Scunthorpe United 2-0 Plymouth Argyle Player Ratings: brilliant Yates

Hakeeb Adelakun –

Scunthorpe United booked their League One play-off spot whilst effectively ending Plymouth Argyle’s hopes of joining them with a 2-0 win at Glanford Park; here’s our player ratings from the game.

The Iron

Matt Gilks – made a good reflex save from Carey shortly after the opener, but otherwise didn’t have to work especially hard for his fourth consecutive clean sheet. 6

Jordan Clarke – guilty of letting Carey get free moments after the opener, but that was Clarke’s only blemish in an otherwise reliable performance. Made some good runs down the right. 7
Rory McArdle – strong in the air and was denied a late goal only by the offside flag, meaning his own box wasn’t the only one in which he made his presence felt. 9
Murray Wallace – appeared to have few problems keeping Lameiras quiet in the first half then after the break, he made some good interceptions. 8
Conor Townsend – quietly effective. Showed good positional discipline whilst supporting the attack modestly, swinging in an impressive cross for the second goal. 8

Funso Ojo – controlled the central areas and had a grip on the midfield for most of the game, making some strong interceptions. Tended to look for the simple pass. 7
Ryan Yates – did some good work in his defensive third and played some nice passes into wide areas. The midfielder rated highly at Notts County and on this evidence, it’s easy to see why. 9

Hakeeb Adelakun – took his goal well and could have had one before, but fired wide on the turn in a lively performance. 7
Duane Holmes – pressed well out of possession, as we saw for the second goal, when he showed the greater desire to reach a loose ball. Impressive movement too. 9
Josh Morris – quieter than one might expect. Worked hard defensively when asked to but wasn’t a central figure behind the victory. 6

Ivan Toney – worked hard and ran the channels effectively, showing ruthless movement to grab his goal that put the game to bed. 8

Cameron McGeehan (on 85)
Tom Hopper (on 90+1)


Remi Matthews – couldn’t be blamed too much for either goal and made one or two good saves while the score was at 1-0. 6

Oscar Threlkeld – caught too far up the pitch on one or two occasions, before being taken off at half-time, possibly due to a knock. 4
Zak Vyner – struggled to handle Toney’s physicality for much of the evening and whenever he allowed himself to get drawn into wide areas, he had to win his battles. Too often, he didn’t. 3
Sonny Bradley – fared reasonably well in the first half, but was beaten to the ball too easily by Toney for the second goal. 5
Gary Sawyer – forced backwards too easily at times, which wasn’t ideal in the absence of a natural left winger, especially in the second half, when Argyle needed some thrust down that left side. 3

Antoni Sarcevic – lacked the technical quality one might have hoped for and his energy levels might have been affected by the recent fixture congestion. 3
David Fox – struggled to impose himself on the contest, with his passing lacking imagination. He’s had better games in a green shirt. 4
Yann Songo’o – with Fox in the holding role, it was important to have two midfielders who can press forward; Songo’o is a purely defensive minded player and even his covering work wasn’t perfect, as we saw in the build-up to the opener. 3

Graham Carey – suffered from the absence of a runner on the outside of him, meaning a gaggle of Scunthorpe’s right-siders could keep him enclosed in a tight space when he received the ball, limiting the options available to him. Still managed to provide the biggest test for Matt Gilks, despite playing in a system that was not tailored to his strengths. 5
Joel Grant – struggled to get into the game. Plymouth’s passing moves never reached the stage at which his trademark runs into goalscoring positions could come to the fore. 3
Ruben Lameiras – lacked the physical qualities to play a central role, especially when long balls came his way. Briefly tarted to pick the ball up in good areas in the second half when Fletcher came on, seeing a tight-angled shot on the hour mark deflected wide. 5

Gary Miller (on 45) – the introduction of a conservative full-back was always unlikely to help save the game for Plymouth. 4
Alex Fletcher  (on 45) – gave Argyle a focal point and the option to play balls into the box from deeper areas, which they didn’t have in the first half. 6
Lionel Ainsworth (on 69)  – made a difference when he came off the bench on Saturday but appeared less effective here. 4