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Scunthorpe United vs. Latics

Sky Bet League Two - Matchday 35

16 March 2021

© Eddie Garvey

Latics travel to Glanford Park as they take on Scunthorpe United in a rearranged fixture (7pm KO).

The game was originally meant to be played on the 6th of February but was ultimately postponed by the match official as a result of a waterlogged pitch.

Oldham are still in pursuit of their first win under Keith Curle following one draw and one defeat in his short reign as Head Coach so far.

Form Guide

Scunthorpe have won just one of their last six games, with the Iron losing half of the games in this sequence.

Both teams have been evenly matched this season with Latics ahead of the Iron just on goal difference, however the hosts do have a game in hand.

Scunthorpe are looking for their first home win since the 20th of February when they beat Harrogate Town 3-1.

The Iron’s last six:

  1. Leyton Orient 1-1 Scunthorpe United
  2. Scunthorpe United 0-2 Exeter City
  3. Salford City 1-1 Scunthorpe United 
  4. Cambridge United 0-1 Scunthorpe United
  5. Scunthorpe United 0-2 Cheltenham Town
  6. Bolton Wanderers 2-0 Scunthorpe United


Meetings: 54

Latics Wins: 16
Scunthorpe Wins: 20
Draws: 18

Scored: 72
Conceded: 80

Away From Home

  • P28 - W6 D12 L10 - Scored 31 Conceded 41

When the sides met earlier this season, it was Scunthorpe who picked up maximum points in the game at Boundary Park.

Second-half goals from Jacob Bedeau and Kevin Van Veen was enough to seal a big win for the Iron to end a long run of defeats.


Team News

It looks like Zak Dearnley and George Blackwood are out of action for an extended period with injuries.

Marcus Barnes and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson are battling recent knocks and may also miss out once again.

Harry Clarke is expected to return from his parent club soon after treatment for his injury.

Kyle Jameson is also back from his three-game suspension after his sending off with Ben Garrity and Sido Jombati working hard to regain fitness and get back in the matchday squad.

Whilst goalkeeper Ian Lawlor is out injured from last week, with emergency loan Laurie Walker stepping in between the sticks again.

Watch Out For

Abobaker Eisa was a constant threat for Scunthorpe when they played at Boundary Park earlier this season.

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His pace and direct play was clear to see and he caused the Oldham defence all kinds of problems.

He began his career with Uxbridge and then went on to Wealdstone before making the step up to the Football League with Shrewsbury Town.

He played 14 times for the Shrews, scoring one goal and gained league two experience with a loan spell at Colchester United.

Eisa signed for his current club in August 2019 and he has managed to net 16 times in 68 appearances.

So far this season, the 25-year-old has seven league goals and has set up four.

In The Dugout

Neil Cox is the man in the dugout for the hosts.

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Cox was appointed in August 2020, leaving his post as assistant manager at Notts County to take the role.

His role previous to that was the assistant job at AFC Wimbledon and his only other time as manager came with Leek Town between 2010 and 2011.

Cox was already known by Scunthorpe fans as he began his playing career with the Iron in the early 90s before going on to play for Aston Villa, Middlesbrough, Bolton Wanderers, Watford, Crewe Alexandra and Leek Town.


Glanford Park (The Sands Venue Stadium)

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Capacity: 9,088
Opened: 1988
Record Attendance: 9,077 vs. Manchester United – (22nd September 2010)

Match Officials

Tonight's referee is Sam Allison.

He has taken charge of 26 games in this campaign handing out 73 bookings and a single sending off.

This will be his first ever fixture involving Latics after stepping up from the National League last sesason.

His assistants are Alan Clayton and Paul Newhouse with Matthew Smith as the Fourth Official.

Sky Bet Odds

The hosts have been made favourites for the game at 5/4 whilst Keith Curle’s men are 2/1.

23/10 is the price available for the draw.

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Fixture News

Fixture news for Scunthorpe United vs Oldham Athletic on 16 Mar 21

15 March 2021

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Alternatively, supporters can also follow the game with live updates on the club's official Twitter account: @OfficialOAFC.

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Match Reports

Scunthorpe United 1-1 Latics

16 March 2021

© Eddie Garvey

Keith Curle was denied his first three points as Latics Head Coach after substitute Jordan Hallam netted a last-minute equaliser to cancel out Alfie McCalmont’s strike.

Curle made two changes for the visit to the Sands Venue Stadium with Kyle Jameson returning from suspension alongside Callum Whelan making his way into the starting XI meaning Raphael Diarra and Brice Ntambwe were named on the bench.

Laurie Walker, making his second appearance of his emergency loan, was called into action in just the third minute as Devarn Green blasted a low effort on target, but the shot-stopper got down to deny the former Southport man.

And, not so long after, the MK Dons loanee produced another smart stop but this time to deny Alex Gilliead from giving the hosts the lead.

Dylan Fage nearly put his side ahead in an incredible fashion after neat one-touch football from Latics ended up at the Frenchman’s feet before he ambitiously curled an effort from around 30-yards, however, his attempt sailed just past Mark Howard’s far post.  

The Iron continued to test Walker as Lewis Spence intelligently spray a pass across the field to the onrushing left-back Junior Brown, but the goalkeeper was equal to his long-range strike.

Keith Curle nearly witnessed his team taking the lead just before the interval as Marcel Hilssner’s deep delivery from a free-kick on the left-wing found the head of Jameson and the powerful defender flicked goalwards, but the goalkeeper managed to keep him out.

Moments into the second half, Latics took the lead through McCalmont as he netted his sixth goal for the club.

The goal arrived when Adams swung a corner into the box and, after a scramble, the ball was cleared but only as far as the Leeds United loanee on the edge of the box. He managed to strike the ball sweetly with his side foot, going through a sea of bodies before beating the goalkeeper.

Once again, Neil Cox’s side tested Latics’ goalkeeper with their captain, Jordan Clarke, fiercely striking from around 40-yards and Walker, initially, fumbled the attempt but succeeded in recovering and picked the ball up.

Following that, Kevin van Veen received the ball on the edge of the area before dribbling past Carl Piergianni towards the right-hand side of the box, but his low blasted effort was well saved by the Oldham goalkeeper.

Scunthorpe’s pressure continued to cause Latics problemswhen the ball landed at the feet of Green on the edge of the box, with his back to goal, he managed to quickly turn and shoot, but he saw his effort cannon off the crossbar. 

In the last minute, Ryan Loft drilled a low effort on goal from distance, the ball swerved massively, however, Walker judged it well and parried it away.

The hosts found themselves level in the 92nd minute as a deep cross from the left found the unmarked Hallam at the back post and the substitute managed to keep composure to slot past the goalkeeper and into the back of the net.

Scunthorpe United XI: Howard (GK), Clarke ©, Bedeau, Gilliead, Loft, van Veen (McAtee 71’), Brown, Green, Spence (Hallam 79’), Karacan (Beestin 40’), Rowe (Howe 79’).

Subs: Watson (GK), Hippolyte, O’Malley.

Goal: Hallam 92’

Oldham Athletic XI: Walker (GK), Adams, Fage, Jameson, Piergianni ©, Badan, Whelan (Diarra 80’), McCalmont (Ntambwe 80’), McAleny, Keillor-Dunn, Hilssner (Grant 70’).

Subs: Bilboe (GK), Ntambwe, Tasdemir, Bahamboula, Da Silva.

Goal: McCalmont 49’

Referee: Sam Allison

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