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Blackburn Rovers 0-1 Scunthorpe United

Neal Bishop
Neal Bishop joined Scunthorpe from Blackpool in the summer

Blackburn were knocked out of the Capital One Cup at the first-round stage as Neal Bishop's header gave League One side Scunthorpe victory.

The midfielder scored the winner in the first half when he met Gary McSheffrey's corner with a glancing near-post effort.

Rovers stalwart David Dunn should have scored in the first minute but prodded wide with the goal gaping.

The Iron keeper Sam Slocombe twice denied Ben Marshall with good saves.

Blackburn substitute Rudy Gestede had the ball in the net 14 minutes from time but it was disallowed because Luke Varney had been penalised for a foul on Slocombe.

Scunthorpe held on for the win as the Lancashire club lost in the opening stage of the competition for the second successive year.

Blackburn manager Gary Bowyer told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"From our point of view, it's not acceptable. In my time here, that's the worst we've been, especially in the first 45 minutes.

"I have to give credit to Scunthorpe. There's no excuses from our side.

"When Rudy Gestede and Craig Conway came on that made a difference, but that's down to how we went about it in the first half. It just wasn't acceptable and I won't hide from that."

Scunthorpe manager Russ Wilcox told BBC Radio Humberside:

"It was an outstanding performance, married with the result, which I think we deserved.

"I said to them before the game that top players respond in the right way and we've certainly done that tonight.

"It's always difficult when you have moved up a level and you have been used to winning games. I think I would have swapped it for three points on Saturday but we can't.

"All we can do is take the next game and we have won that one tonight."

Line-ups

Blackburn

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 34Kean
  • 6Lowe
  • 2Henley
  • 19TaylorSubstituted forCairneyat 78'minutes
  • 21O'Connell
  • 20Songo'o
  • 12MarshallSubstituted forConwayat 63'minutes
  • 17WilliamsonBooked at 88mins
  • 16VarneyBooked at 78mins
  • 8DunnSubstituted forGestedeat 62'minutes
  • 7KingBooked at 75mins

Substitutes

  • 10Cairney
  • 11Rhodes
  • 13Eastwood
  • 15Baptiste
  • 29Evans
  • 32Conway
  • 39Gestede

Scunthorpe

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Slocombe
  • 2Nolan
  • 3Dawson
  • 12Bishop
  • 6Canavan
  • 32LleraBooked at 22mins
  • 11Myrie-Williams
  • 4McAllister
  • 19TaylorSubstituted forAddisonat 85'minutes
  • 9Madden
  • 28McSheffrey

Substitutes

  • 7Sparrow
  • 13Severn
  • 14Hawkridge
  • 16Adelakun
  • 17Bateson
  • 18Addison
  • 29Wootton
Referee:
Seb Stockbridge
Attendance:
5,352

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackburnAway TeamScunthorpe
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home7
Away7
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away9
Fouls
Home12
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 0, Scunthorpe United 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 0, Scunthorpe United 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  4. Booking

    Lee Williamson (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Lee Williamson (Blackburn Rovers).

  6. Post update

    Eddie Nolan (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Miles Addison replaces Lyle Taylor.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Neal Bishop.

  9. Post update

    Luke Varney (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Gary McSheffrey (Scunthorpe United).

  11. Post update

    Foul by Jack O'Connell (Blackburn Rovers).

  12. Post update

    Lyle Taylor (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Tom Cairney replaces Chris Taylor.

  14. Booking

    Luke Varney (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Luke Varney (Blackburn Rovers).

  16. Post update

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

  17. Booking

    Joshua King (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Joshua King (Blackburn Rovers).

  19. Post update

    Miguel Angel Llera (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Joshua King (Blackburn Rovers).