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Scunthorpe United 3-1 Swindon Town

Paddy Madden
Madden is Scunthorpe's leading scorer with 14 goals this season

Struggling Scunthorpe United stunned League One title hopefuls Swindon Town with a brilliant second-half fightback.

Michael Smith put Town ahead with a superb 20-yard shot, while Andy Williams was denied by Luke Daniels' fine reaction save.

Neal Bishop's header hit the bar for United, but Paddy Madden equalised soon after with a drilled low finish.

Williams struck the bar from 18 yards, but Niall Canavan's header and Kevin van Veen's chip earned the win.

Swindon remain second, a point ahead of MK Dons and four points behind Bristol City as the top three all lost.

Scunthorpe moved up a place to 18th, seven points clear of the relegation zone.

Scunthorpe United manager Mark Robins told BBC Radio Humberside:

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Robins on Scunthorpe v Swindon Town

"I thought we were absolutely brilliant in the second-half. The difference between the second and the first is we meant it. We meant what we were doing rather than apologising for going defending. It was too easy for them to drop the ball at the strikers feet and causing us problems so we ended up dropping deep.

"Players have gone out in the second-half and absolute credit to them, they have been magnificent. You can't get better than that because I think from what I have seen this season they are the best side in the division. They're up there on merit, they've got good players, they try and play the right way and I like the way they play. It's brave.

"We limited them to chances and we have taken the chances when they have come along in the second-half. Some of the goals we scored have been fantastic and I'm delighted we have scored from a set-play because it's not before time."

Swindon Town manager Mark Cooper told BBC Wiltshire:

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Cooper on Scunthorpe v Swindon

"While it's only 1-0 and you're dominating and creating lots of chances, you know that there's going to be a sting in the tail.

"If you don't finish the game off when you're on top, you always leave the back door open. We shouldn't (only) be scoring one goal.

"Their chances came from set pieces. I can't recall them having lots of chances."

Line-ups

Scunthorpe

  • 26Daniels
  • 33Clarke
  • 6Canavan
  • 37Davey
  • 30WilliamsBooked at 41mins
  • 12BishopSubstituted forMcAllisterat 87'minutes
  • 10van VeenBooked at 80minsSubstituted forWoottonat 90+2'minutes
  • 22O'NeilBooked at 68mins
  • 9Madden
  • 15EvansSubstituted forAdelakunat 90+5'minutes
  • 34Hopper

Substitutes

  • 2Nolan
  • 4McAllister
  • 14Hawkridge
  • 16Adelakun
  • 25Boyce
  • 29Wootton
  • 39Anyon

Swindon

  • 1Foderingham
  • 5Stephens
  • 29Rossi BrancoBooked at 61minsSubstituted forGladwinat 73'minutes
  • 6Turnbull
  • 2Thompson
  • 8KasimSubstituted forSwiftat 77'minutes
  • 19Thompson
  • 3Byrne
  • 10WilliamsBooked at 37mins
  • 9Smith
  • 15Toffolo

Substitutes

  • 7Gladwin
  • 14Swift
  • 20Obika
  • 23Barthram
  • 24Hylton
  • 25Belford
  • 26Rodgers
Referee:
Fred Graham
Attendance:
3,763

Match Stats

Home TeamScunthorpeAway TeamSwindon
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home13
Away15
Shots on Target
Home7
Away8
Corners
Home7
Away8
Fouls
Home14
Away4

Live Text

Match ends, Scunthorpe United 3, Swindon Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Scunthorpe United 3, Swindon Town 1.

Corner, Swindon Town. Conceded by Luke Daniels.

Attempt saved. John Swift (Swindon Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Hakeeb Adelakun replaces George Evans.

Corner, Swindon Town. Conceded by Luke Daniels.

Attempt saved. Jordan Turnbull (Swindon Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Swindon Town. Conceded by Niall Canavan.

Corner, Swindon Town. Conceded by Luke Daniels.

Attempt saved. Andy Williams (Swindon Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Kyle Wootton replaces Kevin van Veen.

Foul by Alex Davey (Scunthorpe United).

Andy Williams (Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Niall Canavan (Scunthorpe United) left footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Jordan Turnbull.

Substitution

Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Sean McAllister replaces Neal Bishop because of an injury.

Delay in match Neal Bishop (Scunthorpe United) because of an injury.

Attempt saved. John Swift (Swindon Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

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

Foul by Ben Gladwin (Swindon Town).

Attempt missed. Andy Williams (Swindon Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Booking

Kevin van Veen (Scunthorpe United) is shown the yellow card.

Goal!

Goal! Scunthorpe United 3, Swindon Town 1. Kevin van Veen (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Louis Thompson (Swindon Town) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Swindon Town. John Swift replaces Yaser Kasim.

Goal!

Goal! Scunthorpe United 2, Swindon Town 1. Niall Canavan (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Liam O'Neil with a cross.

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Wes Foderingham.

Attempt saved. Niall Canavan (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Wes Foderingham.

Attempt missed. Ben Gladwin (Swindon Town) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Swindon Town. Ben Gladwin replaces Raphael Rossi Branco.

Andy Williams (Swindon Town) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box.

Attempt saved. Yaser Kasim (Swindon Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

Liam O'Neil (Scunthorpe United) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Liam O'Neil (Scunthorpe United).

Jack Stephens (Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Tom Hopper (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Raphael Rossi Branco (Swindon Town).

Foul by Neal Bishop (Scunthorpe United).

Yaser Kasim (Swindon Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bristol City29187454262861
2Swindon30176756322457
3MK Dons30168662313156
4Preston29158644281653
5Sheff Utd2813693932745
6Oldham30111094141043
7Chesterfield30119104441342
8Doncaster2911993633342
9Bradford2811893733441
10Peterborough30125133838041
11Fleetwood31118123032-241
12Gillingham31118124447-341
13Walsall301010103232040
14Port Vale31116143845-739
15Rochdale281151250401038
16Notts County29108113135-438
17Crewe30115143151-2038
18Scunthorpe28107114144-337
19Barnsley30105153948-935
20Coventry30711123041-1132
21Colchester3087153650-1431
22Crawley3179153255-2330
23Leyton Orient2978143846-829
24Yeovil3177172345-2228
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