Dave Syers's 10th goal of the season and a late own goal by Jake Cole saw second-placed Scunthorpe win a close game against Plymouth.

The best chance of an even first half fell to the visitors' Gary McSheffrey, who scuffed his chipped shot wide.

Argyle's Lewis Alessandra hit the post twice in the second period before Syers slid in to put the Iron in front.

In injury-time, Hakeeb Adelakun's shot cannoned back off the post and went in off unfortunate goalkeeper Cole.

Scunthorpe's record-breaking streak

Scunthorpe have now won 10 and drawn 11 since their last defeat in November at home to Grimsby.

The result sees Scunthorpe extend their new club-record of successive games without defeat to 21 matches.

Plymouth, themselves chasing a play-off place, gave the visitors a tough game at Home Park, Conor Hourihane forcing a fine finger-tip save from Sam Slocombe in the first half after a good lay-off from Reuben Reid.

They were unlucky not to score after the break, but Scunthorpe eventually found a way through after good work from Paul Hayes, who found midfielder Syers inside the six-yard box to prod home right-footed, and the points were sealed in fortuitous circumstances late on.

Before the game, Argyle announced that defender Guy Branston has been released from his contract with immediate effect.

The 35-year-old has been suffering with an ankle injury.

Scunthorpe United manager Russ Wilcox told BBC Radio Humberside:

"It's a big win, they're all big wins now. It was well-deserved today and we played some outstanding football.

"It's so important that the players can manage the game out there. We were very brave out there today too, we were the away team and were playing out from the back.

"To get a clean sheet today against a team who are in fantastic form, who've won four out five, is a great achievement."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Plymouth Argyle

  • 01 Cole
  • 02 Berry
  • 06 Hourihane Booked
  • 17 Nelson
  • 16 Trotman
  • 04 Blanchard (Obadeyi - 84' )
  • 26 Parsons
  • 11 Blizzard (Gurrieri - 84' )
  • 07 Alessandra
  • 09 Reid (Morgan - 84' )
  • 14 Young

Substitutes

  • 08 Boco
  • 10 Morgan
  • 15 Wotton
  • 18 Harvey
  • 20 Banton
  • 27 Gurrieri
  • 28 Obadeyi

Scunthorpe United

  • 01 Slocombe Booked
  • 18 Nolan
  • 30 Williams
  • 04 McAllister (Waterfall - 95' )
  • 05 Mirfin
  • 06 Canavan
  • 14 Hawkridge
  • 24 Syers
  • 27 Madden (Hayes - 63' )
  • 29 Winnall
  • 28 McSheffrey (Adelakun - 75' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Ribeiro
  • 07 Sparrow
  • 13 Severn
  • 15 Waterfall
  • 16 Adelakun
  • 26 Alabi
  • 39 Hayes
Ref: Darren Drysdale
Att: 8,198

Match Stats

Shots

16 16

On target

2 7

Corners

4 10

Fouls

5 7

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Plymouth Argyle 0, Scunthorpe United 2.

90:00 +5:05 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Plymouth Argyle 0, Scunthorpe United 2.

90:00 +4:28 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Luke Waterfall replaces Sean McAllister.

90:00 +3:48 Goal scored

Goal! Own Goal by Jake Cole, Plymouth Argyle. Plymouth Argyle 0, Scunthorpe United 2.

90:00 +3:33

Hakeeb Adelakun (Scunthorpe United) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

90:00 +0:49 Booking

Booking Sam Slocombe (Scunthorpe United) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +0:34

Attempt missed. Lewis Alessandra (Plymouth Argyle) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

88:37

Foul by Marvin Morgan (Plymouth Argyle).

88:37

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

87:33

Attempt blocked. Lewis Alessandra (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

84:54

Conor Hourihane (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

84:54

Foul by Sean McAllister (Scunthorpe United).

83:48 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Tope Obadeyi replaces Maxime Blanchard.

83:29 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Andres Gurrieri replaces Dominic Blizzard.

83:17 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Marvin Morgan replaces Reuben Reid.

82:54

Lewis Alessandra (Plymouth Argyle) hits the left post with a left footed shot from the right side of the box.

81:55

Attempt saved. Paul Hayes (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the centre of the goal.

81:19

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Maxime Blanchard.

78:49 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Plymouth Argyle 0, Scunthorpe United 1. Dave Syers (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Paul Hayes.

77:07

Attempt missed. Maxime Blanchard (Plymouth Argyle) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

76:49

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Marcus Williams.

74:04 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Hakeeb Adelakun replaces Gary McSheffrey.

73:20

Attempt missed. Gary McSheffrey (Scunthorpe United) left footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

72:43 Booking

Booking Conor Hourihane (Plymouth Argyle) is shown the yellow card.

72:38

Foul by Conor Hourihane (Plymouth Argyle).

72:38

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

71:33

Dominic Blizzard (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick on the left wing.

71:33

Foul by Sean McAllister (Scunthorpe United).

71:12

Attempt saved. Niall Canavan (Scunthorpe United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

71:00

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Neal Trotman.

70:50

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

70:05

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Matthew Parsons.

68:44

Attempt missed. Reuben Reid (Plymouth Argyle) header from very close range is high and wide to the right.

67:56

Lewis Alessandra (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

67:56

Foul by Marcus Williams (Scunthorpe United).

67:10

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

64:18

Foul by Conor Hourihane (Plymouth Argyle).

64:18

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

64:01

Attempt saved. Conor Hourihane (Plymouth Argyle) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

63:08

Attempt missed. Conor Hourihane (Plymouth Argyle) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

62:36 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Paul Hayes replaces Paddy Madden.

62:18

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

61:13

Attempt missed. Lewis Alessandra (Plymouth Argyle) left footed shot from very close range is close, but misses to the left.

58:41

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Jake Cole.

58:28

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

57:31

Conor Hourihane (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

57:31

Foul by Dave Syers (Scunthorpe United).

50:51

Attempt missed. Sam Winnall (Scunthorpe United) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left misses to the left.

45:00

Second Half begins Plymouth Argyle 0, Scunthorpe United 0.

45:00 +0:11 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Plymouth Argyle 0, Scunthorpe United 0.

43:16

Attempt missed. Gary McSheffrey (Scunthorpe United) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses to the right.

40:43

Attempt missed. Neal Trotman (Plymouth Argyle) header from a difficult angle on the right misses to the right.

40:12

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Eddie Nolan.

39:17

Reuben Reid (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

39:17

Foul by Dave Syers (Scunthorpe United).

38:42

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

35:40

Attempt missed. Reuben Reid (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

33:38

Foul by Lewis Alessandra (Plymouth Argyle).

33:38

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

33:05

Attempt missed. Neal Trotman (Plymouth Argyle) header from a difficult angle on the left is too high.

32:47

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Sam Slocombe.

32:15

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Sam Slocombe.

32:04

Attempt saved. Conor Hourihane (Plymouth Argyle) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

31:04

Conor Hourihane (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

31:04

Foul by Terry Hawkridge (Scunthorpe United).

24:04

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Curtis Nelson.

23:11

Foul by Reuben Reid (Plymouth Argyle).

23:11

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

22:08

Attempt missed. Lewis Alessandra (Plymouth Argyle) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

12:07

Attempt missed. Lewis Alessandra (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

11:02

Lewis Alessandra (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

11:02

Foul by Eddie Nolan (Scunthorpe United).

10:39

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Neal Trotman.

10:24

Attempt blocked. Sam Winnall (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

9:49

Attempt blocked. Gary McSheffrey (Scunthorpe United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

8:58

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Reuben Reid.

8:36

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Dominic Blizzard.

8:10

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Reuben Reid.

7:43

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Durrell Berry.

7:09

Attempt blocked. Luke Young (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

6:44

Attempt blocked. Reuben Reid (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

2:50

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

2:19

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

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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