Sep 13, 2013 at 7.45pm UK at ​Roots Hall
SouthendSouthend United
ScunthorpeScunthorpe United

Coker (34'), Thompson (58')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Iwelumo (64')

Result: Chris Iwelumo snatches Scunthorpe United win at Southend United

Result: Iwelumo snatches Scunny win at Southend
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Chris Iwelumo's second-half header gives Scunthorpe a 1-0 victory at Southend, their first win in six outings and a fourth straight defeat for the Shrimpers.

Chris Iwelumo's second-half header earned Scunthorpe United a 1-0 victory over Southend United at Roots Hall in a game dominated by the hosts.

Phil Brown's side enjoyed more possession and the better chances in the opening hour of the match, but Iwelumo's strike on 64 minutes condemned the Shrimpers to a fourth straight league defeat.

Stand-in captain Freddy Eastwood provided much of Southend's goalscoring threat in the first half, but could not break the deadlock in rainy conditions on the Essex coast.

The former Coventry City striker bent a shot just wide of the far post inside 10 minutes and struck powerfully over the crossbar a short while later.

When he found the target with a header, Scunthorpe goalkeeper Sam Slocombe saved well, while at the other end Daniel Bentley produced a fine stop to deny a similar effort from Iwelumo.

The experienced forward was gifted a second opportunity to score just after the hour mark, courtesy of a mistake from Southend defender Ben Coker.

On the far side of the area, Coker headed a Scunthorpe cross back into the danger zone, allowing Iwelumo to nod home from two yards.

The victory is Scunthorpe's first in six matches and helps them climb into the playoff positions.

Luke Prosser of Southend United in action during the Sky Bet League Two match between Southend United and Northampton Town at Roots Hall on August 17, 2013
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