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Scunthorpe V Carlisle

Fourth-placed Scunthorpe take on second-placed Carlisle on Saturday in an early season table topping clash in Coca-Cola League Two. The Iron, fresh from their 4-1 victory over Brighton last weekend, will hope to keep tabs on the promotion spots and will not want the teams above them pulling away. Nigel Adkins' men currently have 9 points while Carlisle are four ahead of them on 13 points, ....


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Scunthorpe United 1-2 Leeds United Match Reaction

Iron's boss Nigel Adkins remained positive despite his team's opening day defeat to Leeds United. He said "Leeds are the benchmark for this division, but I was delighted with the way we played in the first half." "We were the better team. We got at them and stopped them from playing but you have to take your chances when you're on top and that's what we failed to do." "There are a lot of ....


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Mccann Could Face Leeds

Irons manager Nigel Adkins is hopeful that Grant McCann will be back to full fitness for Scunthorpe United's first game of the season against Leeds United on August 9th. McCann, 27, has been missed most of the pre-season with a foot injury but is striving to make the Leeds United fixture. After playing the entire 90 minutes agaisnt in a 4-0 victory over Grimsby Town in the Lincolnshire Cup final ....


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Adkins Keen For New Blood

Scunthorpe United manager Nigel Adkins his hoping to strengthen his squad in time for the new season. The League One outfit kick-off their campaign against Leeds United on August 9th and Adkins feels that the Iron need a little bit more strength in depth if his team are to push for promotion. Scunthorpe are missing 'keeper Joe Murphy and defenders Joe Wilcox and Andy Crosby so Adkins is working ....


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Lillis To Take Chance With Both Hands

Scunthorpe United manager Nigel Adkins has challenged goalkeeper Josh Lillis to make the number 1 spot his own after Joe Murphy picked up a groin injury. Scunthorpe have been boosted by news Murphy's injury may not be as bad as first feared.  However, the Iron's boss has stated he won't be rushing the Irish shot stopper back because he feels that Lilllis can make a valuable contribution. ....


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Iron Relegated Back To League One

Saturday's 2-0 defeat at Crystal Palace saw Scunthorpe relegated back to League One, twelve months after they were promoted as champions. Nigel Adkins said the following: "We have to keep going. We've three games left and I want to win all of them. I don't want to finish bottom of the table. "We still have a game plan in place and that involves us trying to win as many games as possible. "I'm ....


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Leicester V Scunthorpe Team News

Scunthorpe boss Nigel Adkins will be without playmaker Jack Cork for Saturday's visit to Leicester City. The 18-year-old, who is on a season-long loan from Chelsea, was shown a straight red card in the 2-1 defeat to Ipswich last Saturday after an off-the-ball incident with Paulo Counago. He serves the first game of a three-match ban against the Foxes. Striker Martin Paterson and defender Jack ....


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Adkins Blazing Mad Again

Nigel Adkins was furious after Scunthorpe lost 2-1 at home to Ipswich. Scuntorpe have accused Ipswich player Pablo Counago of spitting on Iron defender Andy Butler. The Irons manager commented after the game; "Counago spat in Andy Butler's face. There is no place for that in English football, it's a disgrace. "From what I'm led to believe he then slaps Jack Cork in the face," he added. "Jack ....


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Scunthorpe V Ipswich Team News

Grant McCann is doubtful for Scunthorpe's home clash with Ipswich on Saturday afternoon. McCann, a January transfer window signing from Barnsley, sustained a knock in the midweek defeat at Wolves and could require a late fitness test. Adkins is not expected to make any unforced changes and Izzy Iriekpen is expected to return to contention following illness. Geoff Horsfield expected to continue ....


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Iron Beaten At Wolves

Scunthorpe were beaten by Wolves last night after taking the lead after only four minutes when Andy Butler powered a header into the left corner. Michael Gray's deflected half-volley pulled Wolves level early in the second half and defender Collins headed home the winner with seven minutes remaining. Nigel Adkins is confident his team can still avoid an instant return to League One and believes ....


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Wolves And Stoke Games Moved

Scunthorpe have two matches in which the dates have had to be altered, the first one is the game against Wolves which will now take place on Tuesday 19th February with a kick off of 19:45. The second game is the game against Stoke City, this has now been altered to Friday 15th February, also with a kick off time of 19:45.  ....


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Adkins Delighted With Charlton Win

Scunthorpe manager Nigel Adkins was delighted with the win over Charlton at the weekend which gave his side a big boost and lifted hopes that there may be a way out of trouble at the bottom of the table after all. Martin Paterson hit his 12th goal of the season and that was enough to beat high flying Charlton and lift Iron to within one point of safety although they are still in the bottom ....


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Adkins Gets Horsfield

Scunthorpe United boss Nigel Adkins finally landed Sheffield United striker Geoff Horsfield today and he hopes that he can get the goals that will keep Iron from falling into league one. Adkins has been hoping to sign the 34 year old veteran but at one stage it looked like the club had given up hope. Horsfield has scored 78 goals in 302 League appearances in his career which spans back 16 ....


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No Go For Pato

Championship rivals Norwich City have been linked with a move for Iron striker Martin Paterson, but it doesn’t look like they will be able to get hold of him. Iron chairman Steve Wharton insists the 20-year-old player is definitely not for sale. Norwich boss Glenn Roeder was at Ipswich watching when Paterson grabbed two goals and the striker was a marked man when Norwich came to Glanford ....


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No Giving Up

Scunthorpe boss Nigel Adkins promised that he won’t be giving up after watching his side fail to win at home for the 11th game on the trot after Wolves easily took the three points. Wolves won this game 2-0, with debutant David Edwards and Sylvain Ebanks-Blake, in only his second outing for the club, both scoring their first Wolves' goals. Now Iron sit deep in trouble in 23rd place and a ....


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Mccann Looking For International Return

New Scunthorpe midfielder Grant McCann is determined to prove his worth at Glanford Park and by doing so get himself back into the Northern Ireland squad. The 27 year old joined Iron for an undisclosed fee after he slipped down the pecking order at Oakwell and playing in just half of their games. Now he knows that if he maintains a first team place with Scunthorpe his chance of getting back ....


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Hurst Wants A Goal

Scunthorpe winger Kevan Hurst has spoken about the millstone he is carrying around his neck while he is waiting to hit his first goal for the club. Hurst is desperate to open his goalscoring account, he has now been with the club for nearly a year and is yet to get off the mark in over 40 appearances. Speaking to the club's official website he said: "Personally, between now and the rest of the ....


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Mccann Completes Iron Move

Barnsley midfielder Grant McCann has completed his move to Scunthorpe United after agreeing terms with the club. The 27 year old has signed a two and a half year deal and arrives for a six figure undisclosed fee. Scunthorpe manager Nigel Adkins told the Scunthorpe Evening Telegraph: "He's a quality passer of the football and that is what we are trying to do, improve the quality all the ....


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Taylor Set For Carlisle

Carlisle manager John Ward looks set to sign Scunthorpe winger Cleveland Taylor after holding preliminary talks with Iron boss Nigel Adkins. The 24 year old does not want to remain at the club and Ward will be hoping for a deal to be concluded early this week. "I spoke to Nigel on Friday and we agreed to speak again and see where it goes from there," Ward told the News and Star. "I am hoping ....


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Horsfield On His Way?

Speculation that Scunthorpe United are looking at bringing in veteran striker Geoff Horsfield was fuelled when manager Nigel Adkins spoke of the player. It’s no secret that Adkins admires the big, much travelled striker and there have been rumours floating around for a while that the Scunny manager is about to contact Sheffield United about a deal for the player. Adkins said: "Everyone ....


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Sickness Virus Not To Blame

Scunthorpe United were knocked out of the FA Cup in round three by Preston at the weekend, it turns out that the team wasn’t fully fit because of a sickness virus going around the club. But the manager refused to use that as an excuse for the defeat. Iron created enough chances to win the game outright but fell to a Simon Whaley goal early in the second half. Adkins said: "As I have said ....


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Ridley In Lincoln Move

Ex Scunthorpe defender Lee Ridley has joined Lincoln City on loan for a month. The 26 year old now with Cheltenham Town, will be at Sincil Bank for the next four weeks after finding it difficult to command a first team place at Whaddon Road. Ridley turned down a new contract with his home town club to make the move to Cheltenham in the summer. He has spent time on loan at Darlington ....


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Cork On Coming Back

Chelsea’s teenage starlet Jack Cork came back to Glanford Park after having the chance to play in the Blues reserve team and hoping for a chance in the first. Cork feels that the advantage of playing first team football should give him a better chance of breaking into the Chelsea first team when the time is right. The player returned to Stamford Bridge after his loan spell was over after ....


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Pressman In Fitness Battle

Iron’s goalkeeping coach Kevin Pressman is looking to get on a fitness regime to get himself back into top condition after he re-registered as a player to give emergency cover for regular keeper Joe Murphy and his understudy Josh Lillis. Pressman is now 40, but was recently on the bench for one of Scunthorpe’s games but was not used. "At the end of the day I'm on the coaching staff ....


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No Crisis

Scunthorpe skipper Andy Crosby says that everyone at the club realise that this season was going to be a difficult one. He also reckons that there is no crisis at the club after going into the relegation zone, even though the club got off to a wonderful start to the campaign. But the 34-year-old assistant player-manager believes that the players have faith in what they are doing. He said: "The ....


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