Scunthorpe United News
Scunthorpe's position at the top of League One was strengthened as both their chief rivals slipped up today.
Scunthorpe have appointed Nigel Adkins on a permanent basis as successor to previous manager Brian Laws.
Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill described the Carling Cup as a 'gateway' to European football after selecting his strongest side against Scunthorpe and watching Juan Pablo Angel fire them into the third round.
Scunthorpe took advantage of Bristol City and Nottingham Forest being involved in FA Cup action to move three points clear at the top of League One.
Many of Jose Mourinho's all-star Chelsea side will have their first taste of the 'magic' of the FA Cup in tomorrow's third-round tie at home to Scunthorpe.
When Scunthorpe goalkeeper Paul Musselwhite assumes the daunting role of forming the last line of defence against Chelsea in the FA Cup on Saturday, his mind will no doubt wander to his team's shock victory over the London club 17 years ago.
Scunthorpe boss Brian Laws will not be applying for the managerial vacancy at his old club Nottingham Forest.
Scunthorpe manager Brian Laws felt like he had 'won the lottery' after learning his team would play Barclays Premiership leaders Chelsea in the third round of the FA Cup.
Swansea slipped to third in Coca-Cola League Two as Scunthorpe and Leyton Orient both won, while their game at home to Darlington was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.
Newly-installed COVENTRY manager Peter Reid is confident he can propel the club into the Premiership within 12 months while operating on a shoestring budget.