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Good evening. Welcome to the start of March madness in the Football


League, with most teams facing at least seven games this month. It


will have a huge say on promotion and relegation and promotion. While


for some, just stay in existence is the primary concern. A repeat of


the opening-day fixtures, but without the opening day optimism


for most. Steve Claridge is here and as always, there is lots to get


through. They may have passed on the League


Cup trophy to Liverpool, but Birmingham have their eyes on


another prize now - the play-offs. Or even automatic promotion is a


very real ambition for Chris Hughton's men. Nigel Clough's Derby


visited St Andrews for an East versus West Midlands derby.


With West Ham in action on Sunday, a chance for Southampton to extend


their lead at the top of the Championship - they were at Elland


Road, with Leeds looking to make an And they've dropped off the pace in


League Two and sold both of their top scorers - can Steve Evans and


Crawley reignite their promotion charge? Against Torquay United?


We start this week at St Andrews. Wednesday's transfer embargo was


the latest challenge for Chris Hughton, so no better tonic than


three points against the Dobbie sight who have lost their last


sight who have lost their last time last season -- this season


last week by struggling Nottingham Forest. This week, Birmingham play


their fiercest rivals, with changes made from the defeat against Forest.


Peter Ramage, signed on loan from QPR, makes his debut in defence at


the expense of Derek Murphy. Erik Huseklepp spearhead the attack. --


spearheads. At one point this season, Steven Davis didn't think


he would score read -- play again. He has overcome a career-


threatening injury. Injury to Jamie Ward a manger returned in a changed


Derby County formation for Birmingham born of fear Robinson.


took a deflection into the arms of Frank Fielding. Good work by Erik


Huseklepp. Marlon King's shot was charged down and then TAS and Miss


kicking in front of goal. -- out wide in the first place and the


Eric Mr Clegg, whose courses first goal for Birmingham City. -- Erik


Huseklepp. One of the players' Chris Hughton has brought in on


loan has made an early impact in his Birmingham City career.


Bischoff from the edge of the penalty area went through a crowd


of players and whether he knew a great deal about it or not, he


won't care. Erik Huseklepp was on hand to steer it past the


eventually volleyed over the bar by Norwegian glanced his header, it


came back off the crossbar and Marlon King brought the ball back


into play. Curtis Davies rather Fielding. Cleared by the near post


by Roberts. Excellent save. It must have been difficult for him to see,


because it came in over their heads of a few players. He swept it away


Birmingham. And surely they are heading for another victory on home


soil. After the blip last week against Nottingham Forest, Marlon


King put Birmingham--- 2-0 in front. Initially, it looked like he had


made the wrong choice, but he tried to beat defenders towards him and


opened up the space and Marlon King confident it takes his tally in the


lead to double figures. -- -- great. Davies. Four months after


fracturing his skull in what was a career-threatening injury, he makes


an impact in his first start since his recovery. Good work from his


namesake, and with his first touch, the cross been found an unmarked


Stephen Davies Last week's defeat County! Five minutes after going 2-


0 down, they pull it back to 2-1, and now a few minutes later, it is


all square. They do well to kick the ball in play. Greene came into


cause problems. Threaded a pass through the defenders. Robinson was


clearly onside and he executed the volley. Great technique but also


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but there were a few muted cries danger is averted and there was an


offside anyway. The referee blows his whistle and brings an end to


what turned out to be a very lively No mean feat to get a point at St


Andrew's. The form they have been in and they concede very few cold


so you fear the worst when you go two goals down, but great spirited


comeback. As a team we have conceded goals which are not like


us. We have been a very solid Universe has enough quality in the


team that is able to dig deep and keep tight and enough quality to go


and score goals. In the last couple of games we have conceded poor


goals by Alastair Anders and that allows Derby back into the game. --


by our standards. I am thankful to be out there. This time, it was a


freak accident and I managed to fracture my skull and be out for


four mum's. But today to be out there and back on the scoresheet is


pleasing. What did you think about the penalty appeal? I think he was


certainly the other way. I thought there were couple of decisions that


went against us today so we might have deserved that one. In the end,


it was a good comeback from Derby but I am not quite sure if the


Birmingham defenders helped themselves. On both occasions,


individuals are trying to play offside and did not know what was


behind them. Steven Davies gets in behind them for a really neat


header. When the ball comes at you from that sort of angle you have to


get the leverage on it and the power. If you're going to play this


30 or 40 yards out, it is fine, because it gives you the


opportunity to get back and try to make a tackle. But doing it 16


yards out, there is nothing you can do if you get it wrong. It is a


risky game to play and on both occasions they got it wrong. Those


are two of the most experienced defenders claimed the Championship.


As for the penalty shout, what do you think? Should the referee have


given this? It is a penalty. You know when or forward close is the


defender it down and leaves his foot there, this is the other way


round. He certainly gets there first and green comes in late.


quick word for Steven Davies, out for four months, he headed that


port in. It takes real courage. takes courage just to be out there,


not just heading the ball in. He deserves all the credit he can get


for just being out there and contributing like he is. A with


West Ham not playing until Sunday, championship leaders Southampton


had the chance to extend their lead to four.. Leeds had Neil Warnock's


who got his body in the way. It caught Bull left elbow of the


Portuguese defender. -- the left from an obvious source, Rickie


Lambert. A good build up and Leeds not tight enough arm Lambert, and


that is the finish of a confident that as crudely as he would like to


good save. A tremendous reflex stop. The run from Becchio, attacking the


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did he that out?! -- keeper that loving this record of clean sheets


football, almost produced the equaliser, and but for the


goalkeeper he would have done. Brilliant stuff again from Leeds


United, three and again from Kelvin Davis. -- brilliant again. No


matter what they throw at him, he posts. Really good movement off the


Incredible scenes, and wide from Leeds. It came off the Southampton


defender. Unbelievable pressure. Southampton getting lucky not once,


Tonight we weren't at the races first half. Credit to Leeds. We


scored a fantastic goal. We have goals in the team and that put us


one up and we had to grind out results. We could not control the


game like we normally do. Football is a cruel game sometimes and you


need to referee or linesman to spot the most blatant handball you have


ever seen. You have to give those decisions. It was a certain penalty


and it changes the game. Having said that, he was not to blame for


their goal and we had enough chances. The goalkeeper could up


one four man of the Match awards today. He just whetted my appetite.


The excitement and I love to be back on the line today. Good to see


Neil Warnock back. An astonishing game. Leeds will be scratching


their heads thinking how did they not get anything? It was a


fantastic performance from Kelvin Davis. Some good opportunities that


they missed. Sometimes, you look at results and they do not always give


you an indication of how the game has gone, and this is one of those.


Most of the season we have been talking about the frontline for


Southampton but the back line was an inspiration for them. They


played well in the first half, the back four. They any went with one


up front, but it was the keeper mainly in the second half he kept


them in the game. He was magnificent all through the game.


All sorts of different kind of saves. You can see at the end of


the game, you don't normally get everybody coming to congratulate


your goalkeeper like that. As for Leeds and did Neil Warnock, he


cannot afford too many days like that if they are to finish in the


top six. I don't think he will get too many games when they do not get


that kind of Bach. I thought he was really up after the game, his


normal blast that the referee, but he knows that ultimately it was a


really good performance and the paper that they will get in the top


six. More now from the Championship, starting with Friday's game at


a big future ahead of him. A superb one to here with Kevin Philips. One


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Hull City. -- Fryatt. He was the first to react. Delight for Nick


Barmby and his staff. We didn't deal with it correctly. I had


enough people there to attack the flight off the ball, we didn't get


the first header, so we needed the second cop -- contact and Alex


Baptiste decided not to headed. think the pivotal part of the match


was the fantastic save from Kevin Phillips. It would have been hard


if we had got 2-0 down, but we regain confidence and played at the


passing game and caused them problems. I am really pleased for


good for Coventry -- down. It is a Leicester the lead. It is saved! It


wasn't the finest penalty but Joe Murphy had to get there and he did.


He didn't have that usual confident. it is 1-0, Leicester. -- it is in.


It has been coming. A good cross, a neat turn. Joe Murphy saved to but


he couldn't keep our David Nugent, see this again. Lee Probert was


favour returned. David Nugent are shocking a pass from the touchline,


but that was a very clumsy right at all. This could be bad


news. It is. It is a red card and went up, referee unimpressed. --


let's see. Here come Reading. Again. They have


made a habit of staging post Christmas promotion pushes. Brian


McDermott's table looking for a 6th straight win when they arrive at


Millwall. They had conceded in their previous five, but after an


hour, the back line was breached when Andy Keogh put the Lions ahead.


That was Millwall's second goal in the Championship in 2012, but Hamer


Bouazza or almost caught out they do reach it. And their hosts look


like they would take the advantage into the break. But Hal Robson-Kanu


than 10 and injury-time first-half equaliser -- dumped in. It stayed


that way until the last quarter of an hour. The Millwall defence


appealed for offside. Jason Roberts played in Adam Le Fondre to make it


six wins in a row for Reading, only one point behind West Ham. It was a


real battling performance from both sides. It wasn't the prettiest at


times, but we did what we had to do that we have won the game. It was


the type of they wear red was tight and we had to grind something out


and make sure we didn't get beaten -- the type of day. Both goals were


disappointing. Brighton arrived in South Yorkshire


aiming to protect the only unbeaten run in the Championship in 2012. In


contrast, Doncaster, who prop up the division, were chasing a first


win in seven. A winner for Brighton might take them into the play-off


places and they took the lead after 20 minutes through Craig Mackail-


Smith with his 9th of the season. Rover has again demonstrated why


they have the worst first half record in the Championship when


they almost conceded a second. Will Buckley got his approach play right,


but not quite the finish. Doncaster never gave up, though, and their


second-half pressure paid dividends with 11 minutes remaining. They


were awarded a penalty when Adam El-Abd handled. If you want to see


how to score a penalty, watch El- Hadji Diouf. 1-1 at the final score.


Brighton still outside the play-off places.


These are difficult days at Fratton Park, without a win in five, cash-


strapped Portsmouth allowed Captain Liam Lawrence a loan move to


Cardiff in the week to lower the wage bill and the talk has been


about whether the club can fulfil its fixtures. Sometimes it pays to


be too young to care about money. It took until the second half for


the match to come to life. The Middlesbrough corner didn't seem to


us -- trouble the back line of Portsmouth but the referee spotted


an incident. Ricardo Rocha are the guilty party. Barry Robson gave


Pompey more immediate cause for concern. "We will never die a"


chanted the home fans, but it got worse are the pitch. Matthew Bates


twisted the knife by adding a second and Middlesbrough's hopes of


staying in the promotion of Hunt looked more Secure. Ricardo Rocha


tried his luck from long range. But Lukas Jutkiewicz's handball meant


it wasn't a wasted effort. Greg Halford scored the penalty to give


Portsmouth a lifeline. The comeback didn't materialise, though. Wolves


loanee Adam Hammill couldn't score a goal on his Boro debut. Stephen


Henderson made the save, but Marvin Emnes made sure that his team's 630


mile round-trip would be rewarded with three points. There was still


time for further incident. Rhys Williams was already on a yellow


when he made this challenge. The referee issued a red, but the ten


men took the three points, leading Pompey in the bottom three.


would have been nice to give them something to shout about, they are


still out there screaming and shouting, singing. We have 13 games


to make sure that if it is a case of Pompey will never die, hopefully


it will be in the Championship next year. We wish them well in their


plight, they deserve it, you could here their background -- their fans


at the background half-an-hour after the game had finished still


singing, so they deserve it and hopefully they will find solutions.


Two teams struggling for form came together at Vicarage Road. Watford


had added 11 of their last four, conceding 10. -- only 11. Burnley


were looking to avoid another away defeat. Visiting goalkeeper Lee


Grant had to be at his best early on. Watford have conceded in each


of their previous eight home games and Jay Rodriguez had scored for


Burnley and in his last six. A mistake by Adrian Mariappa and


Rodriguez had here's goal. That he is. Verdict doubled their lead


early in the second half. Nyron Nosworthy looked to have gifted the


game to the visitors. But within four minutes, he made amends with


his first goal in more than eight years. I wonder if he will still be


playing in 2020. Watford were transformed and scored again after


72 minutes, Alex Keay, Church on loan from Fulham scoring -- Adam


complete. Troy Deeney on hand to score his third goal in the last


five games to seal their memorable comeback. Burnley's play-off hopes


are fading fast. Selhurst Park is where the mascot


theirs to wear pink shoes at, but it is not the ground for goals.


Palace Venice Court 13 all season, but surely there will be goals this


time? -- Pat this that Palace had only scored. There usually are when


Peterborough play. Tyrone Barnett looking a sparkling and -- after


his debut goal last week. He was causing all sorts of trouble, but


everything he could do, Julian Speroni could do better. Then it


was the home side's turn to try and increase the Selhurst Park goal


tally. Darren Ambrose came closest to scoring, but a fortunate


deflection sent the ball off the post and away from danger. In the


second half, visiting goalkeeper Paul Jones was forced into action,


at keeping out Mile Jedinak's header. But the same to were


involved are the only goal. Paul Jones gifting him his first goal in


English football. The price right now would be


survival, not a pot of goal, and there are signs that the Nottingham


Forest fightback is gathering momentum. Steve Cotterill's team


were going for a third straight win in their best run all season and


started well enough. Garath McCleary is one of the reasons for


their improvement and here is an example of why. His third goal in


five games with a little help from a deflection. Forest continued to


push in an impressive first half and went far away from a second.


Mark has toured gay was in the right place, but the ball would not


follow suit -- Marcus Tudgay. And Forest would pay for that are the


second half. It was all change as the hosts rallied. Barnsley boss


Keith Hill opened his account with a draw at Forest in August as


manager. Craig Davies scoring his 11th of the season. The visitors


were presented with a late chance to snatch a winner, but Luke Steele


kept out Greg Cunningham's shot and the draw was probably a fair result.


I wouldn't say that we couldn't sustain it in the second half, I


just think Barnsley threw caution to the wind and when you are away


from home, the natural thing is to defend and get goal side and that


probably didn't help us today. But it was a great ship by the lads and


I am pleased with a point. That shift. There was no shouting at


half-time, just asking the players to represent themselves in the way


that they do every day that I see them in training and I thought they


did in the second half. Off the field headlights have


filled the local paper in Ipswich, but two players punished for


turning up late to trading. Paul Jewell suspended Jimmy Bullard and


find Michael Chopra after they had reportedly been touring Newcastle


nightclubs the previous evening. Paul Jewell did what he said would


have the players most, so while Jimmy Bullard couldn't play by --


Michael Chopra tested David James early on. Liam Fontaine nearly


ended their goal drought when Alex McCarthy managed, but the help of


the crossbar, to keep the ball out. Michael Chopra started the game


with 99 goals at club level and made it into three figures when he


headed in Lee Martin's pinpoint cross to redeem himself somewhat


for his midweek Mr Major's. City were looking to avoid they can


Circuit -- 6th consecutive defeat on the road, but Tommy Smith


extended Ipswich's lead on 66 minutes. He nearly added his second


of the afternoon but found the woodwork. But it was only a matter


of time before Ipswich completed their third straight home win with


Adam Drury scoring probably the best of their 11 goals during that


run. Support your happy after a trying week. A -- Paul Jewell. I


thought today was a dominant performance, we created numerous


opportunities, and it was nice to keep a clean sheet.


They could win for Ipswich against the struggling Bristol City and we


the struggling Bristol City and we will get to them shortly -- a good


win. As for Reading, six wins in a road for the Royals, a great season.


Is there a bit of controversy about The rule states that if you are not


active, then it is not offside. From the initial ball, he remains


inactive and then becomes active when the ball has bypassed him.


had seen some terrific comebacks. Not least for Watford, 2-1 down


against Burnley. They still have the spirit that they showed last


season. I think they know what they are. The brief is to stay in this


division and they are going to do that comfortably. Lots of character


and lots of spirit and there is still 15 minutes to go in the game.


You would think that was the last minute winner! It's which thumped


Bristol City and what a goal. just a goal but a whole build up.


It is neat, entertaining passing. That is a real upturn in form for


them. They look like a side finding 10 now where they are supposed be


going. Do you agree with the policy of Paul Jewell. He has dished out


two different punishments for the same crime, so to speak. You go


along with that? If you lot of use and you are playing, and scoring


goals, at the do tend to get away with more than somebody on the


periphery. Her don't think that's it particularly well with everybody


because it is not a level playing field. In a way I understand where


Paul Jewell is coming from but I still don't think that everybody


will think it is fair. Portsmouth have moved on their captain. D


think they will see through the season? It has been reassessed


already, it was until the end of April, and now it is until the end


of March. The money runs out then. If the players have not taken a


massive pay cut, if some players have not left, I see it being a


really difficult position. It would be surprised -- it would be a


surprise if they made it to the end of the season. League One now, and


the leaders Charlton were have Bournemouth's chairman


fretting. He faces an FA charge for four away wins in stoppage time,


with their 13th. After 27 points from 33, surely no one can stop


them. It was not the best of games for the watching public but I will


take that all day long, and for us to win 1-Nero here with a clean


sheet is very pleasing. We need to beat a bit more of a killer


instinct in the final third and we need to keep clean sheet. Oldham


pass mark -- Oldham's first trip to Bramall Lane in 30 years began well.


Sheffield United's leading scorer got himself armed the scoresheet.


It was a goal that promise to strengthen their grip of United on


second place. In a crazy four minutes Bell, United collapsed.


Only Richard Cresswell can explain what he was trying to do, the


striker putting through his own net to give Oldham Burnley. Moments


later, prospects improved even further. The team with the best


home record in the division were facing a real test of character.


The ten men held their lead for just two minutes. The equaliser


arrived on the next attack. A terrific turn and shot completed a


stunning turnaround. At that stage Paul Dickov would have been pleased


as punch to have taken a point. At the finish he was left to reflect


on what he described as the greatest comeback of his career.


Another red card gave Danny Wilson a defensive headache ahead of the


game on Tuesday at Walsall. Shefki Kuqi crowned a sensational second


half recovery. Oldham were revelling in the extra space. Brown


was unlucky not to make the scoreline look even more convincing


but it was still a great day as they collected their first away win


since September. To be 2-0 down again Sheffield United at Bramall


Lane and come back and win his fantastic. All credit has to go to


my players. It was one of those games that you do not want to see


too many of in the season. We look at ourselves very critically


because we have thrown the game away today. At Spotland it was a


case of keeping up with the Joneses. The new manager had a watching


brief as they began life after Gary Megson. Rob Jones was the second of


three namesakes to take the headlines. His challenge resulted


in a Rochdale penalty. But the Rochdale skipper Gary Jones scuffed


his effort. Huddersfield raced into a healthy-looking lead. Sean


Morrison hammering home the opener in the 21st minute and by the half


hour, Bury seem to beat down-and- out. They were the victims of


Jordan Rhodes. Then, he was the right man in the right place at the


right time, as usual, as the ball broke loose in the buried box. His


13th and the goal of the season. Simon Grayson's side three up and


seemingly sitting pretty. But the free kick from Steven Schumacher


stirred Huddersfield. The second half turn dead to be some of their


best 45 minutes of the season. Lenell John-Lewis reduce the


deficit and deep into stoppage time, Grayson was left to reflect that he


had seen the very best and the very worst of Huddersfield in one match,


with Ashley Eastham completing a memorable comeback for Bury.


Honiball have not lost at home since the start of January and Neil


Cooper challenged his players to keep it that way until the end of


the season. At half past against and MK Dons chasing a fourth


straight win. Their chances were boosted by the return of James


Poole. He marked his comeback from injury to head heart report into


the lead. From the restart it took Karl Robinson's men just six


minutes to send Hartlepool back to the drawing board has James O'Shea


levelled the scores. But the point we shared. -- points were shed. A


tribe of persistence for the opening goal by Richard Logan.


Stevenage have not won since they held Spurs to a goalless draw in


the cup but they are proving difficult to beat. Robin Shroot


equalised at Huddersfield drew in the week and repeated the feat here.


The goalkeeper did his bit as well, and leaving Exeter still in the


thick of the relegation battle. Former Quins out top four for Notts


County since Keith curl took charge. Jonathan Forte opened the scoring


and then Alan Sheehan. It carried Notts County into the play-off


places. Yeovil have not lost at home since the return of Gary


Johnson but Brentford tested the resolve. A deflected free kick from


Sam Saunders put them on top. The London club would do their


promotion prospects the power of good if they could hold on but in


Andrew Williams, Yeovil have a player bang in form. A peach of a


strike took his tally to seven goals in eight matches. Eight. Is


better than nothing when you why in a dogfight but clinching all three


can make the world of difference and we three minutes to go, Yeovil


secured the win. Andrew Williams continuing his scoring streak.


was a massive result Forest. Brentford a decent, as you can see.


If you do not play, they look a strong side. Days after facing


Carlos Tevez in a reserve match, Miller's star quality of almost


gave Preston the leader Ed Cole Chester. But Preston stopped


playing after that and Colchester took the lead on 90 minutes 37 Alex.


Controversy surrounded the second from Colchester. It came from the


penalty spot after an arm stopped the cross. The referee saw it as


deliberate. There was no doubting the quality of the penalty from


Steven Gillespie. Preston fans have not taken to their new manager so


far and it was made worse with an injury-time third goal.


Leyton Orient were seeking their first home win a 2012. Dean Cox put


them on the right path against Walsall. Their manager, Dean Smith,


insisted that the goalkeeper was bowled over in the build up. His


opposite was even more incensed about a foul that was challenged. A


straight red card left Leyton Orient one man light seven minutes


before the break. Despite that, that Londoners continue to make


most of the running. The chance before Jimmy Smith went begging and


Walsall made that home side paid right at the debt. Olly Lancashire


securing another much-needed point. Les Parry admits he now fears the


sack after her defeat the Chesterfield. Tranmere were seeking


their first win in eight matches. They run made fog dismal reading,


just one win in 18 games. The latest nail in the coffin was


hammered in by Jordan Bowery. The win lifts Chesterfield off the


bottom. Scunthorpe claimed victory in the


six-pointer with Wycombe, who earned themselves only an extra day


of training. Paul Reed gave Scunthorpe the lead with only five


minutes gone. Wycombe minds were certainly wondering at set pieces.


Andy Barcham randy in goal number two. -- was rammed in. A sixth red


card of the season. But unlike at Sheffield United, it did not


deflect the side and two minutes after the restart, it was 3-0. 14


Ellis completed the misery and confirmed a climb out of the bottom


four for Scunthorpe. We can now prop up League One. The end the


high for them was a first League goal for Matt McClure. But like his


team-mate he will be working on It was a story of the 92nd minute


in League One. It was, and it was a good one for Charlton. Things, they


didn't look so positive for them, Sheffield United 1 2-0 up under the


92nd minute, Shefki Kuqi scores the penalty. Then in the 92nd minute at


Bury, 3-3. And Cheltenham, 0-0, 92nd minute, incredibly, that is


given. They looked the team struggling the most through the day


but they ended the biggest winners but they ended the biggest winners


falls -- winners. They have extended their lead lead to 13.


Other they have a game in hand over the opposition, so it does look


good. Or we saw Notts County register their 4th consecutive win


under Keith curl. They have not conceded in for either. A


surprising decision at the time as well to change manager. Yes, we


have seen as on previous occasions when a new manager comes in and


watch you have to do, keep sacking a manager every five games and you


will get promoted that what. But they have gone into the top six, on


a good run. Some unconfirmed reports about Les Parry at Tranmere


reports about Les Parry at Tranmere Rovers, after losing to


Rovers, after losing to Chesterfield. And Gary Megson


replaced by a Dave Jones, your thoughts on that? With regards to


Sheffield Wednesday, they had just beaten Sheffield United as well,


probably more of a personality thing. So something in the


background? I imagine so. I think with Milan Mandaric, he likes to --


he has to like you as a person, and if there is a for lead, only one


winner. Dave Jones has to hit the ground running. The expectation is


they get promoted. It in League Two, the race for


promotion is coming to the boil nicely with current leaders Swindon


one of six teams to have led the division this season. While they


have taken some stopping, Crawley Town have dropped off the pace.


Clem was that the Broadfield Stadium to see Crawley take on a


fellow promotion chasers Torquay They romped to the Conference title


last season, and buoyed by a million plus windfall by their run


in the FA Cup, Crawley Town were most people's favourite to be


promoted again. But with just a two league wins in their last 10 and


cashing in on their 26 goals strike force of Matt Tubbs... And Tyrone


Barnett... I suppose you are caught between


the devil and the deep blue sea. You understand the finances of the


sales, but your managerial head, you would want to keep those.


the managerial head, it is a disaster, there is no other word.


Tyrone Barnett, in my opinion, will play the Premier League. He has to


prove it, but he has gone to a good club in the Championship, could


owner, a good manager. Matt Tubbs is a Championship player but chose


to go to League One. He made it clear he didn't want to lose the


players but a board had -- a decision had to be made by the


board and the owners and we had to look at what is good for the long-


term future. Testing times for the indomitable fighter. Some would say,


that is putting it mildly in the What is it that takes you over at


3pm? I have a real desire to win football matches and I head and


kick every ball and shout for every decision. That is not going to


change. It is part of my make-up. I am frustrated that I finished a


long time -- a long time ago as a player, so you have the control


that. Those actually work? Yes. There you go. Football obsessive.


He knows what he has got to do, and he does it very well and if anybody


thinks he has not achieved, then balls. The guy has achieved, he


will continue to achieve. It is when he walks out here, you will


see the poor should -- the passion. A year ago? Not too bad. Why does


he like to work for? That what is the like. Yes, good. You made it


sound like you had to say that. getting victories is the most


important thing and the club has other way up but he is a major part


of it, like everyone else. Long way -- the club is on the way up. Long


may it continue. I wonder if it overshadows the team sometimes,


people focusing on your touchline activities. People will always look


to criticise. But found his stride to beat Torquay today.


-- but that just focusing on trying promotion challenge back on track


was clear from the start against Torquay. After the break, and Billy


Clarke stretching the Austrian keeper again, but despite the


chances, Crawley were struggling to recapture the form that made them a


force before Christmas. They went close once more. And Torquay might


have been thinking they would be happy to head back to the south-


west with a point. 11 minutes from the end, there afternoon but even


better. They have defence ball- watching and nobody closing down


Eunan O'Kane. For the dedicated Devonians in the corner, it had


Steve, I am guessing six weeks ago with you're too big hitters on


board, that is a game you would expect to have in the bag. We were


good enough. There are no excuses. As much as I thought we were


magnificent women lost touch for his big, so much the better side,


we were not today -- when we lost at Shrewsbury. That is the worst


before that I can remember for 18 months. Eight wins in 10 are now


for Torquay. As for Crawley, a bit of a red herring that their form


trailed off after the departure of Matt Tubbs and Tyrone Barnett. It


seemed to happen before that. they have gone, they have won one


in five, but before that, only two in 11, so it started before that.


It might have played a part in why they were allowed to go. Has it


compromised their promotion charge? It hasn't made that stronger.


they still see it through? They have games in hand. Steve Evans is


well versed in picking up good signings, he has been doing it for


a couple of years, said Mary's and I can't get back. -- so no reason.


The rest of League Two there, starting with Paolo Di Canio's


starting with Paolo Di Canio's Swindon, who had a Derby to contend


his local rivals for turning their season, describing the defeat in


marching orders with just 10 minutes gone. Perhaps they striker


was too keen to impress against the club he snubbed in January. Sent


off for catching Joe Devera. But the Oxford boss felt much better


when Asa Hall did in to draw first blood. The home fans could hardly


contain themselves, as Swindon's 10 match winning run was under threat.


Moments later, Lee Holmes cross for Oli Johnson, he couldn't miss.


Still, they couldn't afford to relax. Matt Richie needed but the


leaders back into contention but just before the break. -- nearly


put. When Swindon did get their chance, they didn't take it. Oxford


enjoyed their day in the sun. It was a massive game for the


support, massive for the players. It was a big game that needed a big


performance. We got the game, got the performance.


How many of you thought that Northampton were going to pull off


the shock of the day? They led at Cheltenham until the dying seconds.


It all started with Ben Tozer making a goalscoring return to the


first-team. 10 minutes later, and Alan Bennett couldn't cope with


Adebayor Akinfenwa and they were two goals to the good. But the


Cobblers have a form with giving away games from winning positions.


Cheltenham were awarded a penalty in the 76th minute. Darryl Duffy


starting that sinking feeling. Clarke Carlisle was on Question


Time this week. We would like to ask in his thoughts on his


clearance. The air shot leading to a Duffy's 93rd minute equaliser.


The game has come down to a penalty decision, which according to buy a


player, has hit him bang in the face, and we have told go on what


he sees and what he gives. Whether five minutes again Shrewsbury.


James Collins's 10th clique goal of the season. The embarrassment of


the keeper was eased when the free kick got a touch from Nick Powell


and it was still all square at the end. Paul Sturrock dropped three


players for preaching three players are on the last away trip for


Southend. He can rely on Neil Harris to set the right example. An


inventive free kick routine a load David Martin to put them in front.


Burton are 11 games without victory and with 15 minutes left, Southend


clinched the win through Neil Harris. I am very pleased get back


on the rails again. It has been difficult over the past couple of


weeks but the players responded in the proper manner today. I think


people will think I am a moron if I keep blaming luck. It is 11 games


now. Missed opportunities and things not going our way, we have


to really knuckle down and standard be counted. Following three games,


three defeats and no goals, Paul Cook at last has a point as


Accrington Stanley manager. Accrington had not managed a goal


in seven hours of football. When one finally came there was a


haphazard quality about it. Padraig Almond scored his sixth goal of the


season. With rumours of administration still in the air,


Port Vale directors were advised not to attend the crowned. The


equaliser came from Hatfield. The Port Vale fans will feel even worse


if the administration rumours hold any water. A mixed afternoon for


Gillingham's Joe Martin. First, an absolute belter to put his club in


front at Plymouth. They lead they would have to hold on to with ten


men as the defender was given his marching orders just eight minutes


after the goal. Gillingham made light of the numerical disadvantage


at the start of the second half as Jo Kuffour stretched the lead.


Plymouth Argyle had their own problems with that would work. Alex


MacDonald was denied a spectacular equaliser. Upwardly-mobile


Gillingham have won three on the trot. Not the outcome that either


side would have wanted, although Barnett got off to a flyer from an


early free kick by Mark Byrne. But Rotherham also needed the points to


Struy and tames touch with the play-off pack. -- to try and stay


in touch. Ben Pringle levelled the scores just five minutes into the


second half. But their chances of making the top seven are


diminishing fast as they are eight points off the pace. Barnard's


afternoon finished on a sour note as well. A frustrating day for both


clubs. Aldershot's irresistible run continues. A header from Guy Madjo


put them on the way to their sixth win in a row. But they also needed


a goal line clearance to secured three points. Making an early exit


was Aldershot's Troy Brown he was given a red card for a two-footed


challenge. With the worst away record in League Two, Macclesfield


will be more than happy to have crowned out a third successive draw.


The goalkeeper they borrowed from Sheffield Wednesday took all the


plaudits against Bristol Rovers. It was a good week for Macclesfield, I


can't bring three points, the first they have managed in 2012. --


bringing three points. Jamie Pitman is not only fighting to keep


Hereford in the Football League, he is fighting to keep his job. There


was an emergency board meeting but still no answer on his future. This


could go a long way to improving his prospects. Just past a half


hour, Lyle Taylor found it gap to set up Tom Barkhuizen for the


second. It but Hereford on course for their first home win since mid-


October. But Wimbledon tested their nerve. Jack Midson went close to


pulling one back. Just before the break, Harrison appear to have


given them a lifeline. The flight from the linesman ensured the two


goal cushion would remain intact. Jack Midson did reduce the arrears


midway through the second but Hereford hung on for what could be


a big win. Bradford are in danger of being hauled back into the


relegation battle. Dagenham claimed their second win in five days. The


free kick from Matthew Saunders came at a cost to both sides as he


injured his ankle taking it and had 7 points from nine for Dagenham has


given them some real hope of staying up in the Football League.


What about Oxford beating the inform team in the country, but


having to do it the hard way? Playing against the best team in


that division at this stage with ten men, you would not say that was


ideal. They scored very quickly after the sending off. They were


able to see the game through which is a fantastic achievement. Real


Organisation from Chris Wilder. Gillingham involved in the bonkers


game against Hereford in midweek. But what about this goal from


Martin, who then got sent off? takes a touch and wow! That is some


strike. He looked at the elevation and it goes up and over the keeper.


He gets sent off eight minutes later but he has played his part.


Shrewsbury fans are desperate to avoid the play-offs. They got a


draw against Crewe in slightly comical fashion. There was nothing


really wrong with the pass back. The ball should have gone for it


earlier than this. But the key posts kicks it at the on rushing


player. Collins will gleefully except that, like most forwards!


look at the tables before we sign- off. Swindon lost for the first


time this year. Southend's when moves them ahead of truth Prix and


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