Dan Burn and Nick Powell goals earn Latics third consecutive Sky Bet League One win as Paul Cook’s side ran out 2-1 winners at Glanford Park.
- Match Report: Scunthorpe United 1 – 2 Latics
- Dan Burn and Nick Powell goals for Latics, who had Lee Evans sent off
- Funso Ojo set up a tense finish with late goal for the Iron
Latics won for a third consecutive game, strengthening their grip on a Sky Bet League One automatic promotion spot with a 2-1 win at Scunthorpe United on Saturday afternoon.
Dan Burn and Nick Powell scored second-half goals for Paul Cook’s side, either side of Lee Evans being sent off, before Funso Ojo set up a tense finish with a 90th minute goal for the Iron.
Cook was forced into making two changes going into the game, with Sam Morsy (international duty) and Michael Jacobs (injury) both unavailable. Max Power made a first Sky Bet League One start of the season in place of the Egyptian whilst Gary Roberts replaced Jacobs. Burn captained Latics in Morsy’s absence.
Latics were slick from the off, moving the ball well, winning the midfield battler and getting the ball into wide areas for crosses. On three occasions inside the first 11 minutes, Powell went close, most notably from a lovely Callum Elder cross when he headed into the side-netting.
At the other end, a deep set-piece caused Latics problems and, as the ball looped over Jamie Jones, Latics were thankful to captain Burn for a goalline clearance as the ball looked certain to creep over the line.
Latics’ reaction to that scare was good; Will Grigg, Powell and Massey linked up wonderfully at times, though it was Chey Dunkley who looked like he may find the breakthrough as he glanced Lee Evans’ free-kick just wide.
Moments later, a lovely interchange between Powell and Grigg freed Massey, who curled narrowly wide of former Latic Matt Gilks’ top left-hand corner with a curling effort.
Latics pressed hard from the restart and got the lead when Burn brought a loose ball down in the area and rifled a thunderous left foot drive past Gilks.
As the hour mark approached, Latics were reduced to ten men when Evans reacted to a foul committed on him by Ojo, referee Robert Lewis dismissing the Welshman after consulting his assistant on the far side.
Never afraid to attack, Latics nearly forced a second 20 minutes from time when Chey Dunkley saw a header cleared off the line by Kevin van Veen from a Powell corner.
Moments later at the other end, Sam Mantom saw a 20-yard drive superbly saved by Jamie Jones.
That saved proved crucial as just a couple of minutes later Powell made it two. Jones’ long goal kick evaded the Scunthorpe backline and Powell rushed in behind before finishing clinically beyond Gilks. The hundreds of Latics fans behind the goal erupted!
Latics couldn’t clear a late corner and Ojo fired the loose ball home to set up a tense period of stoppage time but, marshalled by Burn and the composure of Jones between the sticks, Cook’s side held firm for a third consecutive win.
Scunthorpe United: Gilks; Clarke, Wallace, McArdle, Butroid; van Veen, Morris, Bishop (Manton 68), Ojo; Novak (Madden 68), Hopper (Holmes 51).
Subs: Watson, Burgess, Crofts, Adelakun.
Latics: Jones; Byrne, Dunkley, Burn (Capt), Elder; Power, Evans; Roberts, Powell (Toney 75) Massey (Thomas 67); Grigg (Perkins 58).
Subs: Evans, Hunt, Burgess, Golden.