Garry Thompson's superb strike downed Rochdale to give Scunthorpe their first home win in over three months.
The Dale, who had not scored in their previous five away games, should have gone ahead when Nicky Adams poked wide with the goal gaping.
Jon Parkin, on loan from Cardiff, was denied a debut goal after a fine save from Peter Kurucz.
Thompson settled affairs when he cut in from the right to rattle an unstoppable strike into the far corner.
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Scunthorpe United manager Alan Knill told BBC Radio Humberside:
"They'd just rolled one across our box and you're waiting for it to hit the goal but it didn't and then we go down the other end and put one in their top corner.
"It was a great stike and everyone was pretty relieved when it hit the top of the net.
"Gary Thompson is a talented footballer and we encourage him to show us his talents so I'm delighted for him."
Rochdale manager John Coleman told BBC Radio Manchester:
"I think the game could have gone anyway, but their lad has scored a glorious goal, worthy of winning any game.
"We had a good chance ourselves but that was probably the sum total of the chances.
"We didn't play anyway near like we can play. I think I could possibly shoulder some of the blame, because I possibly should have changed the formation, given the ball and the pitch that cut up."
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Full Time The final whistle goes and the game is over.90:00 +3:43
Jon Parkin crosses the ball, clearance made by Joe Widdowson.90:00 +2:38
The ball is swung over by Stephen Darby, Sam Togwell manages to make a clearance.90:00 +1:53
The assistant referee flags for offside against Michael Symes. Sam Slocombe takes the free kick.88:55
Corner taken right-footed by Andrew Tutte, save by Sam Slocombe.86:59
Jason Kennedy takes the inswinging corner, Kevin Long has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.84:57 Substitution
Substitution Joe Thompson is brought on as a substitute for Nicky Adams.82:45
Jon Parkin delivers the ball, clearance by Kevin Amankwaah. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Josh Walker played to the near post, Kevin Amankwaah makes a clearance. Josh Walker takes the inswinging corner, save by Peter Kurucz.80:59
Sam Togwell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro. Nicky Adams crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel.79:57 Substitution
Substitution (Scunthorpe) makes a substitution, with Damien Mozika coming on for Michael O'Connor.78:19
Jon Parkin concedes a free kick for a foul on Nicky Adams. A cross is delivered by Nicky Adams, Close range header by Kevin Long goes over the bar.77:10
Josh Walker takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Michael Symes makes a clearance.76:52
The official flags Michael Symes offside. Sam Slocombe restarts play with the free kick.76:12
Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro delivers the ball, save made by Sam Slocombe.75:07
Michael O'Connor concedes a free kick for a foul on Nicky Adams. Shot comes in from Nicky Adams from the free kick.73:38
Free kick awarded for a foul by Josh Walker on Andrew Tutte. Free kick taken by Kevin Long.72:28
Free kick crossed by Josh Walker, clearance made by Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro.72:28 Booking
Booking Booking for Kevin Long for unsporting behaviour.72:22
Kevin Long gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Garry Thompson.71:01 Substitution
Substitution (Scunthorpe) makes a substitution, with Andy Barcham coming on for Mark Duffy.
Substitution Andrew Tutte comes on in place of Brian Barry-Murphy.67:24
The free kick is swung in right-footed by Josh Walker, Stephen Darby challenges Sam Togwell unfairly and gives away a free kick. Josh Walker produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, Peter Kurucz makes a comfortable save.67:24 Booking
Booking The referee cautions Joe Widdowson for unsporting behaviour.67:01
Joe Widdowson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Garry Thompson.63:36
Assist on the goal came from Michael O'Connor.63:36 Goal scored
Goal! - Garry Thompson - Scunthorpe 1 - 0 Rochdale Garry Thompson finds the net with a goal from outside the area to the top left corner of the goal. Scunthorpe 1-0 Rochdale.61:50
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jon Parkin by Kevin Long. Sam Slocombe takes the free kick.59:12
Gary Jones takes a shot. Save made by Sam Slocombe. Effort from close in by Michael Symes goes wide left of the target. Stephen Darby concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael O'Connor. Josh Walker takes the free kick.58:37
Sam Togwell concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephen Darby. Direct free kick taken by Stephen Darby.57:48
Shot from long distance by Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro misses to the right of the goal.57:02 Substitution
Substitution Ashley Grimes goes off and Michael Symes comes on.56:00
The ball is sent over by Nicky Adams, David Mirfin makes a clearance.55:17
Christian Ribeiro crosses the ball, clearance by Gary Jones.54:20
Jon Parkin is ruled offside. Peter Kurucz restarts play with the free kick.52:43
The ball is crossed by Jamie Reckord, Shot from 12 yards by Jon Parkin. Save by Peter Kurucz.52:05
Mark Duffy produces a cross, clearance made by Kevin Amankwaah.50:56
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stephen Darby by Mark Duffy. Peter Kurucz restarts play with the free kick.47:58
Kevin Long challenges Jon Parkin unfairly and gives away a free kick. Strike comes in from Michael O'Connor from the free kick.46:21
Effort from the edge of the area by Garry Thompson goes wide of the right-hand upright.45:01
The second half kicks off.45:00 +1:10 Half time
Half Time The first half comes to an end.41:19
Unfair challenge on Nicky Adams by Jamie Reckord results in a free kick. Brian Barry-Murphy takes the free kick. Handball by Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro. Sam Slocombe takes the free kick.40:42
Josh Walker produces a cross. Josh Walker takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post.38:52
Jamie Reckord gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephen Darby. Kevin Amankwaah takes the direct free kick.35:30
Jon Parkin challenges Kevin Long unfairly and gives away a free kick. Peter Kurucz restarts play with the free kick.35:10
Jamie Reckord delivers the ball, clearance made by Kevin Long.33:35
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kevin Long by Jon Parkin. Free kick taken by Peter Kurucz.32:38
Corner taken by Josh Walker from the left by-line, clearance by Kevin Long.30:22
Free kick awarded for a foul by David Mirfin on Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro. Free kick taken by Stephen Darby.28:32
The ball is delivered by Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro, Ashley Grimes takes a shot. Comfortable save by Sam Slocombe.27:25
Christian Ribeiro produces a drilled right-footed shot from 30 yards. Blocked by Kevin Amankwaah. Shot from outside the area by Josh Walker misses to the left of the target.24:44
Unfair challenge on Mark Duffy by Kevin Long results in a free kick. The ball is sent over by Josh Walker, Garry Thompson takes a shot. Comfortable save by Peter Kurucz.23:55
Unfair challenge on Kevin Amankwaah by Jon Parkin results in a free kick. Peter Kurucz takes the free kick.23:32
Gary Jones is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Sam Slocombe restarts play with the free kick.21:18
The ball is swung over by Jamie Reckord, clearance by Kevin Long.20:15
David Mirfin fouled by Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro, the ref awards a free kick. Sam Slocombe takes the direct free kick.19:10
Jon Parkin has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.17:45
The ball is delivered by Josh Walker, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Sam Togwell goes harmlessly over the crossbar.17:16
Joe Widdowson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Garry Thompson. Free kick crossed by Josh Walker, Kevin Long manages to make a clearance.16:49
Gary Jones has an effort at goal. Blocked by Josh Walker.15:22
The ball is crossed by Christian Ribeiro, Kevin Long makes a clearance.14:01
The ball is crossed by Michael O'Connor, clearance made by Stephen Darby.13:54
The ball is delivered by Jon Parkin, clearance made by Stephen Darby.10:24
Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro is caught offside. Sam Slocombe takes the free kick.9:21
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jon Parkin by Kevin Amankwaah. Michael O'Connor takes the direct free kick.6:32
Christian Ribeiro delivers the ball, clearance by Peter Kurucz.3:25
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nicky Adams by Christian Ribeiro. Free kick crossed left-footed by Brian Barry-Murphy from right channel, David Mirfin manages to make a clearance.2:41
Unfair challenge on Kevin Amankwaah by Mark Duffy results in a free kick. Peter Kurucz takes the direct free kick.1:22
A cross is delivered by Michael O'Connor, save made by Peter Kurucz.0:00
The match has kicked off.
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