Notts County remain a point adrift of the League One play-off places after a goalless draw at Scunthorpe.

The home side's goalkeeper Sam Slocombe kept the Iron in it with two terrific second-half saves.

Slocombe reacted brilliantly to turn away Alan Judge's close-range effort and then dived full stretch to tip a Jeff Hughes header against the post.

Second-half substitute Lee Hughes had a chance to win it for Notts but put his free header against the crossbar.

It was a fifth successive draw for Scunthorpe but they stretched their unbeaten run to seven games.

Notts, who had defender Mike Edwards playing in his 300th game for the club, ended a run of two straight defeats after losses to Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Scunthorpe United boss Alan Knill told BBC Radio Humberside:

"I think when you look at the game it's quite a good result for us. We definitely weren't at our best and first half especially.

"Sometimes you have to give the opposition credit and I thought they were really good, probably one of the better teams we've played.

"It's a good time to go unbeaten. Obviously you want three points, but the effort and commitment is there for everyone to see which is the most important."

Notts County manager Keith Curle told BBC Radio Nottingham:

"I have a level of disappointment inside me, but I can understand the relief in some of my players after losing to Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United.

"Performance-wise, we tried to play it in the right area at the right time, but if we are going to get in the play-offs we need to win games like this.

"We totally dominated the game but we needed that little bit extra."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (5)

Scunthorpe

  • 13 Slocombe
  • 05 Mirfin
  • 06 Byrne
  • 15 Reid
  • 25 Reckford
  • 07 Ryan
  • 12 Mozika
  • 14 Walker (O'Connor - 73' Booked )
  • 09 Parkin
  • 10 Robertson (McAleny - 65' Booked )
  • 21 Barcham

Substitutes

  • 01 Lillis
  • 03 Nolan
  • 04 Togwell
  • 08 O'Connor
  • 26 McAleny

Notts County

  • 17 Nelson
  • 03 Sheehan
  • 04 Edwards
  • 20 Freeman
  • 24 Chilvers
  • 11 J Hughes
  • 14 Judge
  • 32 Sam (Kelly - 87' )
  • 37 Yennaris (Harris - 72' )
  • 09 L Hughes
  • 40 Bogdanovic (Demontagnac - 81' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Kelly
  • 06 Bencherif
  • 07 Demontagnac
  • 31 Mahon
  • 36 Harris
Ref: Mohareb
Att: 4,619

Match Stats

Shots

12 16

On target

6 6

Corners

2 6

Fouls

13 12

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:13 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +2:46

Foul by Conor McAleny on Julian Kelly, free kick awarded. Stuart Nelson restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +2:11

Alan Judge produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.

90:00 +1:26

Lee Hughes challenges David Mirfin unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by David Mirfin.

89:33

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Liam Chilvers by Jon Parkin. Stuart Nelson takes the free kick.

88:02

Louis Harris concedes a free kick for a foul on Jon Parkin. Michael O'Connor has a direct shot on goal from the free kick,

86:58

Shot by Alan Judge from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.

86:03 Substitution

Substitution Julian Kelly joins the action as a substitute, replacing Lloyd Sam.

86:03

Effort on goal by Jimmy Ryan from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.

85:20

Damien Mozika takes a shot. Save by Stuart Nelson.

83:41

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jeff Hughes on Jimmy Ryan. Strike on goal comes in from Jon Parkin from the free kick.

82:12

Foul by Andy Barcham on Kieron Freeman, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Stuart Nelson.

81:03

Lloyd Sam takes a shot. Blocked by Paul Reid.

81:00 +3:10 Booking

Booking Michael O'Connor booked for unsporting behaviour.

80:03 Substitution

Substitution (Notts County) makes a substitution, with Ishmel Demontagnac coming on for Daniel Bogdanovic.

80:03

Michael O'Connor challenges Alan Judge unfairly and gives away a free kick. Alan Sheehan takes the direct free kick.

79:05

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Conor McAleny by Lloyd Sam. Michael O'Connor takes the free kick.

78:31

The offside flag is raised against Lloyd Sam. Indirect free kick taken by Sam Slocombe.

77:30

Michael O'Connor takes a shot from 25 yards. Save by Stuart Nelson.

76:48

Lloyd Sam sends in a cross.

76:20

Kieron Freeman produces a cross, Paul Reid manages to make a clearance.

75:08

Alan Judge decides to take a short corner, Alan Sheehan takes a long range shot harmlessly clearing the crossbar.

73:46

The ball is swung over by Michael O'Connor, Shot from deep inside the area by Jon Parkin clears the bar.

73:01

A cross is delivered by Lloyd Sam, Lee Hughes takes a shot.

71:40 Substitution

Substitution Michael O'Connor replaces Josh Walker.

71:40 Substitution

Substitution (Notts County) makes a substitution, with Louis Harris coming on for Nico Yennaris.

69:25

Centre by Kieron Freeman, blocked by Jamie Reckord.

69:18

Alan Sheehan sends in a cross, clearance by Paul Reid.

68:54

Direct free kick taken by Stuart Nelson.

68:54 Booking

Booking Conor McAleny is shown a yellow card.

68:35

Conor McAleny challenges Alan Sheehan unfairly and gives away a free kick.

67:34

The ball is swung over by Alan Sheehan, Header from inside the area by Jeff Hughes strikes the post. Shot by Lee Hughes from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.

67:16

Jon Parkin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Liam Chilvers. Direct free kick taken by Liam Chilvers.

66:37

Foul by Jeff Hughes on Andy Barcham, free kick awarded. Josh Walker restarts play with the free kick. Conor McAleny takes a shot. Save made by Stuart Nelson.

66:14

Cliff Byrne gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alan Sheehan. Direct free kick taken by Alan Sheehan.

64:48 Substitution

Substitution Conor McAleny on for Jordan Robertson.

62:36

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lloyd Sam by Damien Mozika. Alan Sheehan restarts play with the free kick.

62:01

Shot from 20 yards from Lee Hughes. Save by Sam Slocombe.

61:06

Lee Hughes takes a shot. Sam Slocombe makes a save.

58:40

The offside flag is raised against Daniel Bogdanovic. Free kick taken by Sam Slocombe.

58:03

Free kick awarded for a foul by Alan Judge on David Mirfin. Direct free kick taken by Sam Slocombe.

57:12

Shot from 25 yards from Jimmy Ryan. Save by Stuart Nelson.

55:53

Lee Hughes produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

55:20

The official flags Jimmy Ryan offside. Indirect free kick taken by Stuart Nelson.

54:03

Kieron Freeman produces a cross.

52:57

Foul by Liam Chilvers on Jordan Robertson, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed by Josh Walker, save by Stuart Nelson.

51:11

Shot from 12 yards from Andy Barcham. Stuart Nelson makes a save. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Josh Walker played to the near post, Mike Edwards makes a clearance.

50:06

Alan Judge has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

49:49

The ball is crossed by Lloyd Sam, save by Sam Slocombe.

45:22

Jimmy Ryan has an effort at goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.

45:01

The game restarts for the second half.

45:00 +1:18 Half time

Half Time The referee calls an end to the first half.

45:00 +0:44

The ball is delivered by Lee Hughes.

42:55

Alan Judge takes a shot. Save by Sam Slocombe.

40:55

Lee Hughes takes a shot. Save made by Sam Slocombe.

39:52

Lloyd Sam takes a shot. Blocked by David Mirfin. Corner taken by Alan Judge from the left by-line, Header from close range by Mike Edwards clears the bar.

37:58

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul Reid by Lee Hughes. Paul Reid takes the direct free kick.

37:02

Andy Barcham produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the goal.

35:15

The ball is crossed by Lloyd Sam. The offside flag is raised against Lee Hughes. Sam Slocombe takes the indirect free kick.

34:39

Kieron Freeman produces a cross, Paul Reid manages to make a clearance. Alan Sheehan takes the inswinging corner, Cliff Byrne makes a clearance.

33:06

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Damien Mozika by Daniel Bogdanovic. Free kick taken by Cliff Byrne.

31:07

Josh Walker takes a shot. Blocked by Liam Chilvers. Corner taken right-footed by Josh Walker from the left by-line to the near post, Jon Parkin challenges Stuart Nelson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Stuart Nelson.

29:25

Free kick awarded for a foul by Lloyd Sam on Jamie Reckord. Sam Slocombe takes the free kick.

25:00

The ball is sent over by Lloyd Sam, clearance by Paul Reid.

23:28

Lee Hughes challenges David Mirfin unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paul Reid takes the direct free kick.

22:17

The ball is sent over by Jordan Robertson.

20:02

Lloyd Sam crosses the ball, David Mirfin manages to make a clearance.

17:06

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Daniel Bogdanovic by Damien Mozika. Alan Judge restarts play with the free kick. The ball is sent over by Kieron Freeman, Cliff Byrne makes a clearance. Corner taken by Alan Judge played to the near post, Damien Mozika manages to make a clearance. Corner from left by-line taken by Alan Judge.

13:46

Jimmy Ryan concedes a free kick for a foul on Alan Sheehan. Mike Edwards takes the direct free kick.

11:47

Effort from outside the penalty box by Alan Judge goes wide left of the target.

10:12

Centre by Jimmy Ryan, clearance by Kieron Freeman.

5:45

Jeff Hughes fouled by Damien Mozika, the ref awards a free kick. Liam Chilvers takes the direct free kick.

4:24

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Mirfin by Lloyd Sam. Sam Slocombe takes the free kick.

0:38

Unfair challenge on Alan Sheehan by Jimmy Ryan results in a free kick. Alan Judge crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, save made by Sam Slocombe. Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Alan Sheehan, save by Sam Slocombe.

0:00

The match has kicked off.

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