Paddy Madden's goal was enough to beat Burton and move Scunthorpe into second.

It was third place versus fifth at kick-off, although a lacklustre first half failed to live up to the billing.

The Iron had not managed a shot on target until Madden's second-half volley - a fierce right-footer from the edge of the area into the top corner.

Burton keeper Rob Lainton saved Gary McSheffrey's penalty soon after but it did not prevent United stretching a club record unbeaten run to 22 games.

Scunthorpe boss Russ Wilcox told BBC Radio Humberside:

"It's a huge three points and an amazing goal to win the game, a goal that deserves to win any football match.

"At this stage of the season it's about grinding out the wins. On the first half performance, it was not good enough

"The second half we pushed and we probed and we were the better team."

Burton Albion boss Gary Rowett told BBC Radio Derby:

"First half we were absolutely magnificent. We played really really well - as well as we've played. It's as much of the ball as we've had and we got into some great positions.

"I felt we didn't exploit them and weren't perhaps as ruthless enough in the attacking third. That's my disappointment with the first half really.

"Second half, for some reason, we just conceded ground again and I don't know why we keep trying to do that, because we spoke about it at half-time."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (5)

Scunthorpe United

  • 01 Slocombe
  • 18 Nolan
  • 30 Williams
  • 04 McAllister
  • 05 Mirfin
  • 06 Canavan
  • 14 Hawkridge (Adelakun - 55' )
  • 24 Syers
  • 29 Winnall (Hayes - 55' )
  • 27 Madden
  • 28 McSheffrey

Substitutes

  • 02 Ribeiro
  • 07 Sparrow
  • 13 Severn
  • 15 Waterfall
  • 16 Adelakun
  • 26 Alabi
  • 39 Hayes

Burton Albion

  • 01 Lainton
  • 02 Edwards
  • 14 McCrory
  • 07 Bell Booked (Knowles - 68' )
  • 25 Cansdell-Sherriff
  • 21 Holness (Gray - 79' )
  • 11 MacDonald (Harness - 68' )
  • 08 Weir
  • 29 Kee
  • 23 Palmer Booked
  • 17 Phillips

Substitutes

  • 15 McFadzean
  • 16 Lyness
  • 18 Knowles
  • 20 McGurk
  • 22 Dyer
  • 26 Gray
  • 27 Harness
Ref: Geoff Eltringham
Att: 4,029

Match Stats

Shots

4 8

On target

2 2

Corners

4 7

Fouls

9 17

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Scunthorpe United 1, Burton Albion 0.

90:00 +4:12 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Scunthorpe United 1, Burton Albion 0.

90:00 +2:58

Hand ball by Billy Kee (Burton Albion).

90:00 +2:26

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

90:00 +2:26

Foul by Dominic Knowles (Burton Albion).

90:00 +0:50

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

90:00 +0:50

Foul by Shane Cansdell-Sherriff (Burton Albion).

88:51

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

88:51

Foul by Robbie Weir (Burton Albion).

86:50

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

86:50

Foul by Dominic Knowles (Burton Albion).

85:10

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

83:25

Foul by Niall Canavan (Scunthorpe United).

83:25

Billy Kee (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

78:42 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Burton Albion. David Gray replaces Marcus Holness because of an injury.

75:17

Penalty saved! Gary McSheffrey (Scunthorpe United) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, left footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

74:36

Penalty Scunthorpe United. Gary McSheffrey draws a foul in the penalty area.

74:36

Penalty conceded by Philip Edwards (Burton Albion) after a foul in the penalty area.

72:39

Foul by Sean McAllister (Scunthorpe United).

72:39

Robbie Weir (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

70:13

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

70:13

Foul by Billy Kee (Burton Albion).

69:18

Attempt missed. Jimmy Phillips (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

67:45 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Burton Albion. Marcus Harness replaces Alexander MacDonald.

67:22 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Burton Albion. Dominic Knowles replaces Lee Bell.

65:36

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Damien McCrory.

64:26

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Damien McCrory.

63:52

Foul by Marcus Williams (Scunthorpe United).

63:52

Alexander MacDonald (Burton Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

63:19

Foul by Marcus Williams (Scunthorpe United).

63:19

Lee Bell (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

62:46

Foul by Paul Hayes (Scunthorpe United).

62:46

Shane Cansdell-Sherriff (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

61:48

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Philip Edwards.

61:01

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Alexander MacDonald.

59:08 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Scunthorpe United 1, Burton Albion 0. Paddy Madden (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner.

58:02 Booking

Booking Lee Bell (Burton Albion) is shown the yellow card.

57:53

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

57:53

Foul by Lee Bell (Burton Albion).

56:27

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

56:27

Foul by Billy Kee (Burton Albion).

54:51 Substitution

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

54:34 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Paul Hayes replaces Sam Winnall.

52:12

Attempt missed. Gary McSheffrey (Scunthorpe United) left footed shot from more than 35 yards is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

51:20

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

51:20

Foul by Lee Bell (Burton Albion).

50:25

Foul by Paddy Madden (Scunthorpe United).

50:25

Matthew Palmer (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

46:57

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Niall Canavan.

45:00

Second Half begins Scunthorpe United 0, Burton Albion 0.

45:00 +1:02 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Scunthorpe United 0, Burton Albion 0.

45:00 +0:05

Attempt missed. Shane Cansdell-Sherriff (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

44:25

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Marcus Williams.

42:26 Booking

Booking Matthew Palmer (Burton Albion) is shown the yellow card.

42:15

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

42:15

Foul by Matthew Palmer (Burton Albion).

41:28

Attempt missed. Alexander MacDonald (Burton Albion) left footed shot from more than 35 yards is close, but misses to the right.

39:59

Attempt missed. Billy Kee (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

30:49

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

30:49

Foul by Lee Bell (Burton Albion).

29:27

Attempt missed. Alexander MacDonald (Burton Albion) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

28:41

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Gary McSheffrey.

27:32

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

27:32

Foul by Jimmy Phillips (Burton Albion).

22:36

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Sam Winnall.

21:12

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Niall Canavan.

20:49

Attempt blocked. Damien McCrory (Burton Albion) header from the left side of the box is blocked.

20:25

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Niall Canavan.

20:08

Attempt blocked. Alexander MacDonald (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

17:14

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Dave Syers.

16:31

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

16:31

Foul by Lee Bell (Burton Albion).

14:29

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

14:29

Foul by Philip Edwards (Burton Albion).

13:00

Lee Bell (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

12:59

Foul by Terry Hawkridge (Scunthorpe United).

12:27

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

12:27

Foul by Billy Kee (Burton Albion).

11:16

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

11:16

Foul by Robbie Weir (Burton Albion).

9:32

Foul by Gary McSheffrey (Scunthorpe United).

9:32

Philip Edwards (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

2:05

Foul by Terry Hawkridge (Scunthorpe United).

2:05

Matthew Palmer (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

1:02

Attempt saved. Robbie Weir (Burton Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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