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Well, in theory, the Championship has had a week off, although the
reality is that some clubs have been busier than normal.
Keith Millen, of course, has parted company with Bristol City, who are
yet to name a replacement, while just yesterday Steve Cotterill said
goodbye to Portsmouth to become the new manager of Nottingham Forest.
So there's plenty for our studio guest Leroy Rosenior to get through
this evening. Here's a glimpse of what's coming
up from the NPower Football League. It was third versus first at Pride
Park today in the battle of the two Nigels.
Clough's Derby are flying high this season, but they faced a tough
assignment against the team at the top, Adkins' Southampton.
Steve Cotterill is on the move. It's bye bye Pompey and hello
Nottingham. We'll see how Forest's players
reacted to the news of Cotterill's arrival when they travelled to the
West Midlands to take on Coventry. So where does that leave
Portsmouth? Well, before they assess their
managerial options, Pompey had a game to prepare for, with Barnsley
the visitors to Fratton Park. There's no such managerial unsrnty
at Southend United. His team have won five league games in a row and
he's looking for his fifth man gearal promotion.
We start tonight in the East Midlands and the game between Derby
County and Southampton. Third-placed Derby had a setback
against Leicester City in their last outing, but six wins from
their ten league games have propelled Nigel Clough's side into
the upper echelons of the Championship.
As for the leaders Southampton, well they've spent the last
fortnight enjoying their best start to a season for 52 years.
At Pride Park for us was Martin At Pride Park for us was Martin
Fisher. COMMENTATOR: Attendance and
atmosphere that would have many in the Premier League green with envy.
It's a 32,000 sellout at Pride Park as two of the early pace setters in
the Championship go head-to-head. Derby County sitting third,
boosting their best start for 40 years, against top of the table
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Southampton, off to a flyer as they Connolly. Snide Lynn in for Cork.
He's chasing that. Davis can let it run. Great save by the keeper.
Robinson. Derby take the lead just after the two minute mark.
Robinson's first goal since the end of August. Good work initially by
Ward. Hendrick picking up the piecies. Ben Davis denied by Kelvin.
In the right place, at the right time, Theo Robinson to tap it home.
The League leaders behind early doors at Pride Park, just the start
the manager wanted. Roberts didn't gate shout from anybody at all,
neither his captain or his goalkeeper. He will hope nothing
comes from this corner kick. It has come a long way, it's come to
Lambert. Derby unable to clear their lines at the moment. In the
end, Connolly's header had no power in it at all. A simple stop for
Fielding. Steady pressure from Southampton. Ward twice in the way.
Southampton still come away with the ball. Lambert. It's a lovely
ball. Connolly waits in the middle. That's too deep. He can't get there
in time. Southampton have to build again. Lovely football, Fielding,
what a save. What a save, Frank Fielding. The pressure is building
from the league leaders. It's a lovely move this. Fonte and
Hooiveld ready to make their moves. Connolly with the shot blocked.
Fonte is in there. Off the line, booted away by the goalkeeper,
Fielding. Jose Fonte so close here. It's Steve Davies, Derby's top
scorer, who gets his body in the way. Several of the white figures
on the line. Great movement about this Southampton team. That's a
free-kick. Challenge on Connolly. He was trying to poke that one away.
He caught the left ankle of the former Irish international. Massive
Derby wall. It's Lambert. It's Chaplow and it's over. Every chance
that has fallen his way has fallen to his weaker foot, his right.
Lambert just trying to drill this under the wall. It fell invitingly
for Chaplow. Fielding had it covered., "come on Derby" is the
scream from the best part of 30,000 fan as they sense Southampton
turning the screw again. This is Cork, Connolly the far side.
Chaplow in the box. This is Lambert, given space and time. Rickie
Lambert, tame effort. Just trying to curl this one beyond Fielding
into the far corner. Six goals in his last five games for Rickie
Lambert. All Southampton, Derby can't keep the ball. They have
retained their resilience, but for how much longer? Lambert, Connolly.
This is Lambert. This is dangerous. eventually. You just knew it was
likely to come from the boots of Rickie Lambert. His 11th goal of
the season, his ninth in the Championship. Derby's stubborn
resistance eventually crumbles. Lambert and Connolly with the
approach. Sized up the situation, Lambert, and drills it beyond
chance to get beyond Richardson. That's a great ball! Robinson, Ben
Davis. It was a terrific centre, fired across by Gareth Robert. It
almost fell into the path of Robinson. Kelvin Davis did just
enough and Ben Davis denied by the backside of Schneiderlin. Derby
save their best to the end. Fonte continues to dominate most things
in the air back there. Steve Davies has a blow to the head here. Mark
Brown, rather sensibly, call as temporary halt to proceedings.
Here's how Steve Davies collected kind of indentation just above his
left eyebrow there. Maybe that's what the problem is. Save to say,
he will have one heck of a headache going for goal himself. Now, that
came off a Southampton foot, this's a corner. -- that's a corner.
Fourth Derby corner, Ben Davis with it. Up goes Shackell, cleared.
Shackell hasn't scored for Derby since the opening day. He won't
come much closer than this, cleared from the line. This is a lovely
cross. They are queuing up. Away off the line. How close was that
for Southampton? A lovely centre. Lambert with the header across.
Lambert with the header across. Derby scramble it away. Would it be
fair to say that the Derby of last season would have buckled sooner
than the 60th minute? Possibly. We hang on in there just through our
honesty and endeavour. Youngsters who are still improving and
learning, Mark O'Brien throws Hyslop head at anything Co have
done better leading up to the ground. The league table will
fluctuate. We have the right principles on how we want to play
football. We pass the ball about. We play out from the back. Good
football players. We create opportunities. Entertaining for our
supporters. I want to prove to myself that I can play at this
level and score goals. I'm very happy with the way it's gone up to
now for me personally and the team You put him in that position and
he's going to score nine times out of ten. Great finish. We had a few
opportunities after that. Ben Davis cleared off the line. Worth a point
at least. A point a piece at Pride Park. A great open game this one.
Third v first is how it was billed. It looked like it? Enthralling from
start to finish. Derby started off at a pace, but Southampton took
control. Up until the last-minute it do could have gone anyway.
Suggestions from the Southampton camp there was a hint of offside,
camp there was a hint of offside, what do you think? Yes, there
certainly was. When I first saw it I didn't see. It I had to wait for
the re-play. Theo comes back into an offside position after he takes
his shot. He was more eagle-eyed than me and spotted it the first
time. They deserved it because of the way they approached the game
and put Southampton on the back foot. Southampton took the game to
Derby country. Rickie Lambert was at the centre of it all. Not
surprising to see him score the equalliser? No. They passed the
ball extremely well. This is a will havely move. Good one touch play in
and around the box. Nice and slick. Fantastic finish. You don't expect
him to miss there. Great feet and him to miss there. Great feet and
great scoring record. He is looking to prove himself at this level. He
scored 11. 2--21 before that, 90 in all in three and a quarter seasons.
He is your goal machine? He is. There were doubts over him about
his pace. I have seen him since he was a young lad. He has always been
able to finish. He has just got better and better with age. If he
gets in the position, either with either foot, or with his head, he
will always hit the target. He is showing his quality. I should wish
Steve Davies the best as he recovers from that fracture above
the eyebrow. He is out for six weeks.
Let's round-up the rest of the action then from the top end of the
Championship and we start with the only unbeaten team in the
Championship, Middlesbrough. Boro began the day in second, but
their season has stalled somewhat of late on the back of three
goalless draws. goalless draws.
On Saturday, they faced Millwall. The arrival of a team second from
bottom in the table offered Middlesborough the perfect chance
to get back to winning ways. They had taken one point on the road all
season. The Championship's worst away record. It was no huge
surprise to see Middlesborough break their barren spell. Stepping
aside as the midfielder did the rest. That fine strike had the home
fans in high spirits there was a warning before the break to take
nothing for granted as Millwall new boy on-loan from QPR picked out
Liam Trotter. All season it had been the same story for the Lions
when they had fallen behind they finished up with nothing. A second
Middlesborough goal would kill the contest. McDonald's second bite was
ball palmed away by David Forde. Then came the sucker punch. Trotter
scored from a set-piece. Deep into stoppage time they almost broke
that sequence they were unlucky. It is Middlesborough's best start to
the back of a 5-0 thumping by Bristol City. It is 77 seasons
since Blackpool last tasted victory at West Ham. That looked said can -
- to continue when John Carew scored. Sam Baldock made it two. I
clear indication as to who may be celebrating an immediate return to
the top flight was given minutes later when Sam Baldock added his
second. The Hammers were not finished there. McCartney did the
hard work. Jack Collison scored the first league bowl in two years.
West Ham in second. We got beaten by the better team. They defended
better, they attacked better. I defence found it very difficult in
the second half to deal with Sam Baldock's movement and John Carew's
strength. We were beaten by the better team. The two players up
front were the best in our team today. That is always a good sign.
Soaring for the first few weeks, Brighton and now getting to grips
with the reality of the new division. In terms of travelling
teams they do not come much more difficult than Hull. They can count
themselves unlucky to draw on the road for the third time running.
Craig Mackail-Smith put and Rio -- and Rihanna Basso to the test. --
Adriano Basso. The game remained goalless.
Michael Chopra joined his Ipswich team-mates for a journey west of
the Welsh capital. It was the first time he had faced his former
employers since his summer move. But it was Gestede who landed the
first goal. Ipswich have had the better of Cardiff in their last
five meetings. It was not long before they recovered. Jason
Scotland equalising with his excellent strike. Ipswich began to
dominate possession. Their superiority was rewarded when it
Chopra scored his 5th of the season. Cardiff rallied in search of an
equaliser. After initially waving away appeals for hand ball, the
referee thought it best to consult his linesman. After much
deliberation, penalty was the verdict. Cardiff had a lifeline.
Peter Whittingham took responsibility to rescue an
unlikely point and spark debate. Both of us chi mack frustrated we
did not win it. We started well. Ipswich finished very well. There
were chances at both ends. They were maybe a couple of decisions
that could have fallen either way. The referee has given them a
lifeline. At times he looked like a Sympathy for Paul Jewell? More than
sympathy. It was an awful decision. It hits Carlos on the hand. There
is nothing he can do. You would say that it cost Ipswich. A much needed
home performance Brom West Ham. -- from West Ham. A huge relief for a
Sam Baldock to get off the mark? is a top-quality player. He will
get better. He finishes with confident. He can finish from
inside and outside the box. The combination with Karoo up front
will be important. -- John Carew. He will bring the best out of John
Carew. He will go on from there. West Ham have set down a marker.
That is the kind of result that makes you think no - might take
notice? West Ham supporters want teams to come and... What a week
for Nottingham Forest. They appointed a new manager in Steve
Cotterill. He replaced Steve McClaren. Cotterill knows the city
of Nottingham pretty well, having led Notts County to promotion two
seasons ago. The first set of business for him was to watch his
charge at Coventry. He left that job to rob Kelly. Early on the
outcome looked good. Miller brought ass save Eidur of Joe Murphy. The
camp was having a quieter day. Coventry had their tails up,
pushing forward in search of their first win in five. Jutkiew'z could
not be stopped. -- Jutkiewicz. Joe Murphy was stretchered off, leading
to an anxious 10 minutes of stoppage time. Forest dropping to
the relegation zone. We started the game very brightly,
a couple of half chances. In that bright spell you hope to take them
up but we did not. It was a fairly even game. They scored from a ball
in our box. There was no lack of spirit or determination. We did not
create enough. Steve Cotterill sees his new team
lose. What of Portsmouth, the team he left behind? Stuart Gray and Guy
Whittingham were put in temporary charge of the team. They played
Barnsley. Butterfield! Turned away by
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The goalkeeper got his hands behind it. A great hit. Came back off the
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post. Both teams having chances. referee and assistant say no.
Foster in front of, not over the instantaneous. The goal, simply
double. Fashioned by Kitson, taken save by Stephen Henderson. That was
going in. We needed three points today to get everybody back on
track. Goals change games. They got the first bowl. They ran the game
out quite comfortably. Goals change games. If we had scored first I am
sure we would have won. I have to Askew, are you interested in the
manager's job? Not at all. We want to help to steer the ship.
Whittingham run himself out of the Pompey job. -- ruling. Let's start
at the City Ground. Frank Clark comes in as new chairman. How will
Steve Cotterill's appointment go down? I think it will go down well.
He is enthusiastic, a great He is enthusiastic, a great
motivator, a great coach. I think he will turn the doubters around
very quickly. If you were in his shoes, what would be one of the
first thing she would do? I have seen them play aback five, Bak four.
I would get -- four in place straight away. They do seem to be
struggling. If he gets the defence in place and works from there, he
will move that the club forward. The relationship with Frank Clark
is really important. As for Pompey, they are in a more stable position.
This is a great job for somebody, isn't it? It is. Just look at the
players they have got. The experience. Liam Lawrence, Benjani,
Kitson. There is a lot to work with. That was a big result for them.
do you see get in the Portsmouth job? I think Billy Davies would be
ideal. He has worked at Derby County, Nottingham Forest. He has
worked with top-quality players. There are a lot of top quality
players at Portsmouth. That could be interesting. On to the rest of
the Championship. First, the game that took place on Friday night,
Doncaster Rovers against Leeds Leeds United have taken the lead.
He was completely unmarked on the edge of the six-yard box. He just
dropped off, sneaked away from everybody. What a great goal.
McCormack Gets the second for Leeds. That's 10 for the season for him.
three. He has been a tower of strength at the back, and now in
the opposition penalty area, he has There was nothing in the game until
we conceded from what was just a simple cross into the box. We do
not get chances like that. Good teams do not concede goals like
that. If you want to do anything in this league, you're going to have
to win games away from home. Ipswich, we lost but we should have
got something. You have to get points on the board. In the next
few weeks we have got midweek games coming up as well. The points tally
coming up as well. The points tally can quickly go forward. Dougie
Freedman brought his Crystal Palace side to Vicarage Road, hoping to
improve on a poor recent one of results. Watford nearly went ahead
early on. There wasn't much to choose between the sides until
Crystal Palace took the lead in some style. Wilfried Zaha had
plenty to do, but it was a wonderful finish. You can see why
he has his suitors. The highly- rated 18-year-old then had a chance
to get his second. Palace had to wait until time added on to get
their second, and it came from Jermaine Easter. They move up to
eighth after this win. Watford have lost three of their last four.
Bristol City are gearing up for a busy few days off the field. The
man who will replace Keith Millen should be known by the end of the
week. It has not been much of a show so far this season for the
fans at Ashton Gate. The Peterborough goalkeeper was a busy
man in the first half. Here, he kept Brett Pitman at bay. City were
not playing like a side propping up Ferguson admitted his players were
off the pace in the first half. City's inability to take their
chances would come back to haunt them. Six minutes after the break,
Peterborough made a mockery of the home side's dominance. Now,
Peterborough were firm favourites to win the match. They had been
boosted by Lee Tom Mullins' unexpectedly rapid return from an
ankle injury. -- Lee Tomlin. Elliott got on the scoresheet for
Bristol City, but it was not enough. these two have been two of the
under-achievers in the league so far. Burnley had the assistant
referee to thank for ruling this one out. Ryan Hall dealt much
better with this effort, but there was not much else to shout about in
the first half. Jay Tabb was caught square in the face by this
clearance from the goalkeeper. He left the field in a neck brace, and
was replaced by a Jem Karacan. Brian McDermott's side were then
denied what looked like a clear-cut penalty. The freezing players were
not impressed. In the 9th minute of time added on, freezing got the
winner. They're now unbeaten in winner. They're now unbeaten in
five. That Reading goal almost as late as this show, but not quite!
We can pick out a couple of these fantastic goals from Crystal Palace.
Yes, they have got some good, young players, being managed very well by
Dougie Freedman. That was Wilfried Zaha, and this one, someone
slightly more experienced, Jermaine Easter. I'm a south London boy, and
if you drive through south London, you can feel the buzz about Crystal
Palace. Lots of good stuff going on there. Bristol City remain bottom,
coming unstuck against Peterborough. Darren Ferguson said they were
lucky to come away with the points. Huge decision for the board at
Bristol City, this one. What about Derek McInnes? Apparently he's come
in for talks. There could be a couple of others as well. I think
they would all be good managers. The players need a new voice, and
hopefully that will come quickly. They need to get it right. The
important thing, the fans stayed with the team today, even though
they lost. Moving into League One now. Charlton moved three points
clear in the week. They have the chance to increase their lead today,
League One this season, it was appropriate that it took one of
their old boys to finally sink them. Had to Charlton avoided defeat
today, it would have meant 13 games unbeaten, but this miss from
Bradley Wright-Phillips suggested it was not going to be their day.
Stevenage have also defeated Sheffield Wednesday this season.
They tend to do better against the big boys. It took a magnificent
save to finally deny Charlton. Another scalp for Stevenage, who
will wish they could play like this every week. We have beaten some big
sides here in recent times, it is no surprise to us to win the game.
But we have dropped our levelled too often in recent weeks. It is
nice to get back to winning ways. Our last four games, the goals we
have conceded have been two penalties and two deflected goals.
When you're on the run that we are in, it was always going to take a
deflection or something like that. Following his two goal performance
for Scotland's under-21s earlier this week, Jordan Rhodes was
returned to the starting XI Roman by Lee Clark, and it proved to be a
good move. He raced on to this through-ball to get his first.
Huddersfield were rampant, creating chances at will. Exeter were
struggling to cope. Jordan Rhodes' last hat-trick was against Exeter
two years ago this week, and he repeated the feat. In the final
minute, he capped a terrific performance, nodding in his nineth
unbeaten home record on the line against Bournemouth, who were
looking to make it four games undefeated on their travels. Angelo
Balanta put his side up just before half-time. Then, Thomas was given
all the space he needed to equalise. With 17 minutes remaining, Gary
MacKenzie gifted possession to Thomas, who got his fourth goal for
Bournemouth. But the lead did not last long. Clinton Morrison had two
Gulls in two games before today, and he made it three in three.
Again, he benefited from some suspect marking. I thought we had
enough chances to win two games. It was horrific defending for two
goals. It is funny how hard we have to work for our goals, and we gift
teams their goals. On a day of shock results in League One,
Walsall's defeat of Preston was another one. Preston lost Neil
Mellor to injury. They could not even make their extra man count,
following this second yellow card for Martin. It is now back-to-back
defeats for Preston, for whom that seven-match winning streak suddenly
feels like a distant memory. A local derby, this one, between
Chesterfield and Notts County. Ben Burgess leapt highest to get the
opener. The second came before the break, through Alan Judge, with a
clinical finish. John Yeah! Changed his formation, and it brought a
swift reward. Craig Westcarr cut the deficit with his third of the
campaign. With time ticking down, just a field pushed for an
equaliser, but County took advantage of space at the back,
their own fans since August. But they went ahead in the Swan, for
room... There was a second yellow card for this challenge. Despite
being down to 10 men for the remainder of the game, Scunthorpe
held on for a point, keeping their first clean sheet in 25 matches. A
few weeks ago, Hartlepool were looking invincible, but after five
leak wins on the spin, it is now three straight defeats. This one
came against Wycombe. Wanderers have lost seven of their previous
nine, but they put this result beyond doubt thanks to Sam Collins'
comical own-goal. There was to be a consolation goal for the home side.
top half of the league. Those struggles continued against
Carlisle. Their cause was not helped by the dismissal of Belson
and the first half. The Cumbrians made the extra body count. Liam
Noble showed premier-league quality to give his team the lead. The
celebrations more dubious. The result was almost assured when Jon
Paul McGovern made it two. There was still time to ensure the 340
mile trip back home would be a happy one. Danny Livesey scored a
third. Colchester came flying out of the
blocks against Rochdale. Henderson fired them ahead after three
minutes. 10 minutes later Odejayi I doubled their advantage. At this
stage Colchester riding the crest of a wave. Up when guide saw raid.
-- Okuonghae. Rochdale pulled one back before half-time. Holness was
the scorer. Just when it looked as if Colchester had done enough, Gary
Jones fired an equaliser with two Maria -- minutes remaining.
It was a local a lad who settled Tranmere's game with Oldham. Baxter,
crawl their way up the table. One goal was all it needed to beat Bury,
Cox the scorer. Bury were playing with confidence. They give Orient a
late scare, Jones rattling the The standard result has got to be
Stevenage beating Charlton. You get the impression Graham Westley
enjoys playing some of the big teams? He certainly does. So do his
players. Stacy Long got a good goal. He is a former Charlton player as
well. The first loss for Charlton. They will come Bak. What a great
few days for Jordan Rhodes at Huddersfield. Two hat-tricks for a
club and country. 10 goals in four games. It is a purple patch he will
do well to replicate again? He is absolutely flying. It is a perfect
hat-trick. The left foot, right foot and that header. He can do no
wrong. First away win for two mums for Wycombe. Gary Waddle will put
on hold his search for a goalscorer. This is a beauty from Stuart Beavon.
A good away win for Wycombe. Notts County flying. Suddenly talk of
promotion may not be as perfect as some thought. Absolutely not. The
striker's starting to score. The important thing is that Martin, I
hope he does not mind me saying, has matured in the way he Hayes
managing a football club. He is letting the players do the talking.
They have been accredited. Walsall get their first win in eight. No
mean feat. When they went ahead, I thought they would throw it away.
Certainly when I saw the sending off. They held a vote against a
good Preston team. -- they held out. A wobble for Preston. The form team
going into the weekend were Southend United at the top of
League 2. Clement joined the bumper crowd on Saturday for the visit of
fellow promotion chasers more come. years for Southend. There is
nothing like a few wins to put smiles back on faces. The architect
of their success is Paul Sturrock, who has managed promotion with St
Johnstone, Plymouth, Sheffield Wednesday and Swindon Town. The
early Symes are that maybe he is about to do it again. -- signs. Did
you get a feeling in the summer this might be Ure year? It was
depending on what signings I managed to make. That would be the
deciding factor in how we would manager. You clearly love it?
the day today aspect. It is being on the training ground. A lot of
managers at my age take a back seat. I am pleased I can still do it.
beard is gone. I feel two stone lighter! Footballer in smartcard
shock! What is it like playing for your old man? At the training
ground he is not bad. -- he is not Daddy. He sleeps it, he eat it, he
dreams it. I am not exaggerating. It is constant. It is the biggest
thing his life. Not that the locals need to much encouragement, but
with the club announcing entry for a fiver for this match, they are
anticipating their best crowd For a couple of years. At the start of
last season used David off a winding-up order. Now top of the
league. How quickly things change? Yes, it has been good. Me and Paul
had at Torquay in January. Changed that philosophy. Different players
coming in. Things coming together. There is a little bit of pressure
to succeed and not be a failure. The usual football banter!
thought you have had your Roy of the Rovers moment at Millwall. Here
you go again with your boyhood heroes. It is. Millwall is in my
blood now. But I have come here for a new challenge. It is the Saturday
afternoon thrill. It is walking out in front of 2000 people. I did not
want to be sitting on the bench or in the stand. Is this more come?
Are you sure? It is a difficult game today. I am confident we can
match was bowl this at half-time. It took just eight minutes of the
second period for big goal. Phil Jevons gave the visitors the lead.
He clearly enjoyed that one. 20 minutes later he went from hero to
villain. An apparently innocuous challenge led to a free kick.
However, he was punished for his reaction. A skilful led to a push
on Grant and Jevons was shown a straight red card. The wayside
would have to hold on for 15 minutes with ten men. It did not
take long for Southend to capitalise. Drummond and look away
now. He scored an own goal to level seven minutes from time.
Last season we would have lost that game. The first half was a non-
event. They made it difficult. We did not help ourselves. I hold my
hand up in the way that we set out for the second half. We left
ourselves open. They scored. Sometimes managers have to admit
when they make mistakes. The two substitutions gave us a little bit
Is there an art about what Paul Sturrock does, building clubs up
and seen them over the finish line? Yes, his identification of players
is exceptional, especially at that level. He has done it for many
years. He is very good at it. It was no surprise when I saw Michael
that he put the team together at Southend and they have done well.
He is proven at this level? Paul always wants to prove something to
himself. He lungs the challenge. When he took the job at Southend I
was surprised. He had an illness. I thought he wanted to take it easy.
Not Paul Sturrock. He is relishing the challenge. Good luck to him. As
for the teams trying to over also then at the top, two of them met,
League 2 after shrugging off a few academic -- epidemic do beat
Shrewsbury. Torres opened the scoring. Crawley dominated this
top-of-the-table clash. Howell scored the second goal just before
half-time. Mark Wright pulled one back for Shrewsbury later on.
Town's promotion challenge looks in rude health. It is a difficult week.
Shrewsbury are an excellent team. We all know that we should have
been four or 5 ahead at half-time. But if you do not kill the
opposition off, they come bat. back. Wimbledon met a Crewe side
who made the most of their chances. Jolley was guilty of missing an
open net. It was a memorable day for Nik Powell, who scored his
opening goal in league football. The home side increased their
performance and levelled after an hour. This time Jolley could not
miss. One apiece and game on. The equaliser galvanised the visitors.
They struck the next blow, Dugdale putting the Roman back in front. --
rare women. Wimbledon were hit by a sucker punch to make -- two minutes
from time when Leitch-Smith scored. Oxford have won their last three
matches away from home. They were looking to strengthen their
promotion push. Macclesfield took the lead, Diagne scoring. After
back-to-back victories, they were looking to win three on the spin
for the first time in more than three years. They were seconds away
from doing that. But deep into stoppage time Robert Hall levelled
the scores. Oxford unbeaten in wins in a row. This inviting cross
was gleefully converted, and there were on the way to victory. Spencer
confirmed the points with his third goal in as many matches. On this
evidence, a push for automatic promotion could be possible. Port
Vale were first out of the traps on Friday night. Pope claim their
first goal of the game. Port Vale's second came from midfielder Anthony
Griffith, who had not scored in almost a year. They were looking to
take advantage of a side who were staring back-to-back defeats in the
face. That was rubber-stamped before the break, with McCombe
getting the third. It is more than a year since Torquay have lost
back-to-back matches, but after defeat at Bradford last time out,
it was a possibility. It looked ominous when Jo Kuffour got his
first. He then got another 16 minutes before half-time. Torquay
have a proud home record, with just one defeat in 17 matches, and they
got back into this one just two minutes after the break, through
defender Chris Robertson. Four minutes later, the comeback was
complete. Gillingham were given the chance to retake the lead from the
penalty spot, after Jo Kuffour was fouled. It was converted by Rooney.
Torquay looked for another equaliser, but were susceptible to
the counter-attack. 12 minutes from time, the Gills went up the other
end and scored through West Ham loanee frank noble. By this stage,
winning ways for Bristol rivers. Scott McGleish spearheaded the new,
three-man strike force. Rendell was offering the Pirates another
striking option, winning them this penalty, which was converted by
Scott McGleish. They extended their lead three minutes later. It was
breathless stuff at the Memorial Ground, and Rotherham's revival
began with Jason Taylor's goal. Then Danny Schofield got one as
well, but disaster was about to strike. This was a straight red for
the two-footed tackle. Less than a minute later, the Pirates made the
points safe. Their biggest win under this current management was
fun run this week, Paolo Di Canio completed his half-marathon, and
was no worse to wear. His side made the early running against
Accrington, the first goal coming from Jake Jervis. This week, the
1:visited his former club West Ham to sign a Colombian striker for the
month. And he scored to confirm all three points. -- Paolo Di Canio.
Someone's losing streak had to come to an end in this one. It was the
away side who struck first, through Danny Hylton. Half-time provided a
wake-up call for Barnet, who were given the chance to level just
after the hour. Campbell was only introduced as a substitute at half-
time, but he was having a big impact on proceedings. With just
over 10 minutes remaining, we are Holmes scored his third goal in
three matches. After the game, Dean Holdsworth did not speak to the
Dagenham in League One. But they are progressing under Karl Fletcher,
not least 16-year-old Matt Lecointe. But there Pilgrims still have
plenty to improve upon, particularly their defending of set
pieces. The Daggers found a route back into the game. This time it
was John nurse, at the far post. But there was a sting in the tail.
Vassell Was hauled down in the box. Penalty. Simon Walton converted, to
make it seven points out of 12 for came 11 minutes from time. Harry
Bell's strong run was ended by Michael Flynn. Although it appeared
to be just accidental contact, the referee decided it was a second
yellow card. Stephen Lesley rubbed salt into the wound from the free
kick. Victory was assured in the final minute, when the black Paul
loanee Barkhuizen got on the scoresheet for the second week in a
row. Plymouth thought they had got off the bottom, but before they
know it, Hereford win as well. they cannot worry about what is
happening elsewhere. Credit to Hereford. You just feel that these
two sides have got to concentrate on picking up points consistently,
which they have not done this season, and if they do that, they
season, and if they do that, they would get out of trouble. As for
would get out of trouble. As for Stephen Evans at Crawley, he wanted
a monster performance against Shrewsbury, and he really got it.
He built this game up, he said it was their biggest game of the
season, and he was right. It seems that Tom Eastmond has come in from
Colchester on loan, and they are not conceding as many goals. Still
early in the season, though, I'm sure Shrewsbury will come back and
does two sides will be there or thereabouts at the end of the
season. AFC Wimbledon could have ended the day top of the league if
Incredible performances from Gillingham and Bristol Rovers as
well. Good results for both those teams. Before we signed off, let's
Huddersfield are now the only unbeaten side in the division.
Notts County go third. Exeter, Yeovil and Chesterfield or suffered
West Ham were the big winners of the day in the Championship. Today
they were the only team in the top six to pick up all three points.
Leicester have got a chance to move into fifth if they can beat
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Failing that, it is on the iPlayer all week. There is plenty of
football for you on Sunday. I am going to St Andrews for that match
between Birmingham and Leicester City. We kick off at 12:50pm. And