Full Time report: Scunthorpe United 2 Chesterfield 0

Scunthorpe vs Chesterfield - Jay O'Shea breaks the tackle of Scunthorpe's George Evans- Pic By James Williamson
Scunthorpe vs Chesterfield - Jay O'Shea breaks the tackle of Scunthorpe's George Evans- Pic By James Williamson
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Much-changed Chesterfield slumped to a 2-0 defeat to Scunthorpe at Glanford Park thanks to goals from Irish stars Niall Canavan and Paddy Madden.

After a goalless first half, Canavan headed in on 58 minutes and the lead was doubled by Madden with five minutes to go,

Paul Cook made five changes for the Spireites as they looked to halt a run of successive defeats.

And it was Gboly Ariyibi who was the man to watch as his skill and pace caused the Iron problems throughout.

Chesterfield started on the back foot but they soon got into the game and the home side were left trying to hit on the break.

Jay O’Shea was also in the thick of the action and he provided the cross for Ritchie Humphreys who headed wide on 16 minutes.

Then on 22 minutes O’Shea had a chance of his own, with Ariyibi the provider but Scunthorpe keeper Daniels saved the shot from 18 yards, easily.

That link up between Humphreys and O’Shea almost reaped rewards again on 23 minutes when the former Sheffield Wednesday and Hartlepool man fired just wide from O’Shea’s pass.

Tommy Lee beat away a deflected shot from Madden on 25 minutes at Iron pushed forward but on 38 minutes Spireites went close again as O’Shea this time found Sam Morsy whose effort from 25 yards was saved by Daniels.

Just before the break Byron Harrison had arguably the best chance of the game as Tendayi Darikwa crossed but the former Cheltenham forward’s header went just wide.

Half Time 0-0

The home side started the better after the break and Madden should have had them in front on 49 minutes but headed over from a Van Veen cross.

On 58 minutes Iron got the goal they had pressed for when Canavan headed in after getting on the end of a flick on from a Scunthorpe corner.

Chesterfield pushed for an equaliser and Armand Gnanduillet and Caolan Lavery both came on in an attempt to add potency to their attack.

Lavery had a couple of half chances to score but couldn’t compose himself enough to really test the keeper.

The forward on loan from Sheffield Wednesday then turned provider on 72 minutes, feeding Gnanduillet who fired just wide.

Scunthorpe rallied after that and took control of the game again before scoring their second near the end.

Dan Jones lost possession, giving Madden a run at goal and the striker slotted past Tommy Lee.

Scunthorpe: Daniels, Clarke, Canavan, Davey, Williams, Bishop, O’Neil, Madden, Evans, van Veen, Hopper. Subs: Anyon, Nolan, McAllister, Adelakun, Boyce, Wooton, Osbourne.

Chesterfield: Lee, Darikwa, Hird, Carter, Clucas, Ryan, Morsy, Ariyibi, O’Shea, Humphreys, Harrison. Subs: Chapman, Raglan, Jones, Banks, Lavery, Gnanduillet, Duffy.

Ref: Eddie Ilderton (Tyne & Wear)