Saturday’s loss to Rotherham left many Iron fans hurting, but with a trip to Peterborough tonight beckoning, that heartache can quickly be forgotten.
The performance on a whole against the Millers was far from the worst we have seen this season, and but for two lapses of concentration in defence, and a couple of huge mistakes from the match officials, things could have been very different.
Rotherham set up superbly, and credit must go to them and manager Paul Warne for that – they came to Glanford Park with a game plan, and they stuck to it.
There were questions raised as to whether the Millers player who played the long throw into the box that led to the first had raised his left leg, which should have resulted in a foul throw.
TV footage shows that this was in-fact the case, which was a hugely costly mistake.
United were then denied a stonewall penalty when the Rotherham keeper wiped out Ivan Toney, as he looked to gain control of the ball.
These things happen. Especially in football, which means the odds are not always in your favour, even with home playing advantage. Referees sometimes affect the final score, even if we can bet that our team will pull back from behind.
Rotherham were about to keep their lead until the end of the game, even if some of the best betting sites like NetBet expected that Scunthorpe have the strength and skill to even the score and maybe turn the tide.
Those first half decisions meant the Iron were always going to be up against it in the second period, and the second goal did kill us off – despite a late resurgence before Lee Novak’s goal.
Alexander’s men were 2-0 winners at Posh last season, in what was one of the stand-out performances of the season.
Following the game against Posh, the Iron then host Northampton Town on Saturday, a team who have seen themselves string a positive run together following an impressive January transfer window.
Their window saw the late move for van Veen go through, a transfer that baffled Iron fans, considering no replacement was signed.
A difficult trip to Bristol Rovers follows the Cobblers match, meaning that the next three fixtures are by no means ones you would consider ‘easy’.
Although only 11th in League One, Bristol Rovers is notably a difficult place to go and pick up points.
If we were to put a number on how many points we believe are realistic in the next three games, five would be the result.
Nine would be perfect, and something the team are completely capable of (on their day), but getting through the trio of games without losing would be good.
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