My temptation into laziness was well-founded: THIS GAME HAS BEEN CALLED OFF!!
Was almost tempted to not bother writing this – given that the Iron have resorted to a fan appeal to help clear a foot of snow from the Glanford Park pitch after a week of freezing conditions up in North Lincolnshire. They left the snow on to act as insulation from the continuing cold temperatures but now as it’s warming up it needs shifting rather than melting and waterlogging the pitch.
Football League regulations stipulate a pitch inspection on Saturday morning, so unless it’s definitely not going to go ahead prior to that that’s when we can expect confirmation either way. Unlike us Scunny did have a fixture last weekend – and suffered a fifth consecutive defeat away at Millwall – so it’s fair to say they’re not exactly on a great run of form at the moment!
Marcus Tudgay will be hoping to make his debut for the Reds, whilst fellow loanee will perhaps have half an eye on his first start for us after a substitute appearance at Leicester. Adebola and McKenna are still injury doubts with a knee and groin injury respectively, and of course Blackstock and McGoldrick are long term absentees.
Scunthorpe don’t have any fresh injury concerns – and will certainly be looking at reversing their terrible run of form lately, in their last five games they’ve succumbed at home to Middlesbrough, Cardiff and Coventry – whilst also ‘enjoying’ fruitless trips to Derby and Millwall – shipping a total of fourteen goals in the process.
We should certainly be aiming for a win here – but of course without being as complacent as that sounded! Whilst they’ve struggled to keep clean sheets they can score goals too – so the Reds defence will need to be watching out for the threat of Woolford upfront, and the supply of chances from Byrne.
If the Reds can approach this match in a positive and attacking way – ie, exactly what they didn’t do at Leicester – and keep the home side under pressure from the off then I’d be reasonably comfortable in saying we’ll get three points. How confident I am that is how we will approach the game is somewhat less predictable though, so who the hell knows?
The way things are with us makes you look at a run of five straight defeats from our opponents and reflect how unusual it would be for a team to succumb to six straight defeats… hopefully I’m just being an unnecessarily negative so and so… they’ve not won at home since August, they’ve not drawn there since September… argh! I’ll stop now.
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