by Kevan Hurst (Southend United).

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Anthony Straker (Southend United) left footed shot from long range on the right misses to the right.

  6. Post update

    David Mirfin (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by John Egan (Southend United).

  8. Post update

    Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Eddie Nolan.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Paddy Madden.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Kevan Hurst (Southend United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. James Alabi (Scunthorpe United) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Eddie Nolan.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Niall Canavan.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Marc Laird (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Southend United. Michael Timlin replaces Conor Clifford.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Matthew Sparrow (Scunthorpe United).

  17. Post update

    Conor Clifford (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Post update

    Matthew Sparrow (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Conor Clifford (Southend United).

  20. Post update

    Foul by James Alabi (Scunthorpe United).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chesterfield361712757342363
2Scunthorpe361517456371962
3Rochdale351871054381661
4Burton36161284035560
5Fleetwood361771251411058
6Oxford Utd361414848341456
7Southend361312114436851
8Plymouth35149124038251
9York361213114238449
10Hartlepool361210144040046
11Morecambe351210134249-746
12Dag & Red351112124344-145
13Newport341111124346-344
14Cheltenham351014114046-644
15Wimbledon361110153541-643
16Bristol Rovers351012133436-242
17Portsmouth36915123748-1142
18Mansfield361012143649-1342
19Bury34914114040041
20Wycombe351011143842-441
21Accrington351011143945-641
22Exeter361010164148-740
23Northampton35910162944-1537
24Torquay3589183353-2033
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