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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:

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Wilcox on Scunthorpe v Walsall

"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

Match ends, Scunthorpe United 2, Walsall 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Scunthorpe United 2, Walsall 1.

Substitution

Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Matthew Sparrow replaces Gary McSheffrey.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Neal Bishop.

Foul by Billy Kee (Scunthorpe United).

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

Substitution

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

Booking

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

Foul by Neal Bishop (Scunthorpe United).

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

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

Foul by James Baxendale (Walsall).

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Marcus Williams.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Neal Bishop.

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

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

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Kieron Morris replaces Anthony Forde.

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

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

Foul by Paul Downing (Walsall).

Goal!

Goal! Scunthorpe United 2, Walsall 1. Tom Bradshaw (Walsall) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

Booking

Billy Clifford (Walsall) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Billy Kee (Scunthorpe United) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Billy Kee replaces Terry Hawkridge.

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

Foul by Tom Bradshaw (Walsall).

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

Foul by Mathieu Manset (Walsall).

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

Attempt missed. Billy Clifford (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Booking

Luke O'Neill (Scunthorpe United) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Luke O'Neill (Scunthorpe United).

Billy Clifford (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Neal Bishop (Scunthorpe United).

Adam Chambers (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Gary McSheffrey (Scunthorpe United) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Paddy Madden (Scunthorpe United).

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

Goal!

Goal! Scunthorpe United 2, Walsall 0. Gary McSheffrey (Scunthorpe United) from a free kick with a left footed shot to the top right corner.

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Peterborough540195412
2Fleetwood532062411
3MK Dons531195410
4Bradford531184410
5Chesterfield531164210
6Preston52308359
7Barnsley52219638
8Swindon52218538
9Bristol City42205328
10Notts County42115327
11Doncaster52126607
12Sheff Utd52125507
13Gillingham5212910-17
14Leyton Orient51315416
15Coventry51316606
16Crawley520336-36
17Oldham512267-15
18Port Vale512267-15
19Yeovil512248-45
20Rochdale511378-14
21Scunthorpe5113411-74
22Walsall503235-23
23Colchester5014510-51
24Crewe5005413-90
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