Leon Clarke's sixth goal in eight games rescued a point for Scunthorpe at home to Brentford.

The Bees should have broken the deadlock when Clayton Donaldson blasted wide from the penalty spot after David Mirfin handled in the area.

However, Harry Forrester's fine solo effort put the visitors ahead.

The Iron looked lacklustre throughout, but on-loan Clarke headed in Christian Ribiero's cross to level, before Mirfin saw red in the dying moments.

Clarke's goal ensured Scunthorpe avoided their fourth successive defeat, while Brentford will be ruing the missed opportunity to get their first away win of the season.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Scunthorpe United manager Alan Knill told BBC Radio Humberside:

"I'm delighted in the end not to lose. I think that's the most important, that when you have three losses, you don't lose the fourth one.

"In the first half it didn't look as if we was going to get anything out of it, and probably everybody thought we weren't, but we did.

"[On Brentford's penalty] It's weird because some weeks you see it given, others you see it not and it really is all about the referee's interpretation of it.

"He gave it, but fortunately he put it wide."

Brentford boss Uwe Rosler told BBC London 94.9:

"We have seen a lot of good things today but also we've seen the problems we have.

"We are not killing games off.

"I saw how many times they stopped our counter-attack and got away with it.

"We were very naive and let them run 30m with the ball and cross the ball in."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

Scunthorpe

  • 01 Slocombe
  • 02 Ribeiro
  • 05 Mirfin Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 15 Canavan
  • 21 Newey
  • 07 Ryan Booked (Kennedy - 88' )
  • 14 Gibbons
  • 16 Duffy
  • 24 Prutton
  • 09 Clarke
  • 10 Grella (Jennings - 60' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Severn
  • 03 Kennedy
  • 04 Walker
  • 23 Keegan
  • 25 Sedgwick
  • 11 Barcham
  • 12 Jennings

Brentford

  • 21 Moore
  • 05 Craig
  • 06 Dean
  • 14 Logan
  • 24 Bidwell
  • 04 Forshaw (Adeyemi - 79' )
  • 08 Douglas
  • 20 Diagouraga
  • 09 Donaldson
  • 19 Forrester (Dallas - 87' )
  • 23 Hayes (Saunders - 72' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Lee
  • 03 Barron
  • 32 Legge
  • 02 O'Connor
  • 07 Saunders
  • 12 Adeyemi
  • 15 Dallas
Ref: Kettle
Att: 3,008

Match Stats

Shots

9 15

On target

6 7

Corners

2 6

Fouls

14 9

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:32 Full time

Full Time The final whistle is blown by the referee.

90:00 +4:08

Free kick awarded for a foul by Sam Saunders on Niall Canavan. Free kick taken by Sam Slocombe.

90:00 +3:45

Callum Kennedy sends in a cross, save by Simon Moore.

90:00 +2:58

Harlee Dean delivers the ball, save made by Sam Slocombe.

90:00 +2:17

Harlee Dean gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sam Slocombe. Sam Slocombe restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +1:28

Shot from 12 yards from Clayton Donaldson. Niall Canavan gets a block in.

90:00 +1:11

The ball is swung over by Christian Ribeiro, save made by Simon Moore.

89:44

Tom Adeyemi takes a shot from 18 yards. Blocked by Niall Canavan.

88:31

Clayton Donaldson crosses the ball, Effort from deep inside the area by Toumani Diagouraga misses to the left of the goal.

85:41

Jonathan Douglas takes the direct free kick.

85:41 Substitution

Substitution (Scunthorpe) makes a substitution, with Callum Kennedy coming on for Jimmy Ryan.

85:41 Substitution

Substitution Stuart Dallas on for Harry Forrester.

85:41 Dismissal

Dismissal David Mirfin dismissed for second bookable offence.

85:30

Unfair challenge on Jonathan Douglas by David Mirfin results in a free kick.

84:41

The offside flag is raised against Connor Jennings. Simon Moore takes the indirect free kick.

83:30

Effort from just outside the box by Harry Forrester goes over the bar.

82:18

Jimmy Ryan produces a cross, Simon Moore makes a comfortable save.

82:02

Centre by Mark Duffy, Tony Craig manages to make a clearance.

81:01

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jake Bidwell on Connor Jennings. Sam Slocombe restarts play with the free kick.

78:58 Substitution

Substitution Tom Adeyemi is brought on as a substitute for Adam Forshaw.

78:39

Effort from just outside the area by Sam Saunders goes over the bar.

76:45

Assist by Mark Duffy.

76:45 Goal scored

Goal! - Leon Clarke - Scunthorpe 1 - 1 Brentford Leon Clarke finds the back of the net with a headed goal from deep inside the penalty area. Scunthorpe 1-1 Brentford.

76:40

The ball is crossed by Mark Duffy,

75:44

Sam Saunders takes the inswinging corner, Niall Canavan manages to make a clearance.

74:41

Jonathan Douglas has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses right.

72:07

Robbie Gibbons decides to take a short corner.

71:22 Substitution

Substitution Sam Saunders on for Paul Hayes.

69:26

Robbie Gibbons challenges Adam Forshaw unfairly and gives away a free kick. Harry Forrester delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, David Prutton manages to make a clearance.

68:28

Adam Forshaw delivers the ball, save made by Sam Slocombe. Leon Clarke produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.

68:03

Clayton Donaldson fouled by Niall Canavan, the ref awards a free kick. Harry Forrester restarts play with the free kick.

67:33

Paul Hayes concedes a free kick for a foul on David Mirfin. Sam Slocombe restarts play with the free kick.

66:14

Corner taken by Harry Forrester played to the near post, clearance by Niall Canavan.

65:27

Corner taken right-footed by Adam Forshaw, Harlee Dean takes a shot. Save by Sam Slocombe.

62:13

Connor Jennings takes a shot. Tony Craig gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken by Robbie Gibbons.

60:32

Shot from just outside the box by Toumani Diagouraga misses to the right of the target.

60:15

The ball is swung over by Clayton Donaldson, Christian Ribeiro makes a clearance.

58:56

Simon Moore restarts play with the free kick.

58:56 Substitution

Substitution Connor Jennings joins the action as a substitute, replacing Mike Grella.

58:56

Mike Grella is caught offside.

56:58

Leon Clarke gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Shaleum Logan. Free kick crossed by Jake Bidwell, Tom Newey makes a clearance.

56:03

Niall Canavan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Clayton Donaldson. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Jake Bidwell from right channel, David Mirfin manages to make a clearance.

53:34

Effort from 12 yards by Harry Forrester. Sam Slocombe makes a save.

52:37

The ball is delivered by Tom Newey, Leon Clarke concedes a free kick for a foul on Tony Craig. Direct free kick taken by Simon Moore.

51:16

David Mirfin concedes a free kick for a foul on Harry Forrester. Strike comes in from Harry Forrester from the free kick.

49:47

Mark Duffy takes a shot. Simon Moore makes a comfortable save.

48:31

The ball is swung over by Jimmy Ryan, Tony Craig manages to make a clearance.

47:49

Toumani Diagouraga gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Robbie Gibbons. Niall Canavan takes the free kick.

46:32

Foul by Adam Forshaw on Tom Newey, free kick awarded. David Prutton takes the free kick.

45:33

Tom Newey delivers the ball, Mike Grella takes a shot. Simon Moore makes a comfortable save.

45:01

The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.

45:00 +2:05 Half time

Half Time The match has reached half-time.

45:00 +0:07

Leon Clarke is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Simon Moore.

42:54 Goal scored

Goal! - Harry Forrester - Scunthorpe 0 - 1 Brentford Harry Forrester finds the net with a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Scunthorpe 0-1 Brentford.

42:13

The ball is delivered by Clayton Donaldson, Tom Newey manages to make a clearance.

41:48

Paul Hayes sends in a cross, Christian Ribeiro manages to make a clearance.

41:23

Harry Forrester takes the inswinging corner, Niall Canavan makes a clearance.

41:05

Shot by Shaleum Logan. Save made by Sam Slocombe.

40:10

Corner taken by Adam Forshaw from the right by-line to the near post, Tom Newey manages to make a clearance.

39:54

Clayton Donaldson delivers the ball, David Mirfin manages to make a clearance.

38:29

Mark Duffy delivers the ball, save by Simon Moore.

37:07

Direct free kick taken by Harlee Dean.

37:07 Booking

Booking Jimmy Ryan is shown a yellow card.

36:52

Jimmy Ryan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Clayton Donaldson.

36:18

The ball is delivered by Christian Ribeiro, Leon Clarke takes a shot. Simon Moore makes a comfortable save.

35:05

Clayton Donaldson produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.

32:15 Penalty

Penalty taken by Clayton Donaldson and missed.

32:15 Booking

Booking Booking for David Mirfin.

31:36

Curled shot by Clayton Donaldson. Handball decision goes against David Mirfin.

30:11

Unfair challenge on Jake Bidwell by Mark Duffy results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Harry Forrester.

29:09

Shaleum Logan delivers the ball, Christian Ribeiro manages to make a clearance.

28:00

Jake Bidwell delivers the ball, Headed effort from inside the area by Clayton Donaldson misses to the right of the target.

27:46

Paul Hayes produces a cross, clearance by David Mirfin.

26:24

Tom Newey sends in a cross, blocked by Adam Forshaw.

24:48

Free kick awarded for a foul by Clayton Donaldson on Jimmy Ryan. Sam Slocombe takes the free kick.

24:33

The ball is crossed by Clayton Donaldson, Tom Newey manages to make a clearance.

22:10

Foul by David Mirfin on Jonathan Douglas, free kick awarded. Adam Forshaw takes the free kick.

20:59

Adam Forshaw challenges Robbie Gibbons unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Sam Slocombe.

17:30

David Prutton gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Harry Forrester. Free kick crossed by Harry Forrester, David Mirfin manages to make a clearance.

16:48

Corner taken by Adam Forshaw from the right by-line, clearance made by David Prutton.

14:18

Niall Canavan concedes a free kick for a foul on Clayton Donaldson. Adam Forshaw crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, clearance by Niall Canavan.

10:56

Mark Duffy challenges Harry Forrester unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Tony Craig.

10:26

Clayton Donaldson is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by David Mirfin.

9:49

Centre by Christian Ribeiro, save by Simon Moore.

7:10

Right-footed shot by Jimmy Ryan missed to the right of the net.

6:18

Mark Duffy has an effort at goal. Blocked by Jonathan Douglas.

5:48

Jake Bidwell delivers the ball, save made by Sam Slocombe.

5:02

Leon Clarke is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Simon Moore.

3:52

Foul by Clayton Donaldson on David Mirfin, free kick awarded. Sam Slocombe takes the free kick.

2:37

Leon Clarke has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.

2:04

Shaleum Logan crosses the ball, clearance made by Niall Canavan.

1:40

Free kick awarded for a foul by David Prutton on Toumani Diagouraga. Jonathan Douglas restarts play with the free kick.

0:00

The referee gets the game started.

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