Under the Glanford Park lights
Other than chewing over how my own team plan to turn over a McCormackless Cardiff this evening after a pretty uninspiring performance on Saturday, my thoughts circle around how two of the league’s new boys will fare when they meet tonight under the Glanford Park lights. Having kept hold of their manager Nigel Adkins after a short-lived bout of interest from Norwich (do Colmans do laughing stock?), Scunthorpe ought to pose a real threat, particularly on the back of an encouraging 3-2 win against Derby, so I think their game at home to Boro is the pick of the midweek ties. The erstwhile Prem boys are still adjusting to these echelons, but two clean sheets, which included a more than comfortable win at Swansea, suggest that our high hopes for them a fortnight ago weren’t too foolhardy.
Midfielders Gary O’ Neil and Adam Johnson both shone in that win at the Liberty, and it will be intriguing to see them line up against the Iron’s lesser lights. The latter’s Hooper-Hayes-Woolford holy trinity will find it difficult against household stoppers Robert Huth and David Wheater, but I wouldn’t be all that surprised to see at least one of them on the score sheet. The excellent Smog Blog has gone for a 2-1 away win, and you’d be brave to argue with that, but I’d like to think that the Iron could grab a point in their first game against Boro for over forty seasons.