Fleetwood Town got a taste of life behind the Iron curtain on a gloomy night at Highbury.
Sam Winnall’s deflected strike was enough to inflict a second consecutive defeat on Graham Alexander’s men, who haven’t scored in 180 minutes of football.
Indeed, it could have been worse.
The Iron targetman had two chalked off before the break, the offside flag keeping the home side on level terms.
That was despite a goalkeeping howler from Scott Davies, who scuffed a clearance straight into the path of David Syers, the Iron man choosing to pass rather than shoot, Winnall straying too far ahead of the panicked Fleetwood line.
Town had, up to that point been on top but only created one clear cut chance - Jeff Hughes smashing one into the post as Sam Slocombe scrambled to cover.
Gareth Evans and Matty Blair, both brought into the side following Friday’s defeat at Southend,looked lively, Blair providing a string of tricky crosses from the right, nobody there to step up and finish.
Evans was bold with his running but not so when space opened up to shoot, a string of timid efforts ensuring the scores remained level at the break.
From the re-start Town enjoyed a purple patch, Hughes, Evans, Sarcevic and Roberts all with good chances to grab the lead, Sam Slocombe brilliant in the Iron goal to deny the home side.
But Scunthorpe broke the deadlock, against the run of play, ten minutes after the break, Fleetwood taking too long to clear their lines, Winnall’s effort cannoning off a red shirt on the way past Scott Davies.
From there Scunthorpe had but one plan, to defend a lead at any cost.
Fleetwood had no answer, attackers thrown into the fray but Junior Brown, Jamille Matt and David Ball failed to make the decisive breakthrough the bench had been hoping for.
Matt did find the net late on, the offside flag denying Town a leveller.
But they were lucky in the end to only lose by the odd goal, sub Deon Burton racing clear in the dying stages but somehow firing high and wide.
Graham Alexander was clear after the game his team deserved more
“It was a game we should have won, “ said Alexander.
“We didn’t take chances we created
“We hit the post early doors.
“We conceded a massively deflected goal.
“I can’t think of Scott Davies having any other saves to make all night.
“We huffed and puffed at times but we still got into good positions, we created good attacking opportunities.
“But we didn’t have that little bit of luck you need or that little bit of quality you need and we rue that because over 90 minutes we haven’t scored and that cost us.”