League One safety is secured for Scunthorpe despite losing away to Huddersfield on Saturday and Bournemouth never looked in much danger of the drop so with two teams heading into a game which means nothing to either of them, on paper this looks to be a dull match.
However, this may not be exactly the case as Scunthorpe go into the game, now mathematically safe we will be looking to carry on the momentum of a good few months and Bournemouth will be looking to finish as high as possible with a potential 10th place finish. The Iron are also in with a chance (albeit slim) of catching the Cherries as we are only 4 points below them with two games to play.
Scunthorpe are coming off two defeats however they were to worthy opponents in MK Dons and Huddersfield Town. Although we seemed in awe of MK Dons and were thoroughly outplayed we put in a spirited performance at the Galpharm with a particularly promising performance from Robbie Gibbons. Many Iron fans will be hoping to see a start from him and Connor Jennings who has received glowing reports from Knill since we signed him after being prolific for Stalybridge Celtic.
There have also been some promising words from Mark Duffy in the Iron camp who has stated that Alan Knill will be looking to bring “possession football” to Glanford Park, inspired by Barcelona and (slightly different) MK Dons! They will be testing this philosophy out in the final games against Bournemouth and Tranmere which will hopefully provide some much-needed entertainment.
With Mcaleny and Parkin both rback at their parent clubs we hope this frees up space for the fringe players such as Godden, Jennings and Wint who with good performances for their loan clubs and the reserves all deserve a chance to prove themselves.
With a budget cut announced earlier this week by Knill it may be that we will have to rely on these players next season, so it’s best to get them some match experience.
Bournemouth have gained 2 wins in 15 games and they are by no means in good form so this will give the Iron confidence heading into the match.
The Iron will be hoping to repeat the first half of our last home match against Bournemouth in 2006 where we took a 3-0 lead before half time. Two Bournemouth second half goals made it a shaky finish but we managed to hold on.
PREDICTION: Iron 3-1 Bournemouth Jennings, Gibbons and Ryan to bag the goals. It may be optimistic but with young players looking to prove their worth I believe we can get a result at the last home game of the season.