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this week at Bristol City. It's been a difficult start to the


season for Andy Thorn's Coventry City.


They had an in-form Derby to contend with at the Ricoh. What a


season for mow cam they were hosting Crawley and celebrated


success in the Pie of the Year Awards. He likes a pie does our


Clem. Well, our first stop tonight is


Upton Park, where West Ham were desperately looking for their first


home win since March in their game with Portsmouth.


Despite that run, the Hammers had made an encouraging start to life


in the Championship, winning three of their last four to start the day


in fith. As for Pompey, well, they were


unbeaten in three after a steady start to the new campaign.


Tony Gubba was in East London for us. West Ham have not yet won at


home. After three away wins and ten goals in the last three


Championship games, the Sam Allardyce era is off to an


impressive start as they face a Portsmouth team already in the


bottom half of the table having won bottom half of the table having won


only once. Life without Scott Parker now for the Hammers, one of


six new faces is giving a start debut. Lansbury is included in


midfield with new boys David Bentley and Sam Baldock among the


facing his old club today. Both managers are in their jobs having


and getting past the first defender. It has taken a deflection. It will


be a corner. At the looked dangerous. A decent sight at goal.


It came off the defender's head. It's gone in! Portsmouth have


scored. The first goal they have scored in the first half of a game


sidefooting that in. It took a deflection, I think. Oh, what a


start. Not what West Ham were Taylor with the instant response


for West Ham. He scores against his old club. That's half a smile on


the face of Sam Allardyce. He struck it well, but there might


have been the merest of deflections. Matthew Taylor, with his first West


Ham goal against the club for whom he scored 29 times as a Portsmouth


Play was waved on. Here's O'Brien, it was a very good cross. Ashdown


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with his heart in his mouth as he be a corner. Well, it was from a


corner, on this side, that Portsmouth scored their goal. Can


Portsmouth repeat the formula? This time it's a cross into the middle.


It required a great save from Robert Green. My goodness me! Good


save by Robert Green, the England goalkeeper. It looks like it will


Not a bad cross. Oh, he beat the defender. Henri Lansbury marks his


debut with a goal for West Ham. The 20-year-old Arsenal player, on a


season's long loan, he made a couple of first team appearances


for Arsenal, he's on the scoresheet here. The ball came off the head of


a defender. It fell right to the feet of Henri Lansbury. He has


Varney, at the second attempt. Here is Varney. Three Portsmouth players


are ahead of him. That's not a bad cross. It's a very good cross. Oh,


it's over the goal-line. Portsmouth are level. It's 2-2. A good cross


to the back post. There were attempts on the goal-line to get it


away. Portsmouth are done to West Ham what West Ham did to them in


the first half, and responded immediately to get an equalliser.


David Norris will, certainly, want Lawrence. He is one of three


Portsmouth players that had already been shown a yellow card, so read


card now for him. He has no case to penalty! It is going to be a


penalty. It was the linesman on this dark outside. -- died out


offside. He immediately the flag to his first goal of the season. It


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Carlton Cole's header. He clinches struggle when Portsmouth were


here. As he sent him off? On as a second-half substitute... What


happened? He turns away... Well, he walked into the Portsmouth defender


and nonchalantly brushed him out of the way. He shakes his head and


people in the crowd are shaking their heads as well. It is going to


be a penalty! Tempers are getting frayed. Now the referee is giving


Portsmouth a penalty as well. Greg Halford will take it. Both teams


down to 10 men. An extraordinary couple of minutes. He's doors to


give us so 4-3 scoreline. -- scored. That is the final whistle. The


sending-off of picky arm has raised eyebrows. No doubt about that


penalty. That gives us the final score of four for West Ham, and


three for Portsmouth. I have no problem with the booking


that got billion sent off. I have a problem with the first one because


I do not think it was a booking. Too many bookings in the game today


for both teams. It is not a penalty. His arm is up and the ball has been


picked at his hand. I don't know how many 1000 people were here


today. Talk us through the quality of the Carlton Cole goal. It was a


brilliant header. One of four that he has scored this season.


fantastic ball and a great header. Everybody tells me he has great


energy and I just the very great player that is enjoying his time


with us and West Ham. Huge relief for the locals at the Boleyn Ground.


Was it convincing enough for you, especially at home for the Hammers?


It was the right result, certainly. When you go that amount of time


without a win, not a complete performance. They have struggled at


home, no doubt. That form has continued into the Championship. I


love that the formation, the same system that Sam played at Bolton. -


- I look at the formation. They may be more suited to playing away than


at home. But you also have the added pressure, the expectation of


the fans, which can sometimes get on to the players on the pitch and


they have to deal with it as well. It was a fractious affair. Some


physical challenges going in. It could have gone either way at 2-2,


until this happened. This is the first booking. Liam Lawrence. It


looks like he is going to go into a side tackle. He goes over the top


of the ball. This is the turning point which gave Liam Lawrence his


marching orders. It is from here that West Ham went on to win.


does complain that he cannot have any complaints. It turns the game


around, no doubt. Portsmouth were very much in the game. He cannot


have any complaints? No, but for the first one. We had the monitors,


with the Liverpool game next to us and there are two handballs in that


game that were more obvious than that one. His hand was in the box,


so it is about interpretation. It coincided with the sending off and


the game went away from Portsmouth. They have backed their manager in


terms of bringing bodies in during the transfer window, but it is also


hanging on to valuable players. Green is still there but so is


Carlton Cole. He might have had his head turned but he is knuckling


down, all credit to him. This has Premier League quality all over it.


You wonder whether defenders are. But he still has a lot to do. He is


defending, stretching for that. They like him down there. When he


first went they were not sure, but he has worked to turn them round.


With these types of fans, I used to play for Millwall, once they take


you and they like you, then you are part of something. Then you are


wrong to something, all of a sudden, which is pretty good. He is


accepted. He has got a big part to play. He will be a big player for


them and I think he has been very professional. I can hear the West


Ham fans saying they are nothing like Millwall, thank you!


After claiming the number one top from their rivals Southampton,


Brighton and Hove have been enjoying looking down at the rest


of them during the international break. They won against Bristol


unbeaten Brighton. A visit to Ashton Gate, where Bristol City had


lost every game and were yet to score. It took Brighton until the


second half to get a real gold possibility. -- goal possibility.


Garrido que was second to test the goalkeeper, but he was equal to the


task. He could do nothing to prevent Brighton winning yet again


with the only goal coming in the last 10 minutes. Ashley Barnes


followed up for Albion, meaning five wins and a draw this season.


think the best thing is that we never stop playing. We do what we


do best, passing the ball. As the game was going on, we got better


and better and created more chances. I think we deserve to win.


Nottingham Forest travelled to Southampton with Steve McLaren


focusing on football after voicing his concerns about the lack of


summer signings. Southampton were aiming for a win to guarantee their


strongest start to the season in 76 years. Despite any grievances,


Steve McLaren has added two new players including Matt Derbyshire.


They gave Forest an early lead, Matt Derbyshire's first for the


club. Rickie Lambert picked up the pieces of this smart save. A


pulsating first half saw chances at either end, but the hosts edged in


front. Rickie Lambert was on hand again, this time with a brave


header. Forest have struggled to score away from the City ground so


far this season. They managed to level things before half time with


Radaslaw Majewski. Saints came out strongly in the second half. They


were denied a third. Then came a moment of real controversy. Make


your own mind up whether Matt Derbyshire was fouled in the


penalty area. Not according to the referee, but the striker was booked


minutes left, Rickie Lambert met this fine delivery, and broke the


club record with a 12th successive home win. It is unbelievable for


Matt Derbyshire. We have seen it again. The goalkeeper has just


clipped him with his right foot and he has gone down. Everybody thought


penalty. Unbelievable, cautioned for diving. Birley could do with


some goals for men like their new striker. -- Burnley. They last won


against Middlesbrough in April, but Middlesbrough are doing well now.


They showed little fear. The visitors got off to a perfect start.


Nicky Bailey got one in via brine Eastern's head. It got home his


first goal for the club since signing over one year ago. There


was a great chance to level, but David Edgar could not keep his shot


down. Middlesbrough began the second half with the same way that


they had started the first half, an early goal. Joe Bennett scored his


first senior goal to put the visitors two up.


A late effort from Chris McCann was the closest that Burnley came to


scoring. But Boro remained undefeated and their opponents


still wait for the season to get going.


Far from happy days at Elland Road. Some fans were accused of being


morons. Losing against Crystal Palace would have been the worst


start to their season in 50 years. They have won just one of five


games. But Charley Taylor floated in this tremendous cross and Ross


McCormack applied the finish that it deserved, getting Leeds 1-0 up


in eight minutes. They have yet to get a clean sheet, and with marking


like this, it is clean to see why. Paddy McCarthy levelled. The


frenetic pace of the opening exchanges did not let up. Sean


Scannell gave Crystal Palace the lead. His first goal of an


impressive start to the season. Crystal Palace had won three of


their first five Championship games and were nearly 3- one up before


the break. Their Luciano Becchio was brought on, and he wasted no


time reminding us what he is all about. It was two all with 20


second goal of the afternoon, giving leads the lifter that they


as tributes were played to a Cardiff fan that lost his life


outside Wembley Stadium on Wednesday. Rob Earnshaw missed one


in that game against England, and he almost missed this one. Cardiff


finally found a way through after the break from Anthony Gerrard. He


got on the end of this free kick. It looked like being another


goalless game for Robert Earnshaw until, with 15 minutes to go, he


got his reward. Doncaster still have not won this season and City


move into the play-off places. Robert Earnshaw has got his


Every point has to be won and won by making sure that you put the


hard work in and kick on and show that you have got good players that


can do things that can open teams up. That is what we did second half,


I felt. Really good wins for Leeds and Cardiff. Relief for their


goalscorers. Good to see them back. Brighton, must be difficult after


the international break to pick up with their momentum. They have done


it? They keep on going? It isn't, is it? Fantastic effort so far. I


think they are starting to convince people that, you know, even at this


recally stage they could see this through. Two big clubs, Southampton


and Brighton, we thought they would have an impact. Not sure they would


have the impact they have had so far. Southampton did brilliantly


after their promotion. A hat-trick. I heard an interview, he said that,


before he went to Southampton shall he wasn't sure about his diet, how


to live right, sleeping habits. to live right, sleeping habits.


That has all changed. A lull last year for his high standards. He


started magnificently well. This these are indications of an out and


out goalscorer. Like Grant Holt, out goalscorer. Like Grant Holt,


from last year. Southampton, we have to wish Dan Seaborne the best


as he conditions his recovery in as he conditions his recovery in


hospital. As to Middlesbrough. They have Mowbray in charge and an under


18 player. It means a lot? If they were losing games it wouldn't


matter. They are winning games. Spent a lot of money last year. It


didn't work out. Spent little this didn't work out. Spent little this


year, but look at this them go. The Saturday evening game was a


Midlands affair between two teams with conflicting fortunes.


Coventry City went into the weekend winless and in the bottom three,


while Derby found themselves at the other end of the table after their


Fielding at full stretch. You can see here, he made the run


Jutkiewicz. He would have got on the end of it, but for Fielding's


crash. Ward for Derby. A vital stop. Ward again. Keogh is fouled. It


won't count. Ward with the interception. Murray out to block


with his feet and keep the score Baker's last goal came in the FA


called into action for the first time. Ward with the flowing wall,


pushed away to safety by the Cleared away off the line. Kilbane


with a vital block for Derby. It looked as if the chance had gone


for Coventry when Jutkiewicz miss kicked his initial shot. Second


time round almost opening the scoring. Does it cross the line? No.


Nowhere near. Christie. Just turned wide! Jutkiewicz at full stretch,


but just pokes it the wrong side of It was dipping just at the last


for a penalty. It's been given. It's a soft one, no doubt about


goal drought has come to an end. No doubt about the goal, but plenty


doubt over whether that should have been a penalty kick in the first


place. That's a great save from Fielding, Jutkiewicz. Put behind


for a corner kick. Good run and a fine shot from O'Donovan. Superb


finish. It's Karl Baker with the final touch. There was in way that


Fielding was going to stop that. Baker with his first goal since


Baker with his first goal since last January. I thought the boys


were fantastic today. Turned in a good performance. I said to them


there, it's time for us to move on now and we set our standards. We


played some of the big boys. We want to kick on. Main talking point


is the penalty which got Coventry ahead whasm I heard is you didn't


think it was a penalty, what was your reasoning for that? There was


ant foul in the penalty area. do you think happen, Chris Foy


indicated there was a push? Show the replay and find the push, all


the best. A much-needed win for a troubled club, it has to be said?


Another one of those clubs has owners who don't want to be there


and ones not being able to nail the and ones not being able to nail the


bid to secure the club. A difficult time. Am I going soft or was this a


penalty? It's not a penalty, is it? Clearly, Keogh goes down. You can


see it here. As you can see. He take it is on his chest. It's a


rash challenge. He doesn't make any contact with him until after Keogh


falls to the ground. The referee wins can turn into a sequence of


defeats quickly? Yeah. It was like peaks and troughs at times. They


started the season well last year and fell away.


As for the rest of the Championship, it's been a pretty solid start to


it's been a pretty solid start to the season for Blackpool.


Ian Holloway's Tangerines began the day in eighth place and hosted an


Ipswich side who were on the road for the first time since being hit


It despite couple of Blackpool attempt from Ormerod, a strip of a


hundredth game in charge for Blackpool boss Ian Holloway, as


Ormerod set up new signing Barry Ferguson on the hour. Ipswich had


no response as they fell to their It is amazing how confidence flows


through people who are not used to winning and hopefully we can get in


that habit. It is a nice habit be in and after last year it is


something we have probably forgot. You can definitely say defences


were on top. The first goal is going to change the game. A ten-


There was a warm welcome for Aaron Her then Paul McKenna. Inspired


goalkeeping. A Jermaine Beckford is the latest high-profile recruit


four Sven urate Eriksson's Leicester City who arrived at


Barnsley to face the Serjit to pick up a point. The Foxes have not lost


away from home in any competition but this record was put at risk


just before half-time as Barnsley took the lead. Jacob Butterfield in


a perfect spot after Andy Gray's header hit the woodwork. Trailing


at the break, Eriksson brought on Andy King and the substitute had an


immediate impact. Beckford doing were desperate to grab a winner. --


drew near. Danny Haynes went almost the length of the pitch on his own,


immediately. He earned his side a point from Jim O'Brien. Two wins


point from Jim O'Brien. Two wins out of six now for Sven. We took a


point. That is good. When you are 1-0 away from home much we have to


1-0 away from home much we have to be rather happy with that result.


Two sides who have struggled so far in the Championship met today as


Reading entertained Watford. The hosts on the back of three straight


league losses. The visitores had yet to register a win in this


campaign. Mark Yeates got the free- kick after 12 minutes. Reading


looked like a side short of confidence as demonstrated by this


point-blank miss. At least he got a hug! There was no such sympathy


from Yeates Yeates he couldn't match the nutmeg with the finish it


deserved. Reading struggled to find the net since the departure of


Shane Long. Skipper Eustace took advantage. It was reading's fourth


Relief there. We will talk about Watford in a second. We saw this at


London Road. How often do you see a player scoring against his old club


and and it turn out to be the and and it turn out to be the


winner? Ironic �1.3 million got a few bob. Super finish. Hard


technique. Good way to win a game technique. Good way to win a game


of football. Watford, we mentioned them just now. They have had quite


a turnaround in the last 12 months, the fortunes dipped with the change


of personnel. Lost their top three goalscorers from the last season.


Time for them to push on and build on that first win of the campaign?


To be fair, I don't think there is an awful lot of pressure, people


understand the situation in the club and understand where they are.


This is their level. No doubt about that. So, it is very much a brief


of staying up. They have been in a loft games this year. That wasn't


massive surprise. He said as much. They have been - could have won one


or two other games. Reading lost their last four. Blackpool beat


Ipswich. After that game the manager admitted he doesn't know


his best 11. That must be worrying for fans to here a month into the


season? He brought in a lot of players. Is that because of the way


they are playing he can't pick their best 1 because they are not


playing well enough or because they doesn't know the system that suits


the players he has. Things have to improve.


MK Dons and Sheffield United were neck and neck at the top of the


League One table at the start of the day.


Both were on the road on Saturday. United were at Scunthorpe, while


the Dons were in Sheffield to take squander possession, but when they


did at Hillsborough, it was punished ruthlessly. Gary Madine


got Sheffield Wednesday in front nine minutes into the first half,


and continued his impressive scoring nine minutes later. Liam


Palmer got the 5th goal of his last four League appearances. The pre-


match league leaders looked to be heading for their first defeat of


the season. Angelo Balanta made sure they would not relinquish


their spot on top without a fight. His solo effort threatened to spark


a revival from his side, but the League One manager of the month was


dismayed to see Wednesday making things more comfortable. The last


minute dismissal for an offence of camera will not help Robinson's


nude. -- mood. Sheffield United's start to the


season today as they are in better shape -- suggest they are in better


shape. Chris Dagnell gave them an early scare. Bobby Grant was


suspended after a red card last week. This mistimed challenge on


Michael Doyle promised to make their job harder. The referee was


in no mood to listen, despite him pleading his innocence. Against the


odds, 10 men headed for the break in front, thanks to a brilliant


goal from Chris Dagnall. Three players failed to make a challenge


and paid the price. The 4th strike of the campaign threatened to


stretch Sheffield United's losing streak to four games. Ched Evans


returned from injury in spectacular style to take them level. Their


boss admitted he was delighted to take one point, but he nearly got


nothing. This deflected cross should have given Ched Evans his


second. But it was enough to send Sheffield United to the top.


A controversial incident in the first 20 minutes of this match may


have cost Exeter delay. The referee ruled this ball never crossed the


line. The striker was incensed and was not frightened to share his


opinions with the official, who did not take kindly to his choice of


words. The Exeter boss warned his players this week of Bradley


Wright-Philips's quality. The striker was given the freedom to


score his second of the week. Charlton insured three more points


nine minutes before time. Dale Stephens's late run was rewarded


with a goal. They now go joint top. Wycombe are suffering at home and


this latest injury was self- inflicted. This needless shove on


Clayton Donaldson was just inside the box. Brentford gifted a penalty


before half-time which Kevin O'Connor put to good use. Wycombe


Wanderers yet to win a game since promotion. Brentford collected


their third successive league victory on the road. They needed


some help from the crossbar to protect their lead.


The Tranmere boss said they were relishing the chance to beat


Huddersfield's unbeaten run but his words had the opposite effect. Gary


Roberts got them in front before the break. Four draws has got Lee


Clark calling on his players to be more ruthless. Just one more goal


was needed to make sure of the points. Scott Arfield finished with


here. The home side were the first on the board. Graham Alexander


rolled it in. This proved to be a wise move. They have not won in


their last four League games, but levelled before the break. Alan


O'Brien's pinpoint cross was volleyed home by Anthony Edgar. His


first goal. Northants took the lead again after half-time. Barry


Nicholson swept home. Having been part of the first two, Mellor took


things into his own hands to make it 3-1. He seems to put the game


out of reach. Phil Brown's side were dominating and could have


extended their lead, but it's the woodwork twice before Yeovil Town


altered the deficit. -- hit the woodwork. The two goal advantage


was restored again by Mellor, who proved to be a real handful. The


earlier warnings were not heeded, and he got time and space in the


box to finish perfectly. The team survived several scares, then they


were handed a lifeline, literally. With the offence in the box, the


referee pointed to the spot. They clean made no mistake in slotting


home his second of the night but Preston held on for victory.


A new club record for Hartlepool, unbeaten in their first ever league


games for the first time ever. Nobby Solano's effort was cleared


off the line but then Gary Liddle got the ball rolling at Upton -- at


Carlisle. It was not all plain sailing. The Cumbrians reduce the


deficit with 16 minutes to play. Rory Loy put Hartlepool on edge and


led to a clumsy challenge from Paul Murray. Rory dispatch the spot kick


with the utmost confidence, but there was nothing to calm from


Carlisle after that. The first meeting between these two


was far from memorable. Stevenage got off to a flyer. Last week


Shefki Kuqi celebrated his goalscoring debut. Once again he


managed to earn his side a share of the points.


Notts County appeared refreshed after a midweek trip to Turin where


they played Juventus to open Italian side's new stadium. Lee


Hughes followed up his midweek role with this opener, which had


continental flair. His celebration less so. Walsall responded with a


classic set-piece. Andy Butler's touch was enough to level. Parity


lasted just four minutes. Christiano Montano showed good


strength and scored a second in as many matches to ensure back-to-back


league victories for Notts County. Leyton Orient are propping up the


table but this battling performance suggested that team spirit was not


a problem. Anthony Wordsworth got one in just before half-time but


Leyton Orient refused to accept defeat. Finding an equaliser proved


to be problematic. Dean Cox only hit the post. Colchester may have


thought they were on course for their first clean sleet in a dozen


matches. -- clean sheet. The Orient substitute had his own team


bewitched by his footwork. Smith eventually doubled the points tally


for his team. Known as a Hogg Park derby, did not


take long to come to the boil. Ashley Grimes headed Rochdale into


the lead very quickly. Soon after they were cooking on gas. Markus


Holness stretched the advantage. After a blistering start, Rochdale


were hungry for more. Nicky Adams punched on his former club. The


Bury players were in trouble. There was plenty for the goalkeeper's


manager to stew on at half-time. Any hope of Bury bouncing back his


appeared in the second half. A mistake from the goalkeeper put it


on a plate for David Ball to restore the three-goal cushion.


Difficult for the home fans to stomach. They saw their team chop


the lead in half just past the hour. Andy Bishop got his first of the


campaign. Rochdale finish with 10 men because Nicky Adams saw red for


his second bookable offence. But a chance for them to sample a sweet


smell of success. Chesterfield turned to Swindon bad-


boy Leon Clarke this week to kick- start their season. He made an


instant impact, setting up Alex Mendy, who made no mistake. Craig


Westcarr is another of John Sheridan's new signings. He added a


second after an hour to pile the misery on the Cherries. The


prospect of a 5th straight league defeat was too much for the


Bournemouth fans to take. Leon Clarke racked up a great win for


Chesterfield with a debut goal, but that sparked a police scenes as


Mitchell confronted those calling You do not normally see the board


protesting against the fans. You can see both sides of the argument,


can't you? Eddie Mitchell came in, and his club had had troubles of


the field anyway. The club was struggling financially as well. He


came in and he paid the player wages out of his own money. The


debt has gone and he has taken on the club. But you can see the


perspective of the fans. They had a great year last year, possibly


over-achieving. But lots of good players have left the club,


possibly because they had to. So frustration on both sides. And you


have to feel for Lee Bradbury in this position. He is almost caught


in the middle. Lots of good players have left, which has affected his


job and made it harder than it was. Not to take away from Chesterfield,


of course. A terrific performance for them. As for the next game, two


cracking goals. Absolutely. That is a fantastic finish there. Great


goal. And Ched Evans, big-money signing for Manchester City. We


have been waiting a while for him to start showing us exactly what he


can do. He undoubtedly has bags of ability. His tenure at the club has


coincided with Sheffield United. If they play well, he will get close.


Nick Rogers's team are doing unbelievably well. Early days, of


course, but seven unbeaten. Yes, and that is a fantastic finish.


Their club were not flying last year, be stabilised. They have not


taken that on to the next level yet. He has taken them on and done a


super job. Great for Notts County. They are rubbing their eyes because


of the surreal events in Turin. These players must have been


powered up because that is magnificent. I don't think Turin


will have seen goal celebrations like that! Probably not, but plenty


of goals like that. If you watched football Oakhurst, you will


remember us following Notts County. -- Football Focus. We brought him


down to earth with a day at the English seaside.


# Bring me sunshine. A # Bring me laughter all the while.


# In this world that we live, there has to be some happiness.


Which Football League fans are the happiest? If success is exceeding


expectations, they look no further than Morecambe. They went into the


We have a great manager. Last season we struggled but this time


it clear we will stay there. Fingers crossed. Everybody is


together. The club lifts up 110%. It is fantastic. It's brilliant,


the fans are smiling. Everyone was so down last season. It could


scarcely have been a better start for the rookie manager. How you?


I'm lovely, thank you. The gaffer, look at your smile as well.


Sunday best, this. You have changed a little bit, Stroude Road powder.


A bit different. I am proud. I have been powered over the years to be a


club captain, to play for the club. I have always given my all. That is


what I will do as a manager. It is going well. I'm proud to be called


a football manager. Appointing him could look like a cheap option.


can understand why people would think that. Myself and Graeme Hodge


and negotiated with Jim and his agent and it is not a cheap option!


You get what you pay for. Defender there is anything to do with


success you how great success in # You've gone fishing, there's a


He is not afraid to do things his own way, the new gaffer. This week


he took his squad on a team bonding exercise that culminated in a pub


lunch, I believe it to be a traditional fishing dish. He had to


tread and feel the sand moving between your feet. You stood on one,


keep your feet there. I don't know why people do it but it was


interesting, something the lads have to do again. And last week he


also mocked in helping supporters give the club Allitt -- a lick of


paint. If you are going to ask people to come at think it's fair


you do it to be yourself. Let's look at your hands. There's nothing


on there. As if things weren't going well enough for more come,


they have been honoured with a pile of -- pie of the Year award across


the whole country. Look at this one, chicken Hammond leak. -- chicken,


Well, tended as I am to spend the entire afternoon scuffing, there is


the small matter of a top-of-the- table clash to get under way. I'm


having another one when the game fans touch to overcome a result


that is not teach the -- easy to digest. They never looked back


after the 9th minute goal from Carlton. The Sussex club was


missing three first-choice defenders, more can extended their


lead through Fenton. -- Morecambe. Jim Bentley's men were putting on


her show the home fans were lapping up. Price was too quick and clever.


Carlton took more come's tally to three. That meant they had doubled


the amount of lead goals Crawley had conceded all season and the


onslaught continued. McDonald was thwarted by the crossbar before


Anderson crashed in his 4th of the campaign. Morecambe had shoved


Crawley on to a slippery slope that would see Steve Evans' meant finish


the day outside the top three. A frantic scoring spell which saw


Reid set-up Carlton to complete his hat-trick. Crawley had not conceded


five League goals for more than four-and-a-half years but they will


not wait so long again if they keep defending like this. Simpson


bundled over McDonald, it was more come's most handsome scoreline


since 2004. They will relish this Well done, boys. How are you


feeling? To be honest and still kicking the ball on the sideline.


It feels like a big relief, it has gone. At the moment I feel tired,


but I will be all right when I have a chip -- when I have a drink with


the board upstairs, gets the men in the bar and enjoy it. We keep our


feet on the ground. It is early days. We have had a good win


against a fancied side. We recover and make sure we are ready for


A great scenes in the Morecambe dressing room. Steve, a six-nil


When is impressive but against a team which boasts the resources of


Crawley Town, a phenomenal effort. It is. I'm worried about those


Crawley players, what Steve Evans - - if he has got home save. A proper


something. A magnificent result. If it came from anyone else they might


have been, you are trying to work out how it has got to six, but they


are absolutely flight. The biggest- ever football League win and


Foreign Office coach like Jim Bentley, it will do him the world


of good. A new ground as well, which is a fantastic impact. Long


may it continue, brilliant. Well done to them. To the rest of League


2. We begin with the team that was joint top, Rotherham. They faced


Dagenham & Redbridge for the first time since the Daggers beat them


their Wembley defeat and they got to work early. Marcus Marshall


swirling cross caused problems in the Daggers defence and that left a


gaping hole for Evans to establish an eighth-minute lead. The high-


flyers were pegged back. Doe crashed in the equaliser. It wasn't


long before the Daggers defender was on the scoresheet again but


this time down the wrong end to stop another martial cross led to


panic and despite Grabban's best efforts to claim it, Doe will be


credited with the second. Crab and definitely on the mark to been a


frantic first half to a close. -- Grabban. The Millers remain


because of illness, Northampton manager Gary Johnson returned to


the dug-out hoping to inspire a first win of the season. Torquay


almost got the lead. After a good start to the campaign they are in


good form. Lost Le's header stunned the fingertips of Walker. The


Cobblers nearly claimed three valuable points in the second half.


Shrewsbury, just one win in their previous ten visits and this time


Derby did not buck the trend. The Shrews got off the mark seven


minutes in. Any optimism Hereford could muster up at the break soon


disappear after the restart. McAllister's shot was way what but


Wright had no problem finishing the job. Shrewsbury seemed to be


pleasing but that result was thrown back into the balance just past the


hour by this rash lunge that poleaxed Hereford keeper. A


straight red for the challenge which offered Hereford hope. They


managed just two league goals all season but with 17 minutes


remaining were back in business. This was Barkhuizen's first goal


their quest for an equaliser. Finished off soon afterwards by


Shrewsbury Cobb -- Shrewsbury's man in form, Morgan's tally his six


goals already. The Shrews enjoyed a win continues but they will not get


a better chance than this. Crainey's composed finish six


minutes from time appeared to have done the trick. But straight from


the kick-off Gillingham hit back to leave Stanley boss John Coleman


scratching his head. The Lancashire club looked to have cleared the


initial danger from this Cross but if the strikers sized up his


options for a second time, he was dumped on the turf giving


Gillingham the chance to avoid a third straight defeat. Rooney


crashed home from the spot. Accrington are still without a win


against their former clubs. Terry Brown was in charge of Aldershot


for almost five years. Holdsworth was part of the original Crazy Gang.


It was an old-fashioned Dons goal that opened the scoring. The Deep


cross was nodded in by Porter. Much to the delight of the visiting fans.


Wimbledon looked to be heading towards the useful away win until


injury time, when Hylton was lunched at. An easy decision to


show a second yellow card. Hylton meted out his punishment missed


later. The striker was allowed to have time to strew -- shoot. A well


changed the mood at Swindon. After a fine save stopped stuck from


giving Southend the lead, Paolo Di Canio's players seized the


initiative as they tried to make a connection with the ball. Southend


could have been levelled by the break. Lennon heading against the


woodwork. A missed opportunity his team-mate could barely believe. It


was the closest they came. Swindon dominated the second half. The


first Leeds goal in England but Oxford but two minutes into the


first half stoppage time, Potter beat the home side. Seven minutes


after the restart, United stretched the advantage. Leven had a neat


finish. Oxford were firmly in charge. In Distin Richards, Burton


have a man who is in form. Richards did the business from the spot. The


home team were facing a real test of character as the travel has


pushed on for point. Just past the hour, Richards found himself on his


own at the far post. His 7th goal in all competitions solid finish


all-square. -- saw it finish all- square.


Mark Yeates described it as an average game at three good. The


Cheltenham, who have won four of their last five matches. This was


deemed to be a foul. Goulding's spot kick was clinical to give the


home team the lead ten minutes before half-time. The finish was


better than a sign language. With two minutes to go, the game was


made safe by Spencer, who was left unmarked to finish and wrap up


victory for the Robins, who moved Plymouth side teetering on the


brink in financial and football terms. Gary Roberts' full-blooded


drive had the lead's bottom club contemplating a six straight defeat.


Unexpected outbreak of wrestling reviled Argyll's prospects after


the break. Mark Richards came out on top in his tussle but it was a


pyrrhic victory. The red card leaving them at man like the


majority of the second half. It finished all-square on the cards


front. There was recruits by Pat Taylor, the maximum punishment was


opted for by the referee. There were six minutes left. Once Roberts


had tucked away his second of the match Argyll knew there would be


nothing to brighten up another in his first home game in charge of


Bradford. Falling behind to Harrold macro -- to Harrold, not exactly


what he had in mind. Parkinson's counterpart has not made it flying


start. Rovers were trying to end a run of three straight defeats. This


put the lead in jeopardy. Flynn did the necessary to put the game back


in the balance. Rovers were bidding for the second win on the road.


There are other ways success came on the opening day at Wimbledon but


12 minutes from time Elliott Richards marked his 20th birthday


with a belter to re-establish the lead. Post-match, Parkinson


reflected on a display that gives him hope for the future. His side's


battling quality shone through. They went down under Brown's -- and


a Brown's challenge and he was spot the strongest it has ever been. But


it becomes easier when you can count on a moment of magic. Luke


Murphy provided that with a terrific strike. They doubled their


lead 10 minutes after the break. Shaun Miller was the man to profit,


tapping home his 6th of the campaign. Barnet threatened to


fight back. I Zelma clear art was left all alone in the six-yard box,


to convert. -- I Izale McLeod. Adam Dugdale secured the points in


injury team. -- injury time. Three wins in a row now for Crewe, firmly


back on track. It is a start of two harps for


Crewe. As for Swindon, I don't think the Canio will be pulling of


his players in much of the Harry if they keep on scoring goals like


this one. -- much of a hurry. was a great finish. They were not


bad, I have to say. He has signed some players that were good and


some that were not as good as he imagined. It was certainly


entertainment to watch. But the have to rein in some of those


antics? -- does he have to rein in? I think so, it is off-putting to


the other managers. He will work out what line to tread. In this


division, we talk about people's budgets. Three wins out of four now,


and doing very well. This is a fairly young team. They tapered off


and fell away, so be wary. But you can do nothing wrong if you are


winning games early on in the season. Another defeat for Plymouth.


As soon as they get the new buyers in, we don't even know if they will


be the initial buyers planned for last week. It is dragging on.


contentious with regards to the land around the ground. And who


will retain it. Does the club owned the ground? That is a difficult


position. It is not great to not only your own Football Club, like


with Crystal Palace. People are holding out, hopefully to resolve


it in the best manner possible. the league tables before we sign-


off. League Two, Plymouth Argyle remain rooted after their defeat.


Hereford keeping them company. A great weekend if you are a more


come fan. Top of the league after that thumping 6-0 win against


Crawley. -- Morecambe fan. Leyton Orient at the bottom of


their league. Rochdale still in the bottom four despite their victory


against Bury. Sheffield United drew on Saturday but still remain at the


top of the table. Charlton's second. MK Dons have lost all the first


time this campaign and are in third. Hartlepool's eye-catching wins show


no sign of abating. Doncaster are still looking for their first win.


Birmingham have only play four games and they host Millwall on


Sunday. Coventry move out of relegation with their maiden


victory. Brighton stay top after a late win


at Bristol City. Southampton stay second thanks to that hat-trick. If


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