Preview: Scunthorpe United v Norwich City
By Iron-Bru @ Glanford Park
Updated Thursday, 12th August 2010
Norwich City visit Glanford Park for the second Championship game of the season.
Scunthorpe have won both their games this season, and while the opening day victory at Reading came as a surprise this is a match manager Nigel Adkins will be looking to get something from. Norwich opened their campaign with a 3-2 home loss to Watford, and will need three points here if they are to prove they are capable of finishing towards the top half of the table.
Iron team news
Sam Togwell, the midfielder, will be missing as he is suspended following his red card in the midweek Carling Cup win over Oldham Athletic. Joe Murphy and Eddie Nolan were on international duty with the Republic of Ireland in midweek, but are available again. David Mirfin (shoulder) should be fit but josh Wright (hamstring) is unlikely to play.
Norwich team news
The Canaries welcome back Andrew Surnam (slight knock)) and Andrew Crofts (international duty). Defender Zak Whitbead (calf) and Steven Smith (ankle) are missing.
Historical achievements: The East Anglia club enjoyed the most successful period during the 1990s when they were a regular Premier League side, with a Uefa Cup win over Bayern Munich a particular highlight. They had finished third in the first Premier League season, but were relegated in 1995. They returned to the top flight in 2004 as First Division champions, but were immediately relegated. Despite the benefit of parachute payments the club struggled back in the second tier and were relegated to League One. Despite losing their first game of last season 7-1 at home to local rivals Colchester United they finished the campaign as champions.
Stats and figures
Both teams have four goals to their name this season, but Scunthorpe's have been spread among more players. Jonathan Forte, Martyn Woolford, Garry Thompson and Rob Jones have all netted for the Iron, while strikers Chris Martin and Grant Holt have two each for the Canaries.
Jamie Cureton scored a 78th-minute winner the last time the two sides met at Glanford Park, in December 2007. The game at Carrow Road that season had finished goalless. Overall the Iron hold an historical edge, having won four of the 11 meetings between the side. The Canaries have won three, with four draws.
Chris Sarginson (Staffordshire)
Scunthorpe 3/4 / Draw 5/2 / Scunthorpe 10/3 (after 90 minutes, Paddy Power)
Elsewhere in the Championship
We are only eight days into the new season but for the second week in succession there is a new manager in charge of Bristol City, with Keith Millen hoping for a better result than his predecessor Steve Coppell did. Coppell quit during the week after just two competitive games, losing 3-0 to Millwall last Saturday before going out of the Carling Cup to Southend United. Jack Cork, a player familiar to Iron fans having spent the 2007/08 season on loan at Glanford Park, will make his first start for Burnley after rejoining them in the week.