Npower League 1 watch: Week 1
- 09 August 2011 11:39
- Posted by Alex Rowen
In our new feature ‘Npower League 1 Watch’, we’ll be tracking the progress of four former Blues as they compete as managers in English football’s third tier.
It didn’t take long for the first ‘all-City’ meeting as Gary Megson’s Sheffield Wednesday played host to Steve Eyre’s Rochdale on the opening day of the campaign. Ten points separated the two sides at the end of last season, with Rochdale finishing just three points off the play-off places, but it was Wednesday who won the game 2-0.
Former Blues Ashley Grimes and Andrew Tutte could do nothing to prevent Eyre’s first competitive game in league management finishing in defeat and though Grimes hit the woodwork, goals from captain Rob Jones and midfielder David Prutton handed Megson's Owls a convincing first day victory.
Eyre later accepted that his team had much to learn following their trip to Hillsborough, but the former Academy coach revealed that he had thoroughly enjoyed his first game in charge and had been left unfazed by the result.
For Wembley-bound Blues who also took the opportunity to visit Brentford’s Griffin Park, there was a brief glimpse of success ahead of an ultimately disappointing weekend.
Having invited City fans to take in his side’s meeting with Yeovil, cult hero Uwe Rosler came good on his promise of entertaining football as the Bees won 2-0. City Academy graduate Shaleum Logan scored a rare goal on his debut to give travelling Blues something extra to cheer.
However, there was a difficult first day for Paul Dickov as his Oldham side were beaten by recently-relegated Sheffield United. Widely expected to make an immediate return to the Championship, the Blades were always going to prove a difficult test for the Latics.
Despite going in goalless at half-time, Oldham conceded twice in the early stages of the second half and were unable to find a way back into the game to the disappointment of the former City favourite