FULL-TIME: Scunthorpe United 2 Crawley Town 1
SCUNTHORPE United completed a remarkable second half comeback to beat Crawley Town 2-1 at Glanford Park.
Former Iron midfielder Matt Sparrow put the visitors in front shortly after the break, but goals from Jimmy Ryan and Niall Canavan made it back-to-back home wins for United for the first time since March 2011.
Manager Brian Laws made just one change from the side which claimed United's first home success since September in midweek.
Andy Barcham picked up a thigh injury in that 2-1 victory over Portsmouth and was replaced by Mike Grella, while there was a place among the substitutes for full-back Eddie Nolan after signing on non-contract terms just 24 hours earlier.
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The Iron had the edge in the first half, creating the better chances but without punishing their visitors.
Both Karl Hawley and Mark Duffy forced saves from Crawley keeper Paul Jones in the opening 10 minutes.
The former's effort from the right side of the penalty area required tipping over, while Jones could only beat away Duffy's strike from range for a corner.
Town, although not enjoying quite as much of the possession, posed a threat with their quick breaks forward, with Tom Newey kept on his toes by the lively Nicky Adams.
Sam Slocombe successfully thwarted the winger's cut-back from the byline with 19 minutes gone, shortly after Jamie Proctor had been unable to connect with Mat Sadler's left-hand cross.
Akpo Sodje had the best of the chances for Scunthorpe as the half progressed.
The Iron front man headed over from Duffy's corner early on, then Jones pushed another header behind following Jimmy Ryan's cross.
And despite having two more opportunities to finish with his head in the final five minutes of the half, Sodje was unable to make it count.
The striker found himself unmarked when Paul Reid swung in a deep cross, but he was unable to get underneath it. Grella's follow-up too also lacked the finishing touch.
United were made to pay for those missed chances immediately after the restart.
Barely had fans returned to their seats when Billy Clarke's pull-back found Sparrow unmarked a few yards out.
The midfielder made no mistake, tapping home in the 48th minute, though declined to celebrate against his former club.
With the bit between their teeth, the visitors continued to put their hosts under pressure.
Sparrow proved to be a thorn in the Iron's side again, setting up Adams, who fired straight at Slocombe, while Jones sent a stinging effort wide.
Against the run of play, the home side found an equaliser.
Jones did well to keep out Michael Collins' shot from inside the penalty box, but Ryan was on hand to follow up and slot the ball home from close range.
Crawley almost regained the lead less than five minutes later when Jamie Proctor headed against the bar from Adams' cross. The follow-up from Josh Simpson was straight at Slocombe.
Town were left to rue that misfortune as the Iron completed a terrific turnaround with 10 minutes remaining.
Duffy's corner was met by Niall Canavan at the far post and he headed past Jones to make it 2-1.
Substitute Josh Walker went for glory shortly after but fired well over from range.
The hosts had a few nervy moments at the back in the final few minutes but hung on for the three points which keep them just above the relegation zone.
SCUNTHORPE: Slocombe, Newey, Reid, Canavan, Kennedy, Duffy (Mirfin 90+2), Ryan, Collins, Grella (Walker 60), Hawley, Sodje. Subs not used: Severn, Godden, Nolan, Wootton, Adelakun.
CRAWLEY: Jones, Dumbuya, Connolly, Walsh, Sadler (Smith 86), Jones (Torres 73), Sparrow, Simpson, Adams, Clarke, Proctor (Elford-Alliyu 80). Subs not used: Hunt, Essam, Bulman, Maddison.
ATTENDANCE: 3,124 (128 away).