FOOTBALL: Smalley out to make amends

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OXFORD United boss Chris Wilder has paid tribute to Deane Smalley following the striker’s man-of-the-match display against Plymouth Argyle.

Smalley starred, scoring twice in the space of four first-half minutes in a 2-1 win victory, with Robbie Williams scoring Plymouth’s consolation as the U’s maintained their 100 per cent start to the season.

Former Sheffield United defender Wilder said: Wilder said: “Deane will be disappointed not to have a hat-trick because he missed the easiest one just before half-time.

“But the boys were all delighted for him because he had a bad time last season - of his own making - but he wants to make a fresh start.”

Joint leaders Gillingham also beat Dagenham 2-1, with veteran Deon Burton setting them on their way after half an hour. Dwight Gayle quickly equalised from the spot, but Myles Weston won it in the second half.

Accrington, were beaten 3-0 at home by Exeter.

Scottish striker Alan Gow scored twice for the Grecians, who could also afford to miss a penalty through Guillem Bauza, who then wrapped things up.

Bradford produced one of the performances of the weekend, beating AFC Wimbledon 5-1 at Valley Parade.

Nahki Wells scored after just three minutes, with further strikes following from Andrew Davies, Rory McArdle and James Hanson, while Curtis Haynes-Brown put through his own net as all five goals arrived in the first half.

Wimbledon’s goal came before the break too, with Louis Harris netting it.

The experienced Shaun Harrad scored the only goal as Cheltenham won 1-0 at Aldershot, while York picked up their first three-point haul back in the league, as they beat Barnet 3-1.

Again all the goals were scored before the interval, with Daniel Parslow, Ashley Chambers and Michael Coulson doing the damage for City. Jon Nurse responded for Barnet.

Southend picked up their first point after securing a last-minute 3-3 draw at Northampton. Ryan Cresswell was their hero, but they had twice squandered the lead before that. Britt Assombalonga`s goal was cancelled out by Adebayo Akinfenwa, while Kane Ferdinand`s strike was overturned by David Artell and then Alex Nicholls.

Dean Howell was on target as Fleetwood won 1-0 at Burton

Two goals in the last two minutes from John McCombe and Tom Pope helped Port Vale win 3-1 at Morecambe, with Sam Morsy and Kevin Ellison having traded earlier efforts.

There were six goals at Plainmoor as Torquay beat Rochdale 4-2.