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You can always trust the Football League to deliver the unexpected.


Whether it's Steve Coppell turning up at Crawley or the fact that,


with four games left, still nothing had been decided across all three


divisions. Well, that could all change today


with up to seven teams knowing their fate come 5.00pm.


One thing we can reveal however is that Fleetwood Town will be joining


the party after their promotion from the Blue Square Bet Premier.


Well done to Nicky Mellon and his players.


Steve Claridge is here for his take on today's games.


Here's what's coming up tonight. Without a home win since Feb, West


Ham look to be heading for the play-offs.


On Saturday the Hammers entertained Gus Poyet's Brighton, who began the


day just two points shy of the play-offs.


We've the best of the action from Southampton's dramatic meeting with


Reading at St Mary's as the top two met on Friday night. Frenzy


activity across the three leagues with all the goals from a crucial


day. They have the football league's only unbeaten home records


they are five games away from the return to League One for the first


time in 15 years. We're at Shrewsbury town to meet Steve


Evan's Rotherham. Well, it was billed as the


Championship title decider as Southampton faced Reading on Friday


night with just goal difference separating the sides after 42 games.


It also saw an intriguing match up with Saints boasting the division's


top scorers, while Reading had the league's best defence.


league's best defence. Nigel Adkins named the same 11 that


won at Crystal Palace on Monday with Rickie Lambert partnered up


front with Billy Sharp.$$NEWLINE Reading made one change with Jay


Tabb coming in for Tomasz Cywka. John Roeder takes up the story at


St Mary's. COMMENTATOR: Billy Sharp was not


following up there. Had he made a run in towards goal he might of


been able to feed on the scraps there. Lallana with a deep cross.


Desperate defending. Southampton keep the pressure up. Lallana.


Deflected and Federici with the save. Came off the leg of Gorkss


Gorkss. Federici had to react quickly. Butterfield, Lambert


arriving late. Federici pushes it away. Danger still on. This shot is


just wide of the post. Adam Federici has kept 19 clean sheets


in his 42 Championship appearances this season. First against second.


It's the leader's, Southampton, who have been pressing the harder of


the two. Kebe. Roberts! Jason Roberts puts Reading in front, very


much against the run of play. It's a wonderful cross from Kebe.


middle. Was he pushed over there? Not interested. They felt there was


a dive there from Billy Sharp. The manager who has been associated


with Reading for so long. Lambert! Deflected in, equalliser. What a


start to the second-half for Southampton. Rickie Lambert's 3 1st


goal of the season. Every Southampton fan inside St Mary's


could not have hoped, in their wildest dreams, to such a good


start to the second period for their team. Reading have failed to


draw in any of their last 28 league games. Their last draw was a


goalless one at Crystal Palace at the end of October. Butterfield


with the cross. Too long for Lambert. The header was just wide,


as Lallana arrived. Just getting Hunt. On to Kebe. Pulled back


nicely. Le Fondre does it again. He starts the move, Kebe and Hunt both


involved. Look at Le Fondre, hanging back, waiting for. It Hunt


lets him have the shot. It's a fine finish from Le Fondre. Reading back


in front at St Mary's. Twice they have now taken the lead at


Southampton. Can they hold on to it this time? One more victory to


assure themselves of promotion. Le Fondre looking to get goal-side. Le


Fondre away from Davis. Three points Reading. It's the


Championship, is it heading to the Madejski Stadium? Suddenly, in


behind Fonte was frond frond. Two goals from the substitute.


Southampton are beaten. Maybe, just maybe, one hand on the Championship


maybe, one hand on the Championship trophy. Regardless of the result


tonight there is more games to play, more twists and turns. We will pick


ourselves up, as we always do, analyse the game. Put a line under


neath it and move on to the next one. These guys know how to win.


They know what is required at certain times in games. They know


what to do. We send them out there, they are doing a fantastic job for


our football club. Reading's dream run continues, they won 43 points


from the last available 48. Brian mentioned it there, they have


become ruthlessly I efficient in certain games, most in theibly


recently? They have. -- noticibly recently? They have. I went to


Brighton the other day. They are very effective. Brighton missed an


opportunity. They hit the bar, a deflected free-kick. Southampton


did the same. They missed it. Reading scored, another chance,


they missed it and Reading scored. Over the period of those two games,


second best. They got two vital wins. What an impact Le Fondre


makes from the bench? Fantastic. They have a threat going forward.


No matter how much pressure they soak up, Roberts and Hunt are a


good partnership, willing runners. When the game flattens out, people


become tired, you bring someone like that on who is a fantastic


finisher, two wonderful goals he scored. Hendrie when he scores


goals he has won them a lot of points this year. He certainly has.


Now, the race for the Championship play-offs is coming to the boil


nicely, with Brighton's dream of back-to-back promotions still very


much alive. They began the day just two points


off the play-offs and were looking to add to West Ham's stuttering


home form, with the Hammers failing to win any of their last seven at


Upton Park. So with Southampton losing on


Friday, could Sam Allardyce's men find that elusive win to close the


gap at the top? gap at the top?


Martin Fisher was there. West Ham the automatic promotion game has


almost faded and died. There cannot be any further slippups. Brighton


need the points to too to squeeze Brighton under immediate pressure


here and try to get off to a perfect start. It took a deflection


against the bar. It took a deflection. Maybe that is what


caused it to spin towards Brezovan. No-one has picked up Vaz Te. He


might hit this. Too much power. What a strike Vaz Te. That was like


a bullet. A screamer from the Posh Portuguese, inside three minutes,


West Ham are off to a dream start. 30 yards out, Brezovan never smelt


it. It's threw his hands before he got his hands up. 1-0, West Ham


delivery. It's deep. Man over. Nolan's effort brilliantly saved by


Brezovan. West Ham could be two in strong. Nolan got a head on. It


Taylor. Nolan denied again. It's all one way traffic. Brezovan


pulled off a terrific save there to keep out Kevin Nolan. Here is Nolan


charging through the centre. O'Neill with so much time. In goes


Vaz Te, it's 2-0, West Ham. Brezovan beaten again. West Ham


United two up, seven-and-a-half minutes in. Vaz Te has them both.


Two inside seven-and-a-half minutes. Even the most ardent West Ham


wouldn't of believed that. Vaz Te continues his red hot form in front


goal for Nolan. Ten-and-a-half on the watch. It's 3-0 West Ham.


Brighton have not turned up. This is already embarrassing. Look at


the marking here as Taylor just holds up the centre, Tomkins has


got in behind Painter, more intent on stopping him than heading it


away. It came off a West Ham head Brighton appealled that the it went


across the goal-line. The referee said it hadn't done. Green is


tested at last. Vaz Te wants to hit this again, and why not! This time


Brezovan gets his fists in the way. Vaz Te warming the knuckles of


Brezovan again. Vaz Te, no-one ahead of him. A lovely ball.


Lansbury in for number four! What a miss. Brighton completely ripped


apart. West Ham United will be happy enough with a 3-0 lead at


sent him off his scent. Rolls on to Cole, who is onside. Look at the


room he's got? That's the target, Brezovan thought about coming. That,


surely, is a foul. No, says the referee. Vaz Te, goal, it doesn't


matter anyway. What a goal from Vaz Te. That's the hat-trick. While


most of the colours in blue persuasion are appealing for a


penalty, Vaz Te played on, and to what effect. What a finish by Vaz


Te. Cole with the header back, Lansbury was fouled. Vaz Te played


on while others didn't. What a finish. Deadly by Vaz Te. West Ham


stays down despite desperate appeals from the Brighton players.


Carlton Cole will claim it, but it took a wicked, wicked deflection.


Brighton, a wide open. He chanced his arm, what really matters is


that it finishes in the back of turned it into the bottom corner of


could have been seven. Tomkins, up at the back post, and Nolan, from


try and win the next game and wind like we have won today, and like we


did at Barnsley. What do West Ham fans saw today is us playing at


home like we have away from home. But even better. You know they are


going to press and try to probably win the game in the first 20


minutes. We knew it. And we didn't deal with that-duration, we


couldn't, maybe. -- deal with that situation. It was perhaps we had a


bad day, all we were not strong enough. Ricardo Vaz Te, what a job


he has done for you since he arrived. And what a strike. I know.


We have picked up the Golden nugget now, I think that 500 grand and


allowed I have known, who has always had the ability, when he


came to Bolton when he was 16, he has grown up and matured, he has


got the bit between his teeth, and the quality of his goals are there


for all to see. The third goal, what a finish. Yes, I tried the one


before and didn't hit it quite right. So I thought I would attack


What a massive boost, not only for West Ham's confidence but also


their goal difference. This wasn't just about the actual win, it was


about the goals as well. It has got them back in touching distance. No


longer will Southampton have the three-point advantage and the goal


difference. A wonderful game, they were added from the start, West Ham.


They got the goals when they were dominating. They have been in


situations where they haven't made the most of it, but they got at


watching it, it could have been five after 20 minutes. They were so


superior. They really just didn't allow Brighton to play their


natural game. Vaz Te isn't the most expensive of the strikers. But he


is clearly a man in form. He played up front today, I don't think I


have seen that happen. They played with two windows, quite expensive,


normally they have gone 4-3-3, but I think he simplified it today, 4-


4-2, had he said, we will get after A quick word for Brighton. Is that


it now for them? You are asking for them and Middlesbrough to lose


games, I think it is going to be tough, but it has also been a


fantastic first year in the Championship for them. Many clubs


were still in with a shout of making the play-offs today. A one


in each of their last four games, head of the visit of Bristol City.


Those. Have helped them almost cement their place in the play-offs.


City, despite battling relegation, were also in form, looking for a


third successive win. They got a deserved lead from Stephen Pearson.


They have found goals hard to come by on their travels, scoring two in


the last eight prior to this match. But Jon Stead's spectacular goal


doubled their tally for the year and put them on course for three


point. Birmingham had only failed to score in six of their previous


42 league matches. Marlon King's deflected shot kept them in it. In


injury to their keeper sought, and will start in goal for Birmingham,


and his save kept his side in the match. So could Bristol City win at


St Andrews for the first time since 1993? No, because Nicolas Zigic


equalised with half-an-hour left. Neither manager happy with the draw.


It wasn't our best performance in that first half. We were really


grateful for getting the goal just before half-time. They have a


fantastic home record, they have only lost once all season, so


they're a tough nut to crack, but we felt we could win the game, I


felt we got ourselves in a position City Ground a couple of years ago


saw Blackpool complete her famous play-off victory. A repeat


performance would have done nicely for them. If only. The Ayr keeper


is one of four survivors from that match. Blackpool only troubled the


goal once in the first half. The away side might have snatched all


the points when Gary Taylor fracture stole a yard. Not a


classic, Ben Foster -- not a classic of them. There has been a


lot of pressure on for six months, for all of us. We have got


ourselves close to the finish line double we have to get our noses


across it. There was a couple of occasions where I was excited with


a few twists and turns, but he Barnsley in the last play-off


position, and despite going six games unbeaten, five of them have


been draws. There have first pick - their 11th away draws into wins has


caught -- cost them a chance of automatic promotion. But their


play-off hopes are still intact. Good day emulate Swansea? It was


always going to be at battle before the game is able to be played, and


that is what happened in the first half. Second half, we got the ball


down, kept possession, and we got a winner. I thought Babak four


defended admirably, and we ended up with lots of shots on target. It


was a good day. Without a win in eight,


Middlesbrough had slipped from automatic promotion contenders to


stuttering play-off hopefuls. But they almost took the lead early on


in this one. Both teams were creating chances, but the visitors


went close again, not mine's free kick hitting the woodwork. -- not


point. The Boro manager Tony Mowbray brought on Curtis Main a


later on, and it proved a masterstroke. This pass was


measured perfectly, but you still have plenty to do before


celebrating an outstanding second senior goal. That left little time


for Derby County to respond, but they did create a great opening for


an equaliser. It was the first win in five weeks for Middlesbrough.


The play-offs are still in their player up ambitions, they needed to


win at Millwall, but Millwall have been counted a slick youngster,


Harry Kane, who looks like he has a bright future ahead of him. The


Tottenham loanee scored his third goal in three games. Leicester


started the weekend of three. Outside the play-off places, but


their hopes of reaching the top six suffered another blow when


Konchesky took out Harry Kane after the break. Andy Keogh stepped up


and did a van Persie. Millwall 13-0 win the two sides have won -- met


in the Midlands earlier this season. The Lions were hoping for a 4th


straight clean sheet, but Leicester would make it and nervy finish for


the hosts, when Drinkwater pulled a goal back with aid minutes


remaining. But Millwall held on. Enough to ensure another season in


With Millwall Secure and looking forward to another season. A couple


of teams have stumbled of late. no doubt, big games, a vital goals,


and good wins as well. This is Cardiff's second win in eight.


were a goal up last week and couldn't see the game out. After


Middlesbrough, their first win in nine. The deciding goal coming from


a 19-year-old. It was a good little move. A superb ball from Barry


Robson to stop he takes one touch, and that is a super finish. He


knows exactly what he is going to do. Great strike. Let's take


Brighton and Leicester out of the equation, so we have four teams in


have to say that Middlesbrough are the team currently out of the


position. The other three sides, Birmingham are in it now, no doubt,


the others have a two point advantage, and you have to go with


those teams at this stage of the season. Not because Boro of worse


off or better off, but because they All the very best to Trevor Francis,


as he continues to recover from a suspected heart attack. As for the


rest of the Championship, we start Monday left Coventry four points


from safety and facing next season in the 30th of English Bible. They


thought they had scored after 10 minutes. Coventry claimed of the


ball hadn't crossed the line. Burnley keeper Lee Grant then


frustrated them. The home side promptly took the lead, and it was


no surprise when Charlie Austin scored his 6th goal in the last


five games. Despite their position, Coventry's recent form has been


encouraging, and a triple substitution paid dividends.


Neither manager was so despite with a draw. Scrappy game, from Watford


of view. -- my point of beef. We didn't kick on from the early goal.


I think a draw is probably a fair result. We had some great chances


in the first half. The keeper made some great saves. We had a header


over the line which wasn't given. That was disappointing, at the time,


I thought the keeper had saved it, position, Ipswich against Crystal


Palace was a meeting of two teams heading for a stress-free finale.


Crystal Palace opened the scoring. There would be just one more goal


in this match and it came from Ipswich. It was good, and it had to


The Warnock Europe at Leeds has hardly started with a bang. He said


it team under his management would never play so badly again and he


almost had the proof early on. Darren Ferguson's side were looking


for their first away win of the year. And they got off to a good


start, finding a route through the Leeds defence. Warnock had promised


changes and one of them was a recall for Billy Paynter. He could


hardly miss after this gift by the Peterborough keeper. That time the


post just before the break ensured that they started the second half


in the same manner. Ross McCormick on the scoresheet this time.


Suddenly the belief was back and Ross McCormick was at it again and


minute later. Leeds were now in control. So much so that the


equalled their best home win of the season thanks to Billy Paynter.


10th placed hop have lost their way of late taking just three points


from their last six games. So only a win would do at Watford to give


them a chance of the play-offs. And victory looked possible. Watford


looked destined for another season in the Championship and reacted to


that goal with one of their own from Troy Deni. Halt almost


restored their lead shortly afterwards but this save kept out


teams on the brink of relegation. For Doncaster is anything less the


win against Portsmouth, and they were down. And they got off to a


good start with his header. Portsmouth's hopes of survival


depended on achieving a better result than Bristol City. But


moments later they were reeling. Fabien Robert was on hand to score


his first goal. The manager made an early change. The team began to


show signs of fight. Scot Alan with this warning shot off what was to


follow. The sparks soon began to fly. The referee decided that this


was inside the area. Rovers were incensed. Greg Halford then gave


his team vital hope. And the Portsmouth fans at last had


something to celebrate. Adam Al but not for long. James Coppinger


put the hosts ahead once more. At this stage Rovers were going down


and treading Portsmouth with them. But there was more drama to come.


Jason Pierce got a header. Dave Kitson with his arms raised, made


it 3 - all. Time remained for one final twist. Portsmouth launched a


final attack deep in stoppage time. Marko Futacs hit the target for a


famous victory. It is over for famous victory. It is over for


Doncaster, back to League One after four years. I just wanted to come


along and enjoy the football and to a great extent I did. But in the


second half, the performance of the referee just incensed me. All four


goals from Portsmouth were debatable. But for the long


suffering Portsmouth supporters, some welcome cheer.


I think the fans are the ones that are always going to be fair, they


just keep turning up. And I hope we get the opportunity to be built.


Doncaster were relegated at the end of the day and on a sour note. And


you have some sympathy? I was not too happy about any of the goals.


The second one was a handball. This one is a handball as well. He puts


that in with his left arm. They're complaining about a push. And when


you looked at that gain, probably incidents did conspire against them.


But that is not the game that has ultimately put them down.


There will be a lot of rebuilding. The policy has not worked. You want


to let the manager manage. But when you brilliant short term players,


you do not get the results. Points at this stage are not much


use to teams who are struggling. Leeds had their first win at home


under Neil Warnock. And the player who scored has not really had a


look in. He is a decent player, he came from


Swindon. He has had injuries and bits and pieces. It is difficult to


get a foothold. He will want to make some kind of long-term


impression. As for League One, after leading the pack for what


seems like years, a win for Charlton could see them finally


celebrate promotion to the Championship. Appropriately, Chris


Powell's high-fliers took the plane to Carlisle. But for the


celebrations to begin, the Addicks needed Sheffield Wednesday to drop


finishing in the top two were not entirely resting on a win at


Colchester but largely dependent you felt ahead of kick off. Shortly


after which they were chasing the game. U's boss john Ward said he


was delighted with the "annoyance factor" of Ian Henderson who put


them ahead. Centre back Miguel Angel llera's third goal in as many


games had the Owls level after the break, when Chris Lines' delivery


evaded all but the Spaniard at the far post. Owls' boss Dave Jones


said luck deserted his side as they went in search of the winner. Gary


Madine went close with this header. And then Jermaine Johnson's


trickery almost conjured up a brilliant finish. But as Jones


added, Wednesday didn't offer quite enough and so their automatic


promotion hopes look slimmer. That draw for Sheffield Wednesday,


meant a Charlton win would see the leaders promoted - no formality


against Carlisle. Liam Noble so close to putting the Cumbrians in


front. The keeper did even better when Johnnie Jackson's corner


picked out Yann Kermorgant. Chris Powell's men had the edge in the


second half - a fact finally reflected on the scoresheet with


fourteen minutes left. Wright- Phillips poaching the goal which


secured Charlton's return to the second tier after three years away


and took their points tally on the road this season to an impressive


49. Overall, they're just six points shy of a century - which may


yet be achieved. For Powell, who overhauled the squad completely in


the summer, the season's been a the summer, the season's been a


triumph. It is a fantastic day for the


players and supporters. We have had it tough in the last few years. A


small step forward in history. Days like this do not come around too


often. I am emotional, it is my mother's birthday as well. I think


mother's birthday as well. I think it was meant to be.


And chance for Sheffield United to make a significant breakthrough in


the race for that second spot. But they suffered a setback when Leyton


Orient went into the lead. That proved just a minor irritation for


a team who scored five in the week and a brimming with confidence.


It was a real blow for Leyton Orient, hoping to avoid a 5th


defeat in a row. By now Danny Wilson's men were firmly in the


groove. And Orient's chances of recovery looked slim at best.


United were intent on making that extra man count.


The team went four points clear of their city rivals.


Easter was horrible for Huddersfield, and wrecking their


automatic promotion hopes. Even Jordan Rhodes could not hit


the target, Huddersfield knew it was not going to be their day.


Denny near caused chaos with his adventurous run. Huddersfield were


left anxious about a dip in form, with the play-offs just around the


corner. The Dons got the perfect start.


Scunthorpe were a shadow of the team that had gone 10 matches


unbeaten. Mark Duffy wasted their best chance in a poor display. Then


Karl Robinson's men were well on the way to ending a run of draws.


Scunthorpe are not mathematically safe just yet. The dismissal of


Jordan Robertson makes their task more difficult.


He was soon heading for the showers. And his season is now finished.


Sean Williams's 5th goal in as many matches lifted his team up to 4th.


A fourth consecutive home win for Brentford would have taken them


above Notts County and into the play off berths. But Keith Curle's


side are on a roll having arrived at Griffin Park on the back of four


wins where only the cross bar denied top scorer Jeff Hughes. Sam


Saunders late free kick almost won it for the Bees but Damion


Stewart's goalline clearance leaves Notts in the top six.


A statement of intent from Stevenage. They ran riot after look


Freeman got the ball rolling. You will Poplar -- you will's problems


got worse. The referee reach straight for the


red card. The Stevenage lead was made more


commanding before half-time courtesy of this goal. And Gary


Smith's side then showed off their aerial power.


This avalanche of goals was more than welcome for a club now perched


just four points outside the play- their League One status all but


secure. The American served up a beauty ten minute in. Bournemouth


are without a way win this year. The Cherries paid the price. They


failed to take this chance. They missed the target. When they did


hit it, Bond got in his way. No doubt Bury relieved by the finish,


back up their defeat of Wycombe. Ryan Noble had too much room to


help put them in front. With this equalliser before the hour after


fine work from Jordan Bowry. They went behind ten minutes later. This


header keeps alive their hopes of a the lead. Walsall went into the


game knowing victory would put them in a strong potion to secure their


League One status. They are three points above the relegation zone.


Lee Beevers got a second booking. difficult for themselves. For the


fourth game running they conceded to Oldhamham. Morais had the


freedom of the park before picking his spot. That was the tonic for a


team on their five-match losing streak. This ball had the keeper


floundering. Beavon got his 23rd of the season. The scores were level


at the break. It stayed that way until 12 minutes from the end. Joel


Grant unfoxed the Oldham back four to put Wycombe on course for


maximum points. There should have been no way back. This challenge


put put them on-the-spot. A moment that wasn't taken. Two minutes from


the end Robbie Simpson was pulled down by Marvin McCoy. He showed us


how it should be done. Wycombe in the bottom four, Oldham six points


clear of danger. Rochdale had to win this game to have any hope of


staying up. Exeter were awarded a penalty before the half hour. They


took their figures into double figures. With 11 minutes aleft,


they were thrown a rubber ring when Adams pulled one back. Two minutes


later they were level. Joe Thompson's first goal of the season


was this brilliant shot to set up the most unlikely of turn arounds.


Akpo Akpo thought he had completed it when this effort came back off


the post. So it was was left for Jason Kennedy to grab the winner


two minutes from time. We had a couple of chances early on. They


got a penalty, rightly so. As we think we are getting on top in the


ebb second-half they give us a sucker-punch. They had a couple of


chances to extend it and kill the game. We kept going. We knew the


players would, they have done it before. Once we got the first goal


we went on to win the game. Delighted with the players and


Delighted with the players and delighted for the fans. The bottom


three survive. Many congratulations to Charlton and Chris Powell to


their promotion, they are back in the Championship. They deserve it?


the Championship. They deserve it? They have been top since October.


Which is difficult in itself to stay there. They have done it


brilliantly. They never had a dip this season. They have always


maintained that gap. Chris Powell legend as a player. He cemented his


name as a manager? Absolutely. I played with Chris, good lad. Think


about, it they put a lot of trust and faith in him. Two or three


months he had last year didn't go according to plan. He said, we


would back you throughout the summer. That hasn't happened the


way we imagined. Backed him, got players in. Hit the ground running.


Knew what he wanted and what was needed from the two or three months


he had last season. Fabulous all year. One automatic promotion place


between the two Sheffield clubs. Who blinks first, it was Sheffield


Wednesday? It was. Sheffield United went back in the week during


Rochdale but won the game. Sheffield Wednesday didn't win


today. Potentially, I would imagine, Carlisle is not easy. Brentford


isn't easy for Sheffield Wednesday. MK Dons isn't for Sheffield United.


They have the four point gap and the goal difference. Leyton Orient


they are giving their fans... Undoubtedly. It seems an awful long


time ago they were on that magnificent run last year. They


have lost their last five. You always get this were a team comes


from nowhere, loses a lot of games on the spin and finds itself on


trouble. The saving grace is they have Yeovil next week. Wycombe have


to go to Charlton. If they win that and spin it around it would give


them a six point gap with two to play. The way they are playing, no


game is going to be an easy one for them. Some performance for


Stevenage. Fantastic. Stevenage. Fantastic.


They're the only side in the NPower Football League's three divisions


to remain unbeaten at home this season.


Lying third in League Two, could Graham Turner's Shrewsbury be on


the verge of making a return to League One for the first time in 15


years? We sent Clem West to find out as


Steve Evan's Rotherham arrived in town. It was the year Margaret


Thatcher was to become Prime Minister. The airwaves were filled


with the sound of Reunited by Peaches an Herb. Shrewsbury Town


supporters were celebrating. Graham Turner had led their club to a 26


match unbeaten home run, which would provide the platform for


promotion and a ten-year stay in the second tier where they had


never ventured before. Graham Turner got the goal. 33 years on,


Aston Villa, Wolves and 15 year association with Hereford United


including owning the club, Graham Turner is back in the Shrewsbury


Town history books. He has beaten his own unbeaten record. His team


is third in the table and he is on for managerial promotion. What is


the key to management longevity? don't know. Don't you, seriously?


Not thought about it? Enjoyment and passion for the game. Luck along


the way. Knowledge picked up here and there. There is a an ability in


man management as well as the other side of the tactical thing and


formations and bringing players in. It's a combination of lots of


things. How does working for one of the, sort of, father figures of the


game compare to hifg a young buck as a manager? More experience. He


has been there and done it. 1500 games as a manager? Ridiculous


amount to stay in the game that long. Brilliant for him. He can


only learn from someone like thasm he passes on that knowledge when


and were it's needed. Did you know we were coming? No, I didn't, to be


fair. Look at this. You can't go wrong with them, can you? Not only


are you a football you are a faition nist ya and you supply JLS


and NDubz, is this true? They have worn some of the clothes before,


yeah. They like it. Hopefully it does well. Today's visitors


Rotherham have been in the news this week with their surprise


managerial appointment of Stephen Evans who leads them comfortably in


the League Two play-off positions. The timing of it that surprised a


lot of us? It surprised me, to be honest, Clem. Rotherham made an


approach. The only one on the shortlist interviewed not to apply


for the job. They provided me with an toupbt opportunity to speak to


them. When I said it was something that would interest me. They said


if we were 100% focused that was all they were concentrated on and I


had to Mick a decision. The fact I'm back now with significant


changes here, with a good chance of taking them into the first division,


it will be an achievement that I'd be proud of. They have waited a


long time for a promotion. And, we hope to deliver it this time


hope to deliver it this time without going into the play-offs.


COMMENTATOR: The former Crawley's boss was up with Cresswell's second


in two games. Rotherham's hopes of making the play-offs were dealt a


blow as Shrewsbury showed while they were unbeaten at home during


the season, Gornell scoring. Rowe was instrumental when Town hit the


front soon after. He kept his feet as he went past Taylor before wild


wild finished. --Wildig finished. They have climbed up to second


after their trademark fight back. This performance was crowned by a


This performance was crowned by a Having conceded we looked shakey


and nervy. We didn't dig in and get into the game. It was a vital goal


for us at half-time. Changed the room in the dressing room. Set us


up for the second-half. I loved the calm persona of the master in the


second-half via what was going on in the other technical area. People


talk about passion and the rest of. It I'm not refefring to Steve, but


you don't have to be waving your arms around and jumping up-and-down


and kig kicking the dugout. -- kicking the dugout we all do it


differently. If you get this sixth promotion were will it rank?


best because it's the latest. The others are long-forgotten.


Forgotten the feeling of promotion. About time we did it again.


Shrewsbury make it a losing start for Steve Evans. There a magic


relationship with Graham Taylor. It's a good club, nice ground in


good nick. Maybe this year they are writing a wrong.


Well as for the rest of League Two, we start at the County Ground where


Paolo di Canio's leaders Swindon had a chance to seal automatic


had a chance to seal automatic promotion against Plymouth.


The Swindon manager on the bench despite hearing the news of the


death of his mother before their visit. His emotions appeared to be


more taut than usual. For 85 minutes his team was frustrated by


an Argyle side which could still sharp turn and a shot from Alan


Connell. The manager has returned the top three hinged on this


testing trip to Torquay. The home side set about landing the first


blow. Boast -- both sides were cancelling each other out. Paul


Sturrock conceded his team are probably out of the race for


automatic promotion. On another day, Neil Harris might have had a


Southend home and dry, which is more than can be said the their


forwards. -- ebola woes. Crawley's new director of Boro was


-- a football may be to improve this challenge, it broke the


opponent's a leg. Crawley were unlikely to find the winner at they


needed to confirm their play-off place. The Dons were blasted ahead


with 13 minutes remaining. Just as emphatic was the equaliser from


Alexander. The Jenny man striker smashed home his 21st of the


campaign to keep the Red Devils on experiment with next season in mind,


and the much changed side proved to be no match for Cheltenham was stop


good as finished. This free kick skipped into the corner. The only


blight on the promotion-chasing club's game was a scruffy


the same. Restoring their three- and their quest for promotion. A


victory at Oxford would have kept them firmly in the play-off picture.


Oxford were looking to strengthen form. Gillingham boss at refused to


rule his side out of the promotion games, took the lead against Crewe


Alexandra. Harry Davis was adjudged took his tally to 14 for the season.


He displayed nifty footwork before this mess, as basic just outside


the play-offs? It seemed any number for the relegation threatened silk


men did take something from the game. Tomlinson's patient run, and


Redbridge will be a Football League club next season. The daggers to do


leader on the hour. The shot did manage to avoid another defeat. But


it looks unlikely for Dean Holdsworth's men, who needed more


than the point they salvaged with controlled belong spells. -- for


long spells. The former Manchester City striker, thwarted by Tomlinson,


as the home side tried to avoid a of his bearings, and the points


a two from the last four games, and with the score was goalless, no one


could have predicted what was going to happen. Within a minute of the


restart, the lead was doubled. The mistake this time belonged to Ryan


Austin. It was a memorable no sign of the game's eventual


scoreline. This was to prove an emphatic defeat. Rovers restored


their two-goal cushion within five minutes. Richards was released on


goal, Stanton conceded the penalty and was possibly fortunate to stay


on the pitch. Even if it was only when Paterson converted to destroy


any hope of that burden extending their unbeaten run. -- any hope of


Burton extending their unbeaten run. more. Another long ball, yet


another mistake by the Burton defence, and Richards was in for


first ever hat-trick, via the aid of a deflection, as Rovers


rare away success. The undoubted star of the show was the Bermuda


were second best throughout, and his players look like they were


contention soon after the break. This time Bradford struggled to


clear their lines, before Carlisle A long punt forward found a huge


to 18th, surely uncatchable, and Hereford got an early lead. Goals


like that are pressures when you are fighting for your Football


League status. But they were back at square one when this long kick


caused panic in the travelling ranks. Barnet were level. A point


doesn't do I decide's prospects much good, but it is more harmful


for Hereford. This goal line clearance could prove significant


for both clubs come the end of the games to go, the battle to avoid


the drop? It is two from three. think Barnett have an advantage but


the worst goal difference, that can change quickly. Have they are


bottom of the league, but they have the hardest three games, but two of


them or at home, whereas the others have two away games. Bonet at this


stage or in the box seat. At the top end of the table, Swindon are


edging closer to promotion to stop you cannot question de Canio's


commitment to the calls come after the tragic loss of his mother the


night before. I don't think anyone could question anything he has got


to do with Swindon this year, he has been fantastic. You also can't


question their record of conceding goals in the last 15 or 16 games.


That gives you a chance. A couple of hat-tricks. Elliott Richards at


Bristol Rovers in their 7-1 thumping of the blatant. -- of


Burton. Not even on the best of pitches. The football and rugby is


taking its effect! Not many positives at Bradford City this


season, but a good hat trick here. That is a goal scorer's positioning.


They will want to tie him up on a deal. With the games are running


out, let's take a look at the place will now be between Oxford


and Crewe Alexandra, both of those sides are level. As you were at the


bottom, Macclesfield failed to capitalise. Bradford's when moves


them up to 18th. Congratulations to Charlton, they will be back in the


championship after three seasons in League One. It is looking close to


the last play-off spot, four sides minor miracle for any of the bottom


for Southampton, they are just three points behind them, and


relegated in the Football League this season after that late defeat


to Portsmouth. That win means Portsmouth are seven points from


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