March 29, 2013
Iron show their mettle
Scunthorpe clawed their way out of the bottom four with a hard-earned 2-1 victory against Leyton Orient.
It halted a run of four successive defeats for the home side as the in-form Londoners found themselves beaten for the first time in eight games.
Scunthorpe got off to a flying start when striker Akpo Sodje fired them into a fourth-minute lead with his sixth goal in 12 games since joining the club from Preston.
He squeezed a shot low into the far corner after being played free into the box by Mark Duffy.
Orient came roaring back with a spell of good pressure and could have been back on level terms when striker Kevin Lisbie broke free into the box, only to be denied by the legs of keeper Eirik Holmen Johansen.
It was against the run of play when Scunthorpe went 2-0 in front in the 42nd minute when centre back Niall Canavan headed home a right-wing cross from Duffy for his sixth goal of the campaign.
But deep into first-half stoppage time, Orient got themselves back into the game when Lisbie headed home a right-wing corner from Dean Cox.
The Londoners pressed strongly throughout much of the second half, looking to revive their hopes of gatecrashing the play-offs.
Scunthorpe were forced to defend doggedly but were also indebted to young keeper Holmen Johansen, on loan from Manchester City.
He pulled off a couple of early second-half saves, each time to deny winger Dean Cox. And in stoppage time he rescued Scunthorpe again with vital stops from Orient substitutes Jimmy Smith and Charlie MacDonald.
|Scunthorpe United||Leyton Orient|
|26 Eirik Holmen Johansen||1 Jamie Jones|
|6 Paul Reid||15 Nathan Clarke|
|21 Tom Newey||27 Elliot Omozusi|
|18 Eddie Nolan||4 Roman Vincelot|
|15 Niall Canavan||22 Martin Rowlands|
|19 Michael Collins||7 Dean Cox|
|16 Mark Duffy||2 Leon McSweeney|
|7 James Ryan||17 Moses Odubajo|
|22 Karl Hawley||9 Kevin Lisbie|
|9 Akpo Sodje||28 Shaun Batt|
|11 Andy Barcham||39 David Mooney|
|13 James Severn||Charlie Grainger 19|
|5 David Mirfin||Gary Sawyer 3|
|2 Christian Ribeiro||De-Reece Vanderhyde 25|
|14 Robbie Gibbons||Lee Cook 21|
|23 Anthony Forde||Jimmy Smith 11|
|10 Mike Grella||Lloyd James 23|
|27 James Alabi||Charlie MacDonald 14|
|David Mirfin for Paul Reid (40)||Lee Cook for Shaun Batt (66)|
|James Alabi for Karl Hawley (75)||Jimmy Smith for Martin Rowlands (75)|
|Anthony Forde for Andy Barcham (90)||Charlie MacDonald for David Mooney (82)|
|Akpo Sodje (35)|
|James Ryan (66)|
|James Alabi (90)|
|· Squads: Scunthorpe United | Leyton Orient|