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Thursday, 30 November, 2000, 10:42 GMT
Megson bags award
Lee Hughes
Lee Hughes is the ammunition firing Megson's side
Gary Megson is the Nationwide League manager of the month for November after guiding his West Bromwich Albion team to fourth in the league with three wins and a draw.

Wigan Athletic's Bruce Rioch picked up the award for the Second Division and in Division Three, Alan Cork was rewarded for Cardiff City's fine recent record.

The Baggies have lost just two of their last 17 outings and Megson describes the run as being a "testament to the players' commitment and performances".

Lee Hughes has grabbed the headlines after scoring successive hat-tricks against Gillingham and Preston after the club recorded a win and a draw against Huddersfield and Burnley respectively.

Megson however refuses to rest on his laurels: "In the next month we are playing a lot of clubs above us in the league so that will be a real test.

"Our fans have responded in style and for the recent home game against Preston we had over 20,000 in, which shows the fan base is most certainly there."

One step beyond

Bruce Rioch has guided Wigan to two wins and two draws and they are sitting third in their division.

Bruce Rioch
Rioch is determined to maintain Wigan's success
The Latics boss also echoes Megson in not wanting to get carried away by his team's performances.

"We've had a great start to the season but we have to continue that form to make sure we don't miss out this time."

Wigan missed out on promotion in last season's Division Two play-off final and Rioch remains focused on bettering last season's performance.

"We are trying to take the club to the next level and gain First Division status. Nobody at the club wants to experience the trauma of defeat in the play-offs again.

"We are in a strong division with a lot of good sides but we are very determined and the players at present are doing themselves proud."

100% record

Cardiff City's managerial change in moving Bobby Gould upstairs and bringing in Alan Cork has reaped immediate reward.

The Bluebirds have secured three wins from three matches in the league, and in the process have found the net 10 times.

City's 100% league record was also supplemented by an emphatic FA Cup win over Bristol Rovers which Cork described as "very pleasing".

Alan Cork
Cork has overseen four wins from four matches
Cork continued: "We have got a lot of young lads in the side at the moment and they have responded magnificently. They are all in the side on merit and are determined to retain their places.

"When I came to the club earlier this season I wanted to inject some fun and enthusiasm into our work. It is paying off both on the field and behind the scenes."

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25 Nov 00 |  Eng Div 1
West Brom 3-1 Preston
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