Scunthorpe won their first league game of the season as they edged past fellow strugglers Walsall.

A solo effort from Hakeeb Adelukan gave Scunthorpe the lead as he fired right-footed past Richard O'Donnell.

Gary McSheffrey then curled a 25-yard free-kick into the top corner for his first goal since re-joining The Iron.

Tom Bradshaw, having been foiled earlier by keeper Bobby Olejnik, capitalised on a defensive mix-up to pull one back, but Scunthorpe held on.

Scunthorpe manager Russ Wilcox told BBC Radio Humberside:

Wilcox on Scunthorpe v Walsall

"I think the main talking points are the goals. You're not going to see two better goals in a game, I certainly haven't for a long, long time.

"A lot of aspects of our game have been encouraging, but we have to be better in that final third. Again, first-half we created some great openings, it was just that final cross, the final decision or the weight of the final pass that just wasn't there.

"It gives us something to build on, we had the point at Yeovil, so we've picked up four points in the last two league games which is very encouraging."

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (6)

Scunthorpe United

  • 26 Olejnik
  • 30 Williams
  • 24 O'Neill Booked
  • 18 Addison
  • 06 Canavan
  • 14 Hawkridge (Kee - 68' Booked )
  • 04 McAllister
  • 12 Bishop Booked
  • 16 Adelakun
  • 09 Madden (Myrie-Williams - 87' )
  • 28 McSheffrey Booked (Sparrow - 91' )

Substitutes

  • 03 Dawson
  • 07 Sparrow
  • 11 Myrie-Williams
  • 19 Taylor
  • 21 Weaver
  • 27 Kee
  • 32 Llera

Walsall

  • 01 O'Donnell
  • 04 O'Connor
  • 03 Taylor
  • 15 Chambers (Holden - 8' )
  • 06 Downing
  • 27 Forde (Morris - 77' )
  • 07 Chambers
  • 24 Grimes (Baxendale - 41' Booked )
  • 26 Clifford Booked
  • 37 Manset
  • 09 Bradshaw

Substitutes

  • 05 Holden
  • 11 Baxendale
  • 13 MacGillivray
  • 14 Benning
  • 17 Flanagan
  • 18 Morris
  • 22 Kinsella
Ref: Andy Davies
Att: 3,098

Match Stats

Shots

10 8

On target

8 2

Corners

2 5

Fouls

13 12

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Scunthorpe United 2, Walsall 1.

90:00 +5:43 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Scunthorpe United 2, Walsall 1.

90:00 +0:52 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Matthew Sparrow replaces Gary McSheffrey.

89:28

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Neal Bishop.

87:15

Foul by Billy Kee (Scunthorpe United).

87:15

Paul Downing (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

86:46 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Jennison Myrie-Williams replaces Paddy Madden.

85:58 Booking

Booking Neal Bishop (Scunthorpe United) is shown the yellow card.

85:42

Foul by Neal Bishop (Scunthorpe United).

85:42

James Baxendale (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

81:35

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

81:35

Foul by James Baxendale (Walsall).

80:24

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Marcus Williams.

79:54

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Neal Bishop.

79:44

Attempt blocked. Mathieu Manset (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

77:24

Attempt missed. Andy Taylor (Walsall) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

76:18 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Walsall. Kieron Morris replaces Anthony Forde.

73:15

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

72:24

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

72:24

Foul by Paul Downing (Walsall).

69:13 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Scunthorpe United 2, Walsall 1. Tom Bradshaw (Walsall) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

68:59 Booking

Booking Billy Clifford (Walsall) is shown the yellow card.

68:23 Booking

Booking Billy Kee (Scunthorpe United) is shown the yellow card.

67:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Billy Kee replaces Terry Hawkridge.

65:20

Neal Bishop (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

65:20

Foul by Tom Bradshaw (Walsall).

63:13

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

63:13

Foul by Mathieu Manset (Walsall).

60:52

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

59:56

Attempt missed. Billy Clifford (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

59:28 Booking

Booking Luke O'Neill (Scunthorpe United) is shown the yellow card.

59:19

Foul by Luke O'Neill (Scunthorpe United).

59:19

Billy Clifford (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

57:00

Foul by Neal Bishop (Scunthorpe United).

57:00

Adam Chambers (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

55:26 Booking

Booking Gary McSheffrey (Scunthorpe United) is shown the yellow card.

55:09

Foul by Paddy Madden (Scunthorpe United).

55:09

James Baxendale (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

53:25 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Scunthorpe United 2, Walsall 0. Gary McSheffrey (Scunthorpe United) from a free kick with a left footed shot to the top right corner.

52:50

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

52:50

Foul by Billy Clifford (Walsall).

52:34

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

52:34

Foul by Adam Chambers (Walsall).

50:48 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Scunthorpe United 1, Walsall 0. Hakeeb Adelakun (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

47:52

Neal Bishop (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

47:52

Foul by Tom Bradshaw (Walsall).

45:00

Second Half begins Scunthorpe United 0, Walsall 0.

45:00 +2:40 Half time

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

45:00 +1:33 Booking

Booking James Baxendale (Walsall) is shown the yellow card.

45:00 +1:16

Foul by James Baxendale (Walsall).

45:00 +1:16

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

44:09

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

44:09

Foul by Billy Clifford (Walsall).

43:26

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

43:01

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Richard O'Donnell.

42:49

Attempt saved. Hakeeb Adelakun (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the top right corner.

40:16 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Walsall. James Baxendale replaces Ashley Grimes because of an injury.

35:15

Foul by Sean McAllister (Scunthorpe United).

35:15

Andy Taylor (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

32:55

Attempt missed. Anthony Forde (Walsall) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

30:47

Hand ball by Billy Clifford (Walsall).

29:29

Attempt missed. Tom Bradshaw (Walsall) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

27:29

Foul by Luke O'Neill (Scunthorpe United).

27:29

Andy Taylor (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

27:20

Attempt blocked. Andy Taylor (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

26:43

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Miles Addison.

26:01

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

23:56

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

20:30

Foul by Miles Addison (Scunthorpe United).

20:30

Mathieu Manset (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

17:32

Neal Bishop (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

17:32

Foul by Anthony Forde (Walsall).

16:03

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

15:08

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Robert Olejnik.

14:56

Attempt saved. Tom Bradshaw (Walsall) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

14:11

Foul by Miles Addison (Scunthorpe United).

14:11

Tom Bradshaw (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

13:40

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

13:40

Foul by Billy Clifford (Walsall).

10:36

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Paul Downing.

9:09

Andy Taylor (Walsall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

9:09

Foul by Hakeeb Adelakun (Scunthorpe United).

7:53 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Walsall. Dean Holden replaces James Chambers because of an injury.

7:11

Adam Chambers (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

7:11

Foul by Paddy Madden (Scunthorpe United).

4:47

Mathieu Manset (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

4:47

Foul by Miles Addison (Scunthorpe United).

4:06

Hand ball by Neal Bishop (Scunthorpe United).

1:05

Attempt missed. Neal Bishop (Scunthorpe United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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