Scunthorpe comes from a 2:1 victory at home to Crawley last weekend, taking the lead in twentieth minute with an own goal, while Madden doubled up the lead in 62nd minute. Their opponent simply reduced the deficit thirteen minutes before the end, as the players of Scunthorpe recorded their second consecutive victory, where they also stand undefeated in last four matches.
With this victory, the team maintained three points difference from the relegation zone, as they continue to be close to a must win situation in this game as well. Coach Mark Robins said that he was pleased with the appearance of his players in last game, as they created several great goalscoring chances during the match and fully deserved the victory which could have been even with bigger difference. However, he clarified that the team awaits another crucial game and if they manage to win, the team will be very close of achieving their goal of staying in the league. Injured remain substitute goalkeeper James Severn (2/0), while midfielder Neil Bishop (38/5) is losing this match due fresh injury, with defensive Alex Davey (17/1) being doubtful after he received a knock in the previous game.
Port Vale, on the other side, comes from a goalless draw at home against Milton Keynes Dons last weekend. If nothing, the team avoided defeat this time, but have no victory in last seven matches. Prior to this game, they had six consecutive defeats and the things are now looking nowhere to be bright, with the team having only two points more than relegating placed sides.
Not only that, their form is terrible and this is what can worry them the most. Coach Rob Page was pleased that the team finally avoided defeat, saying that this could have happened before. He also added that their performance was improved significantly in comparison to previous matches, adding that the confidence of players is now boosted and that he expects even further improvement. At least, the team couldn’t have much better performance against one of the strongest teams in the league, but still stood quite well in the defense and managed to pull out a point. Defender Ryan Inniss returned to Crystal Palace after serving his loan deal at Port Vale, while offensive player Byron Moore (18/1) and Francisco Junior (1/0) remain injured.
This game comes as a very important one for both sides, as the game itself counts as much more than three points in case anyone wins here. Scunthorpe is doing quite well in front of their own fans, as the team remains a favorite here. However, first choice goes with goals as neither of the teams inspire confidence at the back.
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