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Evening. The Christmas rush has officially begun in the Npower


Football League. For many teams, today saw the 1st of 5 games in


just 22 days - a spell that could make or break a season, as sides


bag as many points as possible. Well, tonight we'll find out who


kicked off the festive season with that winning feeling, in the


company of Leroy Rosenior. And here's a taster of what's coming up


this evening. It was 3rd v 4th in the Championship's Game of the Day


as Cardiff took on Middlesbrough. Could the Bluebirds extend their


winning run and boost their own promotion hopes going into the


promotion hopes going into the Barmby's Hull - they were looking


to enhance their own promotion credentials when Millwall visited


in these parts. He wears red and white and doesn't mind sitting at


the top of the tree. I'm at a freezing cold Valley, with about


ten layers of clothing on, and I'm spending the day with the League


company with Phil Brown, we've extended highlights of their game


with high-flying MK Dons, a team that has Charlton very much in


Well, we start in the Welsh Capital where Cardiff were looking to


continue their dramatic rise up the league table. Unbeaten in 11 in all


competitions, Malkay McKay's new- look side began the day in 3rd,


proving to be the dark horses this season. Their opponents were the


team just below them Middlesbrough, whose success has been based on the


league's stingiest defence. target. Cardiff City are the form


team with three defeats all season. Middlesbrough boast the best


defensive record in the division. Only goal difference keeps them


below. Cardiff City make one change. Gunnarsson returns in midfield.


Philip cueist returns -- drops to changes. There is a first league


Lovely cross to the near post. It was a clear sight on goal. Mark


Hodson challenge to the Nigerian. The ball went over the bar. -- Mark


Jason Steele raced out of his penalty area. Nick Naughton


clattered into the Cardiff City full-back. The Cardiff City fans


certainly feel there was a case for a penalty. But the referee waved


scoring for Middlesbrough on his first start for her the team. The


Nigerian international with a deflected shot. He has been sharp


in training this week. He has stayed behind for extra training


sessions. Finding the back of the net, catching the eye of Tony


Mowbray. One hit, slight deflection and David Marshall was beaten for


Jo Bennett. Conway with an intelligent ball, found when. --


found width. Bennett was alert. Cardiff City have an equaliser! Ben


Turner will love that. It was his deflection that gave Middlesbrough


the opening goal. Now the Cardiff City defender has restored parity.


What a time to score your first goal of the season. It was a


scruffy connection but he won't mind that. Lovely delivery by


Argentinian caught. -- Cowley. It will be a free kick. Arca came in


from behind and just bundled over Hussain has somehow been kept out


by a combination of the defender Cardiff City defence. -- to the


pump. McDonald went down under the challenge of Andrew Taylor. There


was not a penalty given but the shot came in. Excellent defending


front. It was brilliant from Miller. And Alan Gunnarsson with a cool


finish. Look at that, craft, precision, Cardiff are now in front.


He was running away, the back heel inside. And Aaron Gunnarsson, look


at that. Phil Steele -- Jason Steele was brave. Gunnarsson had


will win the free kick. Andrew Taylor is the offender. The


He might blow his cheeks because he was a marked. It was a clear cut


Middlesbrough! It was an incisive move by Tony Mowbray's side. It was


a pinpoint cross. Meat and drink for Scott McDonald, the Australian


international. He has got Middlesbrough level. It was


Bailey's ball that spotted the overlapping run. He could not miss.


Far too much room. The Cardiff defender went astray. It was a


Great stop. The rebound is over the crossbar. It was Miller and Miller


again. Running in one direction, and the back heel to his man,


Whittingham. Whittingham's shot was Robson need support. -- needs


support. Haroun is the target. He has scored a brilliant goal from


Middlesbrough. It is a LGBT to send the Teesside faithful into raptures.


-- A Belgian beauty. How about that for Middlesbrough. What an


important goal that could be. -- it cleared by Cardiff City. A 4th goal


would have sent all three points back to the north-east. The Belgian


had his arm wrapped around Mason. Did he hold him back? He certainly


did. It was a silly free kick to be one of those days for Cardiff


City? Certainly, in the end it was challenge. The Cardiff City players


feel that Kevin McNaughton was fouled. Kenny Miller led the


protest. There was a desperate search for an equaliser. Kevin


McNaughton, it fell to him, but was there a touch from a few dates? The


shot was just wide. It was knocked on by Turner. Miller trying to find


substitute. If there was time for a hero, it was there. The French


striker had a chance but he could We did not go with a runner twice


and if you don't, at this level, they are the team will score goals.


They are a good team. -- the other They are a good team. -- the other


team. If you do not match man for man, you're punished. Ogbeche works


every day on aspects of his game he needs to improve upon. He is an


amazing athlete and a fantastic lad. I am delighted for him. You can see


their joy, and the extra work he does with the coaches. He can get


back into the box and do his job. I am delighted for him. A every one


of the stadium could not believe it was not a penalty when Kevin


McNaughton was taken out by the goalkeeper. Every one of them looks


the same. How that is not a penalty, I do not know. That changes the


game. When the business end of the season comes around, March, April,


when there is a dozen games left, that is when you will notice were


you have to go and be solid. You have to make sure you do not lose


and be positive and when. At the moment, we take each game as it


Just like last season, Middlesbrough getting the better of


Cardiff and considering they had two of the best defences on show,


this was a surprisingly open contest, wasn't it? It was an open


contest but I was not surprised. They have quality in both sides.


They showed that. I thought they might stifle each other today,


being such a big game. It was an open, entertaining game. We heard


from Malcolm McKay that -- who complained they did not have a


penalty just before Middlesbrough scored. Was Jason still guilty of


bringing down McNaughton here? the keeper catches McNaughton in


the boccia. He pleads his innocence but he was guilty. I can't see how


the referee did not give that obvious decision. People talk about


Cardiff, that lack of star quality compared to last season, more of a


team ethic in force I suppose but Peter Whittingham and particularly


Kenny Miller, they are two stars here, aren't they? The build-up for


the second goal for starred -- was outstanding. Miller is a very good


player for Cardiff for a few seasons but Miller was an excellent


sign it. People talk about his work rate. He has a Scottish


international. He has great awareness. He creates space for


other people as he did there. He has awareness to see but when of


Gunnarsson. He made two runs to get into that position. They showed


that quality. You were never sure who was going to get the winner at


the end. As it was it was an unlikely source. You were surprised.


Her room showed a tremendous amount of composure, didn't he? -- her


room. I haven't seen a lot of the lad. He looks like a straight


defensive midfield player but he makes the run forward and that


chest control is to top-quality. He puts it in the right place and


makes the finish on the second touch. Very, very easy. It was a


quality goal that justified it. It justified them getting the three


points. They had that tiny bit more quality in the game today. Those of


the last three of 22, Ogbeche, his first goal for Middlesbrough,


brilliant. Yes, he played in the World Cup for Nigeria. He looked a


real athlete. I have been saying that Middlesbrough need somebody


who can go in there and he Was Southampton not playing until


Sunday and -- against Portsmouth in what has been built El Classicoast,


Hammers' bubbles burst after two defeats but this programme has more


class than that. Like West Ham, who scored after six minutes. Noble


with the corner, Diop on hand to head whole -- head home his first


goal in English football for exactly six years. Barnsley, who


lost five-three to Ipswich and that amazing match last weekend, sprang


into action. Craig Davies making space. Rob Green making a save.


After the break the Hammers had green to say once more. Rob Edwards


denied. The introduction of another player me through -- midway through


the second half gave the home side impetus but he could not find a way


past looks deal with this method. West Ham thought they had a penalty


when Sears was brought down by O'Brien. The referee disagreed and


when Sam Allardyce aimed a kick at some plastic bottles in frustration


A very valuable three points and under the circumstances a fantastic


win. It puts the two defeats on the trot behind us and lets us move


description of Nicky Barmby's rain so far as Hull caretaker-manager.


Four wins in six have seen the Tigers move within reach of the


automatic promotion places. As far as this fixture is concern it is


the Lions who were the kings of the jungle, having not lost a league


game to City since knighted 87 and they were on the back foot as


Milton Hall kept out fire. In the first half Farah did manage to beat


Milton Hall but an eagle-eyed assistant spotted a striker when an


offside position. In contrast, the other side had lost one of their


last six. They have flirted with the relegation zone. This free kick


was a gentle reminder not to write them off. After the restart the


deadlock was broken. Confusion between Milden Paul and his


defensive colleague resulted in Koren's cross being turned into his


own net by Jack Smith. Now Millwall's last go on their travels


came on a three-nil win at Leicester last October and but for


the crossbar Paul Robinson's header might have ended that run. As for


this game it was Koren who eventually scored Hull's second ten


minutes from time. The Slovenian international getting his 4th goal


since Barmby to Cover. He may make We will speak in the new year with


the owners and sit down without him. their latest good run against


Reading. A win would make it to be thin seven league outings for Simon


Grayson's men. But it was the visitors who got off to the perfect


start and this one. Their first attack of the game and a goal. From


Simon Church. He scored two in last week's win against West Ham. The


visitors were in the ascendancy and pressed to make it two. Unable to


find the target here. But he had not quite finished. Having been


static bike another player, his shot was saved. They could not


follow up. But Leeds were not about to let this one go as they created


chances of their reign. Snodgrass crossing the McCormack, who could


only find -- fire his header straight at the defenders. The


hosts continued to create chances but were lacking the killer edge.


This clever flick was easily dealt with. It was Leeds'' third home


defeat and Reading's first ever home win -- first ever win at


The first half was excellent, we could have got a second and it


would have been more comfortable but the second half, it was a day


for leaders and we had them all against Burnley wanting to win so


they could have a victory at the mix. This was the game with plenty


of talking points and with barely five minutes gone Brighton were


down to ten men. There was a knock the ball vocation. After


deliberating with his assistant, the referee saw fit to show him a


straight red card. Incredibly that was just the beginning as six


minutes later there was a second dismissal. Surprisingly after this


challenge it was for a Brighton player. Ashley Barnes feeling that


wrath of the referee. Brighton were down to nine men. Surely it was


only a matter of time before Burnley made their numerical


advantage count. Trip here choosing the perfect moment to rifle in his


first League goal of the season. -- Trippier. The deficit was only one,


the Danish keeper was at his best here. This Eagles almost drew level


but Mackail-Smith could not beat Grant or Edgar. It finished one-nil.


Gus Poyet was full of praise for his players despite ending with


nine men. I am not going to talk about the referee, I will talk


about the outstanding effort and commitment from the players, the


way they understood what was needed to hold, to wait, to defend, to put


the ball coming into the box and wait for the chance. But Paul don't


do goalless draws. They have yet to be involved in one this season --


back ball. The Tangerines came close to find in the Watford net as


early as the 7th minute. The chance created after a lengthy run by


Philips, not Kevin, he was on the back -- bench, but Matt. Ian


Holloway's side have not lost a league game this season in which


the opened the scoring. The only problem was doing that in this


match. Just failing to convert here. Lua Lua has been impressive since


the arrived. The Condoleezza International is still waiting for


his first go on home soil but that post was becoming a ball magnet --


Congolese. In nearly 350 league appearances Taylor-Fletcher has


scored nearly 100 goals. He had not one but two chances in the second


half to close in on his century. But the Hornets were looking to


compete -- complete back to back away wins having won at Ipswich and


they should have gone ahead with 25 minutes to go. Kevin Phillips


replaced Lua Lua after 67 minutes for Blackpool and almost inevitably


had a great chance to win it, thanks to Matt Philips. But not


this time. So Blackpool to do a goalless draws and Watford's shone


damaged left the happier of the two managers at the end. -- what the's


manager left the happiest at the end.


Doncaster Rovers went into the match against Leicester City with a


record that did not exactly inspire confidence. Second from bottom


before this one. Dean Saunders' team had lost 13 of the 21 league


outings and things looked grim after 38 minutes. Steve Howard


pastor David Nugent, who nipped the ball Edwards for his 7th goal of


the season. The last time Rovers beat their opponents was in 1955


and they came out all guns blazing in the second half. Sharp in the


right place to nod home a cross to level things. In Sharp, Doncaster


have a man who can turn a match in an instant and two minutes later he


did that. He had this acrobatic effort to score his 9th League goal


in 15 appearances this season and put the home side ahead. The Foxes


had their chances to level things. This deflected shot was the wrong


side of the post as Rovers takes three points. That was a big, big


win. We have been playing well, it has been coming. We should have got


something out of the Birmingham game last week and Southampton's --


and the boys are taking things on board. We are more difficult to


beat. Last week's stunning comeback


against Barnsley saw Ipswich and their seven-game losing lead then.


Darby recently ended a losing streak of the rain that confidence


was high amongst Paul Jewell's side. There were plenty of chances and


entertaining first half. Keith Andrews testing Derby's stopper


Frank Field in with his long-range effort. Ipswich had their


goalkeeper to thank for keeping them in it. This stunning reflex


save denying Bryson's. The keeper in goal because David Stockdale was


recalled by Fulham. The new boy was busy. Jamie Ward this time unable


to get past not once but twice. Now whatever Ipswich boss Paul Jewell


has been saying in his half-time team talks lately it must be good


because 29 seconds after the restart they were ahead. Keith


Andrews rising highest. The referee saw Brayford had cleared the ball


off the line but after consulting his assistant he gave the goal. The


home side could have made it two but it meant back-to- back whence


they Ipswich and 60 beats innate for a frustrated Nigel Clough.


can't tell a bit is over the line or not. We were frustrated because


it was not given straight away. I thought if the linesman had seen it


over the line he would have put up his black but we played four or


five seconds on and the goal was not given, then to go back and give


it was frustrating. I have a different take. I think they should


give every manager, every coach, two calls a half and then we could


use that call-up for whatever we want. Then you have four calls on


the referee during the game. I think we would all be happier.


Last week's appearance of former chairman and current head of


football operations on the Coventry bench at home to hold -- Hull has


backed out rage amongst sky-blue fans. He stayed clear of the


technical area at London Road. Whether his absence had any effect


on Coventry is debatable but the Sky Blues had the better chances


first half. This header should have hit the target. Peterborough's only


effort of note in the opening 45 came from Lee Tomlin. His accuracy


-- given his accuracy it was not hard to see whether Posh had not


won in their last fight. The deadlock was broken on 66 minutes.


There was the 6th League goal of the season from Sinclair.


Peterborough rode their luck in the second half to keep the first clean


sheet of the campaign. Gardner hitting the woodwork. Worrying


times for Andy Thorn's side who are eight points from safety.


Forest last lost to Bristol City in 1974 when Barry White's famous song


was number one. Steve Cotterill will not smile at anything with no


Goal or point Reform matches. David James produced a save of the match


to keep out to J's volley. That was Forest's only real chance in a dire


first half. Bristol City best effort came from Walford. It ended


with a poor end product. The way things were going that Barry White


statistic looks safe. Lee Camp showed that anything David James


could do, he could do just as well. Elliott left wondering what they


had to do to beat the Forest keeper. His smile said it all. Forest posed


the greater threat as the game moved towards its conclusion. This


effort brought another stunning save from James. He was called upon


for a final time. The Barry White statistic remains an Steve


Cotterill's Forest have gone five We have played with great energy


and a fantastic spirit and it will only be a moment of time before


those chances go in. David James in inspirational form. Ipswich getting


a contentious Cole and Paul Gould believes we should get video


referrals. He thinks each manager should get two referrals. I am not


keen on that idea. Definitely goal line technology. But if you get


referrals, I promise you and manager will refer the decision and


they still will not come to an agreement. I do not think it will


work. The linesman did not give the goal but then changed his mind.


That is confusing. It is ridiculous. Why does he need the referee to go


over and have a work? It brings up all sorts of problems. I could not


see how he could give the goal. was an eventful game with Brighton


losing two players. It is ironic because Eddie Howe had all his


strikers fit and then his fall-back comes up with a screamer. He is a


good player. An England Under 21 player. That is what you need. When


it is not happening for your strikers, you need someone to come


up with a strike like that. A good win for any how. Four wins in a row


for Hull. They clearly enjoy playing and it Nick Barmby. Surely


it is only a matter of time before we give him the job full-time?


think they should keep him as caretaker! It seems to be working.


Peterborough finally kept her first clean sheet of the season. It is


If you are a Charlton Athletic fan you will be celebrating Christmas


Day at the top of the tree. They are clearly enjoying life under


Chris Powell. Could they survive a visit from our very own Ebenezer


Actually, after the misery of their past few seasons these really are


wonderful times for trot Athletic. Remember, they were a Premier


League teams just five years ago. They found salvation in the safe


hands of a familiar face. It must be a lovely feeling to give the


fans something to cheer about, to give them such a great Christmas.


So far. Absolutely. I love this place. Everyone knows, it my time


here as a player was during a wonderful spell for the club. There


is no hiding from the fact of what has happened to us but now we are


looking for a new history. For the first time in a long time I can say


Merry Christmas to a Charlton fan. Hopefully we will keep going, it is


the best time to be a Charlton fan for many years. We are going back


up again and that is brilliant. have peace and light Jason Euell


and Chris Parr back so it is like a Premier years again -- people like.


You seem to have circumvented this whole idea that it takes a while to


gelatine. What have you done? Alongside myself and all the


assistant manager's, I think the plaudits have to go to the players.


I have told them what I wanted to what my vision is for the club and


they have bought into it. You leave when the club is in the Premier


League any comeback in League 1. The ball changes so quick. I'm


happy to be back, it is at club close to my heart. Where are you


and Chris now? You are best mates but he is the gaffer. When I first


came and I carried on calling him by his nickname, I got called up by


the staff. But now I have got it down, he his gaffer! Is the nicest


man in football still the nicest man in football or has yet to


change a bit? -- has he had to change. I treat my players and


everyone as human beings. A have you got it in your locker?


course I have. They may be excited about the future but they do not


forget their past. There was one minute of applause in memory of


Peter croaker, who died recently, the last surviving member of the


goalkeeper to insure level terms at half-time. The response from


Charlton was a bright start to the second period which bore fruit when


Darel Russell found a halt in the back line of Oldham. His first goal


equaliser with just six minutes left. Four draws on the road for


We cannot forget the exact Christmas present that we want.


some ways we have still got what we want because we remain top over


Christmas. But it was a tough game today. We went ahead, it was a


resilient performance by Oldham. I did and the credit they deserve. We


had one or two situations where we could have got the three points,


but we have not lost. At the end, a good point for Oldham. A terrific


start to this season. One defeat in 21 game. A great team performance.


It certainly has been. Bradley Wright-Phillips getting a lot of


plaudits. Chris Powell will be interested that they have only


conceded 16 goals. As a team, I could cope on and on, it is a team


that has put together very quickly. The draw for Carlton and there was


even more to play for at paid his old man a visit. His


father is the goalkeeping coach. No prizes for guessing who was on the


end of the cross. The dream start for Huddersfield. Stunned by the


early blow, Sheffield Wednesday conceded again four minutes later.


Rhodes doubled the advantage. 10 minutes later, Sheffield Wednesday


were given a lifeline. Rob Jones put them back in contention. The


crowd were in for real treat and four minutes later, Sheffield


Wednesday were all square. Huddersfield appear to be out of


danger and tail they went to the break all square. It was a


sensational second half. Gary Megson's men now have the momentum.


Ben Marshall was a man on a mission. After finished like that it is not


hard to see why they want to keep the loan player on a permanent


basis. The turnaround was complete when O'Grady put his third in of


the season. But Lee Clark's men were far from finished. Rhodes got


his hat-trick. His fourth treble for club and country set up a


grandstand finish. In the 7th minute of injury-time, Huddersfield


clinched a share of the point. Rhodes finished. Truly outstanding


It is special, it means a lot to come here and score goals. My


father works here and I have lots of friends. To come here and score


a goal, I would have taken that before the game. It is about the


team and then pour surely we got a point. It needed a little bit of


know how to see the game out. We did not have that. An amazing game


at Hillsborough 25 goals in 25 games for Jordan Rhodes. He thought


he was on professional to ask his father some advice about how to


stop him. I think the answer from his dad would be that he is


unstoppable. At the moment, when he gets a chance, he puts them the way.


He ticks the goalkeeper out of the equation and instinctively put it


in the corner. I think all the Rhodes family will be happy to see


how that finished. No doubt MK Dons would have been aware of that


resolve before they took to the pitch in the late kick-off. They


have won their last five games and were up against a Preston team who


parted company with manager Phil last week's goalless draw against


far post. MK Dons failed to clear their lines there. The hesitation


was punished. And the first goal for Preston opposed Paul Brown is


scored by Paul Parry. A well- crafted goal by Preston. Great


delivery and it got the header that it deserved. MK Dons, who could go


magnificently. It is amazing what a change of manager can do to lift


the team in terms of self-belief and confidence. It just kisses the


goal so far this season. He got away from his marker there for a


split-second. A rare opening in this first half for a below-par MK


Apology for the loss of subtitles for 118 seconds


his name. Robinson will feel this was a foul and it could easily have


clincher. Really wrapped up there. There and then. He has never scored


a senior goal. That was mighty What a start. It is a great start,


me and Graham are delighted for the players. They have put in an


unbelievable shift and worked off their socks. They put their bodies


on the line and the Staff that were here today, we are proud of them


and delighted for the players. have come here with a game plan,


they went ahead when they were on top. For the last 75 minutes it was


almost backs against the wall, they found it difficult although one of


them should have been sent off. cone, you mean. Obviously, you know


as well. I don't want to get myself in trouble but the exact tone was


he slipped. I don't know many strikers who are bearing down on


goal would want to slip. I don't understand that. We saw, Robinson


fuming thinking that Jamie Cope should have been given his marching


orders. Was this worthy of a second sure if he is going down easily or


whether Jamie has got hold of him but you look at it from a better


angle and you see fairies -- he has the he has got hold of him and he


brings him down. It is one that McComb got away with and he went on


It was a terrific wind for Preston. What is the go from here? They are


three points away of the play-offs. A thought they might get rid of him


while they got rid of -- while they were losing a game. The spirit was


tremendous today. It was a great goal as well from Parry. But Peter


Ridsdale As the new chairman, did he feel he could have a


relationship with Phil Brown, obviously not, that is why he has


gone. Where do they go? They are three points of the play-offs and


they have a good squad with a good spirit. They need someone to take


it forward. I do feel for Phil Brown, it is unfortunate for him.


The meeting of two inform side says Bourne was squared up to Sheffield


United. -- almost squared up to to score for six successive game


when the opposition can do it for you. There were two own goals. The


first, from Boruc. Evans felt he deserved some credit. It was a case


of deja vu. Another rate down the flanks from the Welshman. This time


it was Cook. It ended the Cherries's six-match unbeaten run


and the Blades have won half-a- dozen on the bounce.


Harrington has waited months to take his about the Bury. His long


awaited debut turned sour just before the hour as Carrington's


mistimed tackle saw dr Karrada go to ground. Gary Alexander-Oxy spot


kick in his stride. There was another blow for Berra with 12


minutes left. There was a late challenge, a second booking meant


the men appeared to be on track for back-to-back defeats. Fortunately


for the ten men they had a potent weapon in reserve. John-Lewis does


not boast a great scoring record but he is in fine form. His third


in four games, or after coming off Abbott had ever won three games on


the bounce so when Loy opened the scoring against Wycombe the signs


looked promising. Christmas in the top six now seemed a real


possibility but the strugglers refused to be affected by the early


setback and produced a spirited response. The width of the post


denied them an equaliser. Trotter was frustrated by the rough -- by


the woodwork and the referee, who ignored appeals for a penalty. They


finally made their pressure count. A beauty from McNamee brought them


level. The MK Dons also scored in last week's crucial win over


Chesterfield, which has breezedBeen to their survival challenge.


Trotter made this finish looks simple. That put Wycombe on course


for their first win on the road since mid-October. Carlisle


sandwich to point that keeps them on the fringes of the play-off


places. Not for the first time this season, the substitute came to the


rescue. We battled away and we got a really important point. He keeps


the momentum going of not being beaten and we certainly going to


next week's game better off for getting the equaliser and if we had


not done. Notts County manager Martin Allen


Saiz t has a responsibility to lift the spirits of the fans in these


hard times. This bar rattler may have given and great expectations


but they left it a bleak House. Dawson playing the role of Oliver.


His first League goal of the season, a strike which left the O's jumping


for joy before the break. Unlawful midge judgment at the substitute


link-up with Tehoue. He scored in consecutive games. Hughes' first


goal in almost three months was an immediate response. They missed


chance to score in added time. Afflict header from Hughes allowed


his namesake to charge into the penalty area where he was pulled


back by McSweeny. With the penalty awarded, McSweeney saw red as top


scorer Hughes looked to us take his tally into double figures. But the


double save from the spot kick gave the O's a precious victory and


inflicted a first home League upon county in nine league games.


Parry insisted his team had the best of the first half at Stevenage.


Rovers fear of four successive league defeat. Fate tried to avoid


that and received a boost 20 minutes from time. The Stevenage


forward did his cause no good by continuing the argument and the


referee sided with the keeper. Roberts put the result before doubt


with six minutes to go as Stevenage stretched their unbeaten league run


to nine matches. The only annoyance was seeing his side's string of us


clean sheets come to an end. Rovers' player scored against


Stevenage but too late to make a difference.


A big job but whoever takes over from Mick Wadsworth at Hartlepool,


sentenced to an eight successive home defeat by Colchester. Words


was delivered the decisive blow when the first half, a win that


moves the Essex club to within four points of a play-off place.


With the hosts averaging a point game up against the division's draw


specialists the outcome was inevitable. Exeter have failed to


score and a dozen matches. The keeper denied Chris had it. Michael


O'Connor almost scored but it back- pedalling keeper pushed over the


bar. Exit can should have commemorated Paul Tisdale' s --


second thoughts he's already got one after this. If anything is more


painful than dislocating your thing it is having it fixed. He played


through the pain, making several fine saves. Even after Gilbert was


sent off, Rochdale were unable to capitalise. The best save came from


the resulting free kick, there has given a vote of confidence this


week. The club's owner despite -- refusing to panic despite a winless


run of 12 games. Walsall was one of the teams they were hoping to catch.


The task looks bigger after a first-half strike. After the break


they were under increasing pressure. Whitaker went close to levelling


the scores. Victory would have pulled the Saddlers out of the


bottom four but Lester pitched a point for the bottom club at the


death. The Spireites are still five That point did neither side any


good. It has been a great season for them considering only two


seasons ago they were in the long - - they were in the non-league.


have been and the non-league a long time and he is relishing their time


in the league. They have been called overly physical. Which she


does not like. They can be physical at times. He wants his side to be


competitive and they are. We saw Leyton Orient to ride the luck


against Notts County on Saturday. But it has been a season of two


hearts, one win in the first ten, now one defeat in 11. It has been


some turnaround. I am really pleased for Russell Slade. He is a


good manager who knows his stuff. They did not get much luck in the


first ten games. They rode their luck against Notts County and got


their just deserts. Not in their 90 minutes but in the season as a


whole, some things have not gone but all the sudden those bits of


luck are going their way. Back-to- back wins the Colchester and if you


are one of the 52 fans who made the trip to Harchibald, well done to


you. I am astonished if you are watching it at home tonight.


Nonetheless Hartlepool, eight defeats in a row at home, obviously


part of the reason why they parted company with Mick Wadsworth, they


need to get someone it quickly. They do want their home for was


abysmal. The caretaker manager is there but they need a permanent


appointment, Phil Brown is available, a lad from the north-


east who will know the club. It is a club that they need some


direction and they need it Derry quickly. A good win for Sheffield


United are we to Bournemouth. They continue to keep up the pace with


the teams above them. Another clean sheet. I thought this would be an


interesting game because it has been an upturn in form at


Bournemouth but a couple of own goals as well, it doesn't matter,


they keep moving forward. Do you think both could do they get James


Beattie back to full fitness in some time soon? He has come without


having played the game was -- that some time. They need to get him


playing. There is so much you can do in training but you need games,


they need to introduce him in games. If they can get him anywhere near,


not fully fit but anywhere near what he is capable of he will be a


real threat in this division. to lead two. -- League 2. The race


to be Christmas No. One was still to be decided. Crawley's motivation


was to extend their 12 game proud man as Crewe pocketed a point


against Crawley. The game was just nine minutes old when Moa sent over


an inviting cross and Fletcher arrived to give Crewe the lead.


Crewe saw their chance of causing a major upset reduced on the quarter


hour. Millar -- Miller flying in, leaving the referee reaching for


the red card. It seemed a matter of time before Crawley found that


equaliser and they drew level when Tubbs flicked in his fifties of the


season. The Sussex club are four points clear at the top.


Southend are suffering a dip in form, their 4th defeat in 11 days,


the second in the lead, the most surprising so far. Lonely's


Bradford -- lowly Bradford's was their first on the run this season


and the first ever at Roots Hall, look Oliver was the man they had to


Barnett fought back twice to secure Barnett fought back twice to secure


a draw. Mohammed Furley -- firmly headed home the corner. But


patience is a virtue. They waited for the light at -- right moment


energy to suspend -- of his suspended midfielder. Mark Hughes


fouled Mohammed, and Darryl Duffy showed no mercy. Yates excuse the


Portuguese defender's error saying we it was his first mistake in 15


games. Macleod was less charitable. His Goldeneye shelter and a 9th


consecutive away win. -- his goal gave Cheltenham.


Cansdell-Sherriff got a goal and the second half, his header proving


the difference against Macclesfield, unbeaten in four previous outings.


But the margin of success would have been greater had James Collins


pulled his shot a few inches to the right. Graham Turner's team are


handily placed in 4th. You will not see many free kicks


better than this at any level this season. A touch of class from


Mickey Spillane. Dagenham & Redbridge were hoping for their


second league wing -- legal when it since September. Instead, they had


to make do with the 10th straight defeat, after a solo's second half


header. -- Zola. Ago go's late challenge meant that the Daggers


spent the final half-hour with one over Morecambe. They extended their


unbeaten run to 10 league games. The killer goal came right on half-


time when De Vita us somehow beat a bewildered and the parish to the


ball by converting the cross. -- Matthew Parish. The Ipswich Lownie


left Morecambe without a league win in five matches.


Having drawn blanks in their previous league outings, Gillingham


rediscovered their scoring touch to see off Bristol Rovers. Lewis


Montrose headed them into the lead. The midfielder clearly got a kick


out of scoring his first goal in seven matches. On the stroke of


half-time, he went tumbling under a challenge. Paul Buckle felt that


was the turning point. Kedwell blasted home to double the


advantage. Rovers were staring at a 5th game without a win but just


after the restart, hopes were raised of a turnaround. Danny


Jackman soon killed off any chance of that happening. He restored the


cushion in the second half. Jackman was perfectly positioned for the


follow-up. Andy has and tile's men were now firmly in control. Kedwell


was on the spot for a second occasion after this foul. The Kent


club but now eight games unbeaten Ground with both sides on Song but


Bryan Hughes gave Accrington the edge 13 minutes in. The


midfielder's first goal for three- and a-half years. More trouble for


Torquay by half-time. The referee had no doubts about the colour of


the cards. Accrington pressed home their advantage midway through the


second half. Jaded Stockley had them on course for a third League


win on the spin. But there was fresh hope from Torquay when the


hosts became -- found themselves down to 10 men. From the referee's


eyeliner, it was another straight red. That made no difference for


the Devon club. The manager said they had surrendered their record


with a whimper. Three goals down with one minute to go. Kevin long


applied the finishing touch. The travelling fans had one thing to


cheer, a breakaway called -- breakaway goal in stoppage time.


This was definitely Accrington's afternoon.


Unspectacular but deserved was Chris Wilder's reaction to a first


win in seven. The breakthrough came through Alfie Potter. Cobblers


defender Johnson was fortunate not to give Johnson -- give the appoint


another goal. Page 11 founder car- park, rather than the net. James


constable shoved another player aside to help Dean Smalley towards


his first. This handball did little to help


the Cobblers. Akinfenwa found his penalty saved. A 5th consecutive


away defeat. Fair to say that Rotherham's


promotion push us back on track even though Andy Scott admitted his


side were fortunate to win. Danny Harrison went close, but the Dons


can count themselves unlucky not to have taken at least a point.


Schofield's clearance denied Lee Mansell. 12 minutes from time, they


were sent to defeat by Sam Wood. That goal keeps the Millers in


touch. Port Vale worked hard to get their


game on. Some concerted shovelling soil of the referee gave the go-


ahead after two pitch inspections. No one was happier than Sodje --


Madjo, on loan. It was simple for Madjo. He completed his hat-trick


on the hour. Thanks to a terrific turn and pass by his striking


partner. Divine intervention from the Pope -- from Pope, you might


say. Madjo had the match ball in hand. Aldershot sliced open again


as Sean Brady completed the rout. - - Sean reg. -- Rick. They found the


net once in four matches but could not manage it here. Michael Rankin


was the man on the spot. But that his heroes stayed on the scoreline.


consecutive League defeat thanks to Tom Barkhuizen. His 7th of the


season. How many times do defenders need to be told not to let the ball


bounce in the box. A trio of Hereford flares -- players failed


to heed the warning. With Simon Walton substituted, Chadwick scored


from the spot, his second in three games. The balls were already


cautioned. -- the Bulls. And the pilgrims almost made them pay when


Chadwick volleyed over after being picked out by a Hoolahan. -- by a


Hourihane. The point sees the Bulls climb up one point away from the


climb up one point away from the drop zone.


Plymouth and Hereford sharing the points there. Interesting, Carl


Fletcher admitted that he was using Sean O'Driscoll as a sound board.


Do you welcome that? Very sensible. Permethrin a desperate situation


and they need to get as much advice in as they can. O'Driscoll is a


real influence and he knows him well. As for Swindon, unbeaten in


15. This is interesting because after an extraordinary outburst


following the Bristol Rovers draw, Paolo di Canio was in danger of


alienating himself, but he got a response on Saturday. He knows his


players better than anyone else. Many players would not have gone


out and played like that but they seemed to react to him having a go.


It got a great result. It is working. John Steele will be


relieved tonight. They have stopped the rot, nine consecutive defeats.


Courtesy of a screamer from their centre half. Any centre half that


can do this is worth his weight in goal. He celebrated nicely as well.


After four blanks at home, Vale Park find themselves among the


goals. In Guy Madjo, he is a breath of fresh air. I know him from


Winnie was in Bristol City a few years ago. It did not work out then


and he dropped into non-League, and I was not quite sure what happened


to him. He has ended up at Stevenage. He scored a terrific


Tantric. The third one is exceptional. Everybody knew that he


had this sort of ability but it has not come out. Micky Adams is


working under tough conditions for Stott certainly. -- tough


conditions. Certainly. The fans understand that he has a decent


side and that he needs their support. Shrewsbury, their stunning


home run continues, unbeaten in 16. Let us look at the Christmas league


In Npower League Two, Crawley extend their lead at the top to 4


points despite drawing. That's after Southend lost on Friday


after Southend lost on Friday evening. And with Cheltenham also


failing to win, quite a few teams below them have made ground on the


top 3. In fact, all those teams from 4th to 10th won except for


Burton. The bottom two both picked up a point but remain 3 points from


safety. Northampton were the only side in the bottom 6 that lost over


the weekend. Bradford got a great win on Friday at second placed


Southend and the only other team in the bottom half to win was


Accrington. In League One, Charlton still have a five point lead


despite being held at home by Oldham. That is because of Jordan


Rhodes' late equaliser at Hillsborough in that amazing 4-4


draw. Sheffield United are up to third and were the only side in the


top 7 to win. The bottom 7 sides all drew on Saturday, and I'm sure


some sides will be happier than others with their point. And


there's now a gap opening up between those sides and Leyton


Orient in 17th after they won at Notts County. Russell Slade's men


were the only side in the bottom half that took all 3 points at the


weekend. In the Championship, West Ham draw level on points with


Southampton who play at Portsmouth on Sunday. Middlesbrough move above


Cardiff after that impressive win as do Hull who also won on Saturday.


Reading, who won 1-0 at Elland Road and are now just two points behind


Leeds. Coventry are now 8 points from safety after losing at


Peterborough. Doncaster make ground on the two teams above them who


could only draw with each other at Ashton Gate. Remember, Palace host


Birmingham on Monday evening. Right, Birmingham on Monday evening. Right,


well that's almost it from us. Don't forget, the show is on the


red button and on freeview till midday on Sunday. It's also on the


iplayer all week. And if you're after extended match highlights of


each game, you'll be able to see them on the BBC Sport website.


There's plenty of football to get your teeth into on Sunday. And how


about this for a Championship lunchtime? It may be the season of


lunchtime? It may be the season of goodwill but will how much of it


will be on show as Portsmouth face Southampton? Steve Claridge will be


joining Jake for that one at 12.45 Leroy, good to see you. We have


been treated to some great goals, let us hope that Christmas brings a


more. We will see you soon. Good more. We will see you soon. Good


night. -- brings some more. Brighton! What a goal! Is it in?


What a finish! He scores! It is open! Norris! Nice to see a late


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