LET’S FINISH IT SAYS WINNALL
TOP scorer Sam Winnall wants Scunthorpe to win promotion in front of their own fans when they host Oxford at Glanford Park tomorrow.
The Iron need other results to go in their favour, just as they did on Good Friday, but the chance to seal a top-three place can come with a victory against the U’s.
Winnall says his side owe it to their supporters to seal promotion as quickly as possible after more than 1,000 were left disappointed during their game at Morecambe.
Scunthorpe led for the majority of the match, courtesy of Winnall’s 22nd-minute header, but the Shrimps snatched a share of the spoils in stoppage time thanks to Jack Sampson’s goal.
“The fans were fantastic,” said the former Wolves front man.
“To bring so many across the country was brilliant – we’re disappointed we didn’t take the three points home for them.
“It gives us a chance to do it on Monday in front of everybody. We’ll be striving to do that. We desperately want to do it in front of our home crowd.
“I don’t think we are nervous. Late goals have happened a few times but there’s no one reason behind it.
“After Monday there will only be two games left. We’re disappointed at the moment but come kick off on Monday we’ll be in the right frame of mind.”
Winnall said his goal against the Shrimps was the ‘scruffiest’ of his 23 this season.
It came when his header, from Paddy Madden’s inch-perfect cross, bounced into the ground and evaded a defender on the line.
Dave Syers was denied a second in the following minutes as United controlled the first hour, but when they begun to look nervy, the Shrimps piled on the pressure.
Kevin Ellison thought he had levelled in the 77th minute when he lashed in from inside the sixyard box, only for referee Steve Rushton to call play back to the edge of the penalty for a free-kick to the home side.
Scunthorpe goalkeeper Sam Slocombe then took centre stage, pushing Ryan Williams’ thunderbolt around the post before then keeping out a powerful drive from substitute Sampson.
Morecambe, and Sampson, were though not to be denied and when Jamie Devitt lobbed a cross to the back post in the fifth minute of injury-time, Sampson rose highest to head home. The side who have picked up more points from losing positions than any other in the Football League could add another to their collection.
“We gambled a little bit with the substitutions, but the gamble paid off. We finished strongly,” said Shrimps manager Jim Bentley.
“Referees are in a difficult position. They have to make big decisions.We hoped he’d have let it run when Kevin went through, but unfortunately for us he blew up.You think when something like that happens that it’s not going to be your day but we kept plugging away and we’ve taken a point.”
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LAST GASP: Jack Sampson celebrates after scoring the late leveller STAR MAN JAMIE DEVITT Moreca