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Scunthorpe United 2-2 Southend United

Sam Winnall

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:

Scunthorpe manager Russ Wilcox

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Post-match: Scunthorpe boss Russ Wilcox

"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."

Line-ups

Scunthorpe

  • 1Slocombe
  • 18Nolan
  • 30Williams
  • 7SparrowBooked at 55mins
  • 5Mirfin
  • 6Canavan
  • 14HawkridgeSubstituted forAdelakunat 66'minutes
  • 24Syers
  • 29WinnallSubstituted forAlabiat 75'minutes
  • 27Madden
  • 28McSheffrey

Substitutes

  • 2Ribeiro
  • 3Dawson
  • 13Severn
  • 15Waterfall
  • 16Adelakun
  • 26Alabi
  • 39Hayes

Southend

  • 17Bentley
  • 2White
  • 3CokerBooked at 29mins
  • 16C CliffordSubstituted forTimlinat 81'minutes
  • 32Egan
  • 5Phillips
  • 4Laird
  • 18Leonard
  • 10CorrBooked at 60minsSubstituted forEastwoodat 61'minutes
  • 12AtkinsonSubstituted forStrakerat 57'minutes
  • 14Hurst

Substitutes

  • 1Smith
  • 7Eastwood
  • 8Timlin
  • 11Straker
  • 21Payne
  • 35Sokolik
  • 39Barnard
Referee:
Mark Brown
Attendance:
3,018

Match Stats

Home TeamScunthorpeAway TeamSouthend
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home6
Away12
Shots on Target
Home6
Away5
Corners
Home3
Away7
Fouls
Home13
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Scunthorpe United 2, Southend United 2.

Full Time

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

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

Foul by Kevan Hurst (Southend United).

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

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

Foul by John Egan (Southend United).

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Eddie Nolan.

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Paddy Madden.

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

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

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Eddie Nolan.

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Niall Canavan.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Southend United. Michael Timlin replaces Conor Clifford.

Foul by Matthew Sparrow (Scunthorpe United).

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

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

Foul by Conor Clifford (Southend United).

Foul by James Alabi (Scunthorpe United).

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

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

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by John White.

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

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

Foul by Mark Phillips (Southend United).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Scunthorpe United. James Alabi replaces Sam Winnall.

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

Hand ball by Dave Syers (Scunthorpe United).

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.

Substitution

Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Hakeeb Adelakun replaces Terry Hawkridge.

Hand ball by Sam Winnall (Scunthorpe United).

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.

Substitution

Substitution, Southend United. Freddy Eastwood replaces Barry Corr.

Booking

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

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

Foul by Barry Corr (Southend United).

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

Foul by Terry Hawkridge (Scunthorpe United).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Chesterfield36171272363
2Scunthorpe36151741962
3Rochdale35187101661
4Burton3616128560
5Fleetwood36177121058
6Oxford Utd36141481456
7Southend36131211851
8Plymouth3514912251
9York36121311449
10Hartlepool36121014046
11Morecambe35121013-746
12Dag & Red35111212-145
13Newport34111112-344
14Cheltenham35101411-644
15Wimbledon36111015-643
16Bristol Rovers35101213-242
17Portsmouth3691512-1142
18Mansfield36101214-1342
19Bury3491411041
20Wycombe35101114-441
21Accrington35101114-641
22Exeter36101016-740
23Northampton3591016-1537
24Torquay358918-2033
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