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Scunthorpe United 2-1 Walsall

Scunthorpe won their first league game of the season as they edged past fellow strugglers Walsall.

A solo effort from Hakeeb Adelukan gave Scunthorpe the lead as he fired right-footed past Richard O'Donnell.

Gary McSheffrey then curled a 25-yard free-kick into the top corner for his first goal since re-joining The Iron.

Tom Bradshaw, having been foiled earlier by keeper Bobby Olejnik, capitalised on a defensive mix-up to pull one back, but Scunthorpe held on.

Scunthorpe manager Russ Wilcox told BBC Radio Humberside:

"I think the main talking points are the goals. You're not going to see two better goals in a game, I certainly haven't for a long, long time.

"A lot of aspects of our game have been encouraging, but we have to be better in that final third. Again, first-half we created some great openings, it was just that final cross, the final decision or the weight of the final pass that just wasn't there.

"It gives us something to build on, we had the point at Yeovil, so we've picked up four points in the last two league games which is very encouraging."

Line-ups

Scunthorpe

  • 26Olejnik
  • 24O'NeillBooked at 60mins
  • 18Addison
  • 6Canavan
  • 30Williams
  • 14HawkridgeSubstituted forKeeat 68'minutesBooked at 69mins
  • 4McAllister
  • 12BishopBooked at 86mins
  • 16Adelakun
  • 9MaddenSubstituted forMyrie-Williamsat 87'minutes
  • 28McSheffreyBooked at 56minsSubstituted forSparrowat 90+1'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Dawson
  • 7Sparrow
  • 11Myrie-Williams
  • 19Taylor
  • 21Weaver
  • 27Kee
  • 32Llera

Walsall

  • 1O'Donnell
  • 4O'Connor
  • 15ChambersSubstituted forHoldenat 8'minutes
  • 6Downing
  • 3Taylor
  • 24GrimesSubstituted forBaxendaleat 41'minutesBooked at 45mins
  • 7Chambers
  • 26CliffordBooked at 69mins
  • 27FordeSubstituted forMorrisat 77'minutes
  • 9Bradshaw
  • 37Manset

Substitutes

  • 5Holden
  • 11Baxendale
  • 13MacGillivray
  • 14Benning
  • 17Flanagan
  • 18Morris
  • 22Kinsella
Referee:
Andy Davies
Attendance:
3,098

Match Stats

Home TeamScunthorpeAway TeamWalsall
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home10
Away8
Shots on Target
Home8
Away2
Corners
Home2
Away5
Fouls
Home13
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Scunthorpe United 2, Walsall 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Scunthorpe United 2, Walsall 1.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Matthew Sparrow replaces Gary McSheffrey.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Neal Bishop.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Billy Kee (Scunthorpe United).

  6. Post update

    Paul Downing (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Jennison Myrie-Williams replaces Paddy Madden.

  8. Booking

    Neal Bishop (Scunthorpe United) is shown the yellow card.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Neal Bishop (Scunthorpe United).

  10. Post update

    James Baxendale (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by James Baxendale (Walsall).

  13. Post update

    Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Marcus Williams.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Neal Bishop.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Mathieu Manset (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Andy Taylor (Walsall) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Walsall. Kieron Morris replaces Anthony Forde.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Gary McSheffrey (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  19. Post update

    Paddy Madden (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Paul Downing (Walsall).