THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

West Brom, Watford, Tranmere and York

icon weekendPremier League ~ Steve Clarke is definitely a manager
West Brom continued their fine start to the season with a 2-0 win over Everton on Saturday. The win takes them to seven points from a possible nine and third in the table, their best start in the top flight for 34 years. This was an especially good win as it came over Everton, who had begun the season well themselves, with two wins from their opening matches. Shane Long opened the scoring in the 65th minute, turning in a Peter Odemwingie cross. Gareth McAuley then made the game safe with a header eight minutes from time.

The players have been quick to praise their new, first-time manager Steve Clarke. "I suppose it was the back of our minds that he hadn't managed," Long said. "But the second you meet him you realise he's definitely a manager, even down to the fact that there are so many good players for every position in the squad and yet everyone is happy to wait for their chance."

Championship ~ Rams hammer unsettled Watford
Derby County recorded their first home win in five games with a 5-1 victory over Watford at Pride Park on Saturday. The Rams were three goals up by half time, with goals from Richard Keogh, Jeff Hendrick and Conor Sammon. After the break two more strikes from Will Hughes and Jamie Ward made it 5-0, before Matej Vydra grabbed a consolation for Gianfranco Zola's team.

After the game Zola pointed to the last-minute sale of centre-back Martin Taylor to Sheffield Wednesday as a reason for the poor defensive performance. "His sale didn't help our situation," Zola said. "I know Martin has been important for this team and how important he has been, on and off the pitch, but unfortunately we lost him and the rest of the team must take his responsibilities and do better. And when I say the team, it includes myself.”

League One ~ Tranmere move to the top
Tranmere Rovers went to the top of League One after a 4-0 home victory over Colchester United on Saturday. Jake Cassidy, who is currently on loan at Rovers from Wolves, scored a hat-trick – his first goals of the season – with Zoumana Bakayogo getting the other. Rovers have now scored 11 goals in their opening four league matches and conceded just two.

Ronnie Moore, who is in his third spell as manager at Prenton Park, thought his side improved following their first goal. "We weren't good early on, the game was a bit dead," he said. "But there was only one result in the second half, we were constantly at them and on another day might have got more goals. You've got to be happy with the position but we're not getting carried away. It's four games in, that's all. We've got a tough game on Tuesday where five will get a break then it's a massive game at Crewe."

League Two ~ York end Oxford's perfect start
York City got their first home win since returning to the Football League with a 3-1 win over Oxford United. The Minstermen took the lead after 15 seconds at Bootham Crescent when Michael Coulson tapped home following a Patrick McLaughlin shot. Oxford had a penalty saved before Ashley Chambers doubled City's lead. McLaughlin was involved at the wrong end as he scored an own goal on 23 minutes but made up for the mistake to make it 3-1 in the second half.

The result was Oxford's first defeat of the season and York are now up to ninth. "We're here to entertain," City manager Gary Mills said. "We're here to try and win football matches, we're here to enjoy it. I'm delighted. I've said I thought the first game flattered Wycombe. It was a weird day for us and since then we've shown what we've got with seven points in the last three games." Tom Hocking

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