The Irons have lost their last four on the trot and six of their last seven matches to slip into the relegation zone, a point below Oldham who have currently played two games less. The Irons were in the Championship as recently as recently the 2010-11 season but have struggled all year long and even the return of popular former boss Brian Laws has not been enough to steer them to safety.
Last time out
Scunthorpe put up a good fight against table toppers Doncaster but ultimately were unable to snatch a point in front of their home supporters. After going two goals down in the first-half, the Irons were able get a goal back only for Chris Brown to strike just after half-time to restore Donny’s two-goal cushion. Karl Hawley’s 85th minute strike for the hosts was unable to spark a late comeback.
Laws was critical of his side’s defending post-match, saying: “I can’t believe that this is two games we’ve played Doncaster and conceded two own goals on the far post, by just the basics.”
“You can’t legislate for that, there’s no planning in that, it was just one of those things, but it doesn’t half give you a jolt.”
Scunthorpe will continue to be without midfielders Damien Mozika and Josh Walker but captain Paul Reid will be fit after returning from injury against Doncaster last week. Akpo Sodje was also returning from a knock of his own last week and should resume his partnership with Karl Hawley up front.
Last time we met
Back in mid-December, Scunthorpe shocked a Leyton Orient side that had won eight successive matches before the Irons’ visit to the Matchroom Stadium. All the goals were scored in the second half as Christian Ribeiro and Karl Hawley put Brian Laws’ men two goals up just after the hour. Kevin Lisbie pulled one back for the O’s from the spot with 10 minutes to play but within 60 seconds the Irons sealed the three points and only their fourth away win of the season through a deflected Damien Mozika strike.
One to watch
27-year-old winger Mark Duffy has been one of the few bright sparks in a dismal season for Scunthorpe and came out of the 3-2 defeat at home to Doncaster last week with credit after an enterprising performance that saw him score his sixth goal of the season.
Orient wins: 15
Carlisle wins: 17
Scunthorpe will be operating a cash turnstile for that fixture on Friday 29th March.
Ticket details are as follows :
Adults – £21
Seniors/U21’s/Students (with valid ID) – £14
Under 18’s – £10
Under 16’s -£5
Ambient Disabled/Wheelchair users can purchase tickets from our office on the day. Proof that they receive the higher rate of mobility & care will need to be shown.