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8 February 2021

Match Previews


8 February 2021

The Bantams will be looking to return to winning ways - when travelling to the Sands Venue Stadium to face Scunthorpe United in Sky Bet League Two.

Neil Cox’s side sit one place above City in 18th in the league table - having recorded 10 wins, two draws and 14 defeats.

This will be the first meeting between the two sides this season, after the original fixture in January was postponed due to a frozen pitch.

We have created an Opposition Guide to take you through all of the key information you need to know about Tuesday's hosts.


Scunthorpe brought in three new additions during the January window, with one player heading out of the exit door.

INS: George Taft (Bolton Wanderers), Teddy Howe (Blackpool, loan), Jem Karacan (unassigned).

OUTS: Ryan Colclough (Altrincham).


Mark Howard 

Howard came through the Arsenal academy but failed to make a first-team appearance for the Gunners. The 34-year-old has played over 250 times throughout his career.

The London-born goalkeeper has turned out for eight different clubs, including enjoying notable spells at St. Mirren, Sheffield United and Blackpool. He helped Bolton Wanderers to promotion to the Sky Bet Championship during the 2016/17 season.

Devarn Green 

The 24-year-old striker started off his career at Hednesford Town before signing for Stourbridge in 2017. Green then had a brief spell at Tranmere Rovers in the National League before signing a two-year deal with Southport in 2018. He made over 50 appearances during his time at the Sandgrounders. 

Green signed an 18-month contract for the Iron in January 2020, after being signed from Southport. He made his league debut at the end of February - in a 2-2 draw away at Port Vale.

Abobaker Eisa

Eisa signed for Scunthorpe United in August 2019 on a two-year deal, and has made 55 appearances for the club so far - scoring 13 goals.

The Sudan-born winger has represented Uxbridge, Wealdstone, Shrewsbury Town and Colchester United. While with the Shrews, he helped the side into the Sky Bet League One Play-Offs during the 2017/18 season - losing 2-1 to Rotherham United in the final.

Jem Karacan

London-born Karacan began his career at Reading after coming through the academy at the club. Whilst with the Royals he made 175 appearances, scoring 12 goals and assisting 16.

In 2015 he signed for Galatasaray where he won the Turkish Cup and Turkish Super Cup in his first season. During his 14-year career, the experienced midfielder has also enjoyed time at AFC Bournemouth, Millwall and Bolton Wanderers. 


Jordan Clarke has played 164 times for the Iron after arriving at the club in 2015. The 29-year old defender reached the Sky Bet League One Play-Offs twice in as many seasons with Scunthorpe, losing out in the semi-finals on both occasions.

Clarke came through the academy at his hometown club Coventry City and made over 140 appearances for the Sky Blues, scoring five goals. He also served a short stint at Somerset-based side Yeovil Town during the 2014/15 campaign.


Neil Cox started off his playing career with hometown club Scunthorpe, before enjoying notable spells at Aston Villa, Middlesbrough, Bolton Wanderers and Watford.

Cox represented Leek Town in 2010/11 as a player/manager before hanging his playing boots up at the end of the season.

The 49-year-old spent six years at AFC Wimbledon as the assistant manager, before joining Notts County in 2018 to take up the same role. Cox was appointed manager of the Iron in August.


Alfie Beestin scored the winner after five minutes as Scunthorpe recorded their 10th win of the season away at Colchester United. 

Colchester United 0 

Scunthorpe United 1 (Beestin 5’)

Friday January 29

Scunthorpe: Howard, Rowe, Onariase, Taft, Brown, Gilliead, Karacan (Spence 18'), Beestin, Green (McAtee 69'), Eisa, Loft (Hippolyte 82').

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