Scunthorpe United v Bristol City

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Football League Championship

Scunthorpe United0 (0)Bristol City1 (0)

Orr 83

Scunthorpe United :
Murphy, Byrne (Butler 53), Crosby, Hobbs, Williams, Hayes (Sparrow 71), Goodwin, Cork, Hurst (Forte 66), Paterson, Horsfield
Subs not used:
Lillis, May

Bristol City :
Basso, Orr, McCombe, Fontaine, McAllister, Sproule, Johnson, Elliott, McIndoe, Carle (Skuse 89), Adebola (Vasko 78)
Subs not used:
Henderson, Trundle, Byfield


by Andy Skeels at Glanford Park

THE highlight of this trip was a trouble-free journey north of little more than three-and-a-half hours, culminating in arrival at Glanford Park a good 20 minutes before 6 o’clock – almost unprecedented for a midweek fixture.

I think I may well use Sumner Cabs again…

In fact, Steve, Matt and myself were so unexpectedly early, we even had time for a pre-match meal, at Steve’s suggestion, in the new Frankie and Bennys right outside the ground. It’s not exactly the Lawyer in terms of real ale availability, but at least it was a better bet on the food front than a pie in the ground.

Stomachs suitably filled, we didn’t even need to venture out into a bitterly cold night until 7.20 pm… which is when the evening took a distinct turn for the worse.

Fresh from a win over Charlton and a battling point at Sheffield United, the Iron’s hopes of a late season rally to avoid relegation had been raised substantially. A victory tonight, and we may even move out of the bottom three if other results panned out in our favour.

Of course, we should know better than to start believing again. Just when we needed a good home win which could become the turning point of the season, we end up with another deflating and hugely dispiriting defeat.

Make no mistake, this one should have been a goalless draw. United perhaps looked marginally the better side for much of the game, without ever really threatening to score, while the visitors created the clearer-cut chances in a match of few real openings.

It was all petering out into a stalemate until City full-back Bradley Orr cut in from the right and curled over a cross which eluded everyone and crept fortuitously into the bottom corner of the stranded Murphy’s net.

At the beginning of the night, we desperately needed all three points; on balance, we would have been happy, and would have deserved, one; but by the end, there was nothing but a very disappointing seventh home defeat of the season to reflect upon.

To add insult to injury, Colchester’s win over Preston saw us drop to the foot of the table for the first time. I’m now beginning to think we won’t be moving from this position for the remainder of the season.

And to round the evening off in style, the M18 was closed because of roadworks, which sent us off on a wild goose chase of a diversion around downtown Donny at 10.30 at night. Just what you want, eh! Still, fair play to Sumner Cabs, they were still able to drop me off at my front door in Leatherhead at 1.15 am and you can't say fairer than that.