sHEFFIELD United came back from a goal down to win 2-1 and maintain their pursuit of Charlton Athletic at the top of League One tonight.
And Blades fans were in happy mood in the stands as they discussed the substitutions that had brought them victory....and the implications of tonight’s other news from across the city...that Sheffield Wednesday had axed manager Gary Megson.
United had gone into tonight’s match determined to shrug off that derby defeat in S6.
They were looking for the form that had seen them win three games previous to the Hillsborough anti-climax.
James Beattie replaced Richard Cresswell alongside Ched Evans for his first starting appearance since returning to the Blades.
Nick Montgomery was out injured and Stephen Quinn dropped to the bench meaning Johnny Ertl and Ryan Flynn began in midfield.
Sam Slocombe got a feel of the ball as he caught a cross from Lee Williamson in the opening minutes, shortly after a Ched Evans shot was blocked by Paul Reid. Johnny Ertl was out of luck with an effort soon after.
Beattie, busy at both ends of the pitch, and Neill Collins had an attempt on goal, but nothing was overtly troubling Scunthorpe’s homegrown goalie and there seemed a confidence about the visitors.
Scunthorpe, who had certainly had their fair share of possession, went ahead on 30 minutes when scouse winger Mark Duffy converted from inside the area after approach work from Michael O’Connor.
Danny Wilson won’t have been chuffed at the amount of space Duffy had to finish off the move.
But he had the satisfaction of seeing referee Tierney show Sam Togwell a red card for professional foul seven minutes later.
But there were a few boos rattling around the Lane as the sides trooped off at half time.
The Beattie experiment hadn’t worked off and he was replaced by Richard Cresswell while Stephen Quinn replaced Ertl in the second period.
After 53 minutes, the shake-up seemed to have worked when Williamson smacked into to the top left corner of the goal, for 1-1.
Scunthorpe were in no rush to look to retrieving the lead and Slocombe was booked for time wasting with fully 22 minutes left.
But they could do nothing when Stephen Quinn smashed home from outside the penalty area to the bottom left corner for 2-1 with nine minutes to go.
UNITED: Simonsen, Lowton, Lescinel, Ertl, Collins, Maguire, Doyle, Flynn, Williamson, Evans, Beattie. Subs: Howard, Quinn, Hoskins, Cresswell, Porter.
SCUNTHORPE: Slocombe, Mirfin, Reid, Reckford, Ribeiro, Togwell, O’Connor, Walker, Duffy, Parkin, Barcham. Subs: Byrne, Thompson, Mozika, Robertson, Grant.
Ref: Tierney .
*Read James Shield’s analysis in Thursday’s Star.