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Scunthorpe United 1-1 Northampton Town

Zander Diamond (left) and Sam Winnall

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:

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Post-match: Scunthorpe boss Russ Wilcox

"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:

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Post-match: Northampton boss Wilder

"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."

Line-ups

Scunthorpe

  • 1Slocombe
  • 18Nolan
  • 3DawsonSubstituted forHayesat 75'minutes
  • 4McAllisterBooked at 66mins
  • 5Mirfin
  • 6CanavanBooked at 86mins
  • 16AdelakunSubstituted forHawkridgeat 84'minutes
  • 24Syers
  • 29Winnall
  • 27Madden
  • 30WilliamsSubstituted forEsajasat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Ribeiro
  • 7Sparrow
  • 10Esajas
  • 13Severn
  • 14Hawkridge
  • 15Waterfall
  • 39Hayes

Northampton

  • 1Duke
  • 2McSweeney
  • 29Robertson
  • 4Carter
  • 23Diamond
  • 27Kouo-Doumbe
  • 17Deegan
  • 34RavenhillBooked at 58mins
  • 18ConnellSubstituted forHackettat 66'minutes
  • 9MarquisSubstituted forSinclairat 61'minutes
  • 8Morris

Substitutes

  • 7Sinclair
  • 11Hackett
  • 12Tozer
  • 13Snedker
  • 24Toney
  • 28Roberts
  • 35Dickenson
Referee:
Kevin Wright
Attendance:
3,968

Match Stats

Home TeamScunthorpeAway TeamNorthampton
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home15
Away2
Shots on Target
Home6
Away1
Corners
Home5
Away1
Fouls
Home10
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Scunthorpe United 1, Northampton Town 1.

Full Time

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

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

Foul by Emile Sinclair (Northampton Town).

Foul by Terry Hawkridge (Scunthorpe United).

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

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

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

Foul by Darren Carter (Northampton Town).

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

Foul by Terry Hawkridge (Scunthorpe United).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Etienne Esajas replaces Marcus Williams.

Booking

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

Foul by Niall Canavan (Scunthorpe United).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Terry Hawkridge replaces Hakeeb Adelakun.

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Zander Diamond.

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

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.

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

Foul by Darren Carter (Northampton Town).

Foul by Sean McAllister (Scunthorpe United).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Paul Hayes replaces Andy Dawson.

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

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Gregor Robertson.

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Matt Duke.

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

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.

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

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

Foul by Gary Deegan (Northampton Town).

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

Foul by Darren Carter (Northampton Town).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Chris Hackett replaces Alan Connell.

Booking

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

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

Foul by Sean McAllister (Scunthorpe United).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Chesterfield35171172362
2Scunthorpe35151641961
3Rochdale3418791761
4Burton3516118559
5Fleetwood35176121057
6Oxford Utd35141381455
7Southend35131111850
8Plymouth3413912148
9York35111311346
10Hartlepool3512914045
11Newport33111111044
12Cheltenham34101311-643
13Morecambe34111013-1043
14Bristol Rovers34101212-142
15Dag & Red34101212-242
16Wimbledon3511915-642
17Mansfield35101213-1242
18Wycombe34101113-341
19Portsmouth3591412-1141
20Bury3391311040
21Exeter35101015-640
22Accrington34101014-640
23Northampton3481016-1634
24Torquay347918-2130
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