Whalley striker Garner boosts Scunthorpe’s survival hopes

Joe Garner celebrates his goal against Sheffield United
Joe Garner celebrates his goal against Sheffield United

WHALLEY youngster Joe Garner has boosted Scunthorpe United’s Championship survival hopes, after spearheading a remarkable comeback against fellow relegation candidates Sheffield United.

The on-loan Nottingham Forest striker scored twice, as the Iron reversed a two-goal deficit to beat Micky Adams’ Blades 3-2 at Glanford Park.

Two quick-fire goals from Ched Evans and Richard Cresswell had put the visitors 2-0 ahead inside the first seven minutes, but Garner converted a penalty in the 37th minute, after being bundled over by Neill Collins, before doubling his tally just before the interval with an effort from close range.

And Lee Miller moved Ian Baraclough’s side to within three points of safety, with two games in hand on rivals Crystal Palace, after he rose above his marker to head home Mark Duffy’s enticing cross. Shane Lowry’s late red card for a rash challenge on 21-year-old Garner compounded the away side’s misery, as they slipped closer to League One.

Garner took his tally to three goals in five games on loan with the Iron, and he feels they can stave off the drop: “I’m here to do a job for the team, and I’ve done it on the night.

“As a striker, you’re judged on goals.

“It was a crazy night, we had a bad start, but we still felt we could get something from the game.

“We scored our goals at good times, especially getting the second just before half-time – doing that gave us a great chance of picking up all three points.

“We can now make Glanford Park a fortress between now and the end of the season, and hopefully we can pick up the points we need.

“It’s another good win, and if we keep working hard, we will move in the right direction.”