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  • 30 August 2011 19:39
  • Posted by Alex Rowen

Gary Megson will be the happiest of the former Blues this weekend as his side came away from their meeting with recently relegated Scunthorpe with a 3-2 win.

Though Bobby Grant’s 67th minute strike threatened Sheffield’s lead, Gary Madine scored his second and Wednesday’s third to ensure Mark Duffy’s late goal acted only as consolation for the Irons.

Despite leading his side to a third win in five and to within just one point of the play-off spots, Megson still expects better of his side when in winning positions.

He explained: "I think in terms of the four home games we've played, that's probably the worst we've played. We were a yard less in pace than we should have been. At two nil we should have controlled the game a lot better than we did."

Uwe Rosler's Brentford wasted the chance to move fourth with a 2-0 loss to Tranmere. Disappointed by the manner of his side’s defeat, Rosler paid tribute to the visitors.

 “It's the way we were beaten today that is most disappointing. Their second goal killed the game and the second half performance was a bit embarrassing. Tranmere deserve credit and they deserved to win.”

Unable to follow up last weekend’s win over Rochdale with a further three points, Paul Dickov’s Oldham were beaten 4-1 by Colchester United. Having conceded goals in the first minute of both halves, Dickov berated his side’s poor defending.

He said: "We're constantly on about starting games well and keeping ourselves in the game. You can't come to places like this and give yourself a mountain to climb, which is what we've done today. No goal is conceded by just one mistake, it's usually a combination of errors, and we've seen that with all their goals today."

It was a similar story for Steve Eyre's Rochdale as they remain slumped in the relegation zone with just two points to their name. The Dale handed Hartlepool their first win of the season in a 3-1 home defeat and manager Eyre understands his side must improve quickly to revive their early season hopes.

Steve Eyre

"I think all the results and performances up to now have been fair and square, including this one today. We're not giving ourselves a chance in games at the moment as we're not doing the ugly things well, and not being as good as the opposition in both penalty areas.”

 

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