|Niall celebrates his late winner|
So this time last week I was still recovering from the anger I accumulated from witnessing the Referee give the most stupid penalty I have ever seen against Crewe.
Amazingly we were 6 points worse off back then, but 2 wins at Glanford park last Tuesday and the Saturday just gone mean the Iron now sit out of the relegation zone with another huge fixture tonight (once again at Glanford Park) against Carlisle United.
So skipping back to the Crewe game and although we were absolutely robbed of at least a point there was plenty of positives to take from the game. Crewe are a good outfit at home and it’s a hard place to go and take points so for us to go there and look relatively comfortable for the whole game was promising, so despite the loss you’d hope the run of 4 games unbeaten before this game would mean the Iron players heads would still be held high heading into a relegation 6 pointer with Portsmouth.
LUCKILY, they were! We took the lead deservedly last Tuesday before being pegged back from yet another Freekick screamer. So we went into halftime despite our dominance level. The second half was similar to the first in the sense that there was no real class about either side, but saying that the Iron were still more than worthy of winning the game. So when the clock ticked ever closer to the full time whistle you start to moan knowing that this would be yet more deserved points thrown away. Step forward Akpo Sodje! Sodj scored a great header in the 85th minute to make sure we got our elusive first win at home in months!
So Saturday came and this time we took on Crawley Town, once again at Glanford Park. Could the buzz from Tuesday’s win at home give us the confidence to grab another MASSIVE 3 points? Yes, yes it could! The first half ended 0-0 and that was fair so to say. Then Crawley came out of the blocks running in the second half and deservedly took the lead through ex-Iron Legend Matt Sparrow. Luckily we reacted to going behind better than I have seen in a long time at home and we equalised through a Jimmy Ryan tap in following a Michael Collins fierce strike. Soon after the Iron were ahead and this time it was credit to Niall Canavan who rose the highest to nod in from a Mark Duffy corner. 2-1 to the Iron at full time.
This was the first time Scunthorpe United had recorded successive home victories in the League since back in 2010. Relief all around and optimism heading into Tuesday the 12th February’s (home game again!) with Carlisle United. Which is tonight!
Predicted line up for tonights game:
Newey, Canavan, Reid, Kennedy,
Duffy, Ryan, Collins, Barcham,
Predicted attendance, final score and goal scorers:
Scunthorpe United 3-1 Carlisle United. Duffy, Collins & Sodje. Att.2896
If you are going to the game make sure you sing your hearts out for the lads. Surely it’s not possible to win three on the bounce???