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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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