Zander Diamond headed his first goal for 10-man Northampton to deny Scunthorpe a victory that would have taken them to the top of League Two.

The on-loan defender found the top corner from Darren Carter's free-kick.

After a largely forgettable first half, Niall Donovan nodded the home side in front from Andy Dawson's corner.

Northampton's Ricky Ravenhill was sent off for a second yellow card, but after Diamond's equaliser, keeper Matt Duke denied Paddy Madden to secure a point.

The draw extended the Iron's unbeaten run to 19 matches, equalling a club record set in 2006-07, but Russ Wilcox's side had to settle for climbing above Rochdale into second place in the table on goal difference, having only won two of their last 10.

Northampton have not lost in four games, but remained second from bottom and six points adrift of Accrington, the team immediately above them, who beat leaders Chesterfield 3-1.

Scunthorpe manager Russ Wilcox told BBC Radio Humberside:

"I feel anger, it's a game we should have won, it's a game we should have managed better. They were down to 10 men. All we had to do was to stop giving silly free kicks away and look after the ball better.

"I've got a great group of players that are working so hard. Today we were just a little bit naive on managing the game.

"I can't understand the negativity at all. we are 19 games unbeaten now, it's a club record. I think the expectations have gone through the roof, we have to manage that wisely, but the players are focused and ready for [the next game on] Tuesday.

"There are not a lot of positives from today from my point of view. I probably feel the most disappointed I have felt in the 19 games because we had chances to win that game."

Northampton Town manager Chris Wilder told BBC Radio Northampton:

"We knew we were coming to a team at the top of the table on a fantastic run and I've got to say the manager here is doing a great job.

"After having Ricky Ravenhill sent off, the players put in a superb shift to get a point from the game.

"I think we've shown to everyone else in this league that we're a dangerous team in the last few weeks.

"I'm delighted with the result, with the attitude of my players and it's onwards and upwards to the Exeter game on Tuesday night."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (5)

Scunthorpe United

  • 01 Slocombe
  • 18 Nolan
  • 03 Dawson (Hayes - 75' )
  • 04 McAllister Booked
  • 05 Mirfin
  • 06 Canavan Booked
  • 16 Adelakun (Hawkridge - 84' )
  • 24 Syers
  • 29 Winnall
  • 27 Madden
  • 30 Williams (Esajas - 88' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Ribeiro
  • 07 Sparrow
  • 10 Esajas
  • 13 Severn
  • 14 Hawkridge
  • 15 Waterfall
  • 39 Hayes

Northampton Town

  • 01 Duke
  • 02 McSweeney
  • 29 Robertson
  • 04 Carter
  • 23 Diamond
  • 27 Kouo-Doumbe
  • 17 Deegan
  • 34 Ravenhill Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 18 Connell (Hackett - 66' )
  • 09 Marquis (Sinclair - 61' )
  • 08 Morris

Substitutes

  • 07 Sinclair
  • 11 Hackett
  • 12 Tozer
  • 13 Snedker
  • 24 Toney
  • 28 Roberts
  • 35 Dickenson
Ref: Kevin Wright
Att: 3,968

Match Stats

Shots

15 2

On target

6 1

Corners

5 1

Fouls

10 17

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Scunthorpe United 1, Northampton Town 1.

90:00 +4:45 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Scunthorpe United 1, Northampton Town 1.

90:00 +4:24

Etienne Esajas (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

90:00 +4:24

Foul by Emile Sinclair (Northampton Town).

90:00 +3:37

Foul by Terry Hawkridge (Scunthorpe United).

90:00 +3:37

Chris Hackett (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +2:09

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

90:00 +0:49

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

90:00 +0:49

Foul by Darren Carter (Northampton Town).

89:56

Attempt saved. Paddy Madden (Scunthorpe United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

88:20

Foul by Terry Hawkridge (Scunthorpe United).

88:20

Matthias Kouo-Doumbe (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

87:50 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Etienne Esajas replaces Marcus Williams.

85:35 Booking

Booking Niall Canavan (Scunthorpe United) is shown the yellow card.

85:28

Foul by Niall Canavan (Scunthorpe United).

85:28

Chris Hackett (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83:01 Substitution

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

79:17

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Zander Diamond.

79:08

Attempt blocked. Paddy Madden (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

77:43

Attempt missed. Paddy Madden (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner from a direct free kick.

77:00

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

76:56

Foul by Darren Carter (Northampton Town).

75:17

Foul by Sean McAllister (Scunthorpe United).

75:17

Leon McSweeney (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

74:58 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Paul Hayes replaces Andy Dawson.

73:35

Attempt missed. Dave Syers (Scunthorpe United) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

73:09

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Gregor Robertson.

72:47

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Matt Duke.

72:33

Attempt saved. Andy Dawson (Scunthorpe United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

71:38

Attempt saved. Paddy Madden (Scunthorpe United) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal.

70:23

Attempt missed. David Mirfin (Scunthorpe United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

69:38

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

69:38

Foul by Gary Deegan (Northampton Town).

69:02

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

69:02

Foul by Darren Carter (Northampton Town).

66:58

Attempt saved. Dave Syers (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

66:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Northampton Town. Chris Hackett replaces Alan Connell.

65:02 Booking

Booking Sean McAllister (Scunthorpe United) is shown the yellow card.

65:00

Emile Sinclair (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

64:49

Foul by Sean McAllister (Scunthorpe United).

64:05 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Scunthorpe United 1, Northampton Town 1. Zander Diamond (Northampton Town) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Darren Carter with a cross.

63:09

Foul by Andy Dawson (Scunthorpe United).

63:09

Emile Sinclair (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

60:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Northampton Town. Emile Sinclair replaces John Marquis.

57:27 Dismissal

Dismissal Second yellow card to Richard Ravenhill (Northampton Town).

57:18

Paddy Madden (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

57:18

Foul by Richard Ravenhill (Northampton Town).

56:26

Attempt saved. Paddy Madden (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

55:49

Foul by Marcus Williams (Scunthorpe United).

55:49

John Marquis (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

55:07

Dave Syers (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

55:07

Foul by Darren Carter (Northampton Town).

54:00

Leon McSweeney (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

53:57

Foul by Sam Winnall (Scunthorpe United).

51:53 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Scunthorpe United 1, Northampton Town 0. Niall Canavan (Scunthorpe United) header from very close range to the top left corner. Assisted by Andy Dawson with a cross.

51:02

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by John Marquis.

50:27

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

50:27

Foul by Gary Deegan (Northampton Town).

49:49

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Matthias Kouo-Doumbe.

45:00

Second Half begins Scunthorpe United 0, Northampton Town 0.

45:00 +2:11 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Scunthorpe United 0, Northampton Town 0.

45:00 +0:03

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

42:31

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

42:31

Foul by John Marquis (Northampton Town).

41:03

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

41:03

Foul by Alan Connell (Northampton Town).

39:08

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

39:08

Foul by John Marquis (Northampton Town).

37:54 Booking

Booking Richard Ravenhill (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card.

37:34

Dave Syers (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

37:34

Foul by Richard Ravenhill (Northampton Town).

34:37

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

34:37

Foul by John Marquis (Northampton Town).

31:16

Andy Dawson (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

31:16

Foul by Gary Deegan (Northampton Town).

27:19

Marcus Williams (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

27:19

Foul by Gary Deegan (Northampton Town).

24:52

Foul by Dave Syers (Scunthorpe United).

24:52

Gary Deegan (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

20:00

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

19:47

Foul by Ian Morris (Northampton Town).

19:06

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Andy Dawson.

18:21

Foul by Sam Winnall (Scunthorpe United).

18:21

Matthias Kouo-Doumbe (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

15:24

Attempt missed. Paddy Madden (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

7:49

Attempt missed. Alan Connell (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

4:18

Attempt missed. Paddy Madden (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

3:23

Attempt missed. Sean McAllister (Scunthorpe United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

2:00

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

1:58

Foul by John Marquis (Northampton Town).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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