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MATCH PREVIEW: The Blues head to Scunthorpe on Saturday

We take a look ahead to this weekend's game

30 August 2019

Scunthorpe head into the weekend game having had a tough start to their League Two campaign, with a draw against Crawley Town their only positive result so far.

MillerFollowing their relegation from League One last season, they've struggled to settle and will be looking for a quick upturn in form so that they get away from the lower reaches of the division.

Things got off to a tough start, with a 2-0 home reverse at the hands of Swindon, and their first away game the following week was a 4-1 defeat at Cheltenham. The home point against the Red Devils suggested that better was to come, but Macclesfield and Cambridge have both taken the spoils from the last two outings.

The Iron bolstered their ranks with the loan signing of George Miller from Barnsley last week, with the highly-rated front man having bagged 18 goals whilst with Bradford last term.


From the manager

Speaking ahead of the game, Steven Pressley said: "This is another game where we are coming up Pressley against a side who will try to play their football at what is a very tight ground.

"They've tightened things up defensively recently and there is no doubt they'll be looking for a turnaround in results as quickly as possible. 

"League positions don't mean too much at this stage of the season, other than they show those sides who have found a bit of consistency. That's what both ourselves and Scunthorpe are looking for just now.

"The good thing for us is that we know we aren't too far away. Some of the football we're playing is fantastic, and it's now about eradicating the errors we've been making in our final third and converting the very good chances we're creating into goals.

"It's a game for us to look forward to. We know our fans will be there in numbers again, as they always are, so it's about giving them a positive result and another good performance to cheer."



  Carlisle wins Draws Scunthorpe wins
League 17 11 26
FA Cup 0 1 2
Cup 0 1 0
League Cup 1 1 0
Total 18 14 28


The man in the middle

Referee - Sam Purkiss
Assistant Referee 1 - Steven Rushton
Assistant Referee 2 - Grant Taylor
Fourth Official - Richard Wigglesworth


This is a first season in the Football League for Mr Purkiss. He has taken charge of two games so far this season, showing seven yellow cards and no reds. 


Is that a fact?

Scunthorpe was close to the epicentre of the 2008 Market Rasen earthquake, the second largest earthquake experienced in the British Isles, which had a magnitude of 5.2.


Significant shocks were felt in Scunthorpe and the surrounding North Lincolnshire area. The main 10-second quake, which struck at 00:56 GMT on 27 February 2008, at a depth of 9.6 mi (15.4 km), was second only to a 1984 quake, with a magnitude of 5.4, which occurred in North Wales.


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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: Iron 0 - 1 United

Report from the Saturday afternoon away game

31 August 2019

The Blues were at Glanford Park to face Scunthorpe this weekend as both sides looked to build momentum with the first month of the campaign drawing to a close.

A tough run of results, following last season's relegation for the Iron, has left them with work to do but signs are there that better days are ahead.

A hamstring injury for Stefan Scougall ruled him out for the visitors, and Carlisle boss Steven Pressley made three changes with Elias Sorensen and Harry McKirdy coming into the starting line up for Hallam Hope and Olufela Olomola, and with McKirdy drafted in for the injured Scougall.

Scunthorpe had former-Blues loanees Alex Gilliead and Regan Slater in their ranks, with a tweaked formation which saw them pack the midfield and go with George Miller as a lone but supported striker up front.

Following a slow start it was the home side who created the first opening when Miller was bundled to the floor by Knight-Percival tight by the corner flag. Butler jumped high to send the delivery from Clarke back across goal and Songo'o got there, with a downward header, which had to be hooked clear before it crossed the line.

The hosts came again when Lund worked space in midfield and his touch took him past Carroll and into space. He shot from distance but he couldn't keep it down.

That sparked a good home spell and determination from Slater saw him come through two challenges with the ball at his feet. He was forced wide, but he somehow got a shot away as he tumbled to the ground. Collin did well to make the save as it took a wicked deflection and flew low at his shins.

The lively Jordan Clarke picked up the loose ball as a Carlisle move broke down, and his cross invited Eisa to leap. He connected with his head but it angled high and over the bar.

More good work from Lund saw him curl a great cross into the mix from halfway inside the United half as the hosts remained on top in the game. Miller met it with a glanced header but he got his bearings wrong and it dropped just wide of the upright.

United had half a sight when play was spread wide to Iredale with 24 minutes on the clock. He dropped a shoulder and crossed early, and Sorensen moved off his marker's shoulder as he tried to make room to shoot. Watson spotted the danger and he was off his line quickly to smother the ball.

Scunthorpe had a run of three corners just before the half hour, but the green shirts did well to deal with the arrowed crosses which flew into the box. The Iron then went close when a slick exchange of passes from a Clarke throw which saw Slater and Miller combine to release Gilliead. His cross on the sprint had Slater stretching and his header on the dive smashed into the side netting.

Neither side made much of an inroad through the closing 15 minutes of the first half, but Gilliead and Clarke kept knocking on the door with crosses from the right flank, and Lund looked for forward movement for the hosts as he called for it in the middle of the park.

There was a scare for the visitors in time added on for the half when Miller shielded a pass from Eisa with his back to goal. He went to ground, accompanied by loud appeals for a penalty. He was quickly up on his feet, and a touch from his toe gave Eisa an opportunity. He unleashed a snapshot but it came off Carroll and spun away towards the corner flag.

The delivery from that was half cleared, and Slater showed skill to go past two United players before setting his sights on goal. He was off balance and his effort zipped into the United fans behind the goal.

Striker Ryan Loft came on to replace Elias Sorensen at the start of the second half, but United had a corner to deal with as Scunthorpe attacked in numbers. Butler headed it back across goal from deep, but Knight-Percival was there to clear before Eisa could make it count.

A good move from Carlisle followed as Bridge turned to create space on the edge of the box. Thomas overlapped, and his rasping delivery had to be cleared as Loft angled a run to meet it. 

Another testing corner at the other end was headed over by McArdle, and his reaction suggested that he should have done better as he rifled it over almost completely unopposed. 

The away side took the lead on 60 minutes when Loft made life hard for Butler as the pair got themselves underneath a huge kick forward. The ball bounced out towards McKirdy, who touched it back towards Loft, and the substitute made no mistake as he held off his marker before drilling an unstoppable shot into the bottom corner.

Things became very tight, but United were denied a penalty on 71 minutes when McKirdy and Sagaf broke from a clearance from a Scunthorpe corner. McKirdy tried to squeeze a shot through, and it then became a race between Thomas and Watson as to who would get to the ball first. The Carlisle man fell to the floor but the referee waved play on.

Collin was needed to make a fine save from a bullet of a header from Lund, as he met a corner from Slater on the full, but United saw the closing 10 minutes out in relative comfort as they closed the gaps and defended their lines with strength and determination and, in the end, they looked good for the three points they'd wrestled from Glanford Park. 



Carlisle United - Loft (60)



Scunthorpe United - Clarke (27)

Carlisle United - Carroll (35), Knight-Percival (65), McKirdy (74), Iredale (84), Loft (90), Elliott (90)



Scunthorpe United - Watson, Clarke, Lund, Songo'o, Butler (c) (McGahey 63), Gilliead (Colclough 72), McArdle, Slater (McAtee 84), Brown, Miller, Eisa. Subs - Eastwood (gk), van Veen, O'Malley, Dawson.

Carlisle United - Collin (gk) (c), Elliott, Webster, Knight-Percival, Iredale, Bridge, Jones, Carroll (Sagaf 56), Thomas, Sorensen (Loft 46), McKirdy (Hope 80). Subs - Gray (gk), Mellish, Charters, Branthwaite.


Match officials

Referee - Sam Purkiss
Assistant Referee 1 - Steven Rushton
Assistant Referee 2 - Grant Taylor
Fourth Official - Richard Wigglesworth


Attendance - 3,359 (334 away fans)

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