Scunthorpe United v Rovers – Match Preview

To look ahead to tomorrow’s encounter at Glanford Park, @callumscott1999 previews the League One match.

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Rovers head to Glanford Park tomorrow evening to face unbeaten Scunthorpe United.

Mowbray’s men make the 220 mile round trip tomorrow night to face Scunthorpe United at Glanford Park, managed by former Burnley defender Graham Alexander.

Rovers will look to build on the weekend’s result and push higher up the league table, and Mowbray will be wanting to see the signs of the team gelling together.

Team news

Rovers head into the game a similar squad from Rochdale after Saturday’s impressive performance.

Craig Conway had to be substituted on Saturday at Rochdale, after he picked up a hip injury, and will face a late fitness test alongside captain Charlie Mulgrew, who could return as he looks to push for full fitness. Midfielder Bradley Dack returned from injury on Saturday and looked impressive in the final third, scoring a goal that was subsequently given offside, and should be in the starting 11 & substitutes.

Defender Paul Downing could make his second appearance in a Rovers shirt if manger Tony Mowbray doesn’t decide to risk captain Mulgrew. Downing looked shaky in the first ten minutes but grew into the game and look promising against experienced striker Matt Done, whom he kept quiet the entire afternoon.¬†Deadline day signings Harper and Hart may also feature and will be ready if called upon.

Rovers will still be without Darragh Lenihan, whose injury could rule him out until the new year. Young defenders Ryan Nyambe and Scott Wharton (who signed a new contract earlier today) will also be out with both defenders suffering ankle injuries.

Scunthorpe will be without new signing Andrew Crofts who injured himself in training and will miss the game tomorrow night. Scunthorpe hosted Blackpool at the weekend, managed by former Rovers manager Gary Bowyer and the game finished 0-0 after a dismal display by the 2 teams.

Season so far

Rovers started the league season poorly losing both league games after losing to Southend 2-1 and Doncaster 3-1.

Since then, Rovers have been impressive beating Bradford away from home 1-0. Rovers also beat MK Dons 4-1 and – most recently – Rochdale 3-0, which has capped off a great few weeks for the fans.

The players will also be very confident going into Tuesday night’s affair and will look to make it 4 league wins in a row for Tony Mowbray’s men.

Scunthorpe impressed for the majority of last season and were in major contention for automatic promotion, but ran out of gas towards the end and subsequently finished 3rd.

Beating Scunthorpe would be a huge statement to the rest of the league and will show that we mean business. This season, the Iron have made an impressive start to the season and are still unbeaten after 3 wins and 3 draws.

Scunthorpe currently sit 3 points ahead of Rovers before tomorrow night’s game, but could go ahead of Scunthorpe with a win. Rovers still have a game in hand after the Fleetwood game was rearranged, so we are still catching pace towards the top 6.

One to watch

Former Rover Josh Morris will be lining up for Scunthorpe as he looks to beat his former club. Morris made 20 league appearances for the Blue and Whites but failed to register on the scoresheet once.

He didn’t really impress for Rovers, and did go on loan throughout his career playing for the Blue and Whites. Since leaving Rovers, he played for Bradford before joining Scunthorpe in 2016. During his time for the Iron. he has scored 22 goals and has inserted himself as a first team starter every week.

Morris scored a beautiful winner away to Bury on the international weekend, and Rovers will need to be wary to not concede a goal like this tomorrow evening.

Previous games

Last league meeting at Glanford Park: 24th April 1973, English Division Three. The game finished Scunthorpe United 1-1 Blackburn Rovers.

Last meeting between the sides: 12th August 2014, League Cup 1st Round. Scunthorpe beat Rovers on their own soil, courtesy of a Neal Bishop header.

The only two current Rovers players who were in that squad were Corry Evans and Craig Conway.

Prediction

Rovers need to keep the Scunthorpe wingers quiet, who have impressed in the previous 2 seasons.

Josh Morris will be the main threat and boss Tony Mowbray will know this ahead of the game. Rovers need to do the same they did against Rochdale and exploit the wings, and get the ball into the box. If this is done correctly, I can only see the game going one way.

Prediction: Scunthorpe 1-3 Rovers

Scunthorpe scorer: Morris

Rovers scorers: Samuel, Conway and Dack.

Come on you Blues!