Scunthorpe earned back-to-back home wins for the first time since 2010 as they overcame Crawley Town.

After a goalless first half, the visitors went in front when former Scunthorpe favourite Matt Sparrow struck from close range.

The Iron were back on terms midway through the second period when Jimmy Ryan smashed home from close in.

Scunthorpe completed their comeback 12 minutes from time as Niall Canavan rose highest at the far post to head home.

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Scunthorpe United boss Brian Laws told BBC Radio Humberside:

"It just shows you the magnitude of the win today. 2010 since our last back-to-back wins - that's incredible. I feel so, so sorry for the supporters to see the last three years with no back-to-back wins, so I'm delighted in that sense that we've got the first one.

"We know these games are pressure games for us because we've accumulated five home games in six and we need to make it count.

"It will make a huge difference to our season for sure and where we're going to be. Teams around us are still winning so the importance of when we get these home games is we've got to take maximum points if we possibly can.

Crawley Town boss Richie Barker told BBC Sussex:

"We were unlucky, but to be fair to Scunthorpe they scored two decent goals. We should have done better with our opportunities.

"At times I thought we were the better side, but it is going to take a while for these teams to blend, especially when the season is so stop start.

"I expect the players to be fresh for the game, and they've been fantastic in training this week, that's why this is so disappointing."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (5)

Scunthorpe

  • 01 Slocombe
  • 03 Kennedy
  • 06 Reid
  • 15 Canavan
  • 21 Newey
  • 07 Ryan
  • 16 Duffy (Mirfin - 90' )
  • 19 Collins
  • 09 Sodje
  • 10 Grella (Walker - 60' )
  • 22 Hawley

Substitutes

  • 13 Severn
  • 05 Mirfin
  • 18 Nolan
  • 04 Walker
  • 17 Godden
  • 24 Wootton
  • 28 Adelakun

Crawley Town

  • 01 P Jones
  • 02 Dumbuya
  • 03 Sadler (Smith - 86' )
  • 04 Connolly
  • 12 Walsh
  • 07 Clarke
  • 10 Sparrow Booked
  • 11 Simpson
  • 16 Adams
  • 21 M Jones (Torres - 73' )
  • 14 Proctor (Elford-Alliyu - 80' )

Substitutes

  • 25 Maddison
  • 06 Essam
  • 13 Hunt
  • 08 Torres
  • 15 Bulman
  • 20 Elford-Alliyu
  • 23 Smith
Ref: Sarginson
Att: 3,124

Match Stats

Shots

13 6

On target

7 2

Corners

8 2

Fouls

9 8

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:09 Full time

Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.

90:00 +4:04

Nicky Adams delivers the ball, save by Sam Slocombe.

90:00 +3:44

The assistant referee flags for offside against Akpo Sodje. Mark Connolly restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +1:06 Substitution

Substitution Mark Duffy leaves the field to be replaced by David Mirfin.

89:14

Nicky Adams sends in a cross, save by Sam Slocombe.

87:35

Jimmy Ryan produces a cross, Mark Connolly makes a clearance.

85:50 Substitution

Substitution Jonte Smith comes on in place of Mat Sadler.

84:24

A cross is delivered by Sergio Torres, Tom Newey manages to make a clearance. Inswinging corner taken by Nicky Adams, Shot from deep inside the area by Lateef Elford-Alliyu goes over the bar.

82:38

The offside flag is raised against Lateef Elford-Alliyu. Indirect free kick taken by Sam Slocombe.

81:45

The referee blows for offside against Billy Clarke. Sam Slocombe takes the free kick.

81:23

Centre by Nicky Adams, clearance made by Josh Walker.

81:12

Billy Clarke delivers the ball.

79:42 Substitution

Substitution Lateef Elford-Alliyu joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jamie Proctor.

79:11

Right-footed shot by Josh Walker went over the net.

78:01

Assist by Mark Duffy.

78:01 Goal scored

Goal! - Niall Canavan - Scunthorpe 2 - 1 Crawley Niall Canavan finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close in. Scunthorpe 2-1 Crawley Town.

77:42

Inswinging corner taken by Mark Duffy from the left by-line,

76:51

Karl Hawley has an effort at goal from 25 yards. Blocked by Joe Walsh.

76:17

Jamie Proctor is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Sam Slocombe takes the direct free kick.

75:18

Shot from outside the penalty box by Karl Hawley goes wide right of the goal.

73:01

Effort on goal by Michael Collins from outside the box goes harmlessly over the bar.

72:06 Substitution

Substitution Sergio Torres joins the action as a substitute, replacing Mike Jones.

72:06

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Collins by Matthew Sparrow. Callum Kennedy takes the free kick.

70:32

The ball is crossed by Nicky Adams, Jamie Proctor takes a shot. Josh Simpson takes a shot. Save by Sam Slocombe.

68:15 Booking

Booking Matthew Sparrow receives a caution.

68:08

Mark Duffy fouled by Matthew Sparrow, the ref awards a free kick. Callum Kennedy crosses the ball in from the free kick.

66:30 Goal scored

Goal! - Jimmy Ryan - Scunthorpe 1 - 1 Crawley Jimmy Ryan finds the back of the net with a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Scunthorpe 1-1 Crawley Town.

66:11

Michael Collins takes a shot. Save by Paul Jones.

64:02

Foul by Michael Collins on Mustapha Dumbuya, free kick awarded. Paul Jones takes the free kick.

62:41

The assistant referee signals for offside against Josh Simpson. Sam Slocombe takes the indirect free kick.

61:29

Mike Jones has an effort at goal from outside the box which misses left.

60:50

Michael Collins challenges Billy Clarke unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mark Connolly takes the direct free kick.

59:44 Substitution

Substitution Josh Walker is brought on as a substitute for Mike Grella.

58:00

Free kick awarded for a foul by Nicky Adams on Jimmy Ryan. Tom Newey takes the direct free kick.

56:40

The referee blows for offside against Karl Hawley. Indirect free kick taken by Paul Jones.

54:56

Nicky Adams delivers the ball, save made by Sam Slocombe.

50:15

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Billy Clarke by Paul Reid. Free kick crossed right-footed by Nicky Adams from right channel.

48:16

Centre by Callum Kennedy, clearance made by Mustapha Dumbuya. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Mark Duffy, clearance by Mark Connolly. Corner taken left-footed by Callum Kennedy, Callum Kennedy concedes a free kick for a foul on Mark Connolly. Direct free kick taken by Paul Jones.

47:25 Goal scored

Goal! - Matthew Sparrow - Scunthorpe 0 - 1 Crawley A goal is scored by Matthew Sparrow from deep inside the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. Scunthorpe 0-1 Crawley Town.

47:16

The ball is crossed by Mat Sadler,

45:16

The referee blows for offside against Billy Clarke. Indirect free kick taken by Sam Slocombe.

45:01

The match restarts for the second half.

45:00 +1:17 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to end the first period.

45:00 +0:42

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul Reid by Jamie Proctor. Sam Slocombe takes the direct free kick.

45:00 +0:10

The referee blows for offside against Mark Duffy. Free kick taken by Paul Jones.

44:25

Jimmy Ryan fouled by Matthew Sparrow, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Sam Slocombe.

42:45

Jimmy Ryan challenges Mat Sadler unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paul Jones restarts play with the free kick.

41:21

The ball is sent over by Mark Duffy, Joe Walsh makes a clearance.

39:31

Effort from outside the penalty box by Mike Jones goes wide right of the target.

38:17

Billy Clarke fouled by Jimmy Ryan, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Jones takes the free kick.

38:00

Paul Reid crosses the ball.

36:09

Free kick awarded for a foul by Mike Grella on Mustapha Dumbuya. Free kick crossed by Mat Sadler, clearance made by Paul Reid. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Nicky Adams played to the near post, Foul by Joe Walsh on Sam Slocombe, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Sam Slocombe.

35:40

The ball is swung over by Mustapha Dumbuya, Michael Collins manages to make a clearance.

32:43

Jimmy Ryan sends in a cross, Akpo Sodje takes a shot. Save by Paul Jones. Inswinging corner taken by Mark Duffy from the right by-line, Niall Canavan takes a shot.

31:54

Centre by Callum Kennedy, clearance by Joe Walsh.

28:03

Free kick awarded for a foul by Tom Newey on Billy Clarke. Nicky Adams crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Callum Kennedy makes a clearance.

27:29

A cross is delivered by Mike Grella, Joe Walsh makes a clearance.

26:52

Handball decision goes against Mike Jones. Free kick taken by Callum Kennedy.

26:36

Nicky Adams sends in a cross, clearance made by Paul Reid.

25:01

Foul by Mustapha Dumbuya on Karl Hawley, free kick awarded. Mark Duffy fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.

24:10

The ball is swung over by Mark Duffy, clearance by Joe Walsh.

23:21

Free kick awarded for a foul by Karl Hawley on Mustapha Dumbuya. Paul Jones takes the direct free kick.

20:59

Jimmy Ryan delivers the ball, Mark Connolly makes a clearance.

20:33

Mike Jones delivers the ball, save made by Sam Slocombe.

19:10

Callum Kennedy delivers the ball, clearance by Joe Walsh.

18:19

Nicky Adams produces a cross, comfortable save by Sam Slocombe.

16:39

Corner taken by Mark Duffy from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Josh Simpson.

15:57

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mark Duffy by Matthew Sparrow. Free kick taken by Mark Duffy.

13:18

Corner taken right-footed by Mark Duffy, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Akpo Sodje goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

12:07

The referee blows for offside against Billy Clarke. Indirect free kick taken by Sam Slocombe.

7:46

Mat Sadler sends in a cross.

6:46

Mark Duffy has an effort at goal. Save by Paul Jones. Mark Duffy takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Josh Simpson.

5:28

The ball is delivered by Callum Kennedy, clearance by Mark Connolly. A cross is delivered by Mike Grella, save made by Paul Jones.

3:48

Karl Hawley produces a drilled right-footed shot from 18 yards. Save by Paul Jones. Mark Duffy takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Mat Sadler. Akpo Sodje is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Paul Jones.

2:55

Akpo Sodje produces a cross, Paul Jones makes a save.

0:00

The game begins.

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