Scunthorpe United’s League One survival hanging by a thread after Bantams defeat

Scunthorpe United are in severe danger of slipping out of League One after bottom club Bradford City left Glanford Park with all three points on Saturday.

Already relegated Bradford appeared to play with no pressure as they raced into a 3-0 lead in the first fifteen minutes of the match. Despite the Iron fighting back in the second half, two goals were not enough to salvage a much-needed point. Their heartbreak was confirmed when they had an effort cleared off the line in the final seconds of the game.

It means Scunthorpe now make the long trip to Plymouth Argyle at the weekend knowing they must take all three points and hope that both Southend and Walsall fail to win their games against Sunderland and Shrewsbury.

It has been a disastrous season for the Iron who are on their third manager of the campaign. They sacked Nick Daws in August after just four games in charge and replaced him with the experienced Stuart McCall. The Scot was backed heavily in the early part of the January transfer window, and a run of five victories in six matches won McCall the League One Manager of the Month award for January and had the Iron in mid-table as they went into February

However, it proved to be a false dawn, and a subsequent run of one win in seven saw majority shareholder and chairman Peter Swann show McCall the exit door in March and replace him with Club legend Andy Dawson until the end of the season. The Iron have failed to win under Dawson and have taken just two points from their last six games leaving them in twenty-third place.

It all seems a far cry from last season when under the management of Graham Alexander the Iron reached the dizzy heights of fifth before his inexplicable dismissal with seven games left to play.

Scunthorpe journey to Devon buoyed by the knowledge that Argyle are also deep in trouble and on a terrible run of form, having lost their last five and conceded eleven in their previous three games which culminated in a 5-1 defeat to Accrington on Saturday.

The heavy defeat left manager Derek Adams in an untenable position, and he was sacked late on Sunday evening and replaced with first-team coach Kevin Nancekivell for the vital match. Argyle also need three points and hope that results go their way elsewhere to preserve their League One status.

Scunthorpe have announced free coach travel for any supporter wishing to attend the last day drama in an effort to fill the away end on what is sure to be a tense nervy day for both sets of supporters in Devon.

Our View

Scunthorpe are suffering the consequences of a trigger happy chairman.

Three managers in a season is ludicrous and more often than not will only lead to one thing, relegation.

The sacking of Alexander didn’t make sense at the time, and it makes even less sense now.

I fully expect the Iron will be back playing League Two football next season.



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