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Evening. After a week the nation would


rather forget, football had the chance to put a smile back on a few


faces with the second round of games in the NPower Football League.


Taking into account the mid-week League Cup games, some sides were


eyeing a dream start to the new season with a hat-trick of wins.


Steve Claridge is here, ready to give us his expert opinion on the


day's events. There's quite a bit to get through.


Y day in the West Midlands as Coventry took on Birmingham. Both


sides looking for their first win of the season. Ipswich were top.


They were looking to stay there. Notts County and Charlton had good


wins. 11 weeks ago he took Torquay United to the League Two final. He


has his home game in charge as the new manager of Bristol Rovers.


We start tonight in the Midlands. It's safe to say, last season was a


mixed bag for Birmingham City. The Blues, of course, won the


Carling Cup, but that success was tempered somewhat by relegation


from the Premier League. Now, their focus is all about


getting to grips with the Championship after a two year


absence. They lost their opening game last


Saturday, so were looking to bounce Saturday, so were looking to bounce


back against local rivals Coventry, stung by the mid-week Cup humbling


at the hands of Bury. Your commentator is John Roder. In


2006 and 2008 Birmingham City were relegated to the Championship and


went straight back up to the Premiership this year. Coventry


haven't finished above 17th in the Championship in the last five


seasons. One change to the Birmingham side that lost last


weekend Chris Wood replaces Adam McSheffrey celebrating his birthday


today. He is 29. Officials, managers and players are wearing


black armbands as a mark of respect to the three people who lost their


lives in Birmingham this week, in tragic circumstances.


touch back. Denied the shot there from Gomis. The challenge was made


got a yard or so there on Caldwell. That was a great opportunity for


the first goal of this match. Good movement from the Coventry striker.


Dragging his shot wide. Jutkiewicz who got nine goals last season for


Coventry after joining them from Everton in the summer of 2007. He


was the second top scorer behind Marlon King. Corner, won by


Beausejour. This corner from Jordon much to be aimed towards. Wood!


Straight at Joe Murphy. A touch off balance there, Chris Wood leaning


back as he made the header towards goal. Plenty of players have left


St Andrew's since their relegation from the Premier League. It's


expected a few more might follow before the Klose of the transfer


window. Coventry free-kick, foul on free-kick is a fraction left off


centre. Clingan has a good shot on him, he drives it in, gets a


deflection and it just pushes wide. Myhill on full stretch to push it


around the corner. Not helped that it got a touch off the Birmingham


player on the way. Through the wall. It might just have been striking


an excellent shot. That's a super save from Myhill. McSheffrey


rooking -- looking to score against his old club. Denied by the goal


keep keeper. Myhill with both hands Beausejour, woods the player in the


middle. What a chance for Birmingham! Just over. Super move


from Birmingham City. It almost resulted in the opening goal of the


match. Beausejour with the dangerous ball in. Wood was on it


in a flash. Unfortunately, from Birmingham's point of view, putting


Gomis will have a go as well. Keeper pushed it over. He was


Relatively easy for Murray. Nobody down the left hand side now for


Coventry. Looking for Jutkiewicz. Oh, was that across the line? The


Coventry fans say that was a goal. The assistant on this near side was


perfectly placed. It's a high hanging ball in. Quite clearly over


the goal-line. The ball does not look to be clearly over the line.


Myhill goes into the goal, the ball does not. He will be hugely


the first half, this time, unable lay it back into the middle. It's


the opening goal for Birmingham City and it's Keith Fahey who got


it. Rooney so close, no mistake from Fahey. Rooney with the header,


and Rooney was quick to recover as well. He set up his team-mate,


Fahey. So close, from Rooney. He had time to be able to play that


ball across, and Fahey got to it Clingan with the corner. Jutkiewicz.


It's not been his afternoon. It's It's not been his afternoon. It's


not been Coventry's afternoon. There must absence of quiet


satisfaction in the dressing room having picked up your first points?


Satisfaction. I think it is what we deserved. We spoke about our last


game, the performance was good, we lacked that little bit in the final


third, that final finish, or that little bit of guile. Probably, a


little bit today as well. We got in good positions. They had a great


opportunity in the first half, I think, probably aParliament from


that, we defended very shall very well. It was going to be whether we


could wear them down. We were pleased with the way we sat up, our


application, our attitude and the way we passed the ball. We


frustrated them for long periods as well. I really felt we was


comfortable. But, you know what it's like, you knock off one minute


and you get punished. That happened to us. A manager like -- likes to


make a substitution and something happens. That happened with Adam


Rooney? He has done great for us. We had games where we had to take


the load on himself, decided to leave him out today. What you saw


in him is what he has been like throughout that pre-season. Adam


Rooney we will talk about in a second. You have been involved in


these derbies. Relief for Birmingham, at the end of the day,


that game lacked spark for a Derby? There is a malaise about both sides.


Birmingham not sure where they will be, get this transfer window of the


way. Coventry, no more finances. No latitude to work within the


transfer market. A work in progress transfer market. A work in progress


for both sides. A look at that goal. Quick thinking on behalf of Adam


Rooney? Yes. He is unlucky with the header. A weighted ball back for


Fahey. That is the crutch of this, the weight of the ball, too much or


too little and Fahey doesn't get. There it's perfectly weighted and a


good finish. A substitution that paid off. He has had a baptism of


paid off. He has had a baptism of fire. The three regular strikers


all injured. He has had to shoulder that responsibility in the team,


along with Chris Wood who is coming in on-loan? Yeah. A little bit


novicey, you could say. Looks raw. We watched the game live, what we


saw. There is something to work from. She enthusiastic. He gets


about. He will cause a problem. He has to learn the game. I know there


is Celtic and rangers in Scotland, wee week in and week out, this a


tough league. It's hard to tell from the angle we are about to see,


did Coventry have a decent shot for an equalliser? I don't think it


crossed the line. Myhill got his bearings right much he has the post


to lean against. He knows where the line is. He can use the post there


to elevate himself and keep his arm. When he falls off balance you think


he takes it that little bit extra. He knows what he is doing. As he


hits the ground he has to get balance. I think he knows where he


is. That is the important thing. That is why the ball is the right


side of the line. That was the only shakey moment considering what


Myhill was in. He came in from Ben Foster. He kept a clean sheet. He


did well for his debut? That is the best of the lot, this take as


best of the lot, this take as slight deflection. That is a


regulation save. He was calm and regulation save. He was calm and


assured. He settled in. Birmingham go into European action on Thursday.


Not often you hear that o on this programme? They will have wanted to


win that. Any win is a good win at this stage of the season. Certainly


Let's look at what else happened, starting with Ipswich. They were


looking to build on the impressive opening win against Bristol City,


The season hasn't exactly started with a bang for Nigel Pierson's


Hull. No goals and that game at top of the table Ipswich, who have


nervous fans. Listen out for the topping the table for the first


time in four years and they could have taken the lead as half-time


approached. This was almost time to to perfection. The Tigers were


impressive away from home last season. Inevitably it was Matt


Fryatt who gave them victory in their first away game this season.


Their fist win at Ipswich since 1990. We needed to get our season


up and running. We have had a disappointing start, so to come


here, a difficult place to come and get the three points, but also to


play so well, I think is a real positive for us.


Barnsley were looking to kick-start their season as they welcome to


Southampton to Oakwell. Goals have been hard to come by for Keith


Hill's side so far. The same can't be said for the Saints, with seven


in their two games. Goal number raid was not that long in coming.


The Barnsley defence started an ill-advised game of keepy uppy in


their own penalty area. Connolly scored. With six minutes left,


Barnsley were thrown a lifeline. Richard Chaplow had not been on the


field for long before they were flying studs. A straight red for


him and the Saints faced an nervy finale. It was all hands to the


pump. There was a frantic goalmouth club record -- club record winning


run to eight games. Today was a game of football, we played


exceptional stuff at times. A good goal. Chaplow getting sent off at


the end was exciting for the supporters. Grit and determination


for the players. They threw their bodies on the line, the adrenalin


was pumping and we kept a clean sheet. We needed to salvage


something, our players did not respond to the challenge. I


expected them to. Despite a poor start to the season,


fans of all ages at Portsmouth and indeed of all breeds did have


something to smile about before the match. The return of Benjani from


Blackburn and they could have done with him as well. With newly-


promoted Brighton travelling along the south coast as visitors, their


record signing, Craig Mackail-Smith, who scored 35 goals in total for


Peterborough in League 1 last season, claimed his first for his


new club just before the break. David Norris scored on his


Portsmouth debut last weekend. The former Ipswich midfielder could not


get the better of the goalkeeper as Portsmouth pushed for a level. This


Eagles were heading towards another win until the 5th minute of


stoppage time, when basketball style a Brighton hand made contact


in the area. Was that the last kick of the match come up stepped Liam


Lawrence. He missed. Two wins out of two for the newly-promoted


brighter. As a manager you expect to be able to cope with a strong


team away from home and we have done it. Even if the result was 1-1,


I will go home thinking we can cope. We deserved a result today, for


sure. We will go home saw because we definitely deserved as result. -


- a result. Derby travelled south for the clash


with Watford with the boss of the Hornets looking for a first win. It


was Watford who had the best of the early chances. This went wide,


narrowly. That was as exciting as it got in a lacklustre first half


but early in the second came a moment of breathtaking quality.


Steve Davies with his second goal in as many Danes -- games. The


Hornets were stung into action and this. Watford continued to threaten


but fielding came to the rescue again on 79 minutes. Derby held on


to continue their 100% start of the league season. Very frustrating,


particularly frustrating when I thought we were better today than


we were up Burnley, but Whitaker. At Burnley and did not get the win


today. That is the way it is. first half we did not play well, we


improved in the second half. It was our attitude and character that


carried us through. The big spending Blues of Leicester


have been living up to their pre- season hype with Sven Goran


Eriksson's side having a 100% record in all competitions going


into their home fixture with Reading. It was the visitors who


dominated the first half of few chances, Hunt denied. Eriksson's


men denied from that -- returned from the break a different side and


started to create chances of the Rhone. If only there was more: this.


Reading were going for their 4th win a row over Leicester and they


took the lead midway through the second half, when Noel Hunt met the


corner. Maybe Shane Long, who joined West Brom this week, will


not be missed so much after all. They ensured victory on the stroke


of full-time. It set up Robson-Kanu for a perfectly placed side for to


and the unbeaten start was over. had good quality, organisation was


good. We deserved the win. We did not play well, the first half was


not good at all. We lost, so it was It was a reality check for


Leicester. A terrific side for Brian McDermott's side. We should


not be surprised in the face of adversity they have come through.


They used to losing players, good players as well. It seems to be


seamless. They replace them and continue at the same vein. A good


result and a well deserved one. good results, for Southampton at


different propositions to the last time they were in the league.


Southampton, very good today. Two good performances. Brighton,


everybody thought they would be good. Both goals were set up, they


have a chance, they really do. They have a lot of things going for them.


It has been a curious start the season for Derby but like


Southampton at Brighton it is down to league points at the end of the


day. They may be out of the Carling Cup but two wins out of two and the


Steve Davies, he keeps scoring crackers. That is two into, for him.


A great start. -- it is two in two, for him. He hasn't managed to play


half of the league games, so if they can keep him fit and in that


sort of form, you have a chance. You need a focal point if you are


going to be a success. Relief at the Nigel Pierson and Hull City


fans, up and running at last. I know Matt Fryatt has seen a lot of


chances in front of goal in the three games so far this season, he


put one away well on Saturday. When does the pressure start building


for striker? He plays on his own, this was fantastic. If you go


longer than may be five games, you are going to start to worry about


whether you will keep your place and whether you will have another


goal. What highlights it, it is dependent on Hull's side yours --


on house your side is doing. If you are losing games and not scoring,


the spotlight is on. We have seen Matt Fryatt score goals for fun, he


seemed confident. He has won on the board, it might open the gates.


is the type of player who is not affected by not scoring goals. He


knows enough about his all-round play, if the team are not creating


chances, he will create them for himself. He understands he will was


get goals. A setback for Ipswich. It is a question of character for


them, after the first adverse result? The same as everybody. All


the pre-season favourites, we thought they would do well, they


will have hiccups and stumbles. That is what this league is about,


unfortunately. It is a very inconsistent and unpredictable


It has been a frustrating start for West Ham. They saw their Carling


Cup game against Aldershot called off midweek. Today, they went to


Doncaster, the first time in 53 won a league match was the first


week of March after losing to Cardiff on the opening weekend, Sam


Allardyce knew his team needed to find the winning habit soon if they


were to justify their place as one of the favourites for promotion. He


knew he was buying a proven performer when he signed Kevin


Nolan, Championship Player of the Year two seasons ago. His first


goal came through a hopeful ball and the Hammers were up and running


in five minutes. Nolan was made captain on his arrival in East


London and he is setting a fine example. This effort was a whisker


away from doubling his tally. Gary Woods doing just enough. The season


is barely a week cold, but Doncaster are already facing


something of an injury crisis, there was almost an unlikely. Hear


but West Ham held on to end an 11 match winless run and earned their


first Championship points. missed too many chances to make it


more comfortable for us but at that side, everything else was very good


today. -- that aside. Like Sunday, lots of play, lots of chances, this


time we got the goal early on and a very professional performance today,


one we can build on and give the lads a lot of confidence.


There were over 25,000 at Elland Road and many of them made their


feelings towards chairman Ken Bates known before the match. It was


against Middlesbrough. Simon Grayson was more concerned with a


better result than last week's three-one defeat at Southampton.


The game included ten yellow cards and three dismissals. Max Gradel


was on a yellow when he made his challenge on Tony McMaon. The


referee called that St's goalscorer to one side. Gradel was off, after


half an hour. Middlesbrough look to make the numerical advantage play.


Emnes had a free header but the keeper made to save it. Leeds were


in fact hoping to stretch their unbeaten home record to 17 games.


It would have been spectacular, but it was saved. Then it was


Middlesbrough's turn to have a man sent off as McMaon seemed to impede


Jonathan Howson,. The red card came out again. The most curious sending


off came in the second half. Howson, on a yellow card himself, clashed


with Emnes. The referee appeared ready to book Emnes the diving and


gave Leeds a free kick. But then he changed his mind and gave Howson


another card and Leeds were down to nine men. Middlesbrough had 13


vital goal after 67 minutes, thanks to a nice piece of skill from Emnes.


It means four points for Middlesbrough and nothing for Leeds.


I was just dumbfounded with house and. I spent a long Tyrer -- time


as a player and coach. The referee was ten yards away. He was booking


your nose for diving, he is about to get his car out, just as a free


kick, and the 4th official can see from 50 yards. Scary. It is a


daunting place to come and play, particularly with them losing a man,


the crowd seemed to raise their better balls and it was like an


extra man on the pitch for them. Thankfully today we got the three


points. Steve McClaren was hoping his


Nottingham Forest side could pick up their first win this season when


they'd made the trip to South London but Millwall away from home


are a tough proposition. Henderson scored last weekend against Reading.


The former Watford a Sheffield United man made it to Michael Owen


two after seven minutes, proving a capable replacement for Morrison.


Nottingham Forest showed flashes of brilliance and the second half.


Then the French midfielder came on to expose the back four. Trotter


was the beneficiary and didn't followed, but this time there could


be no further gloss to the scoreline and it finished two were-


We were pleased with the way we have been working so far, but I


said to the players that it was 12 games where we needed to assess our


cells from and then we could start to talk. The scoreline is the


scoreline. If you deserve to win two were-0, you deserve it. We did


not deserve to win the game because we did not look like scoring. We


got to the final third and then things fizzled out. We need to


Burnley have been on a scoring frenzy. Six in the Carling Cup and


that made it 8 in two games for the team. Now to Crystal Palace, who


had lost their opening game at Power being set up after 10 minutes,


his first league game in English football. Last Tuesday Rodriguez


scored four against Burton Albion and he will keep on scoring with


headers like this. Appreciating this deal it took to keep it out.


Into the second half, and Crystal Palace surged again. Sean Scannell


made the running to the area, drawing the challenge, and the


Manchester City alone player did not have to look to see whether


referee's hand was pointing. Owen Garbutt and made sure with the


penalty to put the hosts ahead. Burnley's bad day got worse when


Barton was sent off. The midfielder making an aggressive challenge


towards the Palace goalscorer. The referee was quick to show a red


card, so a day to forget for Burnley, but a first win of the


Of good performance and a well deserved victory. The lads showed a


good attitude. We regained the ball well and created opportunities. My


view was a well deserved winner. poor start. We did not get going


for the first 15 and conceded in that spell. That makes it difficult


when you come away from home and we gave ourselves a mountain to climb.


The first points on the board for Crystal Palace and we will talk


about them later, the West Ham got their first victory courtesy of a


neat finish from Kevin Nolan. For �4 million you have a player who


has been there and done it with Newcastle. It is a super finish.


Goals from midfield. He has played in a side that has gone out of the


division so it holds no field. To have Jack Collison, what a


fantastic ball. A player of real quality. I think Millwall fans may


have feared the worst without Steve Morison, but Neil Harris is an


experienced campaigner. Darius Henderson comes in and we saw


Trotter cumin, and that was a good victory. They were excellent. It


was another good performance. They are a difficult side to play


You got the feeling with Henderson he needed a change of scenery and


Mr Trotter. Love that the referee There have been protests aimed at


Ken Bates the chairman. A bad day all round for Leeds United. The


stickies start. A lot of people are mystified as to how they have not


been one of the main protagonists years and they have made good money.


And they have had some big FA Cup games, so they should be money. But


the manager has not been able to get his hands on it. This is more


frustration. Someone who is finding things not going their way. And


coming up against a player in good form. 34 Marvin Emnes in three


games. He is actually now finally delivering what we always knew,


that potential that we saw so often we are now seeing as a final


He has much to his total for last season. Do you understand the


frustration of the fans at Leeds United? You have to understand they


are a big club. There will always be pressure. But if you have


pressure, you have to have the money to back it up. For the


manager, there is pressure, but not really the finances to back it up.


A little bit of an imbalance with regard to expectations at this


stage and what other realistic prospects. A big sigh of relief for


Crystal Palace fans. Injuries have meant that the manager has had to


rejig his back line, but that is a good victory over Burnley. But


Bernie's away record was not very good and may have started in the


same vein. -- Burnley. Eddie Howe will want to turn the form around


sooner rather than later. It is a transitional period with people


coming in and out. He will want to make his mark in get settled as


soon as he can, but Palace will look at the games and think they


are the sort that they have to win. We said about their away form, but


Burnley brought in poor away form, and this was a must-win game.


to League 1, and after the opening matches, not scanty and Charlton


shared top spot -- Notts County. Bournemouth on the opening day, and


at Notts County there was no doubting the determination to make


this eight promotion season. Charlton were strong in the tackle


and attacked with style as Wagstaff tucked away the opening goal eight


minutes before half-time. You would have thought county would have


learned the lesson but they went to the break two goals down after


squandering possession in midfield. Wright-Phillips got into his stride,


and Paul Hayes got to wait for a simple finish. Facing Martin Allen


in the home dressing room after that must have been a daunting


prospect. County pulled one back in the second half following Christian


Mans Arno to celebrate his first goal in English football, but the


young contribution could not spoil the day for Charlton. It is not


easy playing against a team led by Martin Allen. I knew it would be a


hard test, we stood up to it and scored two very good goals. We


stuck to their game plan. We knew It rang true, and 2-1 is an away


contempt. Having met on Wednesday in the League Cup, Colchester and


Wycombe Wanderers went ahead again. John Ward's side took the lead as


Ashley Vince and volleyed home in the first half. -- Ashley Vincent.


The Colchester dominance almost saw them double their lead. A slip


allowed Ian Henderson to be set up. And he was unlucky to see his


effort rebound off the bar. Henderson could have been forgiven


it was not his day and in the second half this flick sent him


through again, and again he was denied by the woodwork. If it is --


it took penalties to separate the sides on Wednesday and it was a


spot kick that gave Wycombe Wanderers the chance to equalise


with Scott Donnelly going down after this challenge. Scott Rendell


opened his account for the season, making no mistake from 12 yards.


The last three league meetings between the teams ended 1-1 and you


boss Danny Wilson who took his place in the dug-out for the first


time against Brentford. After successive wins on the road, the


fans turned up with high expectations, Stephen Quinn failing


to make the most of a goalmouth strung -- scramble. Four minutes


after the break the side will one goal down with Richard Cresswell


teeing up Jordan's salute to open his account for the campaign.


United's poor home form cost them their place in the Championship and


with just three wins from their Printy -- previous 20 games tells


the story. But midway through the second half they made sure the


followers would leave happy for a change. Cresswell notching his


second in a week. The Blades 100 % Megson reckoned if he'd side had


scored the first goal here they would have gone on to win. Clinton


Morrison was close to doing that, but instead it was the Cherries who


drew first blood. New skipper Adam Barrett powering home there header


seven minutes before the interval and there were more far post


problems for Wednesday after the break. Scott Malone's crossfield


with Liam Thiney waiting to pounce. Fortunately for the Yorkshire club


are positioning was just right. Bournemouth were becoming a bogey


side for Wednesday and in their meetings they have yet to lose.


They wrapped up their success with neat wing play before an emphatic


finish from substitute -- the Orient's hopes of a play-off place


with a 3-0 win, so revenge was on the minds of the home fans and they


almost got the lead. The only goal came with half an hour remaining.


Buchanan scoring with a stunning strike on his Rovers debut and only


a second ever senior goal for the 25-year-old, and certainly one to


remember. Paris's side retained back wins for the first time in


almost a year and wasted little time in getting started. The game


was barely three minutes old when Mat Sadler was caught, a decision


the looked harsh, but John Makin tucked away his first of the


campaign to give the trouble as the perfect start. But a bizarre


equaliser soon had the home side level. After scoring last season,


Scotland has almost put his name on the scoresheet again. Jimmy Walker


getting caught out by the bounce, leaving a simple tap-in. A dramatic


start and a half finished with both sides heading to the break a man


like. Throwing plenty into the challenge which had Paul Tierney


reaching for his pocket. The second time in a few days of Walsall


player has seen red. Butler headed for the dressing room. Wadsworth


and Smith shared the view neither player should have gone. Jimmy


Walker denied the save to make sure fruitful start, three goals in as


many matches although he does a big thank you to his partner for the


later, the Columbia Vittek -- seen the shop drop Conley. The opener


should have been cancelled on the stroke of half-time. He couldn't


have popped up a more exciting cross. A glaring miss at the far


post. The lead remained narrow. Dean boat which just added the


final insult to slippy shot through the legs of the goalkeeper. The MK


Dons's first win after being held life in League 1 with a 1-1 draw at


Huddersfield. The fans could have been forgiven for coming into the


home league game with Carlisle in confident mood. But it was the


visitors who came closest to taking James Berrett broke the deadlock.


The goalkeeper left wrong footed by The goalkeeper left wrong footed by


the shot.. Carlisle were unbeaten against Bury in their last five


meetings. Victory was ensured in the 9 3rd minute Wen Liam Noble


finished off a neat move. They are up and running after an opening day


Lee Clark had hoped for. The Huddersfield boss left frustrated


after being held at Spotland. This opener laid the foundations for an


important victory. They should have been more comfortable at half-time.


Rochdale were kept in it when the keeper kept these chances out. Akpa


Akpro leveled the scores. The ball broke for Novak who scare squared


the ball for substitute Danny Warped who restored their lead. By


the finish, Clarke was left counting the cost of what he


described as, "shocking defending". Ashley Grimes struck his third goal


in the week to earn the hosts a showing the value of the man on the


post, Nicholson put his head in the way of this effort. Phil Brown's


men took the lead themselves. Iain Hume's shot had too much pace for


the keeper. Preston held that advantage until three minutes from


the end. Scunthorpe's summer signing Barcham scored. He took his


chance. Both sides are waiting for their first League win. Both these


sides were promoted last season. They didn't have to wait long


before they met this time around. It was the visitors who took the


lead, five minutes before the break. Charles sent them into the lead.


Jack Lester scored 17 times last year, but he could only hit the


post from close-range. The visitors went down to ten men. Bostwick saw


a second yellow. The ten men held on until the seventh minute of


injury-time. Leicester levelled things up in dramatic fashion. A


clash between two sides looking for their first win. After a blank


first half, this fabulous strike gave Yeovil the lead. There was


plenty more to follow. Williams doubled the lead. Oldham in big


trouble with 16 minutes left. Diamond looked anything put


sparkling. As he sized up his options he was dumped on the turf


by Kieran Lee. Paul Wotton left Oldham facing a long trip home.


They managed to have the final word when Parker was sent tumbling by


Luke Ayling. Reuben Reid succeeded from the spot. It was merely a


footnote to an impressive Yeovil display. The first goals and first


display. The first goals and first points for Yeovil. Charlton a


perfect start, two wins in two. Six new signings in the first 11 for


Charlton. They are gelling nicely? They are. Everybody looked at the


They are. Everybody looked at the buys he bought in the summer. There


are cute signings there. People don't scream at you. If you watch


these players play, you will be aware there are good players he


signed. There isn't no surprise to people in the game that he started


people in the game that he started so well. He signed his 16th player


this week? No doubt. You don't adhere to the philosophy that


sometimes teams with so many new players take time to gel? No, That


I think is a cop out. You buy a right back. You buy him as a right


back, you play him as a right back. You take him from an environment he


is comfortable and you put him in an environment he is comfortable


with. There is no reason why he shouldn't play well. That should be


the same for any player. When you ask them to shop and -- chop and


change that is where they don't change that is where they don't


play so well. They won today with a peach from Buchanan. We shouldn't


be surprised. A lovely way to win a game when you score a goal with


game when you score a goal with real quality. A good start for


Tranmere. A lot of people would have questioned whether it would be


a struggle. Two wins in two games takes the pressure off. A challenge


for Steve Aire, the responsibility of taking over from Keith Hill. He


will be heartened from taking a point from the League favourites?


super goal. To gate point. I spoke to him last week, he his brief is


to keep them in this division. He knows he will lose one or two of


his briefest players -- better players. He is confident they can


do that. Huddersfield's unbeaten run goes on, it's 27. Phenomenon db


-- phenomenonal effort. They don't win enough games. When you look at


last year. If they accumulate that amount of points it would be good


enough for the previous 18 years to have got them up. He can count


himself unlucky he hasn't got a promotion on his CV already.


As for League Two, Torquay United's visit to Bristol Rovers saw Paul


Buckle with an early chance to face his old club.


As if Paul didn't have enough to deal with in his first home game in


charge, he also had our Clem to deal with at the 'Mem'. It's not


unknown for professional football managers to have their rituals and


superstitions. The new Bristol Rovers' boss is no exception.


Continuing a tradition he established at his former club, on


every match day morning he comes to his local cafe to gather his


thoughts over a nice cup of coffee. Morning, Clem. Morning, Paul. So,


is this pre-match relaxation or is that a caffine boost for all that


adrenaline? A bit of both. We feel the job is done. We feel organised


and we relax on the morning of the game. What would you have done if


you had got Torquay promoted? Bristol Rovers came down,


relegated? What a question. Are you going to answer it? You never told


me you would ask me. That I don't know. That is the honest answer. I


threft to after the final. Paid respect to the position we were in


at the time. A major position. I was always going to make my


decision after, here we are, Bristol Rovers manager. You play


for Torquay's youth team? I play for the under 15s. They thought we


-- I was going to go to Bristol Rovers. You are a traitor. You


shouldn't be in this car, son. That's all right. We are nearly


there. Late for his first day in work. I will be in two minutes.


have been saying you will be in in two minutes for the last hour-and-


a-half. Follow the road. This will do us. Watch this car here. Have


you got a parking space? Reserved Paul Buckle. Does that mean the


portacabin? The office. A lot of clubs have potential. This is the


sixth biggest city in the country. Neither team has done anything over


the last 20 to 30 years. The potential is huge. We had one


bright spot and we got promotion. It took 35,000 to the Millennium


Stadium and 40,000 to Wembley. That How are you doing? Strange old day?


I know. He knows all your strengths and weaknesss? He doesn't know the


tricks we have for him though. It will be a good day. We are looking


Let's go. Are you going to get the big introduction now? I will look


to the left, not to the right. are nervous about this, I can tell.


COMMENTATOR: Buckle didn't expect his defenders to allow his former


charges so much time and space. Torquay took advantage. Taiwo


Atieno got his first goal. The keeper beaten from the spot by Rene


Howe. Ten players were making home Howe. Ten players were making home


debuts. McLeish went close. Although Buckle needed a second


half response, Bevan's sharp save prevented the goals from soaring


out of sight. There was hope. This effort was flicked up and by Ron


Antony was left with a simple finish. Rovers had half an hour to


get a point. Another ex-goal missed I suppose this one always had the


ability to be a bit tricky with the off the field side? That is


football. That is football. We look a good side. We will learn from


today. Was there cat-and-mouse with a lot of the Torquay players


knowing your philosophies? No, we had enough chances to get back in.


I'm delighted with the second half performance. How to win friends and


influence people? Especially for the supporters. It was for the


supporters, not Paul Buckle. This is just a little step. It's only


three points. Pleasurable for our supporters. It wasn't the reunion


Paul Buckle had in mind against his old club. It was billed as Paul


Buckle against Torquay United. It's more about the fans? They will


consider he has left a side he did well at. He will be gutted he left.


Gone to a side in the same division, albeit, a bigger one. Is there a


neat fit? Dave Penny got it a year ago. He will be thinking his time


has come. A big club. You blai at Bristol Rovers once or twice in my


career. It's a proper, big, passionate fan base. At that level,


a big club. Also, it leaves Martin Lee to a hiding to nothing. He has


to emulate one of the most successful managers that Torquay


ever had? A tough act to follow, no doubt about that. But, what better


way to start than getting one over on the side he left for. Certainly.


Rounding off the rest of League Two now, starting with the team that


kicked off the new season so In Paulo Di Canio's Swindon.


They faced Cheltenham in a game nearly didn't happen, but a late U-


turn by the local police gave Paolo Di Canio the chance to build on his


wedding * Last week. Thankfully all the action was on the pitch.


McCormack fired them ahead -- he's winning start. The hosts almost


went to the break in front. Alan Bennett climbed highest, but a


terrific stop from Phil Smith kept the scores level. Cheltenham did


find a breakthrough in the second half. Steve Elliott's thumping


header had the home side on course for victory. Mark Yates's men


managed to hold out for the three points although some of the gloss


was taken off by the late dismissal of Spencer for a foul on flint.


Nonetheless, Cheltenham are up and He has probably led with his arm,


but it was a malicious. I was happy for the first 25 and malicious --


minutes, and we put them under pressure and we had 10 minutes to


try to decide the game, and obviously if you don't score, that


is it, but we had one or two Northampton arrived in Aldershot,


still glowing from a surprise midweek win over Ipswich. Right


from the off they gain the home side problems. Robinson quickly


into the defence before there were two terrific Blocks From Ben Hird.


The defiant defending counted for nothing from the corner.


Northampton resigned Ashley Westwood to inspire the club's


youngsters and he looked overjoyed to be setting the right example.


Aldershot still had 88 minutes to cancel out the lead, but it was


stoppage time before they created their best chance. Aaron Brown's


acrobatics matched by Sam Walker as for Lawrie Sanchez and after two


impressive victories on the road. Port Vale had not scored in four


previous meetings but took the lead just before the half-hour. Shaun


Reid on the scoresheet after letting rip from 25 yards, and the


goalkeeper was beaten all ends up. Barnet beat Portsmouth in midweek


and had not conceded in their first two matches of the season of fell


behind before half-time. Gary Roberts getting the better before


finishing from an acute angle. The points were all but sealed with


just half an hour remaining. Sean reduce training to become a


tattooist and left his mark on this match after scoring his second of


the afternoon. And his second from outside the box. Sanchez's side


pulled one back six minutes later when 34-year-old Jason Price nodded


home after good play by Mark Marshall. Goalkeeper Stuart


Tomlinson will think he could have done better. Micky Adams described


the victory as almost a complete not forget in a hurry. After two


successive 3-2 defeats they hoped to bounce back at Dagenham. The


referee well placed to spot the handball as a look more shoulder


the responsibility from 12 yards. Terry Brown's men are one up in the


second half and only 45 minutes away from a memorable victory.


Shortly after the week the Football League new boys doubled their lead


in spectacular fashion. A blockbuster from Yousef had them to


within touching distance of a and salvage something from the


match, but Phil Walsh fluffed his often, so a tough assignment for


Gillingham and they were up for the fight. A superb strike, and while


the Alex was still rocking, during an increase the lead. Crewe


Alexandra defenders will see these pictures are few times after they


have to work out why Danny spiller was allowed so much freedom. The


home side departed to a chorus of boos but improved after the break


as Sean Miller heart of the deficit. Not enough to spare Crewe Alexandra


from their first defeat on their own patch since February the they


gave Gillingham anxious moments. Lille -- lead bail closest to


week by the advice of -- arrival of Will Atkinson from Hull City and it


did not take the man long to make his mark, putting Peter Reid's side


ahead after half-time. Not a bad introduction. The Pilgrims optimism


was punctured within three minutes after Gareth Evans levelled for the


visitors. His surging run went unchallenged and his shot beat the


at it again. Last season's top scorer Adam Le Bon Kraupp sent over


a delightful cross and he used is said to put the Millers in front --


Adam Le Fondre. Rotherham's push for promotion was built on his


goals, and he got his first of this future of Plymouth Argyle with the


club still in administration and there was uncertainty in their


defence as well. The goalkeeper Paul is defender under pressure and


he lost out before Jason Taylor set up their top scorer for the second.


An impressive win and maintains Rotherham's 100 % start the season.


-- start to the season. Without an away win since January, Southend


travelled north hoping for a change in fortune. Kevin Macintyre's push


on Leonard presented them with a glorious chance early on.


Dickinson's first for the club edged them into the lead. As


MacIntyre was kicking himself for conceding, here least went some way


to make amends by having a big hand in the equaliser. Andrew Procter


pounced to equalise. But Stanley, who had not lost a home game in 12


outings, were in trouble midway through the second half. A fabulous


hit re-establishing South N's lead. Despite the setback, the home side


diff -- refused to cave in. A long throw causing chaos, and Peter


Murphy went within inches of dragging them level for a second


time. In response, Paul Sturrock's men are set about increasing the


lead. Anthony Grant lunged in, but the referee allowed play to


continue and least soya set off on a breathtaking run. Sean Murdoch


and needed to be smart off the line to keep the score down but there


was unfinished business of a man in the middle. MacIntyre dismissed for


a second yellow card. Right at the death, John Coleman's men have


almost got the point he felt his side deserved but there would work


came to the rescue of Southend. -- Burton's men must have felt the


effects of their Cup efforts but there was a spring in their step as


they took the lead, as solo rounded Ben Smith 14 minutes in. Maybe it


was Shrewsbury feeling tired despite any needing 90 minutes to


see off Derby County in midweek. They were almost caught cold by


Aaron Webster's audacious effort. At the other end, Martin Morgan


posed a threat as usual. The post was required to keep him from


levelling the scores -- Marvin Morgan. The shot certainly deserve


better in the second half. It remained a shared -- slender


advantage and one which disappeared with seven minutes to go. The


substitute was off the mark for his Broadfield Stadium. The Reds first


home game in the Football League. A frustrating first half.


Macclesfield defended in numbers and Vega was in a mean mood. The


Silk men's keeper was beaten on 57 mins. Tyrone Barnet with a thumping


header against his former club. Crawley had the financial muscle to


make an immediate impact. But Matt tubs could not find a route past


the inform Brega. Manager Steve Evans could afford to keep was


Thomas on the bench, but in three minutes of coming on the striker


who hit 19 for Cheltenham last term opened his account for Crawley. It


was comfortable for the newcomers. Thomas was threatening again and


the Sussex club already look like a get off the mark. Bradford would


have been pretty in Pink had Michael Flynn's free kick found its


way past Ryan Clarke. Instead it was Oxford who delivered the first


blow. Heslop's drive had the home side ahead before the second half -


- the hour. The Yorkshire club needed a response, and Peter


Jackson's men pushed hard for a leveller. Flynn almost put them


back on terms. But Clarke was beaten 12 minutes from the end from


blue-collar the's flick, Ross Hammett nipped-in to send a


travelling fans happy -- home happy -- Ross Hanna. Morecambe were in


the mood, fresh from knocking Barnsley out of the League Cup. No


one more so than Danny Carlton. It took a fine stop from Adam Bartlett


to stop him. But the striker refused to be denied. Two -- too


good for the striker with a note -- goalkeeper with another ferocious


shot. On the stroke of half-time, Jim Bentley's men doubled their


advantage. Phil Jevons exploiting a huge hole in the Hereford war.


Jenny Pitman thought his side look good in possession and things might


have been different if they had pulled a goal back. The big chance


fell to Ryan Green who found Barry Roach on his toes. Even Green


joined in the applause. Any hope of a fightback disappeared when Stuart


A great win for Morecambe, and we will talk about a good few days for


Jim Bentley, but a historic day for two of the new boys. Obviously AFC


Wimbledon and Crawley Town. Crawley were expected to do well and are


hot favourites for the division. They both had tough starts last


Wimbledon went down at the very end to Bristol Rovers. To side to


expect to do well. A good goal from Yousef. Tyrone Barnett, a good


effort. A good header. I don't think we should be too surprised


they got the results because after last week's encouraging


performances I don't think we should be too surprised. Andy Scott


will be delighted with his team's performance away to Plymouth. We do


know all about the goalscoring prowess there. But I think Andy is


trying to get a different dimension from his striker. He alluded to it


towards the end of last season. He wants the work ethic to be changed


to be part of the team together to press and defend the same time.


has obviously put an emphasis on other players to score, because it


was very much what Adam was there for. But there were to air his way


you give him the ball, facing the goal, 10 yards out, there is only


one way out -- one result, the ball going in. He was giving the keeper


the eyes, clearly. He knows what he's doing. We talked about Jim


Bentley at Morecambe, and they beat Barnsley away in the Carling Cup.


The first league win of the season, and for him as a manager, that will


do him the world of good. Absolutely. Jamie Pitman, in the


other dug-out, not a great deal of experience and it is a day to


remember for them, but that is a fantastic strike to get them on


their way. It has been a good three or four days for Morecambe and they


probably had a bit of under- achievement last season considering


the year before and they will want to get back to a decent season.


saw Plymouth in the round-up. Obviously playing against Rotherham,


and the players have not been paid again. And I think they have not


been fully paid since the turn of the year. It has to be horrendously


difficult for them to just keep their motivation. I don't think we


are talking about them not having any money, because you couldn't


survive. IDB at Aldershot. I went 12 weeks without getting paid.


Ultimately the PFA will guarantee the money. It is a safety net for


the players? Yes, but it is not easy. We have seen how unsettling


things off the field can be in reflecting on the field. As soon as


things settle down, there is a takeover in the offing, and


hopefully everyone will know where they are. But that situation cannot


Let's hope there takeover is concluded quickly. Let's have a


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