Pres­sure start­ing to grow on Wil­cox

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By John McDougall

SCUN­THORPE man­ager Russ Wil­cox con­cedes he does not know if he will be given time to change the club’s for­tunes after their de­feat to Old­ham.

Ex-Scun­thorpe man Jonathan Forte can­celled out An­drew Boyce’s opener be­fore Rory Fal­lon gave the Iron a half-time lead, but a Daniel Philliskirk dou­ble handed the Lat­ics vic­tory.

And Iron boss Wil­cox be­lieves the sec­ond-half per­for­mance was his side’s down­fall as Scun­thorpe slipped to their fourth league loss in five games.

“I’m bit­terly dis­ap­pointed. I think we also have to look at the big­ger pic­ture – it’s a tough pe­riod,” said Wil­cox.“All we seem to be do­ing at the mo­ment is fire­fight­ing.

“Three play­ers made their de­buts, five changes to the start­ing line-up, long-term in­juries – it’s very, very dif­fi­cult.

“We’ve got to try and stick to­gether, stay strong and move for­ward to the Don­caster game.

“With time, I think that’s what I need – whether I get that I don’t know but I’m hop­ing I can be­cause I have full belief in my­self and my staff. It’s go­ing to take time.

“We spoke about the sec­ond-half and man­ag­ing the 45-minute pe­riod but we’ve got to man­age it bet­ter than that.”

The Iron took a 26th minute lead when Gary McSheffrey’s left-wing cor­ner was headed home by Boyce but Forte equalised three min­utes later by com­plet­ing a slick Old­ham at­tack to fin­ish calmly past Bobby Ole­jnik for his sixth strike this sea­son.

Scun­thorpe re­gained the ad­van­tage when Paddy Mad­den com­bined with Fal­lon in the box from a 34th minute right-wing cross, the lat­ter turn­ing his man and fir­ing home.

After the break, Mike Jones un­leashed a fierce long-dis­tance 52nd minute drive that Ole­jnik par­ried wide with a div­ing save.

Old­ham got their re­wards when Brian Wilson’s 66th minute cross was met by sub­sti­tute Philliskirk who fired home from close-range.

And the Lat­ics sealed the win when Liam Kelly’s 83rd minute free-kick was headed home by Philliskirk.

Lat­ics boss Lee John­son said:“I thought it was good character in the end be­cause I thought we were dom­i­nant again through­out.

“They set up re­ally just to sti­fle and kill right from the start which was a bit dis­ap­point­ing.

“I thought our boys stayed pa­tient at times when we could have started lump­ing things in the box, we didn’t and got two great goals in the sec­ond­half.

“I’m de­lighted for Danny be­cause he’s got that lit­tle hoodoo out of the way and he can kick on.

“Danny was un­lucky not to start as in train­ing this week, he was ra­zor sharp.

“We’ve got to get him in goalscor­ing ar­eas more.”

STAR MAN DANIEL PHILLIS

KIRK Old­ham

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