FULL-TIME: Scunthorpe United 1 Coventry City 2
SCUNTHORPE United suffered a second successive defeat as Leon Clarke returned to haunt them at Glanford Park.
The Iron had taken an early lead against Coventry City through Akpo Sodje, but Carl Baker equalised for the visitors right on the stroke of half-time.
City certainly had the better of the second half and they completed their comeback to claim all three points as Clarke bagged the winner against his former club.
Eirik Holmen Johansen made his debut for the Iron as manager Brian Laws made three changes from the side beaten by Brentford.
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The Manchester City keeper came in for Sam Slocombe just 48 hours after signing on loan as the United stopper was ruled out for at least a month with a thigh injury.
Meanwhile, Skipper Paul Reid (virus) returned to the starting line-up, replacing Niall Canavan to partner David Mirfin at the heart of the defence and Sodje (ankle) took the place of Josh Walker to resume his strike partnership with Karl Hawley.
And it wasn't long before Scunthorpe's number nine made his mark as the hosts got off to the best possible start.
Putting City under pressure in the opening 10 minutes, United quickly got their just rewards.
Andy Barcham should really have been the one to break the deadlock in only the second minute, but he skewed his shot wide when well placed in the area after Mark Duffy had picked up on Johansen's long ball forward to float a cross in.
Jimmy Ryan then tried his luck shortly after but his effort was expertly pushed away by former Iron keeper Joe Murphy.
The Irishman though, had no chance with the opener as Sodje headed home a brilliant cross from Eddie Nolan with eight minutes gone.
Hawley was desperately unlucky not to make it 2-0 two minutes later when he powered his way into the penalty area and took the ball right to the byline, getting his shot away despite being under pressure from Murphy but only finding the post.
Coventry began to work their way into the game as the half progressed, enjoying long spells of possession, though without really forcing Johansen into action.
Carl Dickinson was well off target when he cut inside to shoot from the left, while an inviting cross from Carl Baker on the opposite flank was eventually cleared after pinging around the area.
Reid and Mirfin remained solid throughout, despite the tricky conditions, and Nolan showed his class with a great last minute tackle to thwart Gary McSheffrey just as he was about to pull the trigger.
Barcham had cause for complaint when he was held back as he was racing through on goal, while at the other end Franck Moussa blasted wide.
Just when it looked like United would hang on until half-time, right on the stroke of the interval they failed to clear a corner and Baker drilled in the equaliser, with the ball taking a deflection on its way into the net.
Despite an increasingly sodden pitch making it tough going, a lively affair continued at a quick pace.
Chances for United were limited as City saw plenty of the ball in the opening stages.
McSheffrey took the opportunity to exploit plenty of space on the right to fire the ball goalwards, but his effort was straight at Johansen.
Former Scunthorpe loanee Leon Clarke did get the ball in the net with a header on the hour mark, only for the hosts to be saved by the offside flag.
Coventry though, were the ones trying to turn the screw, with United forced to battle.
A drilled strike from Duffy on the right was their only sight of goal in the first 30 minutes of the half and they were forced to continue without the services of Sodje shortly after.
The front man took a knock to his ankle and was replaced by James Alabi.
Barely had the Stoke City loanee entered the fray and his team were 2-1 down, the goal, somewhat inevitably, coming from the head of Clarke in the 77th minute.
Jimmy Ryan forced a diving one-handed save from Murphy with a fierce attempt from range, but that apart, Scunthorpe struggled to create anything to offer hope of clawing back the deficit.
SCUNTHORPE: Johansen, Nolan, Reid, Mirfin, Newey, Duffy, Collins, Ryan, Barcham (Jennings 87), Sodje (Alabi 73), Hawley. Subs not used: Severn, Ribeiro, Walker, Grella, Canavan.
COVENTRY: Murphy, Christie, Edjenguele, Martin, Dickinson, Baker (Willis 90), Jennings, Bailey, McSheffrey (Fleck 78), Moussa, Clarke. Subs not used: Dunn, Thomas, Bell, McDonald, Stewart.
ATTENDANCE: 3,676 (723 away).