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Good evening. Plenty has gone the Championship. Southampton have
become the runaway leaders, Middlesbrough last the unbeaten
start, we have the new Nottingham Forest manager grabbing a victory
and Bristol City appointed a new manager. Today's games through up
their share of talking points and it is always nice to have a current
footballer in the studio, so we are delighted to be joined this evening
by Steve Claridge of gospel a football club. We will have more on
Steve's next comeback, but here is what is coming up. With Southampton
stretching their legs at the top of the Championship, would they keep
up with the Saints? The latest team to stop them was Reading. Steve
Cotterill was attempting to get Nottingham Forest upwardly-mobile.
A team started the game aged, Ian Holloway's Blackpool. -- 8. At the
top of League 1, Lee Clark and Gary next night chasing Charleson with
them at the team to catch. And two very different clubs with similar
ambitions. AFC Wimbledon and Crawley Town have got to know each
other pretty well in the Conference over the last few years. Today they
went head-to-head at the top of We kick off with tonight's late
game in the Championship involving Southampton, against Reading. The
Saints secured a crucial victory over West Ham to lay down a marker
and put them five points clear at the top of the Championship going
into the weekend. Reading made one change from the team that drew with
Derby in midweek with McAnuff passed fit, and replacing Jimmy
care they. One change for Southampton with Corkill returning
to the starting 11 ahead of Richard Chaplin stead. Was that a
the ball with his hand, a yellow Southampton wall, and that is
behind for a corner. The question is, is he the last defender? But a
yellow card was deemed enough. Two McAnuff! Cleared by Danny Fox. The
first real scare for Southampton. Down the left-hand side. They
released him brilliantly and he took on and beat the defender,
Richardson, but Danny Fox was effort, and he has not scored since
February, but Kelvin Davis had to be Maicon -- right on the money.
That is a good strong hand, and it was moving in the air. Adjustment
his knee and wrist -- midriff. In by Danny Fox. Fox again. Sent in by
block, and meals with the clearance. -- Mills with a clearance. The
angle was closing on him, he got post. Back in, and legged Woods
cause. Mac -- enough's free kick. Coming back with real venom. The
angle is against him, but he finds the bottom corner brilliantly. It
is a Royal wake-up call for McAnuff. A second yellow card, now
a red card, and Dean Hammond, the Southampton captain is sent off. A
man down, a goal down, he gets the ten men have perhaps saved it.
His second League goal in English football, and a huge lifeline
thrown to Southampton. The Saints are back out 1-1. They have not
made too many chances, and no one may have made has been taken
clinically and emphatically. -- the one they have has been taken so
Two sides with quality out there, and the league leaders have come to
town and I thought we were the better side, so disappointed.
were just not there today. It just shows you need character. We have
gone down to ten men and we are one goal behind and shown the
resilience to get something out of it. A decent game of football,
exploding into life in the last 20 minutes. Not a bad game, no doubt.
Reading took the lead, and deserved one. For most of the game they were
the better side, but all this sudden they kick the tempo up and
we had a game. Reading have come into full. They will be
into full. They will be disappointed that they only. After
you go a goal down, you will be the happier manager. Reading's court,
and that was their reward. Some good play and the majority of the
game they were the better side. You write Southampton off at your peril.
There is a bit about them now. They have a knack of getting something
out of their best. Down to ten men, but this is a neat little finish.
An excellent finish. He came on for David Connolly and played behind
Lambert. And he looked lively and he seems to be able to pick up the
pace of the game. When he gets on the ball he is very positive and
difficult to play against. Reading will be disappointed defending it
from a throw-in. Looking back at that, you said the point is almost
as good as three points but they took against West Ham. I think so.
Against West Ham they were mourning control of the game than they were
today. But what you get at the top of the table, you cannot win every
game. They might look back at that one point and seek better as
massive. They may be might have got away from that game, and as a
manager that might tell you more about the team and the personnel
than the 1-0 victory over West Ham. than the 1-0 victory over West Ham.
than the 1-0 victory over West Ham. Encouraging signs for Nigel Adkins.
Let's find out how the other leading lights there on Saturday.
With West Ham not playing until Monday, we start at the Riverside,
and 95 days old, he was denied a record-breaking Derby debut because
he had to go to school the next day. No such problems for the trip to
the Riverside because it is half- term. Last time the Rams tasted
victory, Bennett was three years old, and they fell behind on the
stroke of half-time. Williams deflecting the shot in. At the
other end, Derby created chances of their own. A combination of Jason
Steele hitting the post, which denied it Robinson. After a flying
start of the season, Marvin Emnes has been misfiring, but after the
restart he discovered his touch to make it 2-0. The Derby gave the
home defence plenty to think about. Bennett was inches away from
marking his debut with a dream goal after the shot from Christopher
Maguire. The Rams continued to bombard the goal. Jamie Ward
rattling the bars with this effort. It was just not to the Derby's day.
A deflected cross finding it would work again. Andy gave Tony Mowbray
The three points keeps us ticking along. If we had lost today, people
would have asked questions about the character of the squad.
such a young team to come back and played with such attacking intent
Palace shared identical legal records. Poor George landed the
Friedman have seen impressive runs in recent form. The Eagles have not
lost in four. It was the home side who seemed likely to pick up the
5th win on the trot at Portman Road. Carlos Edwards could not have teed
it up better for Lee Bowyer, who headed it wide. The Crystal Palace
goalkeeper has been one prominent factor in Crystal Palace's march up
the table. Here he denied Thomas. Ipswich lost their linchpin Damien
Delaney and found themselves under pressure, but Glen Moray was unable
to make the best of the chance when it fell his way. -- Glen Moray.
Sean Scannell was given a chance to whip in a dangerous ball and it was
converted by the unlikely figure of Paddy McCarthy, his second League
goal in three seasons. Ipswich's response was to bring on Michael
Chopra and Jason Scotland. Palace looked more likely to double the
lead. David Stockdale did well to stop this effort. Ipswich's misery
was complete in the final minute. Cresswell received a second yellow
card for complaining about an and punished David Wright challenge.
Palace move up to the giddy heights of third and have surpassed their
total of away points for the whole for the clash with Leeds, their
late winner in a 4-3 you victory over Cardiff had given them the
belief that they could maintain a Posh push for the play-offs. But
the Leeds fans were celebrating here, Andy Keogh celebrating
beautifully after some slick build- up play. Peterborough were chasing
a 5th win in seven league games. 23 minutes in, they were level. Grant
McCann pigging out Zakuani. A moment of controversy when Tomlin
made that challenge on Andy Keogh. The referee brought out a red card
and Peterborough were down to 10 men. Soon after the break, Leeds
made that count. Lloyd Sam teeing up Adam Clayton to put Leeds 2-1 up.
Matches involving Posh haven't been short of goals this season, and
this one was no different. Two minutes remaining and Peterborough
it snatched a dramatic equaliser. Mark Little appearing to have saved
the day for the hosts. But there were two more twists to come.
Darren O'Dea made this challenge and David Ball. Just a yellow card,
said the referee. So the game went into injury time. O'Dea, who Wells,
Robert salt into Peterborough's wounds. His last volley stealing a
controversial win for the visitors. Millwall would have seen them
claimed their first back-to-back wins of the season and break into
the top six for the first time under Sven-Goran Eriksson. Millwall
were handed the chance to land the a win had seen no wall slumps into
the bottom three. On the stroke of half-time they found a crucial
second goal. Simpson with a superbly weighted bowl -- ball.
Henderson applied the finish. Peltier was the unlucky man here.
But Henderson soon sealed Millwall's first away win of the
season with his first goal of the afternoon. It was enough to lift
the Lions out of the drop zone. Leicester's inconsistency has got
me tearing my hair out. A great day for both south London clubs in the
championship. A absolutely. Two really tough places to go. Two
outstanding results. Crystal Palace, they were struggling to get an away
win last season. Absolutely. They've done it four times already.
It gives you some idea of the turnaround. When the centre half
scores like that you know things are working for you. Henderson has
managed to do in half-an-hour what Millwall did in the last nine games
of the competition, that his score three times. They have missed him.
They probably left themselves a bit short with the two lads going,
Harrison and Morrison. He has been missed. He's been out for a month.
They are too good to be down there. We know they can play at this level.
They've got a good manager. They will turn that round very quickly.
All the sudden they will become a difficult side to play. We saw
Middlesbrough back to winning ways. Leeds got a fantastic result
against Peterborough. Darren Ferguson fuming that Darren O'Dea
should not have been on the field of play to score the winner. Should
he have been sent off? I see what he means. It's not a malicious
tackle but it does take the play out. Is there a covering player?
It's the first touch. Where is that touch going? Because it's not the
centre of the pitch, will the covering player be able to cut the
angled down and take a short route and maybe get in front of the
Peterborough player that has been brought down? I don't know, I can
see both sides of the coin. You'd probably be a tad harsh if he had
gone. Steve Cotterill left Portsmouth to take over as the
manager of Nottingham Forest. He made quite an impact in his first
game in charge, after Forest ended Middlesbrough's unbeaten league
start midweek, to move them out of the relegation zone. On Saturday,
Forest were looking for back-to- back wins for the first time this
season when they took on Blackpool, Forest in recent years, notably in
their dramatic victory in the championship play-offs 18 months
ago. But they could find themselves pushed to the limit to maintain
their rise up the division. Ian Holloway has reported Tuesday
night's match winner Thomas Ince change, defender Clint Hill has
been recalled by Queens Park Rangers from his loan. So the team
which beat Middlesbrough means that Gunter will move to left-back.
Greening is recalled to do a job as Crainey tries it in. Miskick by
Ince. Lovely move by Blackpool, Blackpool have stepped up. But
moment. Chambers set Miller away down the right-hand side. Baptiste
goes to cover. Yet again there is a Gilks. Forest coming back. What was
happening to the Blackpool defence? McGugan with the corner. It is in!
Forest have scored. Morgan has Morgan met it. Such a strong
presence, and it was a powerful header, too. Gilks saw it late,
couldn't keep it out. Steve Blackpool play on. Taylor-Fletcher
is free. Phillips strikes and scores! There is the response.
Cotterill is absolutely furious, but Philips will not be denied.
Miller is still down, but Phillips very much on his feet and scoring
again. Goal number six of the season. And three minutes after
from everybody. Chambers just came charging through, no one near him.
Thankfully, his header was nowhere Phillips was there. Did he knock
that back into play when it seemed easy to score? Either way, Ince has
got the crowd on their feet. Ince is running round them. It hit the
post. Fantastic run. He has come alive. And so has the game and so
markers. It was Phillips, he could scores - out of nothing! Forest
have the advantage. Blackpool hit the post, but Forest have the goal.
He was unmarked. First time through the goalkeeper and into the net.
For the second time in the game, Moussi has been booked already.
That was a deliberate piece of obstruction. It's a yellow and a
red card. He is off. He can have no complaints with that. Deliberate
abstraction. Nottingham Forest, having taken the lead, are now down
gesticulating to the crowd. He jumped over the fence, went almost
into the crowd. The stewards were unhappy, the referee was unhappy.
That is why he was booked. Here is the second challenge. That was
quite cynical. Previously it was joyous, that was cynical. The
referee, having booked him once, perfectly, but equally matched by
corner. Desperate defending. Cotterill can't believe this. This
is surely has to be one of the last boys, but two very different
reactions, two very different feelings. Because Nottingham Forest,
managed by Steve Copnall in his second game in charge, have taken
this boils. -- Steve Cotterill. Two games, two wins - it's easy being a
manager. Not at all. It's not been easy, it's a difficult place to
come. Ian Holloway has done a fantastic job with Blackpool, they
are a very good team. Full of good, honest lads. It's a difficult place
to come and get results. We are very pleased but tumble in our
victory. That's the way football goes sometimes. We did everything
but get in front. It looked like we were going to have to come from
behind, we have at the other evening. The majority of it I
thought we were slightly the better team. Unfortunately, football is
about putting the ball in the net. We got down on two set pieces.
just come in and be myself. I'm quite optimistic and like to get a
bit of spirit going. But no more than that. Maybe changed a couple
of things on organisation, if you set plays may be. They seemed happy
and they are a good bunch. Steve Cotterill is having to win over the
doubters at Nottingham Forest. Two wins out of two - he is on the way.
Very much so. I think we all knew that they were too good to be down
there, they've got some good players. They were knocking on the
door of the Premiership last year. Sometimes managers go to clubs...
Do you think it's a bit of a nice fit? I do. He was at Notts County,
he obviously likes Nottingham. won his first four games at Notts
County. They were unbeaten in 14 to begin with. There is clearly
something there, do you think he can do that much with Forest?
They've given themselves a lot to do but it is the League... They are
only seven points of the play-offs. Yeah, there's no reason why they
can't have a decent run. One player who was there was Paul Ince's son,
Thomas Ince. We saw glimpses of him in a Blackpool should. Glimpses of
a real prospect, exciting talent in footballing. I watched Thomas when
he was in the youth team. They had a good run in the FA Youth Cup. I
think he's an excellent player. He's got some good attributes. He
has inherited his father's will to win. He's got a bit of ability as
well. As for Blackpool, a setback here but so far they've made a
steady job of the start of this season. It is A-League that gives
everyone an opportunity. Already there are teams up there that have
had bad runs this season but have got themselves in a challenging
position. Ipswich springs to mind. They had a terrible start. Yes, it
allows you a bit of latitude, there's no doubt about that. You
don't have to win every game to be up there. These are good times to
be a whole City fan, unbeaten in seven in the league. The Tigers
have conceded just three goals in that period. The latest team to try
to storm the fortress, that is the from their last three games at home.
Watford meanwhile have been struggling for points and goals.
Hull, like Watford, have only found the net nine times before today.
This early effort was ruled out for a foul on the goalkeeper. Soon
after that, the visitors thought they had scored as well. But it was
chalked off for offside, correctly. Nine minutes before the break,
finally, an actual goal, it was Troy Deeney who claim it, even
though it had come off the defender. After the restart, Matt Fryatt made
it 1-1. And just before the hour mark, this superb run and cross was
met by Chris Iwelumo. But Hull have become a resilient outfit under
Nigel Pearson. Liam Rosenior crossed this one for Aaron Maclean
to finish. And on a day when statistics took a battering, the
final minute provided the most telling of all, Robert Corrine
winning it deep into extra time. -- Robert Koren. Barnsley arrived at
Cardiff with the home side's strong start to the season faltering. But
this was a chance for Cardiff to get their season going again. After
10 minutes, they were ahead, through Kenny Miller, who got his
fourth league goal of the season. Despite their shaky form, Cardiff
have been impressive at home of late. They doubled their advantage
after 34 minutes, through substitute Joe Mason. Despite an
away record of just one league win this season, Barnsley got one back
through Danny Drinkwater at just two minutes later. This was an
amazing match, with goals galore. Two minutes later, Cardiff scored
again, Whittingham picking out Aron Gunnarsson, who finished superbly.
After the break, Barnsley could have got another one, through Denny
don't water. -- through Danny Drinkwater. Cardiff got another one
thanks to Don Cowie. He went round goalkeeper Luke Steele. Surely that
would be enough. But still they pressed forward, and soon, it was
five. Aron Gunnarsson was on hand again for his third goal in two
league games. But still the scoring was not over. Barnsley threatened a
late comeback, with Jim McNulty heading home eight minutes from
time. And then they got another, four minutes later, through
week had relieved the pressure on Coventry. By contrast, Burnley had
gone three games without either a point or a goal. The Coventry front
pairing of Lucas Jutkiewicz and Cody McDonald combined, but the
goalkeeper thwarted them. Then, Junior Stanislas was given the
freedom to roam forward, but the goalkeeper was not quite so
accommodating. The first goal finally arrived just before the
hour mark. Cody McDonald headed his first goal since his summer move
from Gillingham. At the other friend, Stanislas continued to
cause problems, but this cross did not get the finish it deserved from
substitute Charlie Austin. But it did not take long before he made
amends, dummying this one to set-up was Wallace, and Burnley were level.
Coventry were forced to play the last few minutes with one man down,
thanks to this straight red card for the 18-year-old. And that was
followed by some woeful defending. In the fourth minute of six added
on by the referee, Charlie has been pounced to seal a dramatic victory
for Burnley. -- Charlie Austin. Pompey striker Dave Kitson says
they're more United as a team since the recent departure of manager
Steve Coppell. Three minutes into this one, the Pompey goalkeeper
palmed it long, and Luke Varney got his fourth league goal of the
season. -- Steve Cotterill. Pompey threatened a second, but it went
wide. Doncaster midfielder Simon Gillett used to play for
Southampton. So this goal did not go down very well at Fratton Park.
In the second half, Portsmouth went back in front, David Norris guiding
the header past the goalkeeper, but seemingly designed -- denied by his
teammate, Dave Kitson, who got the final touch. 15 minutes from time,
Luke Varney got his second of the match, to make its two wins out of
three for Pompey's caretaker manager, Guy Whittingham. So, does
he want the job? No. I will say that again, very happy to be
leading the team at the moment, and we will do that as long as the club
want us to do it, so they have the time to find the right person.
a game at the KC Stadium, first of all. Scoring with virtually the
last kick of the game, there is real belief about this Hull side.
To be fair, this game went completely against the grain.
Before this, they had been tied at the back. So for this to finish 3-2,
it was quite something. That was a great finish. Great finish from
Robert Koren. It has been a while since they scored three goals, I
think April was the last time. he builds his sights on a strong
defensive Foundation. He would, being a centre half. Two wins out
of three for Portsmouth. Interesting comments this week from
Dave Kitson, saying that the team are feeling more together since
Steve Cotterill has left - what did you make of that? You have got the
flip side of the coin. Steve Coppell has gone to Nottingham
Forest and got as many points as Steve McClaren got all season. And
the same thing has happened down at Portsmouth. It is horses for
courses. That is his opinion. I would not want to read anything
into it. We do not know the ins and outs of it. Interesting to see a
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's name linked with that job. Charlton Athletic in
League One began the day top of the pile. Huddersfield were just behind
them. Chris Powell's men were looking to take maximum points
unbeaten record, Charlton produced precisely the right reaction
against Carlisle. They suggested that last week's defeat to
Stevenage was no more than a blip. Bradley Wright-Phillips got the
second. Wiggins got around the back, and Kermorgant helped himself to
his fourth of the season, second of the game. Carlisle have been
resilient on the road this season, but once Matthew Robson's second
yellow card concluded a miserable first half, it was always going to
be a case of how many for Charlton. In the end, it was only four. This
one was the worst of the lot from Carlisle's point of view. Danny
Hollands' effort went through the legs of the goalkeeper. No such
worries for the Charlton 'keeper. He preserved the clean sheet by
keeping out this penalty. Before this game, the Huddersfield manager,
Lee Clark, said that Jordan Rhodes had enjoyed an astonishing week
after his hat-trick seven days ago. Today, he was gifted the opener
after just four minutes following a mistake by the Preston 'keeper. At
the other end, 40-year-old Ian Bennett showed superb agility.
Jordan Rhodes is forging a real name for himself with his
goalscoring, at just 21 years old. And his hat-trick arrived three
minutes before the hour. There was still time for the visitors to get
one back on 61 minutes, but the damage had been done, despite
Juvhel Tsoumou's goal. I have played with many great strikers,
fantastic goalscorers, among the best in the business, but they did
not have a goal ratio like that. I cannot remember it in professional
football. So we hope it continues, Jordan has got to be sky high in
his confidence. He's a modest lad, so he will not go overboard, but he
deserves all the plaudits. Sheffield Wednesday are enjoying
their best start to a season at Hillsborough in more than half-a-
century. Gary Madine hit the bar. It was double disappointment for
him after having a goal disallowed in the first half. Gary Madine is
the leading scorer in League One, but he was denied this time by the
goalkeeper Ben Williams, although Jones was on hand to put it in.
Wednesday were on their way to a seventh successive home League win.
Gary Madine was making himself a nuisance again, and Johnson picked
Lane, as Uwe Rosler's antics set the tone for a bizarre encounter.
He repeatedly attempted to obstruct Alan Sheehan, as he tried to take
this free kick. It was inevitable but loathe him Oslo would get sent
to the stands. -- it was inevitable that Uwe Rosler would get sent to
the stands. Hughes converted his one from the penalty spot. If
anyone was still enjoying their half-time drinks, here's what you
missed. Barely 10 seconds had elapsed before Clayton Donaldson
hammered in this stunning equaliser for Brentford. A draw was the final
outcome, both sides losing ground on the promotion chasers. It was an
ill-tempered occasion, but Uwe Rosler was unrepentant afterwards.
I think I did everything correct as to my technical area. I stood still.
Probably the person who did the free kick was not happy that I
stood there, but I was in my technical area. In addition to that,
my colleague left his technical area and came into my technical
area. And then I got sent off. We will definitely be approaching the
football League, and I think justice will be done, I believe in
justice, so I'm quite confident that on Tuesday I will be on the
bench. Despite sitting in a play- off spot, MK Dons only had one win
in their last seven matches. They came close to breaking the deadlock
with this header. In the second half, this free kick evaded
everyone but goalkeeper David better chance to take three points
this season. But this Lunch left the referee no option but to show a
red card. Down to ten men, Leyton Orient were unable to contain the
Blades, who sensed victory. Stephen Quinn made the most of the extra
space, and his this heat shot found Chris Porter. The former Derby man
made no mistake. With six minutes to go, surely won't going to throw
away a lead, but the South Yorkshire side showed their
defensive frailty. Simonsen didn't get there and Kevin Lisbie struck
to light up the stadium as Leyton Orient are now unbeaten in four.
With boasts the lights on losing run something had to give between
Chesterfield and Hartlepool. Chesterfield seized the initiative
with Leon Clarke's 7th in eight. With Tommy Lee breaking down in the
warm-up, this week Punch led to the equaliser. Paul Murray with the
finish. Two minutes later, Hartlepool were ahead. Sir James
Paul steering a beauty inside the far post. He was signed from
Manchester City to give himself some gain time. Embarrassment of
riches might have helped them. This provoked some Impromptus all
dancing. Chesterfield cannot stop the rot. This consolation goal
could not prevent their 5th failure something special to separate the
sides and it was provided by Robbie Weir with half an hour remaining.
on target as the captain headed home the cross. This time last
season he was playing for Havant and Waterlooville, but having
arrived at Prenton Park in the summer he scored his first goal in
professional football with 10 minutes to go when he showed great
improvisation to convert the pullback. Full marks for the finish
but they need some work. The visitors were denied what would
have been a superb equaliser which the free kick saw go a couple of
inches too high. Just one win in nine for Walsall. Olda made easy
work of Wycombe Wanderers at Boundary Park. All the scoring
cumin and second half with Chris Taylor making the most of the slip.
The ball steered into the corner. The home side were in no mood to
relent. Robbie Simpson thought he doubled the lead and would have had
it not been for Super defending. The points were sealed nine minutes
from time. A beautiful finish to return Paul Dickov's side to
winning ways. Murphy's law dictated this would be a goalless draw. That
and the controversial decision from Ian Williamson. Mark Roberts had
the ball and the Net but a penalty and a red card was awarded. The
spot kick was saved, a second miss from the spot in three games from
for Bournemouth in recent weeks. Lee Bradbury's site were without a
win since August the they took the lead four minutes before half site
when Mark Pugh was on hand to hit home his 7th of the season. A few
minutes later he should have become provider. His cross found ways
Thomas, whose search for a goal a home goes on although he won't come
across immediate -- easy opportunity. From the resulting
goal kick, the goal came, giving the travelling fans something to
cheer about. They will well and truly off their feet a minute since
the second half and the turnaround has completed one and the bishop
gave the sheikh is the lead. The Cherries pushed for an equaliser as
the second half went on. Thomas failing to convert a close-range
header as the visitors held on. Now just four home points this season.
Rochdale started well at St James' Park. But Trotman was denied
brilliantly. Nathan Eccleston is on a month's loan from Liverpool and
made an instant him back. Ashley Grimes crossing for his debut goal.
This week, a group of Greek fans set up a siege mentality support
for Paul Tisdale. Not Pirlo equalising on the stroke of half-
time. That was the boost of a home side needed. J Taylor was fouled
after the break, and the power shift was complete. Converting from
the spot, punishing for -- of visitors for the earlier
opportunities. The points were made safe nine minutes from time.
Wholeness gave the ball away and he laid in J Taylor to see all three
points and lift Exeter of the bottom of the table at the expense
That will do Exeter's Conference the world of good. We have to talk
about Jordan Rhodes. I just told you, 14 in -- in club and country.
He to his incredible. Absolutely brilliant. He is a young lad but
has the physical stature of someone a lot older. That is a good finish.
Be chairman said they don't have to sell the star players until January.
That will reassure the fans, Wendy? It cause, they are flying. They
sold Pilkington in the summer and they are a club that if anything
will go the other way. There is no reason they should let anyone go.
It looks as if they might be in. And interesting build-up to the
game involving Notts County and Brentford. Martin Allen had to say
something about the budget of Brentford, but what about this,
with the manager getting in the way of the Notts County free kick?
is classic, comic strip. This is fantastic. You look at the player,
and you wonder if he can get any closer. Martin has had enough of
this. I am surprised it took him that long. He is not holding back.
He is playing the straight man brilliantly. Fantastic. All good
fun. The funny thing is, he said afterwards that Martin Allen let
the technical area so he should be reprimanded. He has actually not do
anything wrong. Shall we say was not quite in the spirit of the game.
Sheffield Wednesday have played a good few home games, but seven
consecutive victories, their best home league start for 50 years. I
think you said in the past that the big following at Hillsborough can
put more pressure on, but the players, credit to them are turning
it on. The only way brings pressure is if you don't go out and give
everything. It brings pressure if you don't get results. Then people
become introverted. But they are getting results and a big crowd,
they are knowledgeable and passionate. And they get behind you.
There are 22 or 23,000 people and that is a bonus for anyone. You
want to go and play all four boy in front of big crowds. Absolutely.
Well done to Tranmere whose flying start goes on. Last season AFC
Wimbledon versus Crawley Town was a conference game played out between
teams desperate to reach the Football League. They both arrived
and in some style. Crawley were top of League 2 with Wimbledon in six.
We went to the game of the day to see to get -- different teams to
There is always a degree of trepidation for clubs coming out of
the Conference and into the Football League, and AFC and
Crawley have continued where they left off. There is a symmetry to
the achievement of the clubs. In the blue corner, A F C Wimbledon,
who a decade ago did not even exist but whose five promotions in nine
seasons have brought their famous name back into the Football League.
And in the red corner, Crawley Town, who have overcome all manner of
off-the-field problems in the past few years to become one of English
football's most upwardly mobile clubs. At the end of the day,
whether we have won all last, and hope fully we will win, but in the
end, it is nine years since we didn't have a club and that is the
most important thing. Look at all the people here and the Times
people are having come we can Is the reality of being back in the
lead as good as the dream? Without a doubt. Totally. It is only a
dream that has started. Some of the fans have put so much of Virginia
has been brilliant. We have enjoyed every minute and seen all the new
clubs, so it's been excellent. fans of good and realistic to enjoy
the year. This was always going to be a fun year provided we were not
scored sit -- skirting the danger, and hopefully we can avoid the drop.
We have tended to lose two teams below us and there doesn't seem to
be a massive difference. I don't want to be churlish because no one
reason -- under obligation to answer the question that this was
the point when we were talking to the Crawley chief-executive, but
late afternoon they put a stop to it on the board and a thing we want
to concentrate on the club's administration. And the new
prosperity, we don't, just the fact that the team are flying again. Is
there a cultural paranoia about the club, you won't talk to us.
Everything we do good, people pick on us. Another team scores a goal
against us and it is like they have won the FA Cup. We have not gone
into the Premiership and it rising football stars. They have got the
wrong end of the stick, the people who think we are money bags. Just
31 miles separate these teams and they romped to the top of the
league by 15 points. Wimbledon had to get promotion via the play-offs.
The rivalry with Crawley, what is it about? To be honest, Steve and I
have known each other for ages. He's as good as gold off the pitch.
It is hard work. Every other manager be one to win games against
our opponents. They are the local delivered the goods. The corner
sliced into his own net by Chris borsch. With nine minutes on the
clock, a case of deja-vu. This corner causing problems, but Chris
Davies headed home his first for the club. If you want a definition
of mixed emotions, it was provided by Davies. Just seconds later he
went up the other end and put into his own net after good work from
Max Porter. Suddenly, the MK -- Wimbledon were right back in the as
the first of ebbed and flowed. The visitors thought they had done
enough, but they have other ideas as the shot levelled the score --
cause before half-time. The manager watched before half-time after he
was threatened to substitute before he was sent off. The referee
redeemed himself in the eyes of Evans after awarding his side a
penalty. Matt tubs stepping up to score his night of the season. Five
minutes later the visitors were able to re-establish their two-goal
cushion. Not the most orthodox of goals as a combination of hesitant
defending allowed this to be headed home. Jerry Brown said his side put
in a shocking defensive display and the Red Devils showed no mercy.
They made it five with four minutes remaining. Boorman had never scored
a brace, but he has now. Plenty of questions for Wimbledon and plenty
One of those days when you have to accept they are a little further
down the line I knew. Yeah, the goals were hideous, absolutely
hideous. Three corners, three goals. We've conceded eight goals in the
last two games at home. We've struggled. You can't keep bouncing
back from diabolical defending. That's what we had today.
Unfortunately, Steve Evans didn't want to speak to us after the game.
You would think that after the terrific start Crawley had made
that they'd be shouting about it from the rooftops. This reminds me
of the Huddersfield Brentford game, when a lot of people take
Huddersfield to beat Brentford and Huddersfield went and won 4-0.
Everybody else in the division will be taking a sharp intake of breath
when they see that. They are no shrinking violets. The it had a
good season so far. Less get more from League Two. We begin our
round-up of the team and second, Paul Sturrock's side were on a run
of six league matches unbeaten going into their home game against
game to life after a goalless first half. With the half-time team talk
still ringing in their ears, Ferdinand set them on their way.
Seven minutes later, the striker was at it again. Neil Harris with a
quality delivery. The 19-year-old volleyed in his third of the
campaign. 2-0 up and cruising towards an eighth game undefeated.
Southend were to press on their dominance in a four goal 24 minutes
to spell. Timlin the architect for the club. They still weren't
finished. The Philips rose highest to meet this corner. Tokyo showed
brief signs of life in the closing stages. Mansell's strike was
deflected by Marc Ellis. Despite the emphatic nature of the winner,
Sderot says there is still plenty of room for improvement. It was
disappointing for me. We should be starting games like we started the
second half. We don't seem to get to the right tempo. It could cost a
prevent Gillingham ended Doxford unbeaten run. They were undefeated
in eight matches upon arrival at the priest Field stadium. They fell
behind at the stroke of half-time to a spectacular strike from Lewis
Montrose. For Oxford, this was a story of missed opportunities.
There were over 40 minutes still to play when Joe Martin received a
second booking for a foul on Robert Hall. But still Gillingham recorded
a rare clean sheet, even when Montrose saw red for a rash
challenge on a Sopore. But the nine men hung on the, ensuring that the
manager stayed even-tempered. not going to be too harsh on the
lad. He's a fantastic player and still learning the game. I was
really pleased with him, a fantastic goal he scored, he's won
the game for us. On the balance of play, Accrington had just about
edged the first half of their Friday-night home game to
Cheltenham. However, they trailed at the break. Goulding had only
been on the pitch a matter of seconds when he broke the deadlock.
His impact was immediate, and it was a lead the visitors could have
doubled in the second half. But Bennett's shot was cleared off the
line. Five wins in a row now for the Robins. Despite a run of five
defeats, Rotherham United boss Andy Scott told his players to enjoy
themselves against Shrewsbury. That advice resonated with Grabham. --
Grabban. Shrewsbury hit back before half-time. Grandison headed back
across goal for Cansdell-Sherriff to volley home. Morecambe prevailed
in this clash between promotion contenders. Port Vale must be sick
of the side of Jason Price. He scored against them for Barnet and
August and did the same after Tomlinson Guardian this shot. The
ambitious free-kick had Tomlinson back pedalling furiously. Port Vale
have broken scoring records this season. Unfortunately, they
conceded a few as well. Though not too many have been as good as
Alessandra's quality finish. Port Vale have and one in any of their
games against sides in the top part of the table. That unwanted record
threatens their promotion challenge Paul Stout Morecambe made sure of
leapfrogging their hosts in League Two after bringing down MacDonald
in the box. Wilson scored from the shot to strengthen the already
impressive away record. Andrew Fleming added a fourth in the 90th
minute. Morecambe's unbeaten run in a match at Burton, as they went in
search of back-to-back wins for the first time this season. They took
the lead after 15 minutes when Harold latched on to Stanley's
free-kick. After defeat at Cheltenham in their last match, the
brewers were looking to avoid successive defeats. They conjured
up an equaliser when Taylor fired home three minutes before the half-
hour. 10 minutes before half-time, this one. Griffiths' header
bringing a terrific save. Paolo Di Canio in third the goal wouldn't
have looked out of place in the Champions League. De Vita adding
the exclamation point to the move will. The defeat leaves the
pilgrims four points adrift at the bottom. With three league wins out
of four, Macclesfield continued to climb the table. That streakers
coincided with Ross Draper weighing in with some valuable goals from
midfield. This was his third of the unbeaten four match run. This local
derby was taking place for the second time in three weeks. On this
occasion they avenge their cup defeats, they survived a few scares.
Sean Miller was centimetres away from finding the same corner as
Draper. The same post later prevented to draw from levelling
the scores. Back-to-back wins put Macclesfield in a striking distance
of the play-off places. Both sides came into this one off the back of
defeats, and both are nervously looking over their shoulder at the
wrong end of the table. But it was the home striker almost struck
first. It was the visitors who broke the deadlock. Jacobs is only
19 years old, but was named player of the year last season. He had
this thunderbolt of a strike, his fourth of the season. Bradford were
given a route back into the game when the referee deemed that Andy
Holt handled Ryan's cross. Fagans stepped off to fire home his second
Bradford back-to- back home wins. - the Carling Cup, Aldershot have
lost five in a row. But the Premier League champions are riding on
Tuesday, they put in a performance to remember. It took just three
minutes for McGlashan to open the scoring. Darren Jones and Danny
Hylton were left out, so they couldn't miss the cup game. The
calculated risk seemed the sensible option when Vincenti made it two.
Certainly a moment to enjoy. Dagenham and Redbridge couldn't
contain their visitors. When Rankin was felt by this challenge... It
was an easy decision for the to restore the three-goal lead
before the half-time whistle. His diving header quashed any faint
hopes of a Dagenham comeback. They were next to score. McCrory making
the most of his reprieve, after the FA overturned a red card he
received last week. It was definitely a day to forget for the
home side. There was still time for a 5th, as the brash and added some
cemetary to proceedings. Having opened the scoring, he finished it.
It's onwards and upwards for Aldershot. This sparkling
performance will certainly give Sir Alex something to think about. Even
at this stage of the season, Hereford verses Barnett had the
ring of a six-pointer. From the moment Harry Patel struck the bar,
a decisive shift in the relegation battle looked on the cards. --
rosy after this result. A rattle of the woodwork from Ricky homes
wasn't enough to prevent them climbing out of the bottom two. A
good run for Hereford. Stand-out performance was Morecambe, away to
Port Vale. To get turned over their 7-2 last season and to come back
with your first win in five with this scintillating performance.
Absolutely. They have a fantastic start but this is a magnificent
result at a tough place to go. That was a super finish. A really good
result was if ever there was the perfect preparation to play
Manchester United in the Carling Cup, Aldershot came up with it. It
hasn't gone according to plan since they beat Carlisle, sorry, Rochdale,
in the Cup. This was a fantastic one. This was the sort of game that
you want to play and do well in because everybody butt macro we
should say well done to Cheltenham and Macclesfield. They continued to
defy the odds. As does this man next to me. 45 years old and the
21st club you are representing today, Gosport Borough in the FA
Trophy. It was Roy of the Rovers stuff, because he came up with the
winning goal. A great day for you. I did have a best on and do this. -
- vest. I'm only for pounds heavier than I was when I started. It was
great fun. It turned out to be the winner. It seemed an awful long
time since I'd scored in the end of the game. And you played all but
four minutes. I did. I enjoyed it. And you still made it here tonight.
Well done. Let's take a look at the automatic promotion spot after
their fourth consecutive win. Morecambe and Gillingham both keep
pace with the top three. It's getting pretty tied in the top
seven, with only three points between fourth and 11th. Hereford
move out of the bottom two after back-to-back wins. There was a
much-needed win for Bradford. Plymouth are now five points from
safety. The top six remain the same relegation zone. They are now
unbeaten in five, with Bournemouth If you've missed any of tonight's
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Colin will bring you MOTD2 at 10pm on BBC Two. It includes a couple of
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