THE CURSE STRIKES! Man­agers of the month lose

The Football League Paper - - FRONT PAGE - By John Lyons

THE curse of the Man­ager of the Month award struck with all its force as Wal­sall and Ley­ton Ori­ent suc­cumbed to their first league defeats of the sea­son on a day of shocks.

Wal­sall boss Dean Smith, pic­tured, was pre­sented with the Sky Bet League One gong on Fri­day – but then saw his Sad­dlers stum­ble to a shock 1-0 home de­feat against Bury, who notched their first three-pointer since pro­mo­tion.

To add to Wal­sall’s mis­ery, Gilling­ham’s 1-0 home win against Don­caster – cour­tesy of a con­tro­ver­sial Jake Hessen­thaler strike – al­lowed Justin Ed­in­burgh’s men to leapfrog them at the top of the ta­ble.

O’s boss Ian Hen­don took the League Two prize af­ter his side won five out of five in Au­gust.

But they crashed to a 4-0 de­feat at Ex­eter – and the man­ager had seen it com­ing.

Ahead of yesterday’s game against the Gre­cians, Hen­don said: “I’ve won the Man­ager of the Month award and we all know what that means!”

Cham­pi­onship win­ner Chris Hughton must have been glad his Brighton side weren’t play­ing yesterday be­cause of the in­ter­na­tional break.

PIC­TURE: Ac­tion Im­ages

GO­ING TOP: Jake Hessen­thaler fires Gilling­ham’s win­ner against Don­caster Rovers – match re­port p12

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