The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Andy Cooke

SCUN­THORPE United turned the League One form book up­side down as Paddy Mad­den’s late strike sank high-fly­ing Coven­try City.

The Ir­ish striker struck in the 79th minute of a game the home side dom­i­nated for long spells – de­spite hav­ing gone into the clash with­out a vic­tory in four at­tempts.

Boss Mark Robins, seem­ingly un­der pres­sure fol­low­ing his side’s slug­gish start to the cam­paign, was pleased with a clean sheet and his side’s build-up play, but ad­mit­ted he’d have been hap­pier if the Iron had put the game to bed ear­lier.

“I thought we de­served it – we played well and had the ma­jor­ity of the game,” said Robins, a for­mer boss of the Sky Blues.

“We’ve worked re­ally hard this week on try­ing to stand Coven­try’s move­ment, be­cause they have had a good start to the sea­son and Tony Mow­bray has put a good squad to­gether.

“It’s good to see them on a good foot­ing, but it was im­por­tant we got back to win­ning ways.

“We cre­ated chances and did a num­ber of things re­ally well. We passed the ball okay, but in the fi­nal third I thought we were a bit lack­ing.

“That was down to that lit­tle bit of the belief that we needed, but that will come. We were un­der no real pres­sure and we dealt with their threats re­ally well.”

Scun­thorpe’s vic­tory was inspired by their two Coven­try old boys – Jor­dan Clarke and Gary McSh­ef­frey.

Both re­turned to the Iron’s start­ing line-up and im­pressed against their home town club.

McSh­ef­frey’s trick­ery and dead­ball class helped United quickly get on the front foot.

They went close three times in the open­ing 11 min­utes. In con­trast, City did not have their first shot of the af­ter­noon un­til the 75th and that was a way­ward ef­fort from Liver­pool loa­nee Ryan Kent which flew over the bar.

McSh­ef­frey whis­tled in a free­kick that goal­keeper Lee Burge pushed away one-handed and five min­utes be­fore half-time Jack King had a header cleared off the line by midfielder Ruben Lameiras.

Scun­thorpe main­tained their at­tack­ing mo­men­tum af­ter the break with Tom Hopper twice go­ing close, but they did not find a break­through un­til 11 min­utes from time, when Mad­den fired into the bot­tom cor­ner fol­low­ing good work by Clarke in the right-hand cor­ner.

Sky Blues boss Mow­bray ad­mit­ted his side had been dis­ap­point­ing on the ball, although didn’t feel Scun­thorpe had been that much of a threat.

“It was dis­ap­point­ing in a lot of as­pects but ob­vi­ously the re­sult is the ma­jor one,” he said. “I think out of pos­ses­sion we were all right. We were solid enough and it looked like a 0-0 for long spells.

“If you paid your money to come and watch, it wasn’t a spec­ta­cle. But that doesn’t sup­pose for Scun­thorpe.

“For us it was dis­ap­point­ing we weren’t good enough with the ball. We’ve gen­er­ally scored goals and threat­ened, but here we didn’t have any op­por­tu­ni­ties.Yet I didn’t re­ally feel threat­ened by them.

“Scun­thorpe find them­selves in a po­si­tion where hard work was very key. They changed their for­ma­tion and shape and closed us down and stopped us play­ing.”

PIC­TURES: Pro Sport Im­ages

WIN­NER: Paddy Mad­den cel­e­brates scor­ing for Scun­thorpe

WOUNDED: City’s Ro­main Vincelot


FFREY Scunth


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