Barnsley v Scunthorpe

07 March 2011 02:00
Barnsley will assess the fitness of left-back Jay McEveley, who made his comeback against Derby on Saturday after a long spell out injured.Nathan Doyle and Jacob Mellis also returned in that match and will be checked as well.

Scunthorpe are still without Paul Reid, who has a hip injury.

Striker Chris Dagnall (knee), goalkeeper Joe Murphy (ankle) and right-back Cliff Byrne (back) all remain doubtful.

MATCH PREVIEW Having recently brought Nottingham Forest's magnificent home run to a surprise end, Scunthorpe further boosted their survival hopes by beating second-placed Swansea at Glanford Park on Saturday.

That victory - The Iron's third in six matches - further highlighted their ability to upset the odds. Win again on Tuesday, and they will climb out of the bottom three if Crystal Palace lose against promotion-chasing Cardiff. It would also be their first league victory at Barnsley for 52 years.

United have suffered six successive away losses but have won six away games this season so can head to Oakwell with some optimism, not least because the Tykes are without a win in six matches and have won only one of their last eight - and that was against bottom side Preston.

Barnsley are not completely out of danger. At the weekend they drew 0-0 at struggling Derby, who had lost all of their previous five home games. A defeat in this match would leave Mark Robins' men only six point ahead of Scunthorpe.

MATCH FACTS Head-to-head

• This is the 28th league meeting of these clubs. Barnsley have won 12 of the previous 11 - one more than Scunthorpe.

• Barnsley are unbeaten in 10 home matches against The Iron (W8, D2).

• A goal for the Tykes would be the club's 50th against United.


• Barnsley have failed to score in three of their last four games.

• Three points against Scunthorpe would see them complete home wins against all of the current bottom six sides.

• The Tykes have conceded 17 Championship goals in the final 15 minutes of matches this season - more than any other team.


• Scunthorpe are yet to score an away goal in 2011.

• They have failed to score in 16 of their 34 league games this term.

• United have lost all but one of the 19 matches in which they have conceded the opening goal.

• The Iron have conceded 11 goals in the first 15 minutes of Championship matches - more than any other club.

Source: BBC_Sport