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Scunthorpe United 3-3 Oxford United

Three goals in eight second-half minutes saw Scunthorpe fight back to claim a point from a thrilling 3-3 draw with Oxford.

The Iron looked dead and buried when defender Curtis Nelson forced the ball home to add to goals from James Henry and Cameron Brannagan and give his side a 3-0 lead with little more than half an hour to go.

But strikes from Jordan Clarke, George Thomas and Charlie Goode in quick succession saw Stuart McCall's side come roaring back to snatch a point and end a run of five successive defeats.

Henry set the ball rolling for the visitors with a crisp finish after exchanging passes with Jamie Mackie in the eighth minute and the pair combined again early in the second period in a move which culminated in Brannagan racing into the box to meet Henry's low cross - Oxford's 3,000th goal in the Football League.

Strike number 3,001 followed quickly after, in the 55th minute, when Nelson knocked the ball over the line after a spell of pinball in the penalty area before Scunthorpe, from nowhere, came roaring back.

Full-back Jordan Clarke's low drive gave them hope and when Leicester loanee George Thomas curled a free-kick into the top corner in the 64th minute, they had real momentum.

There was barely chance to draw breath either before a corner caused panic in the Oxford box and Goode lashed it home.

Both sides pushed forward for a winner in an equally pulsating finale, but a point apiece seemed just about fair.

Report supplied by Press Association.

Line-ups

Scunthorpe

Formation 4-3-3

  • 25Alnwick
  • 2Clarke
  • 20GoodeBooked at 26mins
  • 21Burgess
  • 3Borthwick-JacksonSubstituted forButroidat 45'minutes
  • 8HorsfieldSubstituted forUgboat 21'minutes
  • 14PerchBooked at 57mins
  • 7LundBooked at 17mins
  • 49Colclough
  • 17Novak
  • 18Thomas

Substitutes

  • 9Ugbo
  • 12Dales
  • 15Lewis
  • 23McArdle
  • 27Flatt
  • 29Wootton
  • 33Butroid

Oxford Utd

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Eastwood
  • 29McMahonBooked at 90mins
  • 4DickieBooked at 42mins
  • 5Nelson
  • 14Ruffels
  • 17HenrySubstituted forHansonat 65'minutesBooked at 87mins
  • 15Mousinho
  • 8BrannaganBooked at 63mins
  • 16Whyte
  • 19MackieBooked at 90mins
  • 12HolmesSubstituted forBrowneat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Garbutt
  • 6Hanson
  • 9Smith
  • 10Browne
  • 22Raglan
  • 23Long
  • 41Mitchell
Referee:
Paul Marsden
Attendance:
3,665

Match Stats

Home TeamScunthorpeAway TeamOxford Utd
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home13
Away7
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home9
Away2
Fouls
Home13
Away21

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Scunthorpe United 3, Oxford United 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Scunthorpe United 3, Oxford United 3.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Curtis Nelson.

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ryan Colclough (Scunthorpe United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  5. Post update

    Matthew Lund (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Marcus Browne (Oxford United).

  7. Booking

    Tony McMahon (Oxford United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  8. Post update

    George Thomas (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Tony McMahon (Oxford United).

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Matthew Lund (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  11. Booking

    Jamie Mackie (Oxford United) is shown the yellow card.

  12. Post update

    Ryan Colclough (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Cameron Brannagan (Oxford United).

  14. Post update

    Foul by Lee Novak (Scunthorpe United).

  15. Post update

    Tony McMahon (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Matthew Lund (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Booking

    Jamie Hanson (Oxford United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Jamie Hanson (Oxford United).

  19. Post update

    George Thomas (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Josh Ruffels (Oxford United).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Portsmouth17115128141438
2Sunderland16105132131935
3Peterborough17103433221133
4Barnsley1694329141531
5Luton178542719829
6Accrington177732119228
7Coventry178452018228
8Charlton167452420425
9Doncaster177462524125
10Walsall167451922-325
11Fleetwood176562419523
12Southend177282122-123
13Blackpool155731715222
14Burton166372222021
15Wycombe175662324-121
16Rochdale175572231-920
17Gillingham165382628-218
18Shrewsbury174671620-418
19Scunthorpe174672637-1118
20Bristol Rovers174581414017
21Oxford Utd173682027-715
22Plymouth1734101829-1113
23Wimbledon1732121126-1511
24Bradford1731131231-1910
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