Scunthorpe caretaker manager Russ Wilcox sealed his third win in three against struggling Torquay.

Sam Winnall scored his ninth of the season early on when he turned on the edge of the six-yard box to rifle home.

Torquay's Anthony O'Connor headed into his own net to double the Iron's lead before Hakeeb Adelakun struck a third.

The visitors found it difficult to trouble the home side but did manage a consolation when John Marquis' shot inched past goalkeeper Sam Slocombe.

The win sees Scunthorpe rise to fourth in the table, one point off top spot, whilst Torquay now lie bottom of League Two.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Scunthorpe United caretaker manager Russ Wilcox told BBC Radio Humberside:

"It was a hard-fought win, I thought we certainly weren't at our best. We looked a bit nervous, but whether it's playing at home again I'm not sure.

"The first five minutes it looked a bit edgy - we looked like the team that was struggling at the wrong end of the leagye.

"We had little spells, little pockets in the game where we did show some good quality but it was a really tough game.

"We shouldn't worry about anyone in this division. If we can produce performances and work as hard as we do then we can beat anyone in this league. "

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (4)

Scunthorpe United

  • 01 Slocombe
  • 02 Ribeiro
  • 18 Nolan
  • 04 McAllister (Collins - 55' )
  • 05 Mirfin
  • 06 Canavan
  • 14 Hawkridge
  • 24 Syers
  • 08 Burton (Spencer - 76' )
  • 29 Winnall
  • 27 Noble-Lazarus (Adelakun - 55' )

Substitutes

  • 09 Iwelumo
  • 13 Severn
  • 15 Waterfall
  • 16 Adelakun
  • 19 Collins
  • 28 Spencer
  • 30 Williams

Torquay United

  • 13 Rice
  • 02 Tonge
  • 21 Cruise Booked
  • 36 Mozika
  • 29 O'Connor
  • 04 Downes
  • 20 Craig
  • 07 Mansell
  • 26 Benyon (Stockley - 64' )
  • 16 Marquis
  • 12 Chapell

Substitutes

  • 01 Poke
  • 05 Pearce
  • 09 Hawley
  • 10 Bodin
  • 17 McCourt
  • 19 Stockley
  • 31 Sullivan
Ref: Steven Rushton
Att: 3,358

Match Stats

Shots

7 6

On target

4 3

Corners

7 2

Fouls

13 16

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Scunthorpe United 3, Torquay United 1.

90:00 +3:21 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Scunthorpe United 3, Torquay United 1.

90:00 +2:58

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Anthony O'Connor.

89:09

Foul by James Spencer (Scunthorpe United).

89:09

Damien Mozika (Torquay United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

87:44

Hand ball by Dale Tonge (Torquay United).

85:31

Attempt missed. James Spencer (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

84:03

Niall Canavan (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

84:03

Foul by John Marquis (Torquay United).

83:16

Hakeeb Adelakun (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

83:16

Foul by Jayden Stockley (Torquay United).

78:52

Foul by James Spencer (Scunthorpe United).

78:52

Dale Tonge (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

78:21

Foul by Christian Ribeiro (Scunthorpe United).

78:21

Jayden Stockley (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:01 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Scunthorpe United 3, Torquay United 1. John Marquis (Torquay United) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Nathan Craig.

75:27 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Scunthorpe United. James Spencer replaces Deon Burton.

74:03

Attempt missed. Eddie Nolan (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

71:51 Booking

Booking Thomas Cruise (Torquay United) is shown the yellow card.

71:44

Christian Ribeiro (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

71:44

Foul by Thomas Cruise (Torquay United).

68:22

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Anthony O'Connor.

67:33

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Anthony O'Connor.

66:26

Eddie Nolan (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

66:26

Foul by John Marquis (Torquay United).

65:41

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Martin Rice.

63:30 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Torquay United. Jayden Stockley replaces Elliot Benyon.

62:30

Terry Hawkridge (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

62:30

Foul by Elliot Benyon (Torquay United).

60:43 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Scunthorpe United 3, Torquay United 0. Hakeeb Adelakun (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Sam Winnall.

59:18

David Syers (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

59:18

Foul by Lee Mansell (Torquay United).

57:28

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Dale Tonge.

54:28 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Michael Collins replaces Sean McAllister.

54:11 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Hakeeb Adelakun replaces Reuben Noble-Lazarus.

53:04

David Mirfin (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

53:04

Foul by John Marquis (Torquay United).

52:31

Attempt saved. Nathan Craig (Torquay United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

51:43

Foul by Christian Ribeiro (Scunthorpe United).

51:43

John Marquis (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

49:54

Attempt saved. David Syers (Scunthorpe United) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner.

48:42

Foul by Deon Burton (Scunthorpe United).

48:42

Dale Tonge (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

46:27

Christian Ribeiro (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

46:27

Foul by Elliot Benyon (Torquay United).

45:00

Second Half begins Scunthorpe United 2, Torquay United 0.

45:00 +1:36 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Scunthorpe United 2, Torquay United 0.

45:00 +1:06

Attempt missed. Sean McAllister (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

45:00 +0:19

Terry Hawkridge (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +0:19

Foul by Damien Mozika (Torquay United).

43:52

Sean McAllister (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

43:52

Foul by Damien Mozika (Torquay United).

41:30

Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Niall Canavan.

39:40

David Mirfin (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

39:40

Foul by Elliot Benyon (Torquay United).

38:53

Foul by Christian Ribeiro (Scunthorpe United).

38:53

Jordan Chapell (Torquay United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

36:15

David Mirfin (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

36:15

Foul by John Marquis (Torquay United).

35:55

Foul by Deon Burton (Scunthorpe United).

35:55

Anthony O'Connor (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

35:16

Nathan Craig (Torquay United) hits the bar with a left footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick.

34:05

Foul by Niall Canavan (Scunthorpe United).

34:05

Elliot Benyon (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

31:39

Foul by Deon Burton (Scunthorpe United).

31:39

Lee Mansell (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

31:15

Foul by Deon Burton (Scunthorpe United).

31:15

Anthony O'Connor (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

29:27 Goal scored

Goal! Own Goal by Anthony O'Connor, Torquay United. Scunthorpe United 2, Torquay United 0.

28:53

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Lee Mansell.

27:40

Attempt saved. Jordan Chapell (Torquay United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

26:16

Attempt missed. Nathan Craig (Torquay United) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

25:01

Foul by Niall Canavan (Scunthorpe United).

25:01

Damien Mozika (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

22:57

David Mirfin (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

22:57

Foul by John Marquis (Torquay United).

22:31

Foul by Deon Burton (Scunthorpe United).

22:31

Lee Mansell (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

20:14

Attempt missed. Nathan Craig (Torquay United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.

18:05

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Anthony O'Connor.

14:01

Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Eddie Nolan.

12:30

Deon Burton (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

12:30

Foul by Aaron Downes (Torquay United).

8:14

Niall Canavan (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

8:14

Foul by John Marquis (Torquay United).

6:45

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Dale Tonge.

5:08 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Scunthorpe United 1, Torquay United 0. Sam Winnall (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner.

3:56

Attempt saved. Sam Winnall (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner.

3:04

Foul by Deon Burton (Scunthorpe United).

3:04

Dale Tonge (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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