Wil­cox’s rant is a cat­a­lyst for Iron

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Phil Jack­son

DAVID MIRFIN ad­mits Scun­thorpe boss Russ Wil­cox left noth­ing to the imag­i­na­tion at half-time dur­ing their clash against Ac­cring­ton.

But af­ter netting a last­minute win­ner on Fri­day – com­plet­ing a re­mark­able sec­ond-half come­back for the Iron – the de­fender can’t help but let his own mind wan­der to a de­ci­sive run-in.

Lee Molyneux scored Stan­ley’s opener be­fore Peter Mur­phy’s de­flected shot beat Sam Slo­combe to give the hosts a 2-0 lead at the in­ter­val.

But Sam Win­nall fired home five min­utes af­ter the restart and sub­sti­tute Ha­keeb Ade­lakun equalised on the hour mark be­fore Mirfin headed home in in­jury time.

“It’s nice to be on the other end of a late goal and get­ting the re­sult, there are a lot of pos­i­tives to take,” said Mirfin.

“At half-time it was look­ing like the banana skin it po­ten­tially could have been but credit to the lads they bat­tled sec­ond half and it was a game of two halves.

“You can imag­ine what Russ said at half-time, he wasn’t happy and made a cou­ple of changes. If we want to do any­thing this sea­son we had to win this game.

“We’re look­ing at the count­down now, there’s only 15 games to go and we’re in a great po­si­tion but noth­ing has been done yet. We’ve set the stan­dard we have to fol­low.”

Molyneux slid home Ge­orge Bow­er­man’s cross on 18 min­utes and it was 2-0 af­ter 37 min­utes when Mur­phy col­lected a chip from Lawrie Wil­son and his de­flected shot caught out Scun­thorpe goal­keeper Sam Slo­combe.

Ti­tle hope­fuls Iron of­fered lit­tle in the first half but Wil­cox brought on Gary McSheffrey and Ade­lakun at half-time and it turned the game.

Top scorer Win­nall grabbed his 16th goal of the sea­son af­ter get­ting the ball from Paddy Mad­den and in the 58th minute Ade­lakun ri­fled into the far cor­ner to level.

On-loan Ful­ham goal­keeper Bet­tinelli was at his best as the game wore on, while the cross­bar kept out Mad­den's header, but Mirfin headed home McSheffrey's free-kick in in­jury time to keep Scun­thorpe’s pro­mo­tion push on track.

“We looked on course for a vic­tory at half-time, so we’re se­verely dis­ap­pointed,” said de­spon­dent Ac­cring­ton boss James Beat­tie. “There are plenty of pos­i­tives from first half, not many from the sec­ond.

“We man­aged to get two goals in front against a very good side, and Russ made a cou­ple of changes and we didn’t adapt enough to the two lads out wide. Quite why I don’t know, we’ll have a look, but the lads are dev­as­tated.”


LL Scunth


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