FL72 Review: Peter Beagrie reflects on the Football League weekend
Every Monday night, the Sky Sports experts will review the weekend's Football League action on FL72. Check out Peter Beagrie's thoughts on the latest round of fixtures...
Last Updated: 11/12/13 12:19pm
PETER SAYS: Uwe Rosler is a very impressive character, a great man and a very good manager who could potentially be a great manager with a big opportunity. No one can say he doesn't deserve the opportunity at Wigan because of what he's done at Brentford; he leaves them in great shape with a very good squad, hot on the heels of the top two in League One, with the best unbeaten run in the league along with Preston. I'm really pleased for him. His attention to detail is incredible and his relationship with Dave Whelan will mirror the one the Wigan chairman had with Roberto Martinez; they'll get on great. They're both deeply, deeply passionate and knowledgeable people. He'll bring a winning mentality to Wigan - he's typically German like that - and a focus on tempo; whether you're in or out of possession, he likes to pressurise teams in their own third so you've not got as far to go to their goal. He'll probably change Wigan's shape to do that. But it's a stellar squad there and they're not too far off the play-off places. So it's a big job but he will get backed by a great chairman, definitely.
Burnley secure their first win in six against Barnsley
PETER SAYS: This was their first win in six but, as Sean Dyche would point out, they've only lost one in that six as well - they've shown real consistency. They'll be glad to have Danny Ings back, too. Burnley made a bright start to the game, although they weren't at their most fluent, but you're asked questions from everyone in this division so you have to find ways of winning - and Michael Kightly's first goal of the season brought the full complement of three points. Although the two front lads, Ings and Sam Vokes, have taken the headlines, you look at Tom Heaton and his performances and the centre halves in Jason Shackell and Michael Duff, they've been great. Dyche has been lucky with suspensions and injuries but they've been top drawer for him at the moment.
In-form duo Ashley Barnes and Andrew Crofts boost Brighton
PETER SAYS: Ashley Barnes is a quality player. With Leonardo Ulloa out injured he was the one who had to step up to the plate and he's got five goals in his last five games. David Lopez played a beautiful slide rule pass for his first and, as the solitary striker, Barnes was right where you want him: in the six yard box. He's big, he's physical but sometimes he can play behind the striker, too, because he's such a good footballer. Andrew Crofts, meanwhile, has had a brilliant season. He's added goals to his game but he's also combative, he's got a great range of passing and he can play that role where he can keep things ticking over or he can spread the play and change defence into attack. Because he's playing so well he has the confidence to play passes which really stretch teams at the moment.
Notts County score vital 3-1 win over Gillingham
PETER SAYS: This was a huge win for Notts County. They'd gone a month without victory and manager Shaun Derry had been thinking about putting his boots on himself. Gillingham hit the post early on but - in an example of how games can change - wonderful feet and a bit of luck from Callum McGregor put them ahead. Bradley Dack got it back to 1-1 and County could have got nervous but McGregor, a Celtic loanee, picked out the top corner to put them in front again. He's an outstanding player and he could play in the Championship no problem whatsoever. He has tremendous ability - as he showed with his second goal. It was a great win for Shaun and much needed as well. He's got a bright future in the game and has a tremendous amount of knowledge. But County need to pick up really quickly and that win makes sure they're not cut adrift.
Cheltenham continue fine run with 1-0 win at Morecambe
PETER SAYS: Cheltenham are up to 13th and eight unbeaten; they're not worrying about the opposition and just concentrating on how they play. When you think about them losing in the play-offs last season and the negativity that surrounded that, they definitely had a hangover this year. Morecambe will see this as an opportunity lost because they've got Bristol Rovers in their next game before they play the likes of Scunthorpe and Fleetwood over the Christmas period, where they've got a fixture list which includes the top teams. But it was a hard fought affair, with glaring misses and people putting bodies on the line, desperate to keep it out of the net. That three points, though, make a massive difference to Cheltenham, it helped them make inroads on the top guys and kept their run going.