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Scunthorpe3Port Vale2

Scunthorpe United 3-2 Port Vale

Tom Hopper came off the bench to fire Scunthorpe back to the top of the League One table with a 71st-minute winner in their 3-2 victory at home to Port Vale.

But they did it the hard way, twice having to come from behind after the visitors had impressed in the early stages.

Beaten only once in their previous four games, Port Vale looked well organised and enjoyed some good first-half possession.

They came close to snatching a 26th-minute lead when striker JJ Hooper rifled a 25-yard effort just inches over.

Hooper was involved again when Vale did open the scoring in the 38th minute.

His low angled shot from the right was well pushed away by home keeper Luke Daniels, but straight into the path of Tyler Walker who produced a clinical finish.

Scunthorpe, with their new-look strike force of Craig Davies and Ivan Toney both making their full debuts, looked out of sorts.

But they came storming out in the second half and were back on level terms in the 49th minute when Josh Morris crashed home his 19th goal of the season from the penalty spot after a needless foul in the box on Davies by centre-back Remie Streete.

But Vale stood firm and were back in front in the 59th minute when slack marking in the Scunthorpe defence allowed Hooper to find room in the box to steer home his shot from a low right-wing cross.

Three minutes later and Scunthorpe were back level again when a flick-on from Davies saw Toney net a debut goal with a measured lob from the edge of the box beyond the outstretched reach of keeper Jak Alnwick.

And they edged in front for the first time in the 71st minute when substitute Hopper raced in at the edge of the six-yard box to crack home a glorious low left-wing cross from full-back Harry Toffolo for what proved to be the winner.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Scunthorpe

  • 1Daniels
  • 2Wiseman
  • 20Goode
  • 5Wallace
  • 15Toffolo
  • 19HolmesSubstituted forBishopat 78'minutes
  • 8Dawson
  • 17Mantom
  • 11Morris
  • 24ToneySubstituted forCrooksat 85'minutes
  • 28DaviesSubstituted forHopperat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Bishop
  • 13Anyon
  • 14Hopper
  • 16Adelakun
  • 21Margetts
  • 22Townsend
  • 30Crooks

Port Vale

  • 1Alnwick
  • 2Purkiss
  • 4Streete
  • 24SmithSubstituted forKnopsat 54'minutes
  • 19Tanser
  • 28de Freitas
  • 25GuyBooked at 12minsSubstituted forForresterat 78'minutes
  • 42Grant
  • 14Thomas
  • 10HooperSubstituted forEaglesat 73'minutes
  • 26Walker

Substitutes

  • 5Knops
  • 9Cicilia
  • 15Forrester
  • 23Boot
  • 27Amoros
  • 34Gibbons
  • 44Eagles
Referee:
Darren England
Attendance:
4,442

Match Stats

Home TeamScunthorpeAway TeamPort Vale
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home16
Away10
Shots on Target
Home7
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away5
Fouls
Home13
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Scunthorpe United 3, Port Vale 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Scunthorpe United 3, Port Vale 2.

Kjell Knops (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Stephen Dawson (Scunthorpe United).

Attempt missed. Sam Mantom (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Scott Wiseman.

Attempt blocked. Jerome Thomas (Port Vale) right footed shot from very close range is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Josh Morris (Scunthorpe United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Matt Crooks (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Chris Eagles (Port Vale).

Foul by Neal Bishop (Scunthorpe United).

Chris Eagles (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Matt Crooks replaces Ivan Toney.

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Ben Purkiss.

Attempt saved. Remie Streete (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Anton Forrester replaces Callum Guy.

Substitution

Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Neal Bishop replaces Duane Holmes because of an injury.

Callum Guy (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Harry Toffolo (Scunthorpe United).

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Chris Eagles replaces JJ Hooper.

Goal!

Goal! Scunthorpe United 3, Port Vale 2. Tom Hopper (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Harry Toffolo with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Tom Hopper replaces Craig Davies.

Attempt missed. Ivan Toney (Scunthorpe United) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Remie Streete.

Foul by Stephen Dawson (Scunthorpe United).

Anthony Grant (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Scunthorpe United 2, Port Vale 2. Ivan Toney (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from outside the box to the centre of the goal.

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Jak Alnwick.

Attempt saved. Ivan Toney (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Scunthorpe United 1, Port Vale 2. JJ Hooper (Port Vale) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ben Purkiss with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Craig Davies (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Hand ball by Scott Wiseman (Scunthorpe United).

Foul by Anthony de Freitas (Port Vale).

Duane Holmes (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Kjell Knops replaces Nathan Smith because of an injury.

Goal!

Goal! Scunthorpe United 1, Port Vale 1. Josh Morris (Scunthorpe United) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Penalty conceded by Remie Streete (Port Vale) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Scunthorpe United. Craig Davies draws a foul in the penalty area.

Second Half

Second Half begins Scunthorpe United 0, Port Vale 1.

Half Time

First Half ends, Scunthorpe United 0, Port Vale 1.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Scunthorpe28177456282858
2Sheff Utd29176653341957
3Bolton27155736211550
4Fleetwood29148743301350
5Bradford291213436241249
6Rochdale27143104136545
7Southend28111074035543
8Bristol Rovers29126114850-242
9Peterborough2811894037341
10Millwall2711794240240
11Charlton2791263527839
12Walsall2891183638-238
13Wimbledon2791083833537
14Oxford Utd27107103430437
15MK Dons2797113837134
16Northampton2996144248-633
17Gillingham2888123544-932
18Port Vale2788113142-1132
19Shrewsbury2978142841-1329
20Swindon2978142742-1529
21Bury2976164658-1227
22Chesterfield2875162845-1726
23Oldham28510131630-1425
24Coventry2849152342-1921
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