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In Opposition: Scunthorpe United

Steve Ball's side looking to grab first away win of the season at the Sands Venue Stadium

7 December 2020

The U's are back on the road on Tuesday evening looking to pick up their first away win of the season in the first of three away games in a row.

Manager - Neil Cox

Top Scorer(s) - Ryan Loft (4)

Last Result - Scunthorpe United 2-0 Leyton Orient 05/12/2020

Scunthorpe United will head in to the game against the U's full of confidence and in decent form. 

In their last result they beat an Orient side that had pushed themselves in to the play-off places for the first time this season, but drew a blank against the Iron who have been working steadily up the table after a shaky start. 

Neil Cox's side have now tasted just on defeat in their last six games, picking up four wins and a draw in the other matches, including impressive victories on the road against Port Vale and Harrogate Town. 

Speaking after his team's victory over Leyton Orient at the weekend, Cox was pleased with their performance, and looking forward to the remainder of the campaign. 


"We didn’t get off to a great start as we were a bit leggy from Tuesday night and we knew it was going to be difficult but after the penalty save, I thought we had the better chances." - Neil Cox

"I think we had four shots on goal, two goals and a good save from the goalkeeper in the second half when Eisa played a great ball to McAtee. I thought it was a great team performance at home to follow up a great performance on Tuesday night.

"We were the better team in the second half even though we didn’t have much of the ball. We tried to counter-attack yet again and people might think it's negative, but I need to get some points on the board.

"I think it’s a fantastic win for us and after Tuesday night we didn’t want to let ourselves down. We knew we were going to be tired but we went for it and subs came on and did a good job. It’s about the squad getting fitter and stronger and a little bit of belief now. We go again Tuesday and we have a look at who’s fit and put a team on the pitch. We try to win again.

"There are a lot of tired bodies. There are a lot of lads who are struggling so we have to have a look at the squad which I’ll put out and get ready to go.

“I can’t afford, with thirty-two games left, to get long-term injuries and this is usually the time of year where every club will struggle. I have to be careful but it's going to be a positive decision that I make."

Scunthorpe will be an organised and difficult to break down side for Steve Ball's men, expected to line up in a traditional 4-4-2 formation, with top scorer Ryan Loft and John McAtee leading the line, and former Colchester United loanee, Abo Eisa attacking down the left flank. 

They will be a threat going forwards, having scored seven in their last two games, including putting five past Harrogate with Loft and Eisa both getting on the scoresheet.

The U's are still looking for their first away win of the season, and will be in good spirits on the journey up to Scunthorpe, after picking up three points and a valuable home win against Grimsby Town on Saturday evening.

The only way to watch the U's on Tuesday evening is with a £10 match pass from iFollow - click HERE to get yours and support Steve Ball's men on the road!

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