FULL-TIME: Coventry City 1 Scunthorpe United 2
A Leon Clarke brace made it two successive wins for Scunthorpe United under Brian Laws.
The Iron were forced to come from behind at Coventry City as Carl Baker put the home side in front with 36 minutes gone.
Clarke though, equalised from the penalty spot just before the interval, having been fouled by Richard Wood, then supplied a superb finish in the second half to seal a 2-1 victory.
Manager Laws made just one change as his side looked to build on their midweek 4-1 success at Walsall, bringing in Jimmy Ryan for the suspended David Prutton.
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And Scunthorpe continued to harness the momentum from that game, having the measure of City in the opening quarter.
Harrying their hosts and pushing them back at every opportunity, United enjoyed the majority of possession and created the better chances.
Andy Barcham put in another lively performance down the left, while Karl Hawley did his best to keep former Iron keeper Joe Murphy on his toes.
The front man's fizzing shot from the edge of the area inside the opening five minutes, following Clarke's flick-on, was no match for the Coventry stopper.
His second effort shortly after though, required pushing away by Murphy as Hawley curled the ball goalwards.
At the other end, Steve Mildenhall had a relatively quiet first half hour. Baker hit the post from out on the right following a flurry of activity in the penalty area, while David McGoldrick's shot on the turn was comfortably caught – and that was about as close as the home side came.
Clarke had a chance to break the deadlock minutes later. A superb run by Mark Duffy half the length of the pitch saw the Scouser thread the ball through to his team-mate, but Clarke's finish let him down and he fired over the bar.
It would have been no less than the visitors deserved, however they immediately found themselves a goal behind as City took the lead against the run of play when a free-kick inside the D was driven home by Baker with 36 minutes gone.
Boosted by the breakthrough, Coventry pressed forward, McGoldrick attempting to add another from inside the box, but the United defence dealt with the threat.
Three minutes before the break, fortune swung Scunthorpe's way. Wood was penalised for a foul on Clarke inside the area – and the Charlton Athletic loanee subsequently inflicted the ultimate punishment.
Murphy barely moved as Clarke drilled the penalty in to bring the scores back level.
United thought they had another when the ball was bundled in from a corner, but the referee blew for a foul by Hawley.
Still, it continued to be the Iron on the front foot at the start of the second half.
Jimmy Ryan missed a great opportunity to put them in front when he dragged his shot wide following excellent work by Hawley to chase a long ball into the corner, keep it in play and then dig out a cross.
Murphy was called into action when Clarke headed substitute Callum Kennedy's cross on target, but it failed to really trouble the Coventry keeper.
Mildenhall did well to block a well-struck effort from McGoldrick on the hour mark as the Iron continued to contain their hosts.
And it got even better for Laws' men when they took the lead with 15 minutes remaining.
Walker's through-ball was latched on to by Clarke and the front man powered forward before clinically slotting the ball beyond Murphy.
United had to survive a late onslaught as Coventry desperately went in search of an equaliser. Mildenhall blocked Callum Ball's drive on the line with McGoldrick lurking close by, then did superbly to stop fierce efforts from Baker and Roy O'Donovan as Scunthorpe clung to three precious points.
COVENTRY: Murphy; Christie, Wood, Edjenguele, Clarke; Baker, Jennings, Bailey (O'Donovan 86), Fleck (Moussa 59); McDonald (Ball 56), McGoldrick. Subs not used: Dunn, Cameron, Barton, Reckord.
SCUNTHORPE: Mildenhall; Ribeiro (Kennedy 46), Reid, Canavan, Newey; Duffy, Ryan, Walker (Mozika 90+3), Barcham; Hawley, Clarke. Subs not used: Slocombe, Grella, Jennings, Gibbons, Howe.
ATTENDANCE: 9,892 (381 away).
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