The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Lee Cor­den

SCUN­THORPE’S dy­namic duo made it two wins out of two to put them­selves firmly in the frame to be Mark Robins’ per­ma­nent re­place­ments.

Care­tak­ers Nick Daws and Andy Daw­son were in charge for the easy win over Colch­ester last week­end af­ter Robins was dis­missed fol­low­ing a 5-0 drub­bing by Black­pool. And this was an even more im­pres­sive win as the Iron con­demned Coven­try to only their se­cond home league de­feat of the sea­son.

But de­spite the un­blem­ished record, Daws in­sists he still hasn’t dis­cussed tak­ing on the role full­time with Daw­son.

“This is the re­sponse I fully ex­pected af­ter what hap­pened at Black­pool,” he said. “It’s the re­sponse that any man­ager would ex­pect be­cause the play­ers are proud and they are pro­fes­sional.

“One thing we’ve done well in the last two games is erad­i­cate the er­rors we made against Black­pool. We haven’t achieved the level of con­sis­tency we would have ex­pected all sea­son but the boys have been fan­tas­tic in both games, es­pe­cially here against a very tough team with great qual­ity.

“Whether we de­serve the job will be de­ter­mined by the chair­man. If our en­er­gies start go­ing into what might be in the fu­ture then we wouldn’t give the role our 110 per­cent com­mit­ment and con­cen­tra­tion.”

Scun­thorpe took the lead in the ninth minute when Tom Hop­per was left free in the box at a Jamie Ness cor­ner and shot home from close range.

There was lit­tle to choose be­tween the sides as James Mad­di­son and Adam Arm­strong went close for the home side, but City did look nervy at the back com­pared to the solid Scun­thorpe de­fen­sive line.

Peter Ra­m­age com­pletely missed a rou­tine ball on the half­way line but Paddy Madden wasted the chance by blast­ing wide when he was clean through. Stephen Hunt then mis­cued a hooked clear­ance straight to Luke Wil­liams but he curled his shot against the bar.

Arm­strong had a fierce shot saved by Luke Daniels at the start of the se­cond half as Coven­try started to knock on the door but they came un­stuck again when Ness’s cor­ner was headed in by Mur­ray Wal­lace.

Coven­try, who were far from their best, con­tin­ued to press and when Mad­di­son, af­forded no pro­tec­tion by woe­ful ref­eree James Lin­ing­ton, was bowled over by Ness, the of­fi­cial pointed to the spot. Arm­strong con­verted the 86th-minute penalty be­fore Ro­main Vincelot saw red for a se­cond book­ing.

Coven­try boss Tony Mow­bray was clearly frus­trated.“I can’t find any ex­cuses,” he said. “You think they are ready for it be­fore the game but we need to show much more than we did.

“The se­cond half was a bit bet­ter and we could have scored be­fore they got the se­cond but it wasn’t to be. It was too lit­tle too late at the end.

“We have to stick to­gether and we have to come back next week. We need more but words are cheap, we have to do it out there.”

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orpe MUR­RAY’S MINT: Mur­ray Wal­lace cel­e­brates af­ter scor­ing Scun­thorpe’s se­cond and, in­set, James Mad­di­son is brought down in the box by Jamie Ness for Coven­try’s late penalty

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