What the press made of the defeat at Glanford Park
PADDY Madden’s brace was enough to sink Crewe Alexandra on their first away trip of the season.
The Irishman was to score after just nine minutes for the Iron, who should have led by more, before Madden made the game safe with a strike after 65 minutes.
In a frantic few minutes around the hour, both sides missed gilt-edged chances, with Jon Guthrie in particular missing from close range for the Alex, before Madden would show everyone how to do it with a powerful effort past Garratt.
Crewe did pass up several good chances to break their duck this season, but failed to find the necessary finish.
Crewe Alex were shot down by a Paddy Madden double at Glanford Park on Saturday.
The striker bagged a goal in each half as the Iron got a three-point haul they deserved.
Steve Davis asked for a better start to the game, but he didn’t get it. Crewe had to defend three corners and had a couple of real scares before United hit the front on nine minutes.
Madden’s free header from a Tom Hopper cross was simple task for a man of his goalscoring calibre.
Sean McAllister rattled the bar as the Alex lived dangerously and, although the visitors played their way back into the game and had half-chances through Marcus Haber and Brad Inman, the Iron were on top.
Scunthorpe had numerous opportunities to add to their tally after the break but, after missing them, began to look nervous as Billy Bingham went close and Jon Guthrie missed a sitter.
Paddy Madden scores his first of two goals, nodding past Ben Garratt. Picture: David Haber
SCUNTHORPE United recorded their first victory of the season as they comfortably beat Crewe Alexandra 2-0.
Paddy Madden continued his hot scoring streak from pre-season by notching both of the Iron's goals - one in each half.
His first came after 10 minutes when he headed in Tom Hopper’s cross from the right and the second came with a shot into the far corner after he had been played in by the same Scunthorpe team-mate.