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Evening. With the Championship hogging the stidge this week we are
are back to a full line-up with action from all three divisions.
There has been man gearal movement in Leagues One and Two. As you can
see, Steve is with me tonight. We pick our way through quite a day in
the N Power Football League. After last week's shock defeat to
Doncaster leaders went back to home comforts. Their opponents,
Blackpool. West Ham came unstuck last week, they were looking to
getting back to winning ways with a trip to Reading. Barnsley's scored
after nine seconds in their win In League Two these are happy days,
Cheltenham are third in the league, they draw Tottenham out of the hat
in the FA Cup. The gaffer won manager of the month. They are
hoping to get one over on leaders Southend United. Southampton after
last week's set back remain two points clear at the top of the
Championship going into today's game with Blackpool. They had won
all ten league games so far. The good news for the Saints was that
Rickie Lambert was back after his Rickie Lambert was back after his
hip injury. The goalkeeper was out.. Blackpool made one change. Comment
from John Roeder. Phillips. Oh... First touch for
Bialkowski. The goalkeeper got his body in the way. If he was pressed
closer by Basham he might have been chest of the goalkeeper. A stop
from Bialkowski that does not inspire confidence. Silvestre
letting fly with the shot. Southampton a touch fortunate.
Ferguson. Free-kick taken quickly. They were almost made to pay a
heavy price. Plenty of room on that Rickie Lambert. Oh, it got a
deflection. Southampton in front. Rickie Lambert celebrates. The
Saints may very well be on their way of setting a new club record of
home league victories. Eardley caught in pocession here by Lallana.
Cork not going for coal goal himself. In the end I think it gets
a touch of Caig Cathcart to divert the ball past MatGilks. This is
Rickie Lambert. Gilks with a vital save. A check to see if Lambert was
Southampton look for a flag, it does not come. Blackpool are back
on level terms, Basham has got it. He is level. Getting in behind
Hooiveld. That is an easy header past Bialkowski. Here's Phillips.
Tailer Fletcher to his right. -- Taylor-Fletcher to his right. The
goalkeeper doesn't move at all. puts it over. It could have been a
Costly error from the full-back. an error. Southampton behind and
Bialkowski probably wants to find a hole and hide in it. His
performance has been embarrassing. McManaman here, good run, kept
going. Dearie, dearie me. Bialkowski doesn't get his body
behind it at all. That is a goal he will see for years and years and
years to come. It will be available on many DVDs. What must Kelvin
Davies be thinking there? Southampton will have to start to
too high. Oh, dear! Who left that there from Eardley? Southampton
thought there was. Play continues. Eardley's challenge here, the
referee has a gad view. You can see his position. His decision, no
Lallana. Here's Richardson. They are queuing up in the middle.
Southampton have an equalliser, but who else but Rickie Lambert.
Southampton's top scorer this season has surely snatched a late,
late point for the Saints. He's onside there. A firm header past
Matt Gilks. Late in stoppage time. It's surely a point for Atkin's
team. He's got there first. Cork making a run through the middle.
Has he taken it too far? Yes, he has. That was such a chance for
Southampton. He knows it. Three team-mates in the middle, he didn't
team-mates in the middle, he didn't use any of them. Started the game
well. Scored a goal. Didn't take a view chances when we should have
taken them. Second-half we have gone and gone behind. First time we
have gone behind this season for a longer period of time. Change
changed it around a little bit. Great credit to the players, we
kept going and driving everybody on. Rickie Lambert scored a great goal.
We are growing. We had disappointment. They have lots of
energy. Ied like Nigel a lot much I hope it continues for them. I
experienced the other end of the scale where we have ended on a
crest of a slump. I think we are looking like a half decent team now.
What about your goalkeeper he had a difficult afternoon? He he he's
been fantastic in training much he has been has had to be patient to
wait for the opportunity because of the performances of Kelvin Davies.
He had to perform today. Things haven't worked for him. We haven't
lost the game because of that. He will become a better player and
stronger character for. That we'll support him. We like him a hell of
a lot. He is a good lad and works hard. In training he is fantastic.
Maybe he needs more games to become more comfortable in the arena.
Backing his standing goalkeeper. It was an event ventful game for
Bialkowski. He won't want to dwell on it? You can excuse that, the
ball bounced in front of them. Balls will move and dip. That, I
Balls will move and dip. That, I can't get my head round that one.
He asks surprised? The ball goes into an area where if someone is
fall following it up they will put it in. All goalkeepers will make
mistakes. In the grand scheme of things, if you look at that with
the overall way he played, it doesn't make happy viewing. One or
two areas where you can say, yes, you can excuse them. That would be
one of them if that was the only mistake he had made, it wasn't.
Southampton were on the receiving Southampton were on the receiving
end of it. You had Rickie Lambert to thank, saving his blushs getting
an equalliser at the end of the contest. This is what they were
missing against Doncaster last missing against Doncaster last
week? Well, he wasn't playing then. He does well here? There will be
one person to get on the end of it. one person to get on the end of it.
He doesn't get given offside. feats feels like a defeat with the
goal coming so late. A point at the end of the day at St Mary's that
can be considered a good one? first instinct from both managers
will be, we should have won that game, we gave them a goal. When you
look at it, they gave us a goal as well. A great game to watch.
Blackpool went tat from the start. They deserve their point. West Ham
had another chance to end the day top for the first time this season.
Sam Allardyce made the short trip to reading who started the day in
12th. Reading made two changes from 12th. Reading made two changes from
discomfort. He is in danger of lasting a matter of 90 seconds.
Joey O'Brien is preparing to come on. That's really horrible luck for
him. Real chances for West Ham. It's a reading deflection which
takes it away, Collison, from this pass, Collison thought he had seen
line. Well, West Ham now, surely he thought he had scored. Diop turning
it goal wards. Off the line. for Hunt. In behind West Ham for
the first time. Green finally has a save to make. Hunt's effort was
easy for him. Seen so little of this from Reading this afternoon. A
spring in the offside trap for Hunt. Something's got to change now if
Reading have to get a goal. And now, Hunt and O'Brien separated. It was
Carew warming up. The West Ham substitute acting as peace maker.
Just sliding in Hunt and O'Brien took exception to it and Hunt
foolishly had his hands raised there. Yellow cards all round.
Entirely unnecessary really, but Obruen's just been booked and his
second yellow of the afternoon in quick succession will be swiftly
followed by red -- O'Brien. And West Ham must play the final 25
minutes with ten men. Two rushes of blood to the head from Joey O'Brien
have cost him a red. The flick there meant O'Brien was sucked in.
1-0! Reading lead seconds after wham are reduced to ten men. It's
Pearce. McAnuff did the hard work, waited and Pearce offered him the
best option and the finish was Church. Just wide of the post.
Close. Very close to 2-0. Again McAnuff creating the opportunity.
Church with the goal that will surely clinch three points for his
team against West Ham. Well, of all the presents he'll get on his 23rd
birthday, this cross from Le Fondre will perhaps be the best. Couldn't
referee's got some sorting out to do once again here. Yes, it's a red
card for Collinson, late in on the challenge of Jimmy Kebe and West
Ham 2-0 down, down to nine men! O'Brien sent off earlier, now Jack
Collison as well. And this is turning into a miserable afternoon
He's going to have a good night tonight isn't he, Simon Church? Two
goals as a substitute. Inviting free kick. Church sprinting into
space. His second header of the afternoon. His fifth goal of the
afternoon. His fifth goal of the season. I thought that
opportunities would come our way and I was delighted with the way
that we went about our Business Today. I thought we were solid and
played some good stuff at times. I thought we were good value for the
win. How cross are you about Collison getting involved in
something that was so unnecessary? It was unnecessary. Sometimes
players lose their cool when they think the opposition's taking the
mickey out of them and the lads in there saying, you know, they were
just sort of... You've got to cope with that. If that's what they want
to do, that's what they want to do and whatever it is, you have to
take it on the chin, you can't react like that. A day to forget
for West Ham. Great result for Reading nonetheless. But we heard
from Sam there on Kebe. What was your take on it with the
confrontation between him and Collison? You can see here, it's
disrespectful to the opposition. The game's won and to start taking
the mick - you could probably use another word for it at that stage
of the game - it's unnecessary. You can't condone what he does, but in
that situation it's understandable. That's the sort of thing that will
happen. I've played in games when when somebody's tried to do that,
that's the end result. It doesn't surprise me that it's an English
player that's done it. Over here, players understand that it's a
disrespectful thing to do. I think he knows now. He was taken off soon
after 789. A couple of goals on his birthday, Simon Church. Sean Long
not around. But he's a fully fledged international. Always had
undoubted talent. Grew up in that good under 21 side for Wales as
well with lots of good players around. Good grounding and he has
started to - as you say - you've got to play games to fulfil your
potential. He's starting to do that. Been a bit inconsistent but have
made a great start. Lots to play on now? Abs loutly. There was always
going to be a bit of an after- effect -- absolutely. The way they
lost in the play-offs, then they lose a couple of great players.
He's done a Gadd job there though, the manager, a good job under siflt
circumstances when he came in because they weren't flying and all
of a sud enthey are one of the shakers and movers -- under
difficult circumstances. Leicester now versus Peterborough. Separated
he was smart and alert because Bamber got that all wrong. Good
lay-off. Beckford. Picked up by Wellens again. Beckford is away. A
throw. Hit the post! Good move by Leicester. Still not the
cross in. Good save there by Lewis. in! Lewis no chance. And Leicester
at last have taken the lead. It's goal five for Paul Gallagher.
Deflection fell kindly and the shot buried itself. Tomlin is free and
and he's equalised. Where was the rest of the defence. Tomlin away
still not clear to Boyd. Tomlin is there as well. Tries to tee it up.
Sinclair. Still the ball is not clear. Schmeichel dives forward.
Still not there. Clears. exploited their weaknesses well,
got the ball into wide areas. We are not able to convert those
situations and, although we looked very dangerous, for long periods,
didn't do enough to win it in the end. The back four were excellent.
Very resilient. Always capable of nicking a goal and a really good
piece of footballer's got a good goal for us. In the end, we could
have nicked it. We have been involved in many games where it's
been the other way around and we've dominated games.
Cardiff arrived in south-east London on the back of an eight
match unbeaten run but it was Millwall that threatened, Feeney
set up Henry but he couldn't keep it down. Cardiff's best chance fell
to Miller after the break. The ever dangerous Whittingham's pass
perhaps deserved something to come of it. But the Scottish striker's
tame header was gathered by the grateful Mildenhall. Then right at
the end, one final opportunity for Millwall. Feeney's inviting cross,
Henderson's header, which was kept down, but nearly bounced over the
bar. No goals then, but the Championship's manager of the month
looking at the positives as Cardiff are now nine unbeaten.
It was always going to be a tough game here. We had a couple of
injuries early on and ended up playing with two young kids in
midfield, delighted for them and overall happy with the point. On
another day we could have won it and on another day we could have
lost it. I felt we matched Cardiff very well and had better chances,
hit the bar in the first half and had the best chance of the whole
match right at the end through Henderson's header which he usually
puts away, but a lot of positives for us to capitalise on. It's a
good clean sheet. Middlesbrough started the weekend
in fourth looking to the top scorer to move them closer to the top two.
They were up against Brighton who enjoyed a renaissance of late,
three straight wins. Lua Lua almost gave them an early lead. Midway
through the first half was a key moment. Bennett's close cross
looked like it should have been caught by the keeper easily. It was
treated by a bar of soap and McDonald cleaned up for the only
goal. Baits celebrated his 25th birthday, he was unable to accept
the gift of the goal. Another McMahon free kick. Robson
couldn't react quick enough. But the one goal would be enough and it
was another win for the BBC North East sports personality of the year,
Tony Mowbray. We sneaked a goal. Had one or two
great chances, the second goal didn't come but ultimately the
game's finished and we won, three points in the bag and we move on.
very close game between the top six team. Coming here away from home,
it was very close. No frustration at all.
Grayson's Leeds side have been impressive, against 17th place
Watford aiming for a victory. The hosts only ever registered two
league wins against Leeds. A third looked possible. Kightly ran
unchallenged towards the Leeds goal and finished in style.
A win here would see the side extend their unbeaten run to five
in the league and they had a chance to seal it a minute from time
thanks to this challenge by the player who did this. They were
handed a life line on the stroke of penalty and made no mistake to give
Leeds a late, late point. The manager needed "clarification" from
manager needed "clarification" from the officials. We gave a thorough
performance in all areas we were sound. We had a penalty given
against us. They put it in within five second to go. Sometimes it
happens. A bitter pill to swallow. happens. A bitter pill to swallow.
A lot of postives from us today. Worrying times for Coventry. A nine
match sequence without a win saw them drop to the bottom of
Championship. The former Chairman felt he needed a closer look and
sat on the bench with the manager. He was grateful to Joe Murphy who
was tested early on bye-bye Cameron Stuart. Their recent record didn't
inspire confidence. They hadn't scored in their previous league
meetings against their opponents. It was slick move down the left
that throd an Andy Dawson cross. How is this for a first goal of the
season for the Northern Ireland midfielder Corry Evans? It was a
third straight win for Hull. third straight win for Hull.
Coventry have lost their last three. You had your former Chairman and
head of Football Operations on the bench today, why was that?
wanted to come on to the bench. You know, he is Head of Football
Operations, so, he was down there. Are you happy with that? It's not
really... He's Head of Football, he can do whatever he wants, can't he?
Burnley have the wind in their sales at the moment, three points
against Portsmouth would make it against Portsmouth would make it
four league wins on the bounce. The last time they managed that was six
years ago. They were on the back foot early on here. Norris's shot
fell to Varney who sturtterd. Both teams were creating chances.
Henderson keeping out McCann's fizzing drive. Portsmouth were
playing the better football. After some neat build-up play this volley
went just wide. Burnley have only kept two clean sheets all season.
Into injury-time so sure thri would be number three. No. David Norris
choosing the perfect time to score his fifth in all competitions this
season. It sealed their first away season. It sealed their first away
win of the season. I never felt under a real threat. I can only
think of Stephen making one save in the game. We knew what to expect
when we were coming here. We found out that straightaway, right from
the minute one of the second-half. The lads defended well we hit them
with a counter attack. Wasn't a lot in the game. It was scrappy. I
don't think the referee helped the flow of the game. It was pity --
Biti. We were pushing for the win Biti. We were pushing for the win
we got down in the last couple of minutes.. After four wins from
their first six games in charge, Forest have stumbled. They have
seen three defeats without a single goal before this game. They had
their chances against a Palace side who had not won in seven games.
Palace boss spent two years as a Forest player. It would be a happy
return to the City Ground. Saha did the leg work. Glenn Murray did the
rest. That make it is four defeats rest. That make it is four defeats
in a row now. Another game that we have dominated. We can't... There
isn't too much more we can do at the moment. We get burnt for every
little mistake. Everything at the moment. That's how it goes. It's a
moment. That's how it goes. It's a tough league. Doncaster's Billy
Sharp was named Championship player of the month for November before
Saturday's trip to Birmingham. He netted four times for Donny in a
difficult month for him and his family after the tragic death of
his two-day old son. Birmingham started the brighter and thought
she they should have had a penalty early on. This shot appeared to
have hit a arm. The referee was unconvinced. They tasted victory
back in 54, but they took the lead, Fortune with the time to take the
touch and give them the advantage. Chris Burke made the most of this
bad clearance. He fed Marlon King, who did the rest. The Blues went in
search of a winner. Two minutes before time they got it. Burke the
instigator. King with the finish. Birmingham could come-from-behind
Birmingham could come-from-behind in this promotion race. We kept
going through to the end. At 1-1, with the way things have gone in
recent results, we might have settled for that. We have a group
of lads that were determined to get the win today. We got the win that
the win today. We got the win that we deserved. From fifnth October to
15 in December Derby have been in miserable form. They have taken one
point point from 18. They lost to Middlesbrough last week. They look
to be on track in this one. Woolford finished in style. Derby
hadn't scored at home since October. Having waited three games to see a
goal the home support were rewarpeded for their patience.
Jamie Ward made the running. Bryson got his fourth league goal of the
season. Having waited all that time for one goal another was alon
minutes later. Ball scored his first senior goal for Derby to edge
them ahead. The visitors almost drew level late on. Pitman couldn't
drew level late on. Pitman couldn't steer his kick on target. I think
you saw the lift in confidence when the equalliser went in. It lifted
everybody, the crowd and the players. I think we deserved the
win and more for the last few weeks than today. Hull's Nick Barnaby
continues his start. Four wins out of six. What is going on with
Kovacen tri. No win in ten. Head of Football Operations sat on the
bench today. What is your take on having a non-football person,
almost that close to the football itself? Well, it's a confusing
issue, isn't it? No doubt about that. People are doing jobs that
maybe they are not at this stage qualified to do. I don't know. So
many things are coming out of that football club. At this stage it
needs somebody to get hold of it. Take control. And take it in a
direction where everybody can see what they are trying to do. At this
stage it seeds rudderless. I don't think anybody, even the people in
charge, and the people in know, know what is happening. Portsmouth,
their first aim was to get that first away win which eluded them
since March. A woeful run of form away from home. They got the win
today. A barrier they have overcome? Absolutely. David Norris
scored the winner. He was just off of Dave Kitson. That is the example
of why he is playing in there, to kick up anything that drops down.
He got a decent strike with either foot. That is the finish he is well
renowned for. Forest have lost the last four. They haven't scored a
goal in that time as well. Honeymoon period is over for Steve
Cotterill? It is. After a good start, this has been a poor run of
results. Also, you look at it and think, what would have been their
brief at the start of the season, to get in the play-offs. That looks
like a distant ambition, shall we say. This is a case now of staying
in this division. If they do that it will be a relatively
disappointing year for Forest. last game from the Championship
tonight is a belter. It involved two sides with hugely differing
the box, just. It was outside the box here, the challenge is made.
Here comes that free-kick. Stockdale with strong arms to flick
it over. Wiseman. Drinkwater on the run here. Danny Drinkwater. Caught
him, did he? That's a penalty. Clear as day. Great ball through.
On side, no question. The goalkeeper here was sluggish. Clear
foul, penalty for Barnsley. Here Davies in from a tight angle, just
flicked away by Stockdale's finger tips. Good save. Sonko slip. They
are in again. Davies again. Off the line. Wouldn't quite fall again for
him there. Craig Davies almost gifted his second of the night. The
with the corner. And Vaz at the -- Vaz Te! Where was the marking here?
Edwards with him, he got nowhere near Vaz Te. Murphy's cross. Back
in. They are back in the game, Keith Andrews has, within the first
25 seconds of the second-half reduced the arears to one. Keith
Andrews has scored the goal giving Andrews again, in the space of four
second-half minutes. The game has turned right around. It's 2-2 now.
Keith Andrews, the captain, has led here by some example. Rapid fire
goals in the second-half. The game is all square and up for grabs
again. Jason Scotland. Goalkeeper saves. Saves again. Flag is up. Two
of them offside, Chopra and Martin. Here's ra. -- Chopra. Lee Martin
takes on Wiseman. He has won a This remarkable turn around has
been completed by Danny Collins' header, 3-2 now. Ipswich Town at
half-time were out of this match, Chopra! Unbelievable! Four goals
and counting for Ipswich Town. Slick, fluid, flowing move.
Chopra's finish, of the post. 4-2, from two behind. Remarkable.
Absolutely remarkable. At half-time, unthinkable. Now. Sarin the palm of
their hand. Now, the points are in Ipswich Town. It has been the most
remarkable, crazy second half for them. A great cross from Cresswell.
A simple finish. That should see off Barnsley. Five for Ipswich,
three points. That losing run is for a Barnsley free-kick. There is
the foul, by Sonko. Craig Davies with the free kick and he has
scored again. Eight goals in eight matches. It is back to 5-3. A
lovely free-kick, past Stockdale. It is giving the neutrals a great
You have to give the players credit. You can rent or you like. I just
told them, the next goal is vital. If you get a goal, you never know
what can happen. I just said, believe in yourself. The first half,
we looked like we did believe in ourselves. We scored early, and you
could see the confidence in the players, going right through the
team. 2-0, we probably should have managed the game better. I would
give credit to Ipswich, they are excellent side. You look at the
calibre they have got, the reality of the lead -- League is that
anybody can beat anybody. At 5-2, I was not comfortable, never mind
two-2. We conceded three goals from set plays again today. That is
disappointing. But I don't think it is time to gloat. It's a bit of
relief, put your feet up and think, thank God for that. That certainly
sums up the championship. Where did that come from? Well, good players
showing what they can do. A little bit of confidence, the captain
leading by example. And some real quality. They were staring down the
barrel at half-time. They needed a quick response. 20 seconds in, this
Wolves with her. This is the kind into the second half. The momentum,
from that four minutes, it's not a surprise that they went on and won
the game. All of a sudden Barnsley, from dominating the game, they are
level, with four minutes gone of the second half. All the sudden,
everybody starts to play and the Ipswich fans have had a few false
dawns, it's about building on this win? They are another side, a
little bit like Nottingham Forest. Lots of players come in, they've
got some big players. Big hitters. We would have expected them to do
better than they are. Ultimately, whatever happens, they are a mile
from the play-offs. If they don't get to that, it will end up as a
disappointing year. Barnsley, five wins out of seven. They have a
great FA Cup tie to look forward to against Swansea. A great first half
of the season. It's been fine, absolutely no problems. Considering
their budget? Yes, did a good job at Rochdale, doing a good job at
Barnsley. Baby One in every four or five years, they might have a go at
the play-offs. Craig Davies and Butterfield, two very good players.
It's League One now. Last Sunday, Charlton were drawn to Fulham in
the FA Cup. That isn't until next month, so their immediate focus was
7th League win in a row, they would have to do it the hard way. They
fell behind when Mat Sadler's shot ricocheted to Jon Macken.
Charlton's class showed. Hogan Ephraim had the defence back-
pedalling. He spotted the perfectly-timed run of Yann
Kermorgant to put them on level terms. After the break it was
anyone's game. Walsall wore closest to getting maximum points. Daryl
Russell was scurrying back to provide cover. The header off the
line denied Mat Sadler what might have been a winner. Instead, the
unfortunate defender made his mark for the wrong reasons. He collected
a second booking. So, Mat Sadler was first back to the dressing room
with a minute to play. But his foul had helped secure an excellent
Sheffield Wednesday. It was up against an Oldham side improving
all the time. After a goalless first half, a touch of magic from
David Prutton had their followers raising the roof at Boundary Park.
That put them on track for a third away win on the bounce. They last
achieved that four years ago. Six minutes from the end they sealed
the win that cement their place in the top two. Heroics in the olden
goal -- Oldham goal, before a penalty for a foul on Sanchez Watt.
Ryan Lowe kept his cool to earn them their 5th straight win in all
competitions. It sets them up nicely for the Yorkshire Da be with
Huddersfield. He's given a penalty and we have tucked it away. It has
happened in the past and I've not made a big fuss about it. We will
not make a big fuss about this, described his side has been like
caged animals this week after defeat at Charlton last time out
ended their unbeaten league run. From the start it was the cherries
that had more bite. They took the lead after 90 minutes when Harry
Arter latched on to Thomas's cross. He admitted it was possibly the
worst performance since he has been in charge. The visitors could have
been two up, but Ian Bennett denied Tranmere with a performance Carl
Robinson deemed near perfect. They never looked back after
establishing a 90 minute lead. Jabo Ibehre was unchallenged as he
nodded in Smith's cross. Rick Parry didn't quibble over the assessment,
declaring MK Dons the best side he had faced this season. Williams
life. The striker was on target for a 5th game running to keep
Sheffield United firmly in the promotion picture. His opener
against Rochdale took his tally to 12 overall. An impressive return,
considering he missed the opening nine games. That meant they were a
goal down just six minutes before the interval and the dale boss had
bigger concerns following Dean Holden's sickening collision with
his own keeper, David Lucas. Players from both sides helped him
get into the recovery position as the stretcher was called for. After
10 minutes, he was taken to hospital suffering concussion. That
left Mattie Edwards to take over in goal. Just before the hour, the
blades doubled their advantage. John Francois linked up with
Stephen Quinn and sent over the cross for Richard Cresswell. They
are now on course for a 5th straight win in all competitions.
Seven minutes later, Ched Evans smashed in the third to seal the
win. Bad news for Rochdale. Better for Lucas, he was given the all-
clear to travel home with the 80th for Yeovil of late. They were
without a win at home and six. They could have been sentenced to
another home defeat if Alan Judge's ferocious shot been lower. When the
opening goal came, it came late. It was the home side that got it with
a couple of minutes remaining. Two substitutes combined, as Steve
Makin teed up Andy Williams. The solitary goal means they win back-
to-back league games for the first caretaker boss a Mickey Barron had
a relatively quiet day. A gripping finale changed that. His team fell
behind after a neat flick, first- time shot and fundal -- fumble from
Scott Flinders. Niall McGinn scored. The home side spurred their chance
to whack the ball away. Sam Collins capitalised. The Hartlepool
skipper's joy was short-lived. A frantic five minutes produced
another dramatic twist. Diagouraga tumbled at the back. Brentford's
extravagant celebrations almost backfired. Danny Alexander's
penalty was saved. At the second attempt, he clinched the win. A
dream start for a Scunthorpe side hoping to avoid a 4th successive
league defeat. Andy Barcham picked his spot to perfection to establish
a third-minute lead against Carlisle. That goal was enough to
send them to the brake on top. They had that would work to thank for
keeping the visitors at bay. Peter Schneider had the chance to
equalise, but he was frustrated by the bath. Undeterred, Carlisle did
get their reward just past the hour. James Berret found a hole in the
Scunthorpe back line. Afterwards, Allendale admitted he would have
settled by point. Instead, he was left to reflect on another defeat.
Francois Zoko delivered the decisive blow in stoppage time.
Only goal difference separates His latest port of call is Preston
North End, brought in to try to stop the club losing money. On the
pitch, things haven't been going swimmingly either. But his new club
nearly took the lead again Stevenage. Beale than a's shot went
wide. Darius Charles came closer, but he was denied a save -- with a
save from Thorsten Stuckmann. In injury time, Ian Hulme was denied
by Chris Day, before Neil Mellor again failed to find the target. On
recent form, few saw this coming. Colchester raced into the League
Against a Bury side that had won three in a row. Karl Duguid scored
the first. The scorer was more clear cut as they doubled their
advantage. Ian Henderson made good use of an inch-perfect cross. Col
Chester had just lost three games on the trot. This result was beyond
doubt once Karl Duguid stroked home the third. When things do click for
the Essex club, it can be spectacular. Lloyd James's terrific
free kick meant that in four of their six wins they have got four
goals. Bury's disappointing day finished with one moment to
remember, a late consolation from Lenell John-Lewis. It didn't make
the scoreline look much better. Just the response that Russell
Slade was hoping for after watching Leyton Orient crash out of the Cup
against Gillingham. The breakthrough arrived in the second
half when Troy Archibald-Henville was penalised for handball. Kevin
Lisbie did the necessary. Exeter simply had no answer. 10 minutes
later they were two down. This time, Kevin Lisbie pounced on a defensive
mistake to set up Johnathan Tehoue. No complaints from the Exeter boss,
Paul Tisdale. He admitted the home side were worthy winners. With
three minutes left, Archibald- Henville was in the thick of things
again. This time, the penalty was more clear-cut, allowing Kevin
Lisbie to get his second. It is their first league win since the
could be a big blow in the battle against relegation. It was rock
bottom Chesterfield took up just four Minister take the lead against
Wigan. D Morgan was on hand to convert a Craig Westcarr cross.
Wigan's -- Wigan's equaliser was down to persistent. Marcello Trotta
or had a shot cleared off the line, Winfield hit the would work.
Anthony McNamee showed them how it was done. 10 minutes into the
second half, and they were behind once more. D Morgan smashed home
his second of the afternoon, after a Tommy Lee goalkicker. Wigan have
the worst home record in the division. Home supporters could be
forgiven for fearing the worst. With just over 10 minutes to play,
Marcello Trotta or levelled things up. Warnock said afterwards that
the win was down to perseverance. His plight back row was made
eloquently in the 94th minute. Top scorer Stuart Beavon was on hand to
head home his 11th of the season and Secure Wigan's third win of the
Chesterfield's miserable run continues. We saw born with getting
their revenge over Huddersfield after the play-off misery back in
May. A couple of defeats for Huddersfield. Bournemouth have come
across some money. They have got Charlie Daniels in. The feel around
the club has changed? I think they have put another bid in for
somebody else. So, all of a sudden, the goals are very much moved. They
have gone from the have-nots, one or two players, including Marc Pugh,
who have signed a new deal. They would probably have had to go under
the previous regime. So they can look at other people's best players
and not lose their own. Exciting Another team doing well is MK Dons,
seven wins in a row for them. This is a stat for you, 62 goals they've
scored in all competitions. No- one's yet in double figures. I mean,
it's a fantastic stat simply because what you are doing is, as
players, you are not relying on one person who's shouldering the burden
of the responsibility of trying to win games. There are plenty of
people in the club who can win games. No doubt they're looking
strong. They've gone up to third and this has been a fantastic year.
To be fair, ever since the manager's taken over, he's done a
great job. He certainly has. Ward's come in for a bit of flak from the
Colchester fans. They are one of those clubs who've been in and
around the middle of the table and need to put a run together, a
consistent run, to tack themselves on to that play-off position.
there stability there? Yes, he hasn't done a bad job but they need
a bit of a run and don't seem to find a way of doing that. But
second half of the season, you know, if they can carry on with results
like that, that's achievable. Sheffield Wednesday one defeat in
13. They keep the pressure on the teams in front of them. 4,000 went
to that game in Oldham. I know it's not exactly far but the support is
great. I'm sure if they would have been allowed, they would have taken
a whole lot more. It's a huge club, fantastic support, really loyal
support and, you know, the sort of club that you want to do well
simply because the supporters are like they are. So good luck to them,
into a promotion spot now and looking good.
League Two now and to one of the divisions surprise packages, chet
nam town eight wins in the last league games. Fans now dare dream
of a return to League One. -- Cheltenham. It's a special season
for Cheltenham town like Arsenal, they're celebrating 125 years since
their formation, which is why they are wearing their original colour
of Ruby red. The feel-good factor doesn't end there. They know a win
over Southend will take them to within a point of the leaders.
Describe the atmosphere at the moment? Absolutely tremendous.
Brilliant club, great season, great cup run. Buzzing. Well-run and
enjoyable. When Mark Yates took over in Christmas 2009, Cheltenham
were struggling financially and were in danger of slipping out of
the Football League. It's a mark of their progress that under him two
years later, he's picked up November's manager of the month
award. We were here for your debut two years ago, who have you done to
progress from there? A lot of hard work? Yes, good staff behind me and
it's taken a bit of time. There was a bit of a mess here when we came,
a lot to clear up and sort out. manager brought in practically a
new team in the summer. Jimmy Spencer from Huddersfield and
defender Luke Garbutt came from Everton. We have done well with the
players from this year -- players this year. 18-year-old England
under 21 keeper Jack Buttland is the one who's caught the eye. This
is his hast game before he returns to his parent club Birmingham.
Premier League scouts have been flocking from far and wide to get a
look at him. It's been great for my development. To be coming here to
great staff and fans. A tear in the eye about today? Your last game?
mates are winding me up saying I'm going to cry at the end but I don't
think I will be, but it's been a great experience, I've enjoyed
every minute and it will be sad when I go. How about this for a
winter warmer. Cheltenham have drawn Tottenham away in the third
round of the FA Cup, a welcome financial lifeline. We should be
generating a six figure sum from the gate receipts. Shame we are not
on TV, but the away record is fab, winning eight on the bounce, so we
go to White Hart Lane with confidence and who knows what can
happen, 11v11. A great game in prospect today, looking forward to
this one? Yes, I am. Big strong side. Terrific football, attack
football. There'll be 30 crosses challenge, but there was no
stopping them. Penn putting Yates' men on the way to another win.
Penn's strong running was instrumental again. Spencer's
effort was blocked and Southend were still in danger. Unable to
clear the lines, they could only watch as Pack unleashed a great
effort with the outside of his boots. Waiting for the rebound,
Penn finished the job he started. Unfortunate for Pack, who was soon
going to be sick of the sight of the wood work, another ambitious
shot. The follow-up blasted wide. It was to be third time lucky for
the Cheltenham midfielder. Far more straightforward that time Southend
Yes, a pleasing performance, great result. Could have had more.
Thoroughly deserved. That's the run of form we are on at the moment, we
have to keep it going. You have come up as a division, can you spot
anything? This team's better than that one. Give ourselves a chance
of achieving something. We talked about it pre-season and sometimes
it can be hot air, but this group of players, there's something
special and it's a great result today. If you are not to return to
this club with these boys, have they got enough to finish the job
off? Yes, definitely, so much strength throughout the team, the
effort and mentality they have is amazing and together they have the
technical ability as well, so I see them going all the which. -- all
the way. Excellent. Jack Butland will be sorely missed. A 3-0 win
over the leaders Southend. A huge statement isn't it? Absolutely.
When you get in these situations, it's interesting to see the
manager's reaction as and what he has to say and it was difficult to
not read into that that he's very confident and rightly so after a
result like that. That'll probably reinforce the notion of what he
already knows that they've got more than enough now to have a really
good season. As for the rest of League Two, the
team level on points at the top with Southend was Crawley Town.
They were at home to Burton on Davis doesn't get many, but a peach
of a strike midway put the club on course for maximum points --
Crawley. Burton chased a fourth successive victory but hopes of a
turnaround disappeared. The unfortunate welcome backster put
past his own keeper for the second match in a row. That sealed it for
the home side, but there was still time for Tubbs to add a third seven
minutes from the end after his hat trick last week.
His 14th of the campaign, one to saver as Crawley soared to the
summit. Turner's Shrewsbury were in
touching distance of the automatic promotion places. Despite four
clean sheets in five matches, it was questionable defending that
allowed this goal with only 23 minutes to play, it ends the team's
run of defeats. Bristol Rovers thought there wasn't much danger.
Big mistake. This goal had Di Canio's team on course to stretch
their unbeaten league sequence to nine matches. Swindon were denied
victory with two minutes to spare. Wood ard was allowed to rescue
Rovers -- Woodards. This game got the go-ahead thanks
to an army of volunteer who is helped clear snow from the pitch.
They are probably wishing they hadn't bothered. Gillingham had the
better of the chances. Veiga needed to be sharp to keep out Weston.
This point stretches their unbeaten run to seven matches in league and
cup whilst Macclesfield are without a win in five. Thanks to Veiga,
they at least take a point. A terrific double stop denied Jackman
and Weston as it finished all off hopefuls at the start of the
day with Morecambe a point ahead of the visitors. Alless an dro came
close to scoring -- alless San dro. -- Alessandro. Bat could find no
way past roach. Two evenly matched sides get a point.
Torquay manager is not looking forward to the transfer window
knowing o cane is hot property. The young midfielder a whisker away.
They went close at the other end. Torquay tidied up. The Devon club
was chasing its fourth successive home victory. They were forced to
wait until the fourth minute of stoppage time when the match was
decided by a special strike from Nicholson. Too late for Barnet to
fight back. Torquay up with the almost got away. A rare goal from
Johnny Mullins gave them an early lead against a Hereford side hoping
to end a losing streak. Ten minutes after breaking the dead
log, the advantage was doubled as the home side struggled to clear
their lines. Revell set his sights. A wicked bounce got the better of
Bartlett, leaving the strugglers facing another defeat. If they
thought the game was sown up, they were mistaken. The home side were
put back into contention. A fabulous finish gave them fresh
hope toward the break. In fact, things got better for them
eight minutes later. Bartlett's long kick caused chaos and Delroy
Facey needed all of his power and strength to punish his former
employers. Despite the setback, the men
conjured up a winner. Mullins the unlikely hero with his second of
the game, a win that lifts his team to within two points of a play-off
cheer on show in East London with the dagger z on a run of eight
consecutive defeats. Things looked up after a goal on 23 minutes. --
Daggers. Vale's first goal in more than 500 minutes of football, no
wonder they were keen to celebrate. In the second half, Taylor's run
found the Cameroonian who in turn found the net. The defeat means the
Daggers slip to the bottom of the for Wimbledon whose inability to
protect the near post cost them dear. Hughes' cross got them on a
slippery slope. The team were unable to recover from the setback.
The decisive touchen suring Accrington's first away win of the
Boothroyd took charge. It's hoped he can revive the team short of
confidence. This header after 16 minutes against Crewe gave the new
boss the start he was looking for. Having lost seven of the previous
eight game, perhaps this would prove a step in the right direction.
The jump forward to the 61st minute, the same old problems resurfaced.
Poor defending allowed Leech-Smith to set up this equaliser.
Crewe were on the verge of claiming their first away draw this year,
although Langmead almost gave his new boss a winning start. Lang
meeld's frustration wouldn't end there. -- Langmead. He was
dismissed for a second yellow. Given their recent run, a draw
seems a good starting point for the new man in charge. He can see
today. I'm pleased. Disappointed not to win, particularly after
going 1-0 up. But it was important that we steadyed the ship a little
bit. The work rate so far has been excellent. Needs to go up a level
and it will. I've got some good lads.
This was a match between two sides both struggling for form. It was
the rock bottom visitor who is took the lead with half an hour to play.
Walton's shot was turned in on the line by Sutherland. Sutherland's
first for the club looks as though it would be enough to give
Fletcher's men consecutive win force the season. Hanson qualised
with just four minutes to play -- convecktive wins for the season.
Argyle held on for a draw. A pount that leaves both sides mired in
relegation trouble. -- a point. Painful end to that
game for Plymouth, but they are off game for Plymouth, but they are off
the bottom at least? Yes. Got to stay up after the last couple of
years they've had. It's important they do that. It's a big club, it
can be a very progressive club at that level but they have to make
sure they retain their stats. Crawley extend their unbeaten run.
They are unbeaten in 14 now in all competitions. Evans wants to end
2011 as the best team in Britain. 69%. An incredible record this
year? Fantastic. Six defeats in 55 games? Yes, not everyone's cup of
tea, but he's done a great job, no doubt about that. He's brought some
really good players. There's a bit of jealousy surrounding them, but
all you can do is the best with what you have got available and you
can certainly level that at him, it's been a great year for everyone
involved. A fourth game for Northampton, fourth different men
in charge but this time it's obviously a permanent appointment,
Boothroyd is now there. It's not a win on Saturday that maybe he
wanted but it's not the defeat so it stops the rot at the very least?
Well, it's a start, something to build from, let's put it that way.
Anything's better than what they've been through over the last month or
so. So yes, there's another one where they've got to just stop, get
a foundation, put something in place this year and hopefully take
that on next year. Landmark result for Accrington Stanley on Saturday
like Portsmouth, without an away win since February but they got it
and obviously inflict misery on AFC Wimbledon? Yes, they are on a poor
run Wimbledon after starting to - so well. I think they were in the
top three at one stage and all of a sudden they're not. Accrington
Stanley, Jonathan Coleman's done a great job, can't speak too highly
of him. You can't take anything away from him, he's done a great
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job and they are going great guns. Before we go, the usual reminder,
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