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Good evening. Financial struggles are almost a regular feature in


football at the moment and this week was no exception with, with


Port Vale the latest club in administration. Portsmouth were


thrown a lifeline, holding on to the players is an altogether


different story. On the pitch games are coming thick and fast as we


approach the running. Leroy Rosenior will help us make sense of


it all. Here is what can -- what is coming up tonight. Brighton scored


late on against Cardiff. We are at the Amex to see how they go top in


the South Coast derby against Portsmouth. -- to see how they got


on. Bristol City earned a priceless win against Leicester on Tuesday.


Can the Robins keep up the momentum at at home to Cardiff? The Football


League's form team are ready. They have won their last seven and make


a familiar late charge for automatic promotion. We are at the


Madejski Stadium for the visit of Leicester City. And we have all the


action from League One and lead to come or where Swindon were up


against second-placed Cheltenham Town. We start with the top of the


Championship and the race for automatic promotion could hardly be


closer. Leaders Southampton and second-placed West Ham dropped


points at home in midweek -- in midweek, so could they bounce-back?


brand and if it beckons you can attract support from all over the


globe. Southampton have supporters from the east, opponents from the


north, where Barnsley, and players from all over the country. This


goal from Lallana was set up by Lambert. They have scored a 38


league goals between them this season. Here is another player


beginning with El, Lee, Tadanari Lee. He is the real reason to


Japanese come to Southampton. He apparently gets hundreds of texts


as Championship fever grips Japan. He set up Lallana to make it two-


nil. I told you he was popular. Barnsley, without a manager, as


Keith Hill was ill, never really looked like scoring. Danny Rose did


head against the post but that was about it. Southampton's manager was


present and that is exactly how he describes his almost Eastern style


The important thing is to stay in the present, the here, and then out.


There is a lot of literature out there that would suggest that


people who get beyond themselves and thinking in the future, they


forget what they are supposed to do Upton Park for the first visited 55


years and it is a fair bet none of those players turned up El Hadji


Diouf. The hero from earlier in the week posed for the cameras. The


home side were on a mission for a win. Vaz Te had a goal disallowed


inside the first minute. Within another two, the Championship's


second-bottom team looked in danger of being overrun as Koll rattled


the crossbar. In the end the visitors managed to hold out, only


for another six minutes. The Hammers had several chances to


score before Nolan bundled the ball and the net. But if that was


supposed to open the floodgates, it had the opposite effect as Rovers


rallied. Green had to look lively to palm away Coppinger's shot and


it was little surprise when the man with the headphones turned up the


heat on West Ham's promotion prospects. El Hadji Diouf made the


key move, Simon Gillett was involved, Coppinger equalised. In


fact Dean Saunders' side came close to claiming all three points. Green


had to produce a crucial save to keep out El Hadji Diouf and the


The first 15 minutes could have made it easier for us today. If we


had put another one and the back of the net. Always one-nil is always


the opposition in with a shout. Allardyce win his chances midweek


against Watford, as the Southampton they continue to march on. The home


for his imperious. The 14th home win of the season. That has massive


amounts to do with where they are in the league. That is what


everything is built on, Nigel Adkins has taken that order. They


have a way of playing. The crowd by into it. They are patient. They


They go together very well. Lallana with the nice little tap in from


eight yards, but the crowd by into the way they play. That is why they


can be patient and when things aren't going right basic backhand


knows something will happen and invariably it does. A different


story for West Ham. They have drawn their last four at Upton Park. If


they're going to go up, they will do it the hard way, the frustrating


way according to the fans. The home farm has not been great, but they


are in second place. It is the anxiety, when they are in charge


they don't get the goals aren't they allowed teams like Doncaster,


El Hadji Diouf was instrumental today, to get back into the game,


especially at one-nil. In the end they just about deserved that. If


they can get the home form right Reading have been in good form, the


striker Noel Hunt treated that his club were not receiving the media


attention they deserved. With the Royals winning their last seven and


about to get a new ownership, what better time to pay a visit to the


Madejski Stadium Gubba with Leicester City in town. There are


It is almost a carbon copy of last season for Reading. In August they


sold their best player, Shane Long, just as they did 12 months earlier.


They again spent the first part of the campaign treading water. And


then, just as the Championship heads towards its conclusion, they


have put together another winning run to rival last year's eight in a


The bit they won't want to repeat his the pain of losing the


Championship play-off final as they did to Swansea City last May. Do


you ever think back to him hitting the post, the block on Noel Hunt,


and just wonder what might have been? Only every day! Do you,


seriously? And you think about it? I think about it. A couple of weeks


ago I watched the first 15 minutes of the second half, we got back to


3-2, then we hit the post. I watched it the other day for the


first time. I did not want to go on holiday. You get to the end of the


season, you look forward to the break, I did not want to do


anything, did not want to come out of a house. It was very tough.


have to be careful what you wish for, did you tweet that we were not


paying attention this season? mentioned that. It is your for you


are looking at my face. -- it is your fault. Nice to see you? All


right? Are you settling in OK? yeah, fine. It is like you are


going on holiday now? You should see me in half an hour. Reading


have been an uncharted territory this season when Wolves came


knocking for their highly rated manager last month. He turned them


down and signed a new deal until 2015. How close did they come to


losing him? That is a tough question. This club means such a


lot to me. It really does. We have got fantastic support. I have


players that I bought in in January and the players that have been here


a long time, staff that have been here a long time with me as well. I


am really committed to this football club. Will the �40 million


purchase of a majority share in the club expected to go few in the next


week -- next few weeks. Anton is a nice young man, particularly


fanatical about football. He knows a lot about the game. A very nice


young gentleman. All things being equal it should go forward but you


were never sure until the deal is done and the deal is not done as I


speak. I have worked with Sir dumped -- Sir John Madejski for the


last 11 years and he has been phenomenal. I am delighted to have


signed a new contract and this is a fantastic environment come a long


may it continue. The first half at the Madejski could have been called


was denied to come all that was missing was a cauldron of boiling


oil as the siege continued, with Alex Pearce's header repelled by


Schmeichel. But eventually the castle walls were breached thanks


to a cannon ball from Leigertwood. It was only his second goal of the


season and Reading looked like they were heading for their 8th League


win and a road. But after the break Leicester regrouped and improved


greatly. Nugent had the best of their chances although Federici was


left untroubled and the home goal. But could have -- but could anyone


have experienced a more successful start than Jason Roberts? He had


scored three and won all seven of their matches he had played in


since signing and here he was was goal number four, Hunt with the


cross. Roberts was taken off in the 84th minute to stop even those who


replace him score for Reading. Church converted to wrap up a


deserved victory and further improve their chances of promotion.


Neil Danns gave the travelling fans some cheer but the story was about


Reading again. They are now behind West Ham, second, on goal


You have been around promotion teams before. Have these -- have


these -- have this team got the characteristics? We have resilience,


defence, we just keep building on each game as it comes. There is


some good teams but we have the quality to do something special.


When I say congratulations you have won eight in a row, you say we


would just keep taking one game at a time. He don't need me, I might


as well walk off. Well done to Reading, eight wins in a row. Noel


Hunt will be happier now we're talking about Royals. They were


under the radar but people are taking notice of them? And so they


should because Brian McDermott has done a fantastic job. Great to see


he has stayed and wants to see it through, as he should. They have


good players, top quality players. Federici has been outstanding. They


talk about goals, Roberts made an immediate impact. They have players


like Leigertwood, who comes up with second of the season. It is as good


as any I have seen this year. Noel Hunt up front, Jason has brought


out the best in them. He is like a talisman. They have a great


partnership going. He has the As for Leicester, have they left


themselves too much to do? If they do get income a great, but they


should allow Nigel Pearson to get on with the job, don't look for


quick fixes, a builder side. If they get the play-offs this year,


great, but carry on and build properly. Brighton's dream of back-


to-back promotions is very much alive, still unbeaten in 2012, Gus


Poyet's side laid just outside the play-off places before the visit of


Portsmouth, who received welcome news with the Football League


handed Pompey a financial lifeline with �800,000 in staged payments.


Unbeaten in a championship in 2012, Brighton could move into a play-off


place today. Portsmouth without a victory in seven and scored once in


well-documented and they have an impact on the team. Stephen


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Henderson is expected to go out on creation. So close to putting the


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player out of through suspension. for the sea Eagles. Portsmouth were


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Vicente! It will be a yellow card for the Spaniard but he will not


care one iota. Brighton are in front and the substitute has struck


for Gus Poyet's team. The free kick eluding everybody. Beyond the grasp


of Ashdown. Brighton made the break potted income. -- but it did not


As a football pitch when you come on the pitch after those sad days,


what better way to start by scoring two goals? There were not too many


chances and you need a bit of quality. The hardest thing as you


can imagine with the stuff going on is the management side of it. Not


because you can liaise with the players and dictate what you want


tactics it -- but try to keep them in a mental frame of mind to stay


positive with everything going on around is difficult. I do not think


you could call them the way they have reacted. Again today it we


cannot hold their efforts and attitude and application. There


were some good quality play at times. How much of a coup was it to


get him with so many international caps? We are very lucky. It was his


decision. He did not want to go to a bigger place because of the money.


He wanted to play football. I hope we can use him as much as we can. I


have to play him and at the moment he is at his best. South coast


affair was and the highest in terms of quality that a man whose CV you


cannot better. 38 international caps for Spain. Guess has to take


credit to getting into the club. Gus Poyet enthusiasm for the club


helps. He won a free kick and stir it in the back of the net. It was a


on the pitch. He has a great left foot. He slides it into the net.


Even though Brighton have had a good 2012, it will be important.


They are up to 5th enough. Hard to believe they were in the bottom


four of League One tea is it. It's a great job Gas has done. You can


see what he is developing. He has added quality in terms of players


but his enthusiasm seems to permeate through the football club.


Good news for Portsmouth in terms of the cash injection from the


Football League. They are in danger of being cast adrift at the bottom.


Appleton's job has been made more difficult to lose another key


player. Along with Liam Lawrence son. It is a tough job. He has to


keep it going. What I love his he is calm and says he will do the job


as well as the can and see Portsmouth through to the end of


the season. Peterborough took on Blackburn still smarting from the


midweek defeat at Derby. Ian Holloway is 49 on Monday but 59 was


the points total he was set on. Blackpool have beaten Peterborough


in the last few meetings but rarely looked like extending the run.


Tyrone Barnett put the home side ahead. There was the second goal


since arriving on loan from Crawley. He was heavily involved in the next


goal. Peterborough continued to push after the break. They would


have been further ahead but for Matt Phillips. Blackpool are the


only team to have scored in each of their games in 2012. The record


Birmingham arrived at Coventry, a former players that the current


striker Marlon King could be unplayable. Before the goals, the


controversy. And after a quiet first half, Alex went for a tumble.


The referee booked him for diving and he went again in disbelief.


Look out for him again later. With 20 minutes to go: the deadlock was


broken. Gary McSheffrey he spent four years at Birmingham scored.


Gary McSheffrey gave the pre-match warning about Marlon King. He was


right. Two minutes later, his colleagues failed to connect with


the long road and Keane pounced. Both goals scored by former players.


The relegation-threatened Coventry did not feel sorry for themselves.


They pushed forward in search of a second goal. There were no more


goals but there was a sending off. The Birmingham substitute was shown


a straight red card but the referee derby. When we took the lead, I


thought we would win it. We have defended stoutly. It was a poor


goal from us to give away. We made lives difficult for ourselves. It's


spirited team at the moment. I think they feel they deserve the


point. Harte goals are hard to come by. Ipswich are the opposite.


Something had some meats -- give achieved only once this year,


scoring two goals in the same game. The Ipswich defence failed to close


down the Robert Koren. Hull were through the second half. There was


his second goal in 26 games and he didn't have to wait as long for his


bed which arrived minutes later and how. The first time since November


Hull letting two goals in a game. Nick Barmby's t and chased a third.


This was the best effort but these were two points lost in the


challenge for the play-offs. have to see it out and win the game.


But the penalties changed, they had the ascendancy. It's all about


decision-making in this game. It was a wrong decision. It was a good


strike from Grant. He has composure and bottle. I thought the second


half we were the better team. Burnley's assistant manager took


charge against Crystal Palace as the Clarets manager missed the


match following the death of his manner. Burnley must have been


grateful when Palace got themselves scored his 7th in eight games.


Burnley's included a first start who was also a prospect. He earned


his side a penalty. The kick was awarded, converted by Ambrose to


make it 1-1. It was not long before the two people involved in that


penalty incident clashed again in an altercation off the ball. The


cameraman did not see what happened, but the assistant did, and he was


shown a red card. The team had 18 minutes to hold on, and they did,


for their fifth successive away draw, now unbeaten in eight.


Burnley's thoughts were with their manager, Eddie Howe, and his family.


He was by his mother's bedside, and she passed away so he was in the


right place. It is unfortunate we could not win the game today for


him and his family. So Steve Davis, the Derby two goal hero midweek,


turned up with family in tow hoping to impress with a repeat


performance for Watford. They have won just one in their previous 10


games at Derby. Moria applied the finish to this goal. -- Murray.


Derby were in disarray. But the picture changed when a player


called Davis did get on the scoresheet, it was with a free kick.


Whatever the manager said at half- time transformed his team, a


crucial challenge here was enough out Bailey to make sure of


Watford's away win. Millwall fans must have been looking forward to


visiting Nottingham Forest, who had the worst home record in the season.


It looks like they were in for more when James Henry almost scored his


first of the season. Andy Reed tried his luck but could not quite


apt to there paltry 15 goals in 18 home league games. But then they


did. A perfect cross set up Gareth McCleary, in good scoring form, his


fourth in seven games. In contrast, Danny Higginbotham last scored a


year ago, and this is a perfect example of keeping your eye on the


ball. Andy Reed was the architect again. Millwall tried to reply


through Henry once more, but it was just not his day. Male -- Millwall


hit the woodwork again in the second half, but later they made it


2-1. Nerves were settled by Andy Reed. A worthy winner from the man


of the match, as Forest inched further away from the bottom three.


The we knew it was going to be a tough game today but we were really


pleased. To score three fantastic goals, we were really pleased.


the end, Forest were the ones who put them away. Some good strikes


and it was good enough. A much- improved performance from


Nottingham Forest, and Andy Reed looking more at home in his


spiritual home. He has played a lot of games this season and it is what


is needed. The manager has shown confidence in him because he does


have fantastic ability. He has space, but you still don't expect


this. The great strike, I have seen it on many occasions. Peterborough


put a spanner in the works as far as Blackburn are concerned. It


might sound reckless, but for them attack is the best form of defence.


That is what suits them, that is what we expect from Peterborough,


that is what the fans want. He does well to hold the ball. You expect


an early cross, but he makes it nice and easy for Taylor. To a


defeats in nine now for Watford. Their manager has made a better


start already then Malky Mackay did in 96 games. He has been helped by


some loan signings as well, but looking at where they are, they now


have 48 points. The target was 50 points, they are almost there and


now they can start looking forward again. A great curl, and Derby have


not been playing too bad. He will be delighted with that. They could


maybe sneaking to the play-offs? Why not? With one win in seven in


the league, Cardiff's promotion hopes have come off the rails.


Bristol City were keen to build on their way in midweek. Cardiff were


have another look at that. It brushes past his arm on the way


The first time he has truly been chance of the half. My word, he hit


It is an own goal by McManus. What amend. Maybe they should have gone


a goal behind, but they bounced straight back, and the cross hit


to play some constructive football. Hit by Gunnarsson, and James down


smartly to stop him. Howard James spilled it, what the chance it


would have been to make it two. Cardiff do seem to have found their


range. James, with two hands, takes popped up with a vital goal against


Leicester midweek, he has got four times against Cardiff in his career,


you can now make that five. Jon Stead, eight minutes of the second


half gone, and they are back in the game. No team have drawn more


championship games than Cardiff. They are on their way to their 11th


draw of the season. A terrific shot, turned away by Marshall to deny


Davis. A really good hit by Davis, and that is the best save of the


and claims of a penalty from supporters behind the goal. Kenny


Miller is unhappy. He thought, as he was about pull the trigger, he


was fouled. The referee believes Marshall. Really good goalkeeping.


He has made a couple of great saves, Marshall. The game is stretched at


it takes another ricochet, and it is another own goal. Mason hits it,


and it spins into the back of David James' net. You are always


disappointed when your players put so much into the game, and it was


harsh on us to lose that one. That was a committed performance from


the players, it was harsh to lose the game. We kept trying to probe,


they got the goal back in the second half, but we kept trying to


probe. We felt we could go for it today and it was a tough game, but


I'm delighted we came through in the end. Slightly harsh done by, do


you think, Bristol City? Very harsh, they worked extremely hard. Cardiff


always have that bit of quality. He was right, they were probing and


passing. At the end the day, they didn't take chances. Their own


goals went against them. David Marshall made some very good saves


early on. Cardiff have always got people like Peter Whittingham, just


finding the past. That is unfortunate for Cisse, he had a


storming game in midfield. Could he have closed the space down a bit


quicker, I am not sure. It is that old cliche, when you are down there


and you are struggling, the lucky is against you, that was epitomised


by those goals. Leicester in midweek got the three points, today


they didn't but they should not be downhearted. If they can keep those


performances at that level by the end of the season, I think there is


no doubt they will stay up. Was it imperative they got that first win


after the Carling Cup final? People are saying they have had a dip in


form, they haven't. They have played West Ham and Brighton, and


that was a big win for Cardiff in terms of confidence but I am very


impressed with them as a football team. They have some good pace in


terms of Mason. To League One, starting with Charlton who suffered


defeat to Colchester on Thursday, but could they start another run


against the rejuvenated Notts performance was unacceptable. This


opener was good enough to win any game. Minutes later, Jonathan


fought hammered the second, the first of a quick-fire hat-trick. --


Jonathan Forte. An uncharacteristic failure by Charlton to deal with


the long ball allowed Notts County in for a third goal. This mix up


between the keeper allowing him in. Five minutes before the break, it


was all over. Jonathan Forte supplied the header, and Charlton


fans headed for the exit. To secure a fifth win in six games, Notts


County had to survive the inevitable fightback, which began


within five minutes of the restart. Shortly after, this pair traded


places. It may be back-to-back league defeat for the first time in


more than a year for Charlton but This is not an easy place to come.


It is a difficult place. You need to be brave, you need to be on the


ball and play, we did exceptionally well. The first half will live with


me for a long time because for a team in the position we are in, we


should not be doing elementary mistakes like that. We have been


excellent all season, pride ourselves on our defending and


doing the basics right and well and was kicked against Sheffield United,


losing top scorer D'Elia Allitt -- Danny Alexander to Crawley is bound


to affect their promotion chances. The Blades' leading marksman


continues to do the business, Evans' goal set them on their way.


They have been losing their grip on second spot. There half-time


advantage should have been greater but this time Evans let the Bees


off the hook. The Blades were determined to follow suit, Chris


Porter testing the reflexes of Simon Maughan. But the young


goalkeeper will be hiding behind the sober when he watches this bit


back. Six minutes into the second half be gifted to Evans his second


of the game as the Blades bounced back since Dave Jones took over as


manager after the controversial sacking of Gary Megson. But all the


scoring at Hillsborough was completed for the Owls in a


frenetic ten minutes. Batth got Wednesday's first. But Bournemouth


had their chances. Malone made -- nearly making the most of a weak


clearance by Rip -- by Rob Jones. Now won the day the FA said they


want to see goal line technology in place as soon as possible they


could have done with it at Hillsborough. Did it cross the


line? Addison was given the dubious credit for the own goal as


Wednesday doubled their lead. Victory was wrapped up with the


Owls's man of the moment, Antonio. He ran unhindered for his third


goal of the week. At the other end almost went close to getting back


into the game. Thomas beat by water but not the post. In the closing


stages Addison had a chance to atone for his earlier own goal but


the keeper was equal to it. When state he's to a second straight win.


The first 20 minutes they could not live with us and they thought it


was going to be a rout, thence or the sudden because it has been easy


for 20 minutes, they took the foot of the Gas, tried to do things and


I can't fault them for that. It is something we will learn as we go


Simon Grayson but persist in throwing two points away. After


this header had struck the bar, it was Ward who opened the scoring


with his first home goal of the season. His superb strike appeared


to have been given Huddersfield Town the lead but inspired Rochdale


to equalise. Tutte had a stunning without a goal from Jordan Rhodes,


who grabbed his 33rd of the season -- a Huddersfield Town performance.


Crimes scored the late equaliser in the 2-2 brought in August and


south-west for the second time Reform days but after their defeat


to Yeovil they cruised past Exeter. Look was on their side. There was a


hefty deflection off Fortune. Exeter hoping to avoid a 5th away


defeat on the bows were being generous. This flick might have


taken a deflection on its way Iain. I would not like to be the one to


take it off him. Thankfully the Dons's said was straightforward.


Ibehre tucking away to strengthen his side's way into a play-off


place. They might be a bigger stage the most ardent Carlisle fan would


not have scripted the next half. The visitors, bottom of the form


table, had an unlikely lead. It did not last long. Bury's defence has


been shaky all season. No clean sheet in 17 games. Noble had a


great strike. The goalkeeper had no chance. There was little to shout


about in the second half until there was a mistake 12 minutes from


time. Coke made the most of it, sticking to his lines and finishing


nicely. -- Coke. 2-1 up and the home fans were urging their players


to increased the lead, which they did two minutes from time. Miller


was pushed in the area and the referee had no hesitation in


whistling for a penalty. Miller got off the deck to convert from the


spot and guarantee three points. But there was more drama to come.


Things went from bad to worse or the shell-shocked Shakers. This


petulance resulted in a red card. And with Sweeney departed the home


side had time to cap of both the nominal final 12 minutes. Noble's


scuffed shot found Miller and the Scottish striker lashed at home. A


thorn macro-one win for the Cumbrians. They maintain the


pressure on the top six. -- Apple- one win.


What an opportunity wasted by Chesterfield to give themselves the


chance of climbing out of the relegation zone before the do.


Trotman header opened dashed at headed in. Bowery refused to look a


gift horse in the mouse. He got the second. Stevenage may not be


winning many games but they are resilient. Les Ed scored and an


unlikely comeback was on. A minute late it was complete, led involved


again. Reid got his first game in between these two had finished


level so this ended all square as well. Wycombe have found confidence


in recent weeks, having won their last two at home, scoring nine in


the process. Colchester failed to build on their midweek win at


Charlton but they remain a tough unbeaten in six, but were guilty of


not taking their chances against Hartlepool. They were a waste on


this occasion. Having beaten Sheffield United midweek the


Saddlers pushed for a win but when the ball broke to Mathew Sadler, he


couldn't make the most of it. A goalless draw and the valuable


point keeps them clear of the Yeovil's fortunes. It is five wins


and the last six games after his return. Williams getting a thirst


after dispossessing the other player. This was nodded home by


Diamond. Andy Williams took his performance as the best since


taking charge at Preston but he only tasted success ones since


arriving in Lancashire. They appeared to be on the winning trail


until the Lines man got involved. Scunthorpe boss felt-deserve to win,


although North and might have had it not been for some slogan. The


his side ride the luck against Leyton Orient. This was a Rovers


veteran, Andy Robinson, who broke the deadlock. Robinson was on hand


to profit. Rovers have not won in 2012 and that first victory was


assured before the break. Shaun Ley completed the first league double


of the season. -- Shaun Leaf. Kanyare are back on track. Four


points out of six. The win was what we wanted. All we should have kept


the ball better. We can't fault the the ball better. We can't fault the


the ball better. We can't fault the Well done, they did a decent job.


He knows the club Inside Out, he is delighted to be back there. They


started off with the wind. They haven't got enough goals and a team,


there was not done of creativity. Andy Robinson, he uses his right


foot, but he scores with his left It is tough for Tranmere. They


don't score enough goals. It is a good start but that is all it is.


What a terrific win at Charlton Athletic. We have had a few days to


forget but they are having a terrific season, but the


motivational point behind Keith curl, you wanted to make tonight


because he is Mr motivator. He is enthusiastic. When he was on the


phone, his energy is unbelievable. You are not surprised his players


are doing this? A no, it will rub off on the players. In a positive


way. They will have reacted Rooney positively. Potter obviously has


because he had the perfect finish with his left foot. People will be


roughly in this. He has learned, stepped back a bit and allowed


people to do other things within the club and concentrate on what he


is good at which his coaching and managing. It is uncanny, his second


career hat-trick his first coming into 1080 on-loan. He should be on


loan for Notts County all the time, shouldn't it? Some great goals at


the Galpharm from Huddersfield and Rochdale, who ultimately got a


terrific point for John Coleman but ultimately for Huddersfield, they


have dropped 26 points from winning positions. Only Scunthorpe have


dropped more in all three divisions. Is it a mental thing? You would say,


this is a great equaliser. Look at this. You can't really do much


about that. They apologised midweek for surrendering against Carlisle,


he doesn't need to apologise today. It is difficult Simon Grayson, the


same problems Lee Clark had, it is a way of getting over the finishing


line. What about Gary Johnson's impact at Yeovil Town in his second


spell in charge. Seven wins in 11 games. Yeovil fans dare to dream of


possibly breaking into the play- offs. There is still some work to


do. There is, it is a perfect fit for Gary. He said he should not go


to Bristol Rovers being ex Bristol City, but he has gone back to


Yeovil, and they did a good job there, dealing with loans, and it


was accepted not only by the players but Terry as well. He has


gone in there and had an immediate impact. He looked that club. He has


had a real impact, seven out of 11, they are looking up and that is a


big win today. Andy Williams, eight goals in eight days -- games. For


lead to cover we start with the game of the day as Paolo Di Canio's


be cheerful, having picked up debris's Manager of the Month award,


Swindon are eight points clear at the top. But when there was a


tangle, Cheltenham threatened to ruin the celebrations. Duffy was


denied from the spot. A home win was achieved five minutes later


courtesy of a Player of the Month in League Two, Paul Benson was the


man in the right players. His 6th goal in seven league games securing


We have both feet on the ground, every chance we have to celebrate


and build confidence, with that this feeling, we can go up and have


a fantastic moment, we can celebrate. I think they found a


level of consistency, a winning formula that has worked for them


but we battled them today in every department, we have matched them


and gone on to be better than them. They were in the game from the


first minute and can consider themselves lucky, if you like, to


after this draw made it one win in five league games. The visitors


took the lead. Just after the hour, an equaliser. Southend were in


front with a quarter of an hour They played well on the day. Credit


for their performance. For one player to be ill-disciplined, a


We got some decent quality from callers with the lads going in. My


belief is we should be getting one or two more goals. It was a crucial


one for us and could not have gone in the West Country derby. If that


took the breath away, so did the second. This was something really


special. The decision not to make a challenge backfired big-time. His


former employer was staring at home defeat. Three minutes later the


was a perfect example. Lee was the man who leads us on. He got one, he


claimed to got to birds I will look on the video. I think it holds us


in good stead. To not win his disappointed. It was disappointing


because we put so much into the game for such a large part of the


game. I hope they're disappointed Macclesfield rescued a point to,


five draws in a row. Crawley conceded a two-goal lead. Surely


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the former player and manager. He could only watch as he was


dismissed before half-time. An easy decision for the referee. A second


yellow card. We begin approaching the Allah, the Bantams defender


provided the flair. Penalty. Craig Fagan has stepped up and struck his


6th of the season. That quickly became two. No ill-effects from the


earlier clash. Asa Hall set up a tense finish. The first home win in


2012. Goals are guaranteed at Gillingham these days. This has to


be the best of the lot. A collector's item for the 17-year-


old. The manager said there side were brilliant at times and


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pathetic at others. The home side had over the years it was a


administration or insolvency. a good thing but I feel sorry for


the players, they have lost the 10 points. We could be back where we


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were. A sad day for the club. It Today, for the players, I think


they give their all again but the events of the week have taken their


toll. A pivotal win for Swindon. Against a promotion rivals. A big


win. Disappointment losing to Oxford. They bounced back. Paul


Benson is looking at home. Vicente, Paolo Di Canio was desperate to get


him. He is a natural goal keeper full -- goalscorer. Big, big win


for Swinton. Crew involved in a belter. Nik Powell and Clayton on


international duty midweek. This is exceptional. He is given time and


space. It's hard to forget he's only 17. He is getting rough


treatment. Another terrific finish. Two fantastic goals. Port Vale, 24


hours to forget in administration. Demoralised, I suppose. A week to


forget. One week you off the play- offs and they are looking at League


status. Right, well let's take a look at the tables then before we


go. In nPower League Two, Swindon are now 8 points clear at the top


after they beat Cheltenham, Mark Yates' side have dropped to fourth


below Shrewsbury and Southend. In fact Swindon and the Shrews were


the only 2 sides in the top 8 to win on Saturday. Northampton move


out of the bottom 2 after another victory - they're replaced by


Plymouth. And there were also good wins for Hereford, Barnet, Bradford


and AFC Wimbledon. Charlton's lead is back down to 10 points after


back to back home defeats. Both Sheffield clubs won but


Huddersfield dropped more points yet again from a winning position.


MK Dons, Notts County & Carlisle all saw good wins as well. The


bottom 3 all drew and Exeter lost but Tranmere moved above Walsall


after their 2-0 win over Leyton Orient and Yeovil continue to climb


the table under Gary Johnson and are now up to 15th. Southampton


move 3 points clear at the top of the Championship with West Ham


drawing yet again at home. Reading make it 8 wins in a row and are


level on points with the Hammers. Middlesbrough stay in fourth and


play Leeds at the Riverside on Sunday. Brighton and Cardiff


replace Birmingham and Blackpool in the top 6. It's looking bleak for


Portsmouth who remain bottom but now 8 points from safety after


another defeat. Doncaster and Coventry are both 4 points from


safety despite both picking up draws, and that is because Forest


won and move above Bristol City. Now if you've missed any of


tonight's goals, we're on the red button and on Freeview till Midday


on Sunday. It's also on the iPlayer all week, while extended match


highlights of each game, will be available on the BBC Sport website.


We've got live Championship football on Sunday for you. Join


Mark Chapman at just after midday for Middlesbrough v Leeds on BBC1.


MOTD2 rounds up the weekend's Premier League games at ten on BBC2


and for all the Football League news and features from where you


live don't forget to watch Late Kick Off on Monday night at 11.05


BBC1. Right, well that's it for another week. Leroy, good to see


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