Mark Duffy's goal was enough to seal victory for Scunthorpe over Stevenage and put them three points clear of the League One relegation zone.

The midfielder cut in from the right-hand side after receiving the ball from Karl Hawley, before finding the far corner from the edge of the area.

Before the breakthrough, Hawley had seen his powerful header hit the bar.

Boro offered little going forward and failed to find an equaliser, falling to their fifth successive defeat.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Scunthorpe boss Brian Laws told BBC Radio Humberside:

"Patience, belief, bravery, I think those elements contributed to our win today.

"Particularly after Saturday's performance, and how the game panned out, as in the way we got sucked into a fight, and I said if we get sucked in again against a big side in Stevenage we'll have the same issues and problems

"I think that's probably the best 90 minutes that we've shown in most of the games, in any of the games the most complete performance."

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (4)

Scunthorpe

  • 01 Slocombe
  • 05 Mirfin
  • 15 Canavan
  • 18 Nolan
  • 21 Newey
  • 04 Walker (Alabi - 63' )
  • 07 Ryan
  • 16 Duffy
  • 19 Collins
  • 11 Barcham
  • 22 Hawley

Substitutes

  • 13 Severn
  • 02 Ribeiro
  • 10 Grella
  • 12 Jennings
  • 24 Wootton
  • 27 Alabi
  • 28 Adelakun

Stevenage

  • 16 Day
  • 02 Gray
  • 04 Charles
  • 14 Roberts
  • 33 Chorley
  • 08 Dunne
  • 18 Mahon
  • 32 Shroot (Hoskins - 63' )
  • 11 Akins (Tansey - 77' )
  • 15 Freeman
  • 28 Beleck (Haber - 59' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Arnold
  • 21 Iro
  • 22 Comminges
  • 06 Tansey
  • 07 Grant
  • 09 Haber
  • 30 Hoskins
Ref: Salisbury
Att: 2,382

Match Stats

Shots

19 4

On target

13 2

Corners

9 2

Fouls

6 15

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:08 Full time

Full Time The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.

90:00 +3:59

Marcus Haber challenges Tom Newey unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Sam Slocombe.

90:00 +3:11

Shot by David Gray went harmlessly over the bar.

90:00 +2:06

Foul by Eddie Nolan on Marcus Haber, free kick awarded. James Dunne delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Tom Newey manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +1:03

The referee gives a free kick against Marcus Haber for handball. Sam Slocombe takes the free kick.

90:00 +0:23

The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Chris Day.

87:49

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jimmy Ryan on Sam Hoskins. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Luke Freeman from right wing, David Mirfin makes a clearance.

86:33

James Dunne challenges James Alabi unfairly and gives away a free kick. A cross is delivered by Mark Duffy, James Alabi takes a shot. Save by Chris Day.

84:48

The assistant referee signals for offside against Karl Hawley. Chris Day restarts play with the free kick.

82:35

Eddie Nolan fouled by Marcus Haber, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Sam Slocombe.

80:41

Jimmy Ryan produces a cross, Mark Duffy has an effort at goal. Luke Freeman makes a clearance. Inswinging corner taken by Mark Duffy from the left by-line.

78:50

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ben Chorley on Karl Hawley. The ball is swung over by Mark Duffy, Header by Niall Canavan from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.

78:04

Shot from 25 yards from Jimmy Ryan. Chris Day makes a save. Outswinging corner taken by Mark Duffy, Ben Chorley makes a clearance.

77:34

Unfair challenge on Jimmy Ryan by James Dunne results in a free kick. Michael Collins takes the direct free kick.

76:37

David Mirfin takes the direct free kick.

76:37 Substitution

Substitution Lucas Akins leaves the field to be replaced by Greg Tansey.

76:37

Foul by Marcus Haber on David Mirfin, free kick awarded.

75:08

The ball is sent over by Luke Freeman, Niall Canavan makes a clearance.

71:51

Unfair challenge on Andy Barcham by Gavin Mahon results in a free kick. Niall Canavan restarts play with the free kick.

71:00

Mark Duffy sends in a cross, James Alabi takes a shot. Save by Chris Day.

68:48

James Alabi concedes a free kick for a foul on David Gray. David Gray takes the direct free kick.

65:05

Karl Hawley provided the assist for the goal.

65:05 Goal scored

Goal! - Mark Duffy - Scunthorpe 1 - 0 Stevenage Mark Duffy finds the back of the net with a goal from just outside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Scunthorpe 1-0 Stevenage.

63:24

Mark Duffy challenges Darius Charles unfairly and gives away a free kick. Sam Hoskins takes the free kick.

62:44 Substitution

Substitution Robin Shroot leaves the field to be replaced by Sam Hoskins.

62:13 Substitution

Substitution Josh Walker leaves the field to be replaced by James Alabi.

60:49

Tom Newey crosses the ball, clearance by Mark Roberts. Corner taken by Mark Duffy from the left by-line, save made by Chris Day. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Mark Duffy, Marcus Haber makes a clearance. The ball is swung over by Mark Duffy, Tom Newey produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.

59:15

Eddie Nolan sends in a cross, Andy Barcham takes a shot. Gavin Mahon gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Mark Duffy.

58:30 Substitution

Substitution Marcus Haber joins the action as a substitute, replacing Steve Beleck.

56:03

James Dunne gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jimmy Ryan. Free kick taken by Jimmy Ryan.

55:26

Unfair challenge on Andy Barcham by Lucas Akins results in a free kick. Tom Newey takes the free kick.

54:27

Effort from deep inside the area by Lucas Akins misses to the left of the target.

52:44

Mark Duffy takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Eddie Nolan produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the crossbar.

51:10

The offside flag is raised against Karl Hawley. Chris Day takes the free kick.

50:03

Tom Newey produces a cross, Ben Chorley manages to make a clearance.

47:40

Jimmy Ryan crosses the ball, clearance by Mark Roberts.

47:12

Lucas Akins is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Tom Newey takes the free kick.

46:32

Andy Barcham has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.

45:01

The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.

45:00 +1:26 Half time

Half Time The whistle is blown to end the first half.

45:00 +0:21

Effort on goal by Michael Collins from 20 yards. Chris Day makes a save.

43:38

Eddie Nolan sends in a cross, clearance made by Mark Roberts. Michael Collins produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.

42:57

The assistant referee signals for offside against Robin Shroot. Sam Slocombe takes the indirect free kick.

41:12

Karl Hawley is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Chris Day takes the free kick.

39:07

Corner from right by-line taken by Mark Duffy.

36:47

Unfair challenge on Josh Walker by Lucas Akins results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Tom Newey. David Gray concedes a free kick for a foul on Mark Duffy. Free kick crossed by Mark Duffy.

34:02

The ball is swung over by Eddie Nolan.

32:52

Drilled left-footed shot by Lucas Akins. Sam Slocombe makes a save.

32:23

The ball is sent over by David Gray, Sam Slocombe makes a save.

27:22

A cross is delivered by Jimmy Ryan, Tom Newey takes a shot. Save by Chris Day.

26:50

Tom Newey sends in a cross, clearance by Ben Chorley.

25:21

Lucas Akins is ruled offside. Sam Slocombe restarts play with the free kick.

24:38

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Mirfin by Lucas Akins. Direct free kick taken by Sam Slocombe.

24:08

Shot from 20 yards by Josh Walker. Save by Chris Day.

22:49

Tom Newey produces a cross, comfortable save by Chris Day.

21:01

Mark Duffy takes a shot. Save by Chris Day. Corner taken by Mark Duffy, clearance made by Luke Freeman.

18:18

Luke Freeman sends in a cross, clearance by Niall Canavan. Luke Freeman crosses the ball, clearance by David Mirfin. James Dunne gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jimmy Ryan. Sam Slocombe takes the direct free kick.

17:18

The ball is swung over by Tom Newey, Ben Chorley manages to make a clearance.

15:28

The ball is sent over by Eddie Nolan.

14:30

Drilled left-footed shot by Robin Shroot. Sam Slocombe makes a save.

13:20

Jimmy Ryan has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the goal.

12:37

The ball is sent over by Tom Newey, Karl Hawley takes a shot. Ben Chorley gets a block in. Corner taken by Mark Duffy from the right by-line, clearance by Mark Roberts.

11:53

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Josh Walker by Lucas Akins. Michael Collins takes the free kick.

11:04

Lucas Akins concedes a free kick for a foul on David Mirfin. Direct free kick taken by David Mirfin.

10:15

Shot by Jimmy Ryan. Save by Chris Day.

6:37

Corner taken short by Robin Shroot.

5:20

Eddie Nolan concedes a free kick for a foul on Darius Charles. Free kick taken by Mark Roberts.

4:22

Shot by Josh Walker. Save made by Chris Day.

1:10

The ball is delivered by Steve Beleck, Tom Newey manages to make a clearance. Short corner taken by Robin Shroot from the left by-line, Luke Freeman crosses the ball, Andy Barcham makes a clearance.

0:32

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James Dunne by Michael Collins. Mark Roberts takes the free kick.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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