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Good evening. It is fair to say promotion and relegation issues in


the Football League have been put into perspective alongside the


events of a Fabrice Muamba who collapsed this evening. According


to reports he is in a critical condition and thoughts remain with


him and his family. Steve is with me this evening as we take you


through Saturday's games and we start at the top of the


Championship which looks like a We will see how Sam Allardyce's


hammer has got on, first, the top two were both at away games to


contend with. Millwall were the last team to get the better of


Southampton, knocking them out of the FA Cup last month, but Saints


were hoping to build on a nine- match unbeaten run in the lake.


Rickie Lambert was named the Championship's Player of the Year


and he had an early effort. Maik Taylor perhaps got a touch to it on


his Millwall debut. After a quarter of an hour the home defence was


breached again. Lambert could not miss, although he almost did. Joy


for the travelling Saints fans, same old story for the hosts. With


just one point gained from a possible 18 at the Den. But the


Lions and levelled. That equaliser may have been against the run of


play, but from being a goal up, Southampton found themselves a goal


down before the break. A special shot from Paul Robinson, his first


goal in over a year. Millwall 2-1 and on the way to getting the


better of the Saints again and they almost had a third. It would prove


to be a crucial moment as with just five minutes away Rickie Lambert


was tripped by Robinson and Southampton had a lifeline. Lambert


took the penalty himself to a level for the Saints. That is how to take


a spot kick under pressure. But it was not the end of the drama. Three


minutes later Alan Dunn was penalised for handball, another


Rickie Lambert claimed his 8th goal in his last five appearances, his


It was very tough. We had a good lead and Kelvin Davis made a


crucial save at 2-1, which would have made it 3-1 for us. It was a


defining moment. It gave them the opportunity to stay in the game and


then there were two big calls at the end by the referee. For the


first one it was a penalty, Robinson clipped his feet. In the


last couple of minutes the referee gives a penalty, a big talking


point. He has got a clear view and he has made a quick decision on it.


Both the players have got their arms in the air. Is it our player


or is it theirs? One would say it was theirs and somebody else would


say it is ours. Hayden Mullins made the first Reading start after


moving from Portsmouth. His team's eight-match winning run came to an


end during the week. It was a tight first half. Luke Steele was tested.


It was 0-0 by the break, but the second half would be very different.


Jason Roberts did very well to set up Joe bee enough. The captain


calmly put his team ahead. Barnsley boss Keith Hill said he was


appalled by his team's recent form with just one win in eight. Jem


Karacam doubled the Reading lead. But his second and Reading's third


was something special. How is this for a strike from the Turkish


midfielder who had scored only once before this game? Enough was enough


for some of the Barnsley fans and it would not get any better for


those who stayed. Jason Roberts had been a threat all afternoon and he


scored in the final minute. That is nine victories out of 10 for


upwardly-mobile Reading. We got stronger as the game went on. We


look stronger as the season goes on and we played some good stuff at


the end. They are one of the most effective teams we have played


against this season. What happened after that was down to lack of


belief, confidence, self-esteem and it can drain you. Let's start with


Reading's victory at Barnsley. There is no sign of Brian


McDermott's men letting up at the minute. They are a very consistent


team and I set the emphasis on a team because everybody seems to


know their role and seems to be playing their roles very well. We


got three different scorers again today. A terrific second half


performance. As for Southampton, talk about drama, two penalties


from Rickie Lambert. He says he relishes the challenge of being up


at the business end of the table and they are rising to it. He is


certainly rising to it. They have got themselves in a decent position,


I do not know what Alan Dunn is doing, he decides to punch the ball


over his own goal. This lad has not missed a penalty for Southampton.


He reminds me of Matt Le Tissier. He went the same way twice. He did,


but he is so confident. Whatever you say, whenever you see him


stepping up to take the penalty, do not expect him to miss. Those


results met West Ham would have to win to maintain the pressure on the


top two. They were looking for an 11th away win at Leeds. There was a


great atmosphere at Elland Road for the meeting of two of the League's


the Premier League than out of it and they believe they have the


stature to grace it once again. Neil Warnock has targeted another


22 points from Leeds' final 10 games to secure that top-six finish.


His defence are demonstrating all the right qualities. But just two


goals scored in that time is a genuine concern. Leeds are


unchanged. Having failed to win at their last four home games, West


Ham may well be looking forward to this trip. Nicky Maynard is enough.


Danny Collins makes his first start. Carlton Cole is squeezed to the


bench as the Hammers opt for just commitment, can you? Plenty of


endeavour to admire. The West Ham players are having to be patient.


Maynard with a little claims. Good goalkeeping by Andy Lonergan. Sam


Allardyce is reflecting on the best chance of the match so far. Just a


waiting. It is right on the edge of the area. Taylor is saying it hit


his chest. But he is not going to change anyone's mind. The ball


bounced up and hit him. The assistant said it was a handball,


but his arm was out. It is difficult to see. Leeds have a free


kick on the edge of the area. That was just beyond the post. Rob Green


hurled himself across to get there. He thought it might well have gone


into the corner. How far is that beyond the far post. It is a foot


The assistant had a good view of it. Glenn Turner just appointed for a


Ham are a man down now. Tomkins I think it is. It is just a pool.


They are sometimes the most damaging injuries. It will not


count, it is a foul. It was a foul before Snodgrass put it in. The


referee is signalling a foul. Neil Warnock never got the chance to


celebrate. Snodgrass turned it in, but the whistle had already blown.


Some tussling on the near post. Sam Allardyce with a half-time cup of


looking at the heavens and suggesting that maybe he is unlucky


not to score that. He came across his marker. We have not seen too


much from Leeds in an attacking sense. A free kick to Leeds. That


The best save of the match to deny background there is tetchers frayed.


-- tempered frayed. If you weren't aware of the significance of this


game, these picture will tell you. Becchio is furious, O'Brien is


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Warnock hoping, maybe even by Becchio! And Leeds are ahead! Oh


he loves it, Neil Warnock. Just before that corner was taken, he


had a lot of a guy who just sensed, just sensed that maybe it was


coming. And Becchio, right in front of the cross bar, heads it in.


Connelly's back header and there is Becchio. And he just flicks it into


the unguarded goal and with just over six minutes to go, a huge goal


for Leeds United. A huge goal in the race for promotion. It is Leeds


tipped over the bar. They're not there yet, Leeds. McCartney pushing


forward. Lonergan couldn't take the risk of catching it. Sam


Allardyce's men pushing for an equaliser and the equaliser arrives


and it is Collins. His first goal for West Ham. Well he has only been


a West Ham employee for days, there is a wry smile on Sam Allardyce's


face. He is a rare scorer, Danny Collins, but he got there when


Leeds felt they might be getting towards those that he points.


Scored three goals on loan at Ipswich earlier this season. And in


only his second appearance for West Ham, he has scored another vital


one for them. And now it is the West Ham fans are who are singing,


going through the song books as Forssell heads it wide. It was


always going off target. Helped on always going off target. Helped on


by Becchio. Away from getting your best spell coming towards the


latter stages of game, we just failed to produce that bit of


quality you need to either finish a chance or create a chance. And we


got some quality to create some chances, but we couldn't find the


quality apart from the header from Danny to disRupp them. It is good


to be disappointed when you haven't beat West Ham. But the young lad's


got to learn. The referee's in a great position for corner and Cole


kicks o' day. You got to hope you get the rub of the green. -- O'Dea.


Things like that are what it isers like Southampton, you need a bit of


luck and West Ham got their fair share. How does it feel to grab


that equaliser? It feels good. We thought we had lost, we have dug in


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and come up with the goal. At the That was Becchio. He is just


standing his ground. Is there aren't aren't in his back? There is


not an awful lot. The reaction from Neil can't have it one way and the


other way. West Ham had a shout for a penalty? Yes, Michael Brown comes


across. I don't know what he is trying to do, whether he is trying


get his arm out of way. I wouldn't have Reich -- liked to see either


team win. Leeds are harder to beat. They have just conceded two in five


games. Burr they had a chance and thought they were in the pole


position to snatch it. Five points from the play office. Can they do


it? I have seen them that length over the last Three games,


Southampton they were God. Middlesbrough they were excellent


and this is against one of the top sides. And more than held their own.


So five points at this stage, there is no reason why they can't. West


Ham, five points off top spot and they were the pre-season favourites


to win. But they're making hard work of it. Yes, their away form


has been good. And we see that with sides that play this way, the 4-3-3,


where first they're tough to play against. And they can break on the


counter. I don't know about at home, whether that balance is the same.


We will have to wait and see, but their home must improve. Now to the


teams around the play off and that list was led by Middlesbrough who


travelled to another team desperate for a top six fin i Birmingham. --


for a top six fin i Birmingham. -- finish. It has been a long season


for Birmingham. This was their 50th match of the season. The Blues had


slipped out of play off places. But the keeper was equal to this effort.


Middlesbrough were behind after six minutes, Siggic -- Zigic stooping


to score. The Blues -' home form has kept them in contention. Burke


tried from distance, but couldn't beat the keeper. Middlesbrough were


the fist team to play Birmingham at St Andrews over a century ago. But


Bennett's goal was ruled out for offside. Burke was recognised by


Championship managers as one of the ten best players at this level and


when he set up King it was his 13th assist of the season. More than any


other Championship player. Just three minutes later visitors


conceded again. Hamill lost possession to Fahey and the winger


just kept running and running. He then had the finish to match. The


game was all but over. But Blues' keeper produced a superb save from


Hines in the closing moments. So a return to winning ways on St


Patrick's Day for the former republic of Ireland player, Chris


republic of Ireland player, Chris Hughton. We got to where we have


been and some of the mistakes we have made in the last few weeks, we


didn't make today. It was a real didn't make today. It was a real


good all round team performance. Gus boy yet got the Football


League's award. -- boy yet. They went ahead at bloobg field road.


Blackpool had lost their last two and need to find form quickly. But


they're the only side to have scored in every Championship game


in 2012 and that is still the case as they levelled. Within three


minutes, the hosts were ahead. In his 38th appearance of the season,


Kevin Phillips scored his 14th goal in all competitions. Brighton's


hopes were dealt a blow when Jara lunged at Southern and the referee


decided to send the Chilean off. His first red after seven sell


yellows this season -- seven yellows this season and Phillips


again finished Albion off with ten minutes left, to inflict a first


minutes left, to inflict a first league defeat of the year on


Brighton. I would prefer to keep the unbeaten run, but we were poor


today. We didn't make good decisions. We didn't deserve


anything. It is a great result. We needed it. Probably the biggest sft


needed it. Probably the biggest sft on so far. - Of the season so far.


Undefeated in ten, Hull headed to London searching for their first


victory at Palace in 27 years. Evans showed why they only have 16


goals in 17 away games. Palace have only scored 18 in 16 at home.


Martin tried his luck. Palace's best chance came on the stroke of


half time. Williams without a league goal this season shooting


straight at the keeper. His opposite number, Speroni was called


into action in the sec half to deal with this free kick. Despite their


best effort s, neither side could break the deadlock. Both sides


extendsing that are unbeaten runs. Palace to nine, Hull to 11. A very


positive day for us, we showed we're in the top six and we have


nothing to fear. Not a lot in it. It is good to know that we can come


up with team like that and compete. I'm pleased with the points. It is


a tough place to come to win or draw. They will take a lot of


points off teams. They're a good side. Wl drilled side. So you know


it has been a good week for us. in form teams met at the keep motor


stadium. Derby have five. Derby struck first in the 13th minute,


Robinson chipping the keeper and claiming his eighth league goal of


the season. Doncaster had several chances to go in level at the break.


They have some well travelled names. Good work from Diouf presented


their best attempt. But they couldn't beat the keeper. Why is it


that players always score against their former clubs Maybe they


should ask Roberts who did that with a superb effort to double his


team's advantage. It was his first for Derby in 57 starts. Whereas the


2011 Doncaster team may have folded, the twept 12 model fought back,


Diouf with the finish. After a flick on from Barnes. The Rams cowl


have had a third, but Green strayed offside and two days before his


birthday, Nigel Clough got an early present and Dean Saunders got


nothing. The half chances we had didn't go in and the didn't fizzle


out, but I thought Darby deserved the points. To get the two wins


today on the back of the effort on Tuesday, a great effort. Four


points from safety and without a win on their travels this season,


it is possible that Coventry went to Watford more in hope than


expectations. Watford must have known their luck was in when


Cameron's effort was disaloud. Cusack was the busier of the


keepers and did well to keep of the home defence. But Adrian


Mariappa was in the right place at the right time. Revenge is a dish


best served cold and maybe damp as well as Ipswich welcome to


Peterborough to Portman Road. Goals are almost inevitable in games


involving these two. Since Tyrone Barnard arrived from Crawley,


Peterborough look even more potent. The scoring bug at Ipswich is


catching. It's Grant Leadbitter had scored once this season. To Enders


have seen him earn that tag prolific. But in four meetings


Peterborough have never lost a league match to Ipswich. It was


Tyrone Barnett who brought them level. Damien Delaney's header was


saved, but Daryl Murphy followed up to put the Tractor Boys 2-1 ahead.


But the visitors equalised seven minutes from time. Emile Sinclair


looked to have denied Ipswich victory. But just two minutes later


Aaron Cresswell went into the record books as the first Ipswich


player to score a winning goal against the Posh. At times it was


end-to-end. Anyone who has been watching the game, neutral or


otherwise, I cannot say they were not entertain. It was a great


advert for Championship football. The big stand out has been when we


have been in control of games and we have not taken our chances. That


would cost an extra 12 or 15 points. Something we have to learn for the


next season. Bottom of the Championship and seemingly losing


players by the date to lower the wage bill, these are tough times


for Pompeii. But the fans still turned out in force for the visit


of Bristol City. It was a tight first half during which David


Norris was the only player to register a shot on target. David


James made the save. But he did not look quite so confident when Chris


Maguire says in a cross. Thankfully for the former Pompey keeper it


came to nothing. The Robins are floundering themselves right now


and have won just one of their last nine. Kalife Cisse almost wrong-


footed trainee Ashdown. Pompeii had a great chance to claim all the


points. But Norris could not find the finish. More departures are not


out of the question at Fratton Park. Everybody knows it a substantial


offer comes and it is right for the player and the club, we might have


to lose a few more. But I cannot think like that, I have to prepare


the players I have got. If the player gets a phone call, we will


deal with that from there. Both teams set out to win the game, but


you do not always get what you want. The positive is it is another point


Not the ideal resort for Portsmouth, but relief for Birmingham, the


first win in five. It was a big win to keep them in the play-off race.


Yes, absolutely. The manner of the performance was good as well. They


looked good going forward. I thought they were reasonably well


in control of the game right the way through. And characteristic of


Middlesbrough to concede five in the last two games. I think Tony


Mowbray will have a look at the video and think, we could have done


better on some occasions. A few defensive frailties to work on.


latest from Blackpool against Brighton. Blackpool are now nine


points better off and we all know what happened at the end of two


seasons ago. They have benefited from being in the Premiership. The


infrastructure in the club means they can come back into the


Championship and instead of having one good year in six, bacon maybe


have three or four good years in six. That is what is happening,


they are having a good year. They are getting their just deserts.


get the idea Kevin Phillips is going to have a big say about what


happens to Blackpool. If I was 37 or 38 like Kevin Phillips, I do not


think it is the worst place to go. Doncaster lost to Derby. They


suddenly found it with renewed hope they could try and get into the


play-offs. They are probably not going to go a lot lower and


Leicester with a game in hand, they have to need to win that. When you


get into the bottom of the table, it is not so much, we can make


those points, you have to look at the number of teams you have to get


above as well. The Willie Mackay experiment has not taken off, has


it? There is probably a lopsided look to their side. There are big


name players there. But one win in 11 means they have not really found


the genie in the bottle yet. Still work to be done. Not possibly the


way I would go about it. He possibly need to put some


foundations in, a long-term strategy. But that is the way they


have gone and they have got to hope they can get a couple of wins.


to League One and a month ago at Gary Megson was leading Sheffield


Wednesday's charge for automatic promotion. Four weeks on it has


As a couple of the Football League's longest serving teams,


there is very little or the fans have not seen over the years. But


the owners still managed to raise a few eyebrows when the managers were


dispensed of a on successive weekends, so far with desired


effect. Notts County have been reinvigorated with 16 points from a


possible 18 to move into a play-off place. What was your remit?


first was to stay in the division and then to get the players


confident, expressing themselves and building foot of foundations.


The infrastructure is here, but they needed a slight change in


philosophy. There must be nervousness when a new guy comes in.


What is he going to be like? They say get through the first two weeks


with the new manager and for us the first two weeks were pretty good.


Have you changed a lot? I have enjoyed the coaching side of


football. Ultimately I like players to express themselves. Weekly,


daily, match-by-match. I was a little bit dubious, but he has done


a fantastic job. He has surprised us all. A lot of people in


Sheffield I know. There is a belief and people believe what is coming


out of the changing room and the players have created a wave. It is


still very early days for Dave Jones at Sheffield Wednesday, but


his new team have closed the gap. I the margins for error getting


tighter and tighter? You know exactly what you chairman wants to


deliver. In what way? Try to get that second automatic promotion


spot. It is always going to be tight. If you finish third from top


you are dead. There is always pressure wherever you go. It is


pressure I take every day of the week because it is something I


enjoy doing, it is my life. It is always nice to be at the top end


rather than the bottom end. Margins seem to be getting ever tighter


from what you need for a manager. No room to manoeuvre, automatic


promotion or bus? There is no guarantee in football, but for a


club likes Sheffield Wednesday, no disrespect for other clubs,


Sheffield Wednesday is massive and Sheffield Wednesday is massive and


with a surge from midfield which left three players trailing in his


wake, whilst Ryan Lowe was making a beeline for the six yard box,


unmarked. Gary Madine bamboozled a pair of defenders before finding


the corner superbly. When stay on course for a third straight win and


their first league double over and get as many points as we


possibly can, but everybody has their feet on the ground and there


is a long way to go. That is what they have got to do. There is no


magic formula. The formula is having a good bunch of players who


want to work hard and want to play in front of 4500 away supporters.


Now we go on Tuesday and the chairman will be happy if I can put


more bottoms on seats. It is the best unit or squad of players we


have played against this season. They have got a good benched that


can come on and change games as well. They have got a game plan and


they do not let you set off. It is not about the conditions of the


Rather than us. Dave Jones came out on top on Saturday and he has it


that -- hit the green running. Has he surprise you? No, maybe they are


just plain with a little bit more freedom and it does not surprise me


they are getting results. Keith had to win over some of the doubters


including the chairman's wife was said, you'd better know what you


are doing and he is doing OK. he is doing fine. A couple of 1-0


wins. Five out of seven, has elevated them from the bottom of


the table. They are in with a good chance now. They could have done


without that today, to be fair. leaders Charlton must be bemused at


recent events having lost their last two League games, that first


time this has happened this season. They headed north to face


Powell and his squad had a frank discussion in the week. It


initially he looked as if the soul- searching might have done the trick.


Bradley Wright-Phillips had the addicts up and running. But


Scunthorpe were slightly confident for this once and are enjoying


their longest unbeaten run for years. Jon Parkin fuelled the


Scunthorpe revival. The second half was all Scunthorpe. His save from


Andy Bartram was one of many. thought the players gave everything


they possibly could. The only thing that was missing was the final bit,


but what an unbelievable effort. We are playing top of the league and


coming off the back of how many games, I do not know, and we


finished really strongly. It has been a fairy-tale start for the


Tranmere boss, but he could hardly have picked a more testing trip for


his first game on the road. This was far from a one-sided contest.


Nine minutes after the break Lucas Akins got the goal and Tranmere


enough, but the Blades are looking We have had enough of the ball to


do that. But you have got to say how well they defended. We played a


t a high tempo. I didn't feel the tempo we normally have was there.


But the laveds gave Eigg. On another day -- the lads gave Eigg.


On another day we could have nicked it. -- the the lad lads gave


everything. Ten goals in eleven games for Stephen Gillespie, who


clearly couldn't believe his luck. Ward hit the wodwork after the


break. But the Terrier' fate seem ed to be -- - seemed to be saled. -


- sealed. The Huddersfield stopper doing a good job. But then an


unlikely last gasp assist cancelled out the mistake. This own goal


giving Huddersfield their 11th away draw of the season. Having been


measured for their Wembley suits, cheer the field started smartly --


Chester field started smartly. Barring a shock result against


Huders feelt the Spireite will go to the final top of League One. The


Irish march scored a memorable equaliser. The teenager was inches


away from becoming an instant Lee row. -- hero. Bradbury was given a


vote of confidence by the chairman, but after five defeats, the fans


haven't been as forgiving. So a good start against Carlisle was


important. But this goal cranked up the pressure. If Bradbury has the


backing from the board room. He has it from the players,ed ason with


the equaliser. -- Addison with the equaliser. Not much to shout about


at Victoria Park, back-to-back goalless outings for Hartlepool.


Despite the best efforts of Baldwin. Steve naidge, who won for first


time in six games last week were back in the old routine. --


Stevenage. They are just outside of the play off pack. A local derb y


gave Orient the chance to get their Fir win of year. -- first win of


the year. Not enough desire was the verdict of the manager. This was as


good as it got for the Bs. With a daunting fixture list, this may be


a season defining game for Orient. They wrapped things up through


Smith. Their first win in six. On their own patch, Yeovil are a touch


-- touch prospect. This gave them an idea of what to expect. But the


Saddlers' run suggested they wouldn't be push overs and Mantom


scored his first goal since arriving from West Brom. But that


lead was wiped out just past the hour when Franks took aim A giant


deflection off his team mate had Yeovil level and their leading


scorer claimed his 14th of the campaign. Williams is in form, but


it is not just his scoring that catches the eye. He can create them


too. This cross set up Parrot, who was denied by the keeper. With six


minutes to go, Yeovil stretched their unbeaten run at home to six,


Williams hooking home to leave Walsall just a point clear of


trouble. In their attempt to climb off the bottom, Rochdale got the


start they wanted. A third minute goal from siems, hi first since


joining -- siems, his first since joining on loan. But Kuqi equalised


for Oldham. A sharp finish was not a bad start. That was just two


minutes after the break. Simes then got the chance to get a hat trick


from the spot. Oldham were missing Filipe Morais, hospitalised with


concussion after a car crash. The Latics had hope of a come back, but


were heading for a fourth successive defeat. Rochdale with


their first win in seven matches. And to round off Oldham's day,


another yellow card for the defender and he beat the rest back


to the dressing room. A long awaited second win for Preston and


a personal land Mork for Ian Hume, -- landmark for Ian Hume. Pull


Tisdale says Exeter's injury crisis is the worst he has seen. But they


had their moments. Cureton denied. Exeter's injurys have given


youngsters their chance to shine. They goal looked like heaping for


frustration on Preston. But Preston won wit six minutes remaining. --


it with six minutes remaining. The keeper took the wrong moment to go


wandering from his line. A special day for wick come's Gary Waddock


and Stuart Evans. His leading marksman was the leading light.


McCoy's cross was left by Hayes and Bevan gid the -- did the rest.


Bury's dismal start to the year looks set to continue. But they


were level just seven minutes later. A pulsating start and within 60


seconds, Waddock's men were back in the driving seat. McCoy too


slippery for Skarz. And Hayes could not miss. Bury's winless run would


stretch to 11 matches unless they could respond. This push gave them


a possible break through. But when it mattered, they failed. That was


the turn point as Wycombe coasted to convict havery. -- to victory.


This could be a significant win for the Chair Boys, who have dragged


Bury into the relegation dog fight. Bevan with a superb hat trick. Bury


the first team since 1932 to lose three matches on the trot 4 will


have 1. -- 4-1. An eventful game at have 1. -- 4-1. An eventful game at


spot landss. But a cracking goal that didn't count for much. No Kuqi


will, he will not score a better will, he will not score a better


one. The power and the elevation of the strike, I don't think you could


better that. Another hat trick we saw from Michael Simes, it ends a


frustrating time for them. But they have not been too far off. I'm not


sure it is a true reflection of how they have played, they have drawn


with Hud irs fields, Sheffield Wednesday and Charlton. They have


been knocking on the door. They have benefited from the influx of


money into Bournemouth. They have let Michael Simes going and thv


acquired his services and he was the difference today. They may not


have picked up the wins, but they're getting the performances.


Another man scoring, Andy Williams at Yeovil. He is scoring them from


all sorts of angles. And from all parts of his body. This one as you


can see, comes back, it is a good strike, it hits him opt back and


loops into the goal. -- hits him on the back. And obviously if you look


at this, he is trying to volley it. It is probably going wide, but


takes a deflection off the defender. When things are going for you, like


most centre forwards, you find, you have got to be in the right place


at the right time. It doesn't matter what part it hits. That is


what he has done. Gary Johnson continues to do well in charge at


Yeovil. And the same for Ronnie Moore in his third spell at


Tranmere. They had a wretched away form and they come away with a


decent point. Don't think Sheffield United koon Vinced in this game.


There was a chance - Okon Vinced in this game. There was a chance --


convinced in this game. There was a chance they would equalise. But


going back to Tranmere he has turned things around. We mentioned


the hat trick for Stuart Bevan. So Bury haven't won in 11 games. Their


fans will be concerned they have one of the least experienced


managers at the wrong ends of the table. But survival is the target?


Yes there is no doubt. I imagine if somebody said what is your braef,


it would be to stay in the division. -- brief. But they have got their


points early and they have hit a bad spell and they are the droppers


and this happens in most of the league, you get some sides that


drop down quickly. If they had done it the other way rounds and got in


this position, everything would be fine. They're five points above


relegation. If you had given them this at the start they would have


taken. And Wycombe with Gary Waddock celebrating his 50th birts


day. He will be relieved. -- birthday. They have won three out


of five. They swing from one result to another. They lose 4-1 and then


win 4-2. He will wonder what he is doing. But if they continue in the


same vain, and get the same results, and replicate that to the end of


season, they will probably stay up. He will settle for that.


Swindon keep on rolling with 12 wins in 13. On Saturday, the latest


team to try to upset them was in old Nick Powell. He was named as


apprentice of the year. And he extended his scoring strike to five


in as many games. The set back for the leaders who found themselves in


more trouble in the second half. Westwood with an easy route to goal


against a team who have won 12 of the their last 13 games. That other


slip up came this month. Cause for concern that the pacesetters are


rung out of luck at the wrong time. Ferry was cursing his luck before


this went wide. The bar did a job for Crewe, also repelling Benson.


The team at the top should play like we did in the last few minutes.


But today the fault in the first series for me, because probably I


lost in the last few weeks my humility. With his future as Burton


boss in doubt, Torquay were the last side Paul Peschisolido wanted


to play. They cruised to another win. The ease with which Torquay


took their lead may have quickened Paul Peschisolido's post-match


sacking. Not that the mistakes were confined to the home side. Albion


were in it, and there was a coming together. Richards had the decency


not the celebrate too much. With five promotions as a player and one


as a manager, Martin Ling knows what it takes to take a side up and


says mental strength is the key. But abilities like this helps. Howe


Without a win in 14 games, his reign ended with a whimper. Burton


were awarded an injury-time penalty. You cannot blame the manager for


Justin Richards' de Gomez. That double miss. It did not help. You


do not always get the breaks when you are down at the bottom, but for


once a month Plymouth got a bit of luck against Shrewsbury. Alex


Madog's great effort. The promotion chasers set about preparing the


damage. Argyle held on to climb out initial shot went across the line.


The Essex club stretched their lead just past the half hour, Bennion


quick to react. Chris Barker sold his keeper short.R Keane beat him


from the spot. For a while there was hope for the strugglers, but


their prospects of collecting anything from the match was gone


thanks to Ryan Hall's daisy cutter. Nathan Elder's effort two minutes


from the end was not enough. have had a slight problem at losing


late goals which has cost us dear and it is preying on people's minds.


We sat back and tried to keep what we had and it is a dangerous game


and we paid the price. With only nine games left, Charlton and have


chosen the wrong time for a wobble. The Robins recorded a third


straight defeat with Jordan Obita making the most of lax defending.


They had four players suspended, and six out injured. But Jordan


Obita helped himself to a third goal. Mark Yeates called this the


Robbins' worst performance of the season. But Gillingham deserved the


plaudits for this performance. Chris Whelpdale finished off the


wind. -- winner. A seven-match run without a win has threatened to


derail Crawley. Mark Richards continues to lead from the front.


Just past the half hour he put the travellers in front. The home side


were keen to impress on their home patch. Barely clerk's teasing cross


dropped perfectly for Sergio Torres. All square heading to the break.


Two minutes after it Crawley's hopes were given a timely boost. A


second yellow card immense red, putting the odds firmly in


Crawley's favourite. But Port Vale refused to settle for a draw. Louis


Dodds restored the advantage. Gary Alexander might just be the man to


fill the void. He squared the scores. His 17th goal of a


productive campaign soon followed. Debutante Leon Clarke cued him up.


I said, we have to be brave. We have to give the supporters a


reason to get behind us. Or spurred were out to maintain their play-off


challenge against Rotherham. Scott Rendell struck the first blow. The


flags at other words, but crucially it stays down when he was given a


clear run on goal just before the break. He had plenty of time to


think and kept his nerve. Seven minutes into the second half,


Oxford seemed to be sitting pretty. A second was three thrashed into


the roof of the Miller's' net. Reece Taylor kept them in the


contest to deny hall a second. With seven minutes remaining there was


renewed hope for Andy Scott's site. Lewis Grabban reduced the deficit.


Two-to-one, but Oxford did not crumble, instead forcing a


desperate goal-line clearance. It was matched at the other end as the


Barnet had to show for dominating the first half against Morecambe.


Instead the Bees fell behind thanks to a howler from Liam O'Brien.


Kevin Ellison has not got to 17 goals by missing chances like that.


Victory at Barnet last season for Morecambe and this year, almost a


yet later, they made sure of the when. If the Bees are to avoid the


drop, they have to get busy. Lewis Alexander's miss was about the only


thing that went Barnett's way. Aldershot were chasing a 5th


successive home win, but Bradford made life difficult. The Bantams


continued to cause problems. James Hanson had a pair of defenders in a


flap. Wilco reserves settled the contest, the Namibian striker in


just the right place to notch his first for the club. Paul Cook can


finally celebrate a went as Accrington manager. Northampton had


just won three on the trot. That terrific shot was just a warning.


160 nine-minute the Cobblers were level. It was scruffy, but Brett


Williams will not be complaining as he scored with his first touch.


Accrington looked to be heading for another., but snatched the lot just


before the end. Craig Lindfield. But there was time for a final


scared. Northampton nearly saved the game. Mark McGhee says he is


demanding higher standards from his upwardly-mobile Bristol Rovers side.


There was plenty to admire about Mustafa Carayol's opener. The


skipper Matt kill almost claimed the first golf. But it is clean


sheets that have been behind Roper's's rise. -- Bristol Rovers'


rise. A crunch game down at the bottom as Dagenham look to stay in


touch with their survival rivals. That established a 16 minute lead


for the London club who would have been back at square one had it not


been for the crossbar. When Macclesfield's defence went wrong,


they had a chance to settle it. But Medy Elito wrapped up the points


with his second of the match. The That could be vital for them. With


Burton Albion, no win in 14, hardly surprising the manager is leaving.


It is getting progressively worse. It would not have been a massive


surprise too poor to know his job was on the line. They lost to a


very good tour quayside. Two defeats in 16. He has done


brilliantly well. He has been out of the Football League for the last


couple of years. Yes, he was at Cambridge man. But this has been a


fantastic season so far for him. It is a thoroughly deserved win for


him. They have elevated themselves into the automatics and they are


the Shakers and the movers and they are the team in form. 17 clean


sheets and a very good season. They know how to win a game. There is no


doubt about that. If they get ahead, they know how to close again out.


Steve Davis at crew making a statement since he has been in


charge. No 8 the statement of beating the leaders Swindon Town.


They have won 12 of their last 13. You have seen Nick Powell in action.


He is a great player, he has got great technique. Crew remind be a


little bit of West Ham. It is not just about results with them.


academy. They want to play with style and panache. That is what


they are trying to do. It was difficult to get the balance at the


start of the season, but now they have got consistency and results


away as well. At the other end of the table we have got Plymouth who


got themselves an invaluable when, it has to be said. We have got a


player who has come back and scored a great goal for them. I am not


sure the goalkeeper would say it was a great goal, Chris Niel. But


at the end of the season that might be a defining moment in Plymouth's


attempt to stay up. A big moment for them. Before we go, let's take


Southend and Shrewsbury swap positions. Dagenham's stay at the


bottom despite their win over Macclesfield. Plymouth went at out


of the bottom two. There are only five points separating the bottom


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