I offered to write this before I knew my view of the left flank would be obscured by an iron girder, so can only imagine what Reece Wabara did in the first half.
Eight minutes in Rovers’ second corner was celebrated enthusiastically by the travelling support, who let off a smoke bomb. I always think corner number five is the one worth getting worked up about, myself.
On twenty minutes a scramble in the Scunthorpe box saw an effort by Harry Forrester blocked, hooked clear and suddenly Rovers were outnumbered at the back, however Jed Steer made a breathtakingly good save, full-length to his right.
Shortly after, in worryingly similar style, one pass unlocked Rovers’ defence, one turn lost three defenders and Rory Fallon’s accurate daisy-cutter nestled in the bottom corner. It wasn’t totally undeserved.
Rovers soon woke up and when Scunthorpe failed to clear a corner Jamie Coppinger swivelled and hooked home in super slow-motion to equalise. Behind the girder I imagine Dickov and Horton celebrated with some tag-team break-dancing.
Into the second half and Furman won a crunching tackle in the middle, drove forward and played a perfectly weighted pass for Tyson who finished like Thierry Henry.
Rovers dominated for the remainder, but Scunthorpe still produced one or two heart in mouth moments highlighting that defensively we are still frail. Overall, a deserved victory, with some outstanding individual displays and neat one touch football to get excited about. Marc de Val is ace and, today, so was Furman.
by Dan Jennings