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Preview - Scunthorpe United

26 April 2013

TOWN head to Scunthorpe United at the weekend to play the final game of the regulation 2012/13 league season.

With an end-of-season Play-Off campaign to come for Swindon, both sides will be fighting to secure their all-important final positions at the top and at the bottom of the League One table. 

THE VIEW

Manager Kevin MacDonald says that he is simply concentrating on Swindon’s result and performance at Glandford Park. 

“It’s going to be interesting to see where we actually are but I’m concentrating on how we’re getting on,” he said. “That’s the real important thing for me.  If we perform to the best of our ability we’ll give anybody a game. 

“He (Brian Laws) will be trying to get into the them, get the crowd behind them and we’ve got to try and nullify them but we’ve also got to remember that we’re one of the best sides in the league and we’ve got to try and play to that and play to the best of our ability.”

THE STORY SO FAR

The Iron go into the final game of the campaign needing a win to preserve their League One status. Four games without a win preceded last weekend’s win over MK Dons with the three points giving Brian Laws’ men the chance to stay up if they win and Colchester United lose. 

The start of the season saw the Iron not win until the middle of September before picking up just four wins in the months leading up to the Christmas period. 

2013 began well with Scunthorpe remaining unbeaten in January and claiming a vital victory at fellow strugglers Colchester United.  Despite three defeats in February, the Iron did manage to register four wins. Since the beginning of March, just one win has punctuated a run of seven defeats from their last nine games before victory at Stadium:MK last Saturday. 

LAST TIME OUT

The Iron earned a point at SN1 earlier on this season in a 1-1 draw. James Collins was Swindon’s goalscorer.

Simon Cox was the star of the show the last time Swindon were at Glanford Park as his hat-trick earned Town a point in a thrilling 3-3 draw. Town’s last win at Scunthorpe was in 2006 when a penalty from Trevor Benjamin and a Ricky Shakes strike secured a 2-1 win. 

The Iron’s last win over Swindon on home turf was way back in 1985. After Leigh Barnard’s first-half leveler, Town ended up on the wrong end of a 6-2 hiding with Peter Coyne notching little more than a consolation from the penalty spot. 

TICKETS

Adults - £22 
Senior Citizen Over 60 - £15 
Students & 18-20 Year olds - £15 (Valid NUS card required) 
Under 18 - £11 
Under 16 - £6

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