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2015/16 preview - introducing Scunthorpe Utd FC

11 June 2015

Meet Millwall's League One opponents

SCUNTHORPE UNITED

Founded: 1899

Stadium: Glanford Park

Nickname: The Iron

Position: 16th in League One

Manager: Mark Robins was appointed Scunthorpe United manager in October 2014 with The Iron in the bottom three - and by the end of the season had steered the club to League One safety.

Robins enjoyed a glittering playing career for a number of clubs including Manchester United, Norwich City, Leicester City, FC Copenhagen, Panionios, Rotherham United and Manchester City and won a plethora of honours such as the FA Cup, FA Charity Shield, UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, UEFA Super Cup and League Cup.

It was at Rotherham - one of 13 clubs Robins played for - that he would begin his coaching career in June 2000 as a player and subsequently as assistant manager to Alan Knill.

When Knill left The Millers in March 2007 Robins took over as caretaker and a run of three wins in six games that moved the club off the bottom of League One convinced Rotherham's board to offer Robins the job on a permanent basis.

Despite starting the 2008/9 campaign with a 17 point deficit, he guided Rotherham to a 14th place finish - the team would have finished fifth had the club not been deducted points.

The team picked up where they had left off and by September 2009, Rotherham were sitting top of League Two when Championship side Barnsley offered Robins the opportunity of managing at a higher level.

Robins worked his magic again at Oakwell, rallying bottom-of-the-table Barnsley as he took The Tykes nine points clear of the relegation zone with an unbeaten eight game run that saw them end the season four places clear of the bottom three.

He then improved the club's League position as well as points total the following campaign, but parted company with Barnsley at the end of that season.

A brief consultancy role for the Premier League followed, working on their Player Performance Plan structure, but he was back in the managerial saddle firstly with Coventry (September 2012 - February 13) and then joined strugglers Huddersfield, securing their Championship status on the final day with a 2-2 draw against his former club Barnsley.

After surviving the following season, Robins and Huddersfield mutually agreed to part company after the first game of the 2014-15 campaign before taking up his fifth managerial role at Scunthorpe United.

Key Player: This promises to be a big season for goalkeeper Luke Daniels, who joined the Iron on a two-and-a-half year deal in January 2015 from West Bromwich Albion.

Daniels was brought in as a much-needed addition to the squad after both Sam Slocombe and James Severn freakishly broke their arms in the same match against Bristol City. 

Previously with West Brom’s academy, he made his debut whilst on loan at Motherwell in May 2008 and went on to make his full Football League debut the following August during a spell on loan at Shrewsbury. 

Daniels picked up further experience at clubs including Bristol Rovers, Rochdale, Charlton and Tranmere which all aided him in starting Capital One Cup ties for West Brom against Newport and Arsenal. 

He made 23 appearances for Scunthorpe last season, and after the departure of Slocombe, will be pushing to really establish himself as Iron's number one keeper this coming campaign.

Top scorer: Paddy Madden (17 goals)

Head-to-head: The history books show a paltry 19 meetings between the sides, and although Scunthorpe have won nine of these, the teams are locked at five wins apiece when it comes to matches played in the Football League.

In all, The Lions have won six previous encounters, including one success in the FA Cup, with two League and two FA Cup fixtures finishing all-square.

Last time we met: Two goals from John Marquis all but consigned Scunthorpe to League One and kept Millwall in the hunt for a Play-Off place in The Lions' first season back in the Championship.

This meeting at Glanford Park on 25th April 2011 saw Kenny Jackett's side complete the double over The Iron that season and go some way to putting the disappointment of their 2009 Play-Off Final Wembley defeat by Nigel Adkins' side behind them.

Millwall went in front in the 39th-minute when Marquis tapped in James Henry's cross and the young striker grabbed his second six minutes into the second-half. Scunthorpe full-back Eddie Nolan played a big part as he headed straight to the striker in an attempt to clear his lines and Marquis made no mistake, lashing home from the edge of the area.

Michael O'Connor grabbed a consolation goal for then home team from the penalty spot after Darren Ward fouled Joe Garner with two minutes remaining, but The Lions stoically weathered a late sustained spell of pressure to hold on to three valuable points that kept them two off the top six with two games remaining.

Scunthorpe United: Murphy, Nelson, Mirfin, Williams, Nolan (O'Connor, 62mins), Togwell, Nunez, Collins, Duffy (Grant, 63mins), Dagnall, Garner. Subs not used: Lillis, Gordon, Raynes, Reid, Miller.
Scorer: O'Connor (88mins, pen)

Millwall: Forde, Craig, Mkandawire, Ward, Robinson, Henry, Abdou, Smith, Townsend (Purse 90+1min), McQuoid (Bouazza, 76mins), Marquis (Schofield, 77mins). Subs not used: Mildenhall, Eastmond, Barron, Hackett.
Scorer: Marquis (39, 51 mins)
 
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