SY­ERS’ TRE­BLE HEATS IRON

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Joe Cawthorn To com­ment on this match go to http://boards.footy­mad.net/

THERE WERE goals ga­lore at Glan­ford Park as Scun­thorpe United ex­tended their un­beaten league run to 16 games at the ex­pense of Portsmouth - and Iron boss Russ Wil­cox is con­fi­dent his side are back on track.

The Iron’s pro­mo­tion-bound steam train con­tin­ued at full force as Wil­cox’s side thumped strug­gling Pom­pey 5-1 to go level with Ch­ester­field at the top of League Two.

Mid­fielder David Sy­ers was in fine form as he net­ted a hat-trick, and that was sup­ple­mented by goals ei­ther side of half-time from strike duo Sam Win­nall and Paddy Mad­den.

Michael Dren­nan net­ted a goal on his de­but for the vis­i­tors to give the trav­el­ling sup­port­ers some­thing to cheer late on.

Wil­cox said on his team’s run: “Mas­sive credit to the play­ers, to go 16 games un­de­feated, un­de­feated since Novem­ber is amaz­ing and all credit goes to the lads.”

The first goal came in the sixth minute when Sy­ers wrig­gled free in the area to fire a left-footed ef­fort which de­flected on route to goal.

The Iron were two goals up in the 36th minute when League Two’s top marks­man Win­nall latched on to Gary McSheffrey’s back-heel to fire in his 17th goal of the cam­paign.

The home side went 3-0 up with just min­utes of the half re­main­ing when Mad­den cap­i­talised on a de­fen­sive er­ror to tee up Sy­ers who drilled home his sec­ond of the af­ter­noon.

The sec­ond half be­gan with a goal when Mad­den re­acted quick­est to bun­dle the ball over the line af­ter a David Mirfin header forced Pom­pey goal­keeper Trevor Carson in to a fine save.

Scun­thorpe weren’t fin­ished there and scored their fifth af­ter 55 min­utes when Sy­ers tapped in to com­plete his hat-trick fol­low­ing good build-up play from both Win­nall and Ha­keeb Ade­lakun. Wil­cox said about the hat-trick hero: “Sy­ers is claim­ing the first goal, he’s go­ing home with the match ball and he has got all the lads in the chang­ing room to sign it.”

In one of the rare oc­ca­sions Portsmouth mounted an at­tack for­ward Dren­nan man­aged to latch on to a Wes Fog­den cross to head home a con­so­la­tion af­ter 86 min­utes.

“We are con­cen­trat­ing on fin­ish­ing in the top three, all the play­ers are com­mit­ted and driven to get this club back in to League One” Added Wil­cox.

“It sends a mes­sage out that we are back on track, re­cent draws have been dis­ap­point­ing but hope­fully we are head­ing the right way.”

Portsmouth man­ager Richie Barker was less than happy af­ter their de­feat, ad­mit­ting af­ter­wards that per­son­nel chang­ers were needed.

“It’s con­cern­ing in terms of mov­ing for­ward be­cause it shows we haven’t got the right kind of people,” he said.

“We are putting band-aids on things to get us through un­til the end of the sea­son.

“I know what I saw but we will go through it again, one or two people need to have a long hard look at them­selves.”

SCUN­THORPE: (4-4-2): Slo­combe 5, Nolan 6, Mirfin 6, Canavan 6, Wil­liams 6, Ade­lakun 7 (Hawkridge 79 5), McAl­lis­ter 8, Sy­ers 10 (Spar­row 71 5), McSheffrey 8, Win­nall 8 (Hayes 71 6), Mad­den 9 Subs not used: Sev­ern, Ribeiro, Daw­son, Wa­ter­fall

PORTSMOUTH: (4-4-1-1): Carson 3, Alfei 3, Bradley 4, Chor­ley 3, Pain­ter 3, Fog­den 4, Ra­con 4 (Holmes 45 4), Di­agouraga 4 , Bar­cham 6 (Dren­nan 45 6), Wal­lace 4, Jervis 5 (Agye­mang 83 3) Subs not used: Smith, N'Gala, Padovani, Shorey

PIC­TURES: Pin­na­cle

ON THE BALL: Paddy Mad­den makes it 4-0 to Scun­thorpe

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