Scunthorpe United 2-1 Milton Keynes Dons

15 Oct

Super-sub Paddy Madden scored twice as leaders Scunthorpe fought back from behind to beat MK Dons.


He transformed the game after the visitors threatened a fifth away win after coming off the bench on the hour as part of a double change which also brought on Kevin Van Veen.

The two made an almost instant impact, combining for the 66th-minute equaliser.

Van Veen found room in the box to get in a shot that keeper David Martin could not hold and Madden raced in to apply the finishing touch from close range.

He then fired Scunthorpe in front in the 81st minute, sweeping his shot low into the bottom far corner from an inviting low cross from the right by Josh Morris.

The home side had started on the front foot and were almost gifted a second-minute lead when Martin fumbled a shot from Duane Holmes against his own crossbar.

Martin was the central figure again in the 11th minute when the home side had strong appeals for a penalty turned down when striker Tom Hopper appeared to be floored in the box by a high challenge from the keeper.

MK Dons, with one of the best away records in the Football League, weathered the early storm and snatched a 37th-minute lead when poor defending down Scunthorpe’s right flank freed Ben Reeves to deliver a low cross into the box which was turned home by striker Kieran Agard.

They comfortably held that lead until Madden and Van Veen changed the game.

Match reports supplied by the Press Association.

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Match ends, Scunthorpe United 2, MK Dons 1.

Second Half ends, Scunthorpe United 2, MK Dons 1.

Attempt missed. Ryan Colclough (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Kevin van Veen (Scunthorpe United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Harry Toffolo (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Nicky Maynard (MK Dons).

Substitution, MK Dons. Kabongo Tshimanga replaces Paul Downing.

Foul by Neal Bishop (Scunthorpe United).

Samir Carruthers (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Nicky Maynard (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

David Mirfin (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nicky Maynard (MK Dons).

Hand ball by Daniel Powell (MK Dons).

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Murray Wallace.

Attempt blocked. Ryan Colclough (MK Dons) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Dean Lewington (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution, MK Dons. Daniel Powell replaces Ben Reeves.

Attempt missed. Joe Walsh (MK Dons) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Joe Anyon.

Attempt saved. Ben Reeves (MK Dons) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt blocked. Samir Carruthers (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Goal! Scunthorpe United 2, MK Dons 1. Paddy Madden (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Josh Morris.

Paul Downing (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Kevin van Veen (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by George B Williams (MK Dons).

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Murray Wallace.

Attempt missed. Darren Potter (MK Dons) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Neal Bishop (Scunthorpe United) is shown the yellow card.

Samir Carruthers (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Joe Anyon replaces Luke Daniels because of an injury.

Attempt saved. Nicky Maynard (MK Dons) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Substitution, MK Dons. Ryan Colclough replaces Dean Bowditch.

Joe Walsh (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Stephen Dawson (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Joe Walsh (MK Dons).

Foul by Stephen Dawson (Scunthorpe United).

Samir Carruthers (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Murray Wallace.

Goal! Scunthorpe United 1, MK Dons 1. Paddy Madden (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Kevin van Veen (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

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