Doncaster 0-1 Scunthorpe: Novak edges Iron to victory
Last Updated: 17/09/17 10:21pm
Lee Novak scored his first goal for Scunthorpe as they beat neighbours Doncaster 1-0 at the Keepmoat Stadium.
Novak, a deadline-day signing from Charlton, put Scunthorpe ahead after 10 minutes when he headed home a Josh Morris corner.
The goal gave Scunthorpe comfort in a rather tame derby match against a Doncaster side lacking fluency during the first half at least.
Rovers improved after the break and had a couple of very good early chances to level.
John Marquis smashed a low effort off the near post while Andy Williams fired over from Ben Whiteman's through ball.
The hosts maintained the pressure but struggled for real chances, with a Tommy Rowe half-volley the closest they came to an equaliser.
Morris fired a free-kick from 30 yards narrowly over while Murray Wallace poked a loose ball onto the bar as Scunthorpe teased adding a second.
But Novak's strike was enough to see them bounce back in style from their first league defeat of the season to Blackburn in midweek.