League Two
Scunthorpe1Oxford Utd0

Scunthorpe United 1-0 Oxford United

Matt Sparrow

Leaders Scunthorpe United closed in on promotion from League Two with victory over play-off hopefuls Oxford United.

The Iron took an early lead when Matt Sparrow fired home from 12 yards after Sam Winnall miscued from a Michael Collins cross.

Alfie Potter had a great chance to equalise from the restart but dragged his shot wide.

The hosts dominated throughout and now need just two points from their final two games to be sure of promotion.

But their vastly superior goal difference means a point will probably be enough as fourth-placed Fleetwood are five points adrift.

Scunthorpe are also two points ahead of Chesterfield and Rochdale, who also both won.

Oxford's play-off hopes look to be over as they are now five points adrift of seventh place with two games remaining.

Scunthorpe United manager Russ Wilcox told BBC Radio Humberside:

"I thought we were absolutely outstanding today.

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Post-match: Scunthorpe boss Wilcox

"We passed it and moved it and created opportunities and we just needed a second goal. The last five minutes I have no idea what my heart rate would have been but close to collapsing I think after what's happened the last couple of week. The lads saw it through and deservedly so because for me that was a terrific performance.

"There has been lots of games where we have worked hard, we've put a shift in and we have not quite had the quality to finish teams off but today we married that up and we should have won by more."

Line-ups

Scunthorpe

  • 1Slocombe
  • 18Nolan
  • 30Williams
  • 24Syers
  • 5Mirfin
  • 6Canavan
  • 14Hawkridge
  • 19Collins
  • 29Winnall
  • 27Madden
  • 7Sparrow

Substitutes

  • 2Ribeiro
  • 8Burton
  • 10Esajas
  • 13Severn
  • 15Waterfall
  • 16Adelakun
  • 39Hayes

Oxford Utd

  • 1Clarke
  • 13Hunt
  • 3NeweyBooked at 85mins
  • 22Wroe
  • 4Raynes
  • 6Wright
  • 11Potter
  • 37RuffelsSubstituted forRoseat 70'minutes
  • 8Kitson
  • 24ConnollySubstituted forConstableat 45'minutes
  • 35O'DowdaSubstituted forWilliamsat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Constable
  • 15Williams
  • 16Whing
  • 17Rose
  • 18Davies
  • 21Crocombe
  • 30Long
Referee:
Scott Mathieson
Attendance:
5,241

Match Stats

Home TeamScunthorpeAway TeamOxford Utd
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home11
Away5
Shots on Target
Home5
Away1
Corners
Home8
Away6
Fouls
Home9
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Scunthorpe United 1, Oxford United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Scunthorpe United 1, Oxford United 0.

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Niall Canavan.

Attempt blocked. Jake Wright (Oxford United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by David Mirfin.

Attempt missed. David Syers (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Attempt missed. Paddy Madden (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Booking

Tom Newey (Oxford United) is shown the yellow card.

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

Foul by Tom Newey (Oxford United).

Sam Winnall (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tom Newey (Oxford United).

Attempt missed. James Constable (Oxford United) header from very close range is too high.

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Eddie Nolan.

Sam Winnall (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tom Newey (Oxford United).

Attempt missed. Matthew Sparrow (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Ryan Clarke.

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

Hand ball by Danny Rose (Oxford United).

Sam Winnall (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jake Wright (Oxford United).

Substitution

Substitution, Oxford United. Danny Rose replaces Josh Ruffels.

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

Foul by Josh Ruffels (Oxford United).

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Ryan Clarke.

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Michael Raynes.

Marcus Williams (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Alfie Potter (Oxford United).

Foul by Sam Winnall (Scunthorpe United).

Dave Kitson (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Oxford United. Ryan Williams replaces Callum O'Dowda.

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Ryan Clarke.

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

Foul by David Syers (Scunthorpe United).

Nicky Wroe (Oxford United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Michael Collins (Scunthorpe United).

Dave Kitson (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Sam Winnall (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Attempt missed. James Constable (Oxford United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Scunthorpe442020466402680
2Chesterfield442115867392878
3Rochdale442391266462078
4Fleetwood442291364491575
5Burton441915104739872
6Southend4418141254381668
7York4417161149391067
8Oxford Utd441614145145662
9Plymouth441610184754-758
10Bury441318135547857
11Dag & Red441415155054-457
12Mansfield441415154755-857
13Portsmouth441415154959-1057
14Wimbledon441414164751-456
15Newport441316155457-355
16Cheltenham441316155158-755
17Hartlepool441410204953-452
18Accrington441215174953-451
19Morecambe441214184964-1550
20Exeter441213195057-749
21Wycombe441114194252-1047
22Bristol Rovers441114194152-1147
23Northampton441114193656-2047
24Torquay44119243962-2342
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