Scunthorpe moved into the playoffs at the expense of Charlton with just four games left to play thanks to Ivan Toney’s goal in an important match in League 1.
Ivan Toney struck just after the half an hour mark to give Scunthorpe what was a far more comfortable victory than the scoreline suggested.
After a slow start, Scunthorpe had a big chance on 20 minutes as Ben Amos superbly denied Hakeeb Adelakun as the striker was sent through 1 on 1. Charlton had a chance a few moments later, but Matt Gilks saved well from Nicky Ajose’s effort.
Scunthorpe took the lead 10 minutes later as Toney tapped in from Adelakun’s low cross. Charlton appealed that Adelakun was offside after being sent through before his assist, but the linesman thought Adelakun had beaten the offside trap.
Scunthorpe continued to dominate at the start of the second half, Toney produced a super save from Amos, tipping over a powerful volley. The volley came after a cross into the box from a free kick.
Despite Scunthorpe leading, it was them who continued to press for a second goal as Adelakun was denied by a crucial block from Patrick Bauer. And then in the 71st minute, Amos was forced into another good save from Adelakun’s goalbound attempt.
It wasn’t until the 88th minute when Charlton began to ask some questions. Ajose and Bauer both claimed to have been pulled back in the box but like most decisions from the referee, they went Scunthorpe’s way and were waved away.
Ben Reeves and Tariqe Fosu both went close in stoppage time, but in truth, Scunthorpe were much the better team. The race for the playoffs is still wide open, but with Charlton’s tough run in and with them now in 8th, the chances of the Addicks sneaking in now seems unlikely. With Scunthorpe in 5th now in League 1 and now with some momentum, a playoff spot looks likely for the Iron.