Sam Winnall scored twice in two minutes as Scunthorpe moved top of League Two with victory over 10-man Rochdale.

The visitors had the best chance of the first half, but Scott Hogan saw his header superbly saved by Sam Slocombe.

Scunthorpe took the lead just before the hour mark as David Syers neatly slotted home from 20 yards out.

Rochdale's Michael Rose was sent off for a second yellow card, as Winnall struck a stunning effort into the top corner before calmly tucking home.

The away side could themselves have moved into first place with a win, but the heavy loss means they are now four points behind their New Year's Day opponents.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Scunthorpe United manager Russ Wilcox told BBC Radio Humberside:

"I thought we were terrific for different reasons in the first half, backs to the wall at times, they put a lot of pressure on us.

"They created throw ins, they created corners, they created free kicks and we just weathered it.

"The second half was all about us, our performance, and I don't think you'll see three better goals in one game."

Rochdale manager Keith Hill told BBC Radio Manchester:

"I'd like to talk about their goalkeeper and the two outstanding saves that he's made. I thought he was incredible.

"It's a very, very difficult situation now for me because Michael Rose has got to miss the Leeds game [in the FA Cup third round] as a consequence to being sent off for a second booking.

"I think their bench thought that, at best, it was a foul but never a yellow card. But we just had a crazy 15-20 minutes when every time there was a challenge there was a booking."

Lineup, Bookings (9) & Substitutions (6)

Scunthorpe United

  • 01 Slocombe
  • 02 Ribeiro Booked (Esajas - 83' )
  • 18 Nolan
  • 04 McAllister
  • 05 Mirfin
  • 06 Canavan
  • 14 Hawkridge (Adelakun - 74' )
  • 24 Syers (Collins - 62' )
  • 08 Burton Booked
  • 29 Winnall
  • 30 Williams

Substitutes

  • 07 Sparrow
  • 09 Iwelumo
  • 10 Esajas
  • 13 Severn
  • 15 Waterfall
  • 16 Adelakun
  • 19 Collins

Rochdale

  • 01 Lillis
  • 02 Rafferty
  • 25 Rose Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 04 Cavanagh Booked (Allen - 72' )
  • 06 Lancashire Booked
  • 22 O'Connell
  • 40 Henderson
  • 12 Lund Booked
  • 11 Hogan Booked (Done - 71' )
  • 29 Cummins
  • 07 Vincenti (Donnelly - 64' Booked )

Substitutes

  • 03 Bennett
  • 05 Eastham
  • 09 Donnelly
  • 14 Héry
  • 16 Done
  • 21 Thomson
  • 24 Allen
Ref: Andy Woolmer
Att: 4,017

Match Stats

Shots

11 8

On target

5 3

Corners

5 10

Fouls

8 8

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Scunthorpe United 3, Rochdale 0.

90:00 +5:20 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Scunthorpe United 3, Rochdale 0.

90:00 +4:55

Attempt missed. Sam Winnall (Scunthorpe United) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

85:31

Foul by Niall Canavan (Scunthorpe United).

85:31

Ian Henderson (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the right wing.

83:59 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Scunthorpe United 3, Rochdale 0. Sam Winnall (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner.

83:10 Booking

Booking Matthew Lund (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card.

83:09

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

83:09

Foul by Matthew Lund (Rochdale).

82:20 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Etienne Esajas replaces Christian Ribeiro because of an injury.

81:22 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Scunthorpe United 2, Rochdale 0. Sam Winnall (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the top right corner.

79:20 Dismissal

Dismissal Second yellow card to Michael Rose (Rochdale).

79:01

Foul by Michael Rose (Rochdale).

79:01

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

78:29

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Sam Slocombe.

78:06

Attempt saved. Graham Cummins (Rochdale) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

74:50 Booking

Booking Oliver Lancashire (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card.

74:37

Sam Winnall (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

74:37

Foul by Oliver Lancashire (Rochdale).

73:36 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Hakeeb Adelakun replaces Terry Hawkridge.

71:07 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Rochdale. Jamie Allen replaces Peter Cavanagh.

70:45 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Rochdale. Matt Done replaces Scott Hogan.

69:57

Attempt missed. Deon Burton (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

68:35 Booking

Booking Deon Burton (Scunthorpe United) is shown the yellow card.

68:29

Foul by Deon Burton (Scunthorpe United).

68:29

Oliver Lancashire (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

68:05 Booking

Booking Christian Ribeiro (Scunthorpe United) is shown the yellow card.

68:05 Booking

Booking George Donnelly (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card.

67:56 Booking

Booking Peter Cavanagh (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card.

67:41 Booking

Booking Scott Hogan (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card.

67:00

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

65:15

Foul by Scott Hogan (Rochdale).

63:31 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Rochdale. George Donnelly replaces Peter Vincenti.

62:26

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Marcus Williams.

61:47 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Michael Collins replaces David Syers.

59:15

Eddie Nolan (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

59:15

Foul by Peter Vincenti (Rochdale).

57:04 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Scunthorpe United 1, Rochdale 0. David Syers (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Sam Winnall.

54:16

Attempt saved. Terry Hawkridge (Scunthorpe United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

53:14

Attempt saved. Matthew Lund (Rochdale) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

52:44

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Niall Canavan.

46:27 Booking

Booking Michael Rose (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card.

46:15

Foul by Michael Rose (Rochdale).

46:15

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

45:33

Attempt saved. Sam Winnall (Scunthorpe United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

45:00

Second Half begins Scunthorpe United 0, Rochdale 0.

45:00 +1:01 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Scunthorpe United 0, Rochdale 0.

45:00

Sean McAllister (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

44:59

Foul by Scott Hogan (Rochdale).

42:24

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Oliver Lancashire.

41:51

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Oliver Lancashire.

40:20

Attempt missed. Oliver Lancashire (Rochdale) header from the centre of the box is too high.

40:05

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Niall Canavan.

39:46

Attempt missed. Matthew Lund (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

39:09

Attempt missed. Graham Cummins (Rochdale) header from the centre of the box is too high.

38:41

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Sam Slocombe.

38:24

Attempt saved. Scott Hogan (Rochdale) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the top left corner.

37:32

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Niall Canavan.

36:20

Attempt missed. Michael Rose (Rochdale) left footed shot from more than 35 yards is too high from a direct free kick.

35:51

Foul by Sam Winnall (Scunthorpe United).

35:51

Peter Cavanagh (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

34:23

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by David Mirfin.

33:52

Foul by Deon Burton (Scunthorpe United).

33:52

Michael Rose (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

32:56

Attempt missed. Marcus Williams (Scunthorpe United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

26:49

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Joseph Rafferty.

24:37

Foul by Deon Burton (Scunthorpe United).

24:37

Oliver Lancashire (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

24:09

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

24:09

Foul by Joseph Rafferty (Rochdale).

22:47

Attempt missed. Eddie Nolan (Scunthorpe United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

22:11

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Oliver Lancashire.

20:44

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

19:40

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Jack O'Connell.

19:27

Attempt blocked. Terry Hawkridge (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

18:26

Attempt missed. Matthew Lund (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

15:44

Graham Cummins (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

15:44

Foul by Sean McAllister (Scunthorpe United).

9:37

Foul by Marcus Williams (Scunthorpe United).

9:37

Peter Vincenti (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the left wing.

7:05

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Eddie Nolan.

6:07

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Niall Canavan.

4:46

Foul by Sam Winnall (Scunthorpe United).

4:46

Joseph Rafferty (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the left wing.

0:16

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Christian Ribeiro.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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