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U's back at home to face the Iron in League Two

13 March 2020

John McGreal's side will look to make it two wins in a row tomorrow afternoon as Scunthorpe United come to the JobServe Community Stadium.

Following last week’s dominant performance, the U’s will want to pick up another three points against a Scunthorpe who are without a win in their last three games.

Last weekend they were defeated 2-0 at home by local rivals Grimsby Town, and were reduced to ten men late on with Levi Sutton shown a red card for a poor challenge. Russ Wilcox, the Scunthorpe boss, admitted it was the lowest he had felt in over 100 games of first team management.

They come in to the game this weekend with the third most defeats in the league (seventeen), with only Stevenage and Morecambe losing more. Scunthorpe also come into the game with the joint third leakiest defence having conceded fifty-six goals in thirty-seven games.

But U’s boss John McGreal will be taking no chances against a side who have found wins hard to come by this year.

“They’ve found it tough in League Two, it is a tough league there is no question of it. Russ (Wilcox) has got the opportunity to bounce back from what he would have seen as a disappointing defeat last week.”

“They’ve got quality, even watching their game against Grimsby last week. You could see that quality at times throughout that game. We know it’s going to be a test, a different test to what we have had.”

In the reverse fixture Scunthorpe were leading 2-0 at the Sands Venue Stadium when goals from the two Luke’s, Prosser and Norris, levelled the scores to earn the U’s a point on their travels.

Since this fixture, the Iron have had a change of management, with Paul Hurst being removed at the end of January and replaced by former boss Russ Wilcox.

Wilcox has found results difficult to get on his return to the Iron picking up just two wins in his seven games, only scoring five goals and losing the last two games 2-0.

On the other hand, the U’s will be going into the game after a top-class win away at Carlisle last week thanks to Kwame Poku who netted either side of half time, with Luke Norris also finding the net for his ninth league goal of the season.

“We’ve got to try and get that consistency, with performances that match up with results. We started that last week.”

“We had a good performance and we want to build on that against a strong team that will want to get last week’s result out of the way.”

The U’s are back in sixth position and could consolidate their current play-off spot with three points, with McGreal simply saying: “It’s back into our hands.”

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