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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


goals, don't forget we are on the red button and Freeview until 6am


on Sunday morning. Otherwise, it's on the iPlayer all week. But if


you're only after extended match highlights, they'll be online


shortly on the BBC Sport website. There's much to savour on Sunday.


Colin will bring you MOTD2 at 10pm on BBC Two. It includes a couple of


cracking derby games. It's United v City up in Manchester, and QPR take


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