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19 September 2014

Having seen both his strikers score in Scunthorpe’s 2-1 win over Coventry on Tuesday evening, manager Russ Wilcox has praised the performances of Lyle Taylor and Paddy Madden.

Madden cancelled out Frank Nouble’s opener to level proceedings before Taylor notched his first goal in claret and blue to secure the Iron’s third win in three home matches.

And Wilcox expressed his delight with how both his forwards played.

He told The Iron Player: “They’ve done great and there’s signs there that that could be a good partnership, as there were signs that Paddy Madden and Gary McSheffrey could form a good partnership as well.

“I think we have to remember that it’s not just a case of one result and everything is rosy in the garden. We have to keep developing the other players as well and be flexible in the way we play.

“But obviously I was delighted with both players on Tuesday night as well as the rest of the squad.”

It was noted by many at the ground how well Taylor and Madden linked up smartly as a strike pair, as well as their individual contributions to the score sheet.

Wilcox has since had the chance to watch the game back and highlighted the way both took their goals.

“Paddy has scored the first goal and set up the second for Lyle and both were top class finishes,” he continued.

“Paddy’s goal was not an easy finish. Anything that comes across you as a player is a difficult finish and he’s executed it really well.

“I’m really pleased with Lyle. Not just his heading ability but his desire and drive to get in the box.

“I watched the game back with the players on Thursday morning and Luke O’Neill has played a great ball down the channel for Paddy.

“He’s had a touch and then we had Hakeeb Adelakun, Gary McSheffrey and obviously Lyle Taylor busting a gut to get on the end of it.

“He’s ran from the halfway line, composed himself and it’s a header worthy of winning any football match.”

United now head into Saturday’s clash with Leyton Orient at Glanford Park, looking to pick up their fourth successive win on home soil.

Wilcox revealed that he has no new injury concerns going into the game and could welcome back Eddie Nolan and Neal Bishop to his match day squad.

When asked if he has any fresh injury worries, he added: “No we’re okay which is a positive.

“We’ve still got a few out long term but Eddie Nolan has just come back into the frame and Neal Bishop trained on Thursday morning.

“Hopefully things are turning for us but I must say the lads who are going out there are putting a great shift in for this football club.”

See much more from Russ Wilcox, Marcus Williams and Luke O'Neill on The Iron Player.

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