Scunthorpe made it a club record 20 matches unbeaten but missed the chance to go top of League Two after Southend retrieved a two-goal deficit.

Matt Sparrow hit a powerful left-footed drive into the roof of the net and Sam Winnall turned in an inswinging cross to put the Iron 2-0 ahead.

But defender John Egan volleyed in from 35 yards to give the visitors hope.

Scunthorpe goalkeeper Sam Slocombe then allowed John White's cross to drop over his head into the goal.

The Iron suffered a blow before the game when in-form midfielder Sean McAllister was ruled out with a minor calf strain picked up in training on Friday.

But experienced replacement Sparrow quickly made his mark to put his side on their way to breaking a record set by Nigel Adkins' League One title-winning side of 2006-7.

Shortly before half-time Winnall was on hand to score his 19th goal of the season by turning in Gary McSheffrey's cross to leave the home team looking comfortable.

Egan's spectacular long-distance effort on the hour brought the away side back into the game, before White's speculative cross deceived Slocombe and rescued a point for the visitors.

Scunthorpe remain second in League One, but have now drawn nine of their last eleven games, while Southend occupy the last play-off position.

Scunthorpe boss Russ Wilcox told BBC Radio Humberside:

"We're disappointed, of course we are, but it's totally different to the other games where we've thrown away a two goal lead.

"A game of two halves - we were absolutely magnificent in the first half, we passed it around, created opportunities

"We knew at half time Southend had to be better, and to be fair to them, they did to us what we did to them in the first half.

"We move on, results have gone our way again and it becomes a 10-game season."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

Scunthorpe United

  • 01 Slocombe
  • 18 Nolan
  • 30 Williams
  • 07 Sparrow Booked
  • 05 Mirfin
  • 06 Canavan
  • 14 Hawkridge (Adelakun - 66' )
  • 24 Syers
  • 29 Winnall (Alabi - 75' )
  • 27 Madden
  • 28 McSheffrey

Substitutes

  • 02 Ribeiro
  • 03 Dawson
  • 13 Severn
  • 15 Waterfall
  • 16 Adelakun
  • 26 Alabi
  • 39 Hayes

Southend United

  • 17 Bentley
  • 02 White
  • 03 Coker Booked
  • 16 Clifford (Timlin - 81' )
  • 32 Egan
  • 05 Phillips
  • 04 Laird
  • 18 Leonard
  • 10 Corr Booked (Eastwood - 61' )
  • 12 Atkinson (Straker - 57' )
  • 14 Hurst

Substitutes

  • 01 Smith
  • 07 Eastwood
  • 08 Timlin
  • 11 Straker
  • 21 Payne
  • 35 Sokolik
  • 39 Barnard
Ref: Mark Brown
Att: 3,018

Match Stats

Shots

6 12

On target

6 5

Corners

3 7

Fouls

13 16

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Scunthorpe United 2, Southend United 2.

90:00 +4:06 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Scunthorpe United 2, Southend United 2.

90:00 +2:42

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

90:00 +2:42

Foul by Kevan Hurst (Southend United).

90:00 +1:07

Attempt missed. Anthony Straker (Southend United) left footed shot from long range on the right misses to the right.

89:10

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

89:10

Foul by John Egan (Southend United).

88:48

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Eddie Nolan.

87:05

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Paddy Madden.

86:53

Attempt blocked. Kevan Hurst (Southend United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

84:29

Attempt saved. James Alabi (Scunthorpe United) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

83:18

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Eddie Nolan.

83:08

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Niall Canavan.

82:55

Attempt blocked. Marc Laird (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

80:48 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southend United. Michael Timlin replaces Conor Clifford.

80:10

Foul by Matthew Sparrow (Scunthorpe United).

80:10

Conor Clifford (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

78:55

Matthew Sparrow (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

78:55

Foul by Conor Clifford (Southend United).

78:29

Foul by James Alabi (Scunthorpe United).

78:29

Conor Clifford (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:59

Attempt saved. David Mirfin (Scunthorpe United) header from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

77:34

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by John White.

76:52

Attempt saved. Ben Coker (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

75:51

Attempt missed. Conor Clifford (Southend United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

74:54

Foul by Mark Phillips (Southend United).

74:54

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

74:04 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Scunthorpe United. James Alabi replaces Sam Winnall.

73:47

Attempt missed. Ryan Leonard (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

70:37

Hand ball by Dave Syers (Scunthorpe United).

68:24 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Scunthorpe United 2, Southend United 2. John White (Southend United) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right to the top left corner. Assisted by Kevan Hurst.

65:28 Substitution

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

63:28

Hand ball by Sam Winnall (Scunthorpe United).

61:53 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Scunthorpe United 2, Southend United 1. John Egan (Southend United) right footed shot from more than 35 yards to the high centre of the goal.

60:56 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southend United. Freddy Eastwood replaces Barry Corr.

59:36 Booking

Booking Barry Corr (Southend United) is shown the yellow card.

59:18

Gary McSheffrey (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

59:18

Foul by Barry Corr (Southend United).

57:26

Attempt missed. John Egan (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

57:13

Foul by Terry Hawkridge (Scunthorpe United).

57:13

Anthony Straker (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

56:38 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southend United. Anthony Straker replaces Will Atkinson.

55:21

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by David Mirfin.

54:22 Booking

Booking Matthew Sparrow (Scunthorpe United) is shown the yellow card.

54:13

Foul by Matthew Sparrow (Scunthorpe United).

54:13

Ryan Leonard (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

51:55

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

51:55

Foul by Marc Laird (Southend United).

51:38

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Dave Syers.

47:13

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

47:13

Foul by Barry Corr (Southend United).

46:15

Attempt saved. Ben Coker (Southend United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

45:00

Second Half begins Scunthorpe United 2, Southend United 0.

45:00 +2:01 Half time

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

43:31

Matthew Sparrow (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

43:31

Foul by Barry Corr (Southend United).

40:24

Foul by Terry Hawkridge (Scunthorpe United).

40:24

Barry Corr (Southend United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

38:04 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Scunthorpe United 2, Southend United 0. Sam Winnall (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Gary McSheffrey with a cross.

36:09

Sam Winnall (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

36:09

Foul by Marc Laird (Southend United).

32:45

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

32:45

Foul by Ben Coker (Southend United).

30:48

Delay in match Ryan Leonard (Southend United) because of an injury.

28:32 Booking

Booking Ben Coker (Southend United) is shown the yellow card.

28:13

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

28:13

Foul by Ben Coker (Southend United).

26:57

Attempt missed. Barry Corr (Southend United) header from the centre of the box is too high.

25:14

Foul by Gary McSheffrey (Scunthorpe United).

25:14

Conor Clifford (Southend United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

24:31

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Daniel Bentley.

24:20

Attempt saved. Sam Winnall (Scunthorpe United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

22:42

Hand ball by Matthew Sparrow (Scunthorpe United).

22:17

Attempt saved. Kevan Hurst (Southend United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

21:46

Foul by Matthew Sparrow (Scunthorpe United).

21:46

Conor Clifford (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

18:28

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Matthew Sparrow.

15:50

Foul by Matthew Sparrow (Scunthorpe United).

15:50

Conor Clifford (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

14:43

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by John Egan.

14:22

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

13:50

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

13:50

Foul by John Egan (Southend United).

9:04

Foul by Barry Corr (Southend United).

9:04

David Mirfin (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

8:46

Foul by Eddie Nolan (Scunthorpe United).

8:46

Ben Coker (Southend United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

8:15

David Mirfin (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

8:15

Foul by Ryan Leonard (Southend United).

7:42

Foul by Marc Laird (Southend United).

7:42

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

2:27 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Scunthorpe United 1, Southend United 0. Matthew Sparrow (Scunthorpe United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal.

1:19

Ryan Leonard (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

1:19

Foul by Sam Winnall (Scunthorpe United).

0:37

Foul by Marc Laird (Southend United).

0:37

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

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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