PLAYER RATINGS: Ryan Middleton rates the Iron squad from Sunderland U23's

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The Iron were  3-1 victors against Sunderland at Glanford Park on Tuesday night, and were professional in ensuring they took all three points to kick start their Checkatrade Trophy campaign. 

United were 2-0 up at half time after Kevin Van Veen and Duane Holmes notched. In honest, the scoreline at the break could have been greater, too.

Sunderland halved the deficit with 25 minutes to play as Rees Greenwood hit an impressive strike from outside the area, that the Rory Watson couldn’t quite get his hands on, as it hit the roof of the net. 

However, in the end Scunthorpe were just too strong for their youthful opposition, and Josh Morris added a third with less than a minute of normal time remaining, to ensure the victory. 

Now, what you came for, here are Ryan's player ratings from the game (on a basis of X out of 10): 

Rory Watson: 7
Made some impressive saves during the course of the match, and a few were at big stages in the game. He didn’t have a chance with Sunderland’s goal. A solid performance for a first professional debut.

Jordan Clarke: 7
Looked fresh after his spell on the side lines, and made some fantastic runs into dangerous positions, whilst also keeping Sunderland quiet going forward.

Charlie Goode: 6
Won most aerial battles and looked mostly solid when one-on-one with the opposition forwards. Made a couple of stray passes, but on the whole, a satisfactory performance for him.

Cameron Burgess: 6
Didn’t have as much to do as his centre back partner but did his duties well enough, and almost scored in the second half, as his powerful header was cleared off the line.

Lewis Butroid: 7
A fantastic performance from him last night with tireless energy and work rate on and off the ball. Defended well.

STAR MAN 
Hakeeb Adelakun: 8
Hakeeb was my stand out performer from last night. He was the source of the majority of Scunthorpe’s attacking threats and worked back several times to defend and win the ball back. Bravo.

Devonte Redmond: 7
Looked solid in the middle of the park and was always looking to move the ball on quickly. Provided lots of energy as you would expect from a youngster.

Sam Mantom: 6 
A fairly quiet game from him last night but seemed to grow into the match in the second half, and was positive going forward and backwards. Made a some impressive passes across the pitch too.

Duane Holmes: 7
Reliable as ever with bags of energy, and always looking to go past the opposition and get a shot away. Scored an impressive goal with his left foot, too.

Kevin van Veen: 7
Looked dangerous every time he went forward and scored a goal early on for the Iron, as well as setting up Josh Morris for a tap in late on. He could, and probably should of bagged a hat trick last night with the chances he had.

Tom Hopper: 5
A relatively quiet night from him. Didn’t get into the game as he would have liked and missed a free header in the second half.

Subs:

Paddy Madden (for Tom Hopper 83): 5
Was brought on too late to make too much of an impact on the game, but nearly scored with a shot very late on which was blocked by the Sunderland defender.

Josh Morris (for Hakeeb Adelakun 83): 6
Again, was brought on very late on but scored with a tap in just before the end to secure the Iron’s victory.

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