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Hi there. With a number of clubs in the


Football League on Cup duty today, we've a shorter show to bring you


on this the final weekend in January.


As you can see, I'm on the road at Reading who entertained Bristol


City today. There's plenty happening at the


Madejski at the moment, as well as being busy in the transfer market,


there's the planned takeover of Reading by Thames Sports Investment


and we'll bring you some reflection on that throughout the show.


We've games to bring you from all three divisions of the NPower


Football League, here's a taster of what's coming up.


As well as all the action from Reading, we'll bring you the best


of the action from the other game played today in the Championship


between Peterborough and Portsmouth. With neither of the two Sheffield


sides on league duty, Charlton had a real chance to extend their lead


at the top of League One. The Addicks had an away day to


contend with at Exeter. With Southend and Crawley not in


league action on Saturday, opportunity knocked for Cheltenham


Town in League Two. The Rubies knew that a point at


Macclesfield would take them top of the table.


AFC Wimbledon had another good win in midweek.


We'll see if they could build on that today, as well as having a


look back at the extended history of a club that's had its fair share


of ups and downs over the years. In fact, some of it has been


We start today though here at the Madejski Stadium, where Reading


took on Bristol City. The Royals slipped out of the play-


off places last week when they went down 1-0 to Hull City.


They were looking to get back to winning ways against a Bristol City


side that is now very much upwardly side that is now very much upwardly


mobile under Derek McInnes. Reading's Russian revolution is off


to a good start. Nicky Maynard was left out again, Chris Wood led the


City attack. Federici had to be sharp to deny him his second goal


in the week. Five wins had put Reading on the fringes of the top


six. David James needed to be at his best to smuggle the ball to


safety. Anton yo was sent clear down the right. Noel Hunt failed to


make the right connection. This overhead kick at Federici at full


stretch to keep the scores level. Just before the hour Reading make


the breakthrough. Carey brought the striker down on his debut, penalty


given. The Travellers were in trouble as Carey saw red. Roberts,


who once had a loan spell with Bristol Rovers, steadied himself


from 12 yards and got lucky. Reading now on course for the win


that would move them into the play- off places. City are made of


sterner stuff and refused to go quietly. Federici couldn't get near


Adomah's effort, the woodwork came to his rescue. When another


debutant hit the deck, victory should have been sealed. This time,


McAnuff took the responsibility from the spot. James did


brilliantly to keep him off the scoresheet. The keeper was called


into action at the death. McAnuff had him at full stretch. That made


little difference to the outcome as Brian, eight wins from 11. Very


well done. You are in a rich vein of form at the minute? Results wise


we are delighted. I think we can play better. That was a tough game


today. They have good players. Their manager has done a fantastic


job at Bristol. The most important thing today was to win. The game


was here to be won. Both teams had opportunities in the first half.


Certainly, we could have had the better of those. We imposed our


self on the game. They put the cross into the box early. They can


get you on the back foot. At times we looked organised, disciplined


and stood up to. That we created opportunities. Good game. You have


done so well on limited resources, money comes your way, the


expectation levels will soar, aren't they? I have no problem at


all about having money. I've never had that opportunity. To have that


opportunity, for me, is fantastic. It will help the club and help the


players. We brought in Roberts. You saw what he added to the team today.


He has a presence about him. I'm delighted. I have to thank the


owner. No Nicky Maynard for the second came running. What is your


instinct about his future at the club? Between now and Tuesday if


somebody comes in, it's not my decision. Somebody has to be in a


position to pay the fee the club is looking for. The club has to accept


it and Nicky has to go. There are a lot of factors to decide whether he


will not be our player between now and the end of the season. Last


week he was felt out on footballing reasons because we had a


disappointing position at Brighton. Chris played and he kept the jersey


today. As long as Nicky is reacting the right way to being left out.


His training was terrific this week. A great win then for Reading and


one that puts them very much on the coat tails of West Ham, Southampton


and Cardiff at the top. One more game to bring you from the


Championship, it saw Peterborough United take on Portsmouth.


Pompey, of course, were issued with another winding up petition by HMRC


this week. They were looking to put off-field


problems to one side for the visit The pair sent up Lawrence whose low


effort was turned away by Posh keeper Joe Lewis. The scouts hov


earning around Pompey's players. Jason Pearce showcasing his talents


with a header from Lawrence's corner. Peterborough fought back as


Mark Little found Tommy Rowe. Henderson wasn't in the mood to be


beaten. Huseklepp may have had the match-ball if it wasn't for Lewes


at the other end. The keeper beating away this drive. So the big


strike her to settle for a break to secure Pompey's away legal win. He


got a perfectly placed finish. It will require wealthy backers to


will require wealthy backers to ensure the club's survival. We are


delighted to get a win as what we did. It was really pleasing.


Keeping a clean sheet was really important. The boys deserved that


and they will enjoy their weekend. We will come in Monday morning


ready for the challenge of next week.. The goals we lost today were


poorg and the timing of them. The first goal gave them a platform,


the second goal on half-time. Disappointing result. We need to go


again. Fantastic performance from Portsmouth.


Onto League One now and with both Sheffield sides in Cup action today,


there was a chance for the teams in first and second in the table,


Charlton and Huddersfield, to steal a march on their nearest rivals.


Both were on the road on Saturday, Huddersfield were at Tranmere,


while leaders Charlton were at while leaders Charlton were at


Exeter. Chris Powell warned his side not to expect an easy ride.


The Charlton boss was right. The runway League One leaders needed a


slice of luck to record a straight straight win. The contribution of


goalkeeper might see seem an intervention by the Goal's panel.


That miss might have been Costly were it not for this save. Charlton


lead the rest by nine points. It proves they can win the big games


and avoid the banana skins. A hard- earned victory for us at a place


where people would expect us to win. It will not be like that. They


always play good football. It's always a tricky place to come to.


I'm really happy for us to come away with three points today.


chance for hudsers field to pull away. In truth they were lucky to


come away with a point. Jordan Rhodes had Town on top in the


second-half. They got their reward as Adam McGurk got the better of


the keeper. Lee Clark admitted he the home fans had the desired


effect as they did the double over Carlisle. Luke James got the first.


With less than a quarter of the game gone a second arrived. They


found Antony Sweeney. The referee showed Lee Miller a straight red


card for this lung on Andy Monkhouse. A decision the club may


appeal. The 17-year-old got the third to continue to impress in his


fledgling career. Carlisle failed to respond to pressurise the play-


off places. It was always going to be Pool's day. The fans were


delighted to see Colin Nish had -- wrap up the scoring. After a bad


three-and-a-half months Chesterfield are experiencing


optimism. On Friday night they dealt Bournemouth a first away


defeat in five months. Chesterfield looked more dangerous. Leicester


were denied again. This goal was one worth waiting for. The Cherries


couldn't lay claim to explosive finishing. Tomas came closest as


Chesterfield got the first clean sheet since September. Another one


of those on Monday against Oldham and they will be at Wembley.


Brentford had this one in the bag by half-time helped in part by


woeful Wycombe defending. Gary Alexander put them in front after


ten minutes. They were two down midway through the half. Sam


Saunders doubled the advantage. Brentford had a first home win


since mid December. This cross led to further punishment as Gary


Alexander got his tenth goal in as many matches. Wycombe did improve


after the break. Dave Winfield headed them back into contention.


Hopes of a recovery disappeared with 17 minutes left. Toumani


Diagouraga put away the fourth. That goal finished off the


visitor's challenge. They got another goal back thanks to Ben


Strevens. It was left to Gary Alexander to have the last word.


Maximum points as Brentford picked up their first win of the new year


in infattic fashion. As for Wycombe, in infattic fashion. As for Wycombe,


they are left proping up the rest. Today was all about winning. At


periods we played fantastic football. The first 35 minutes was


outstanding. We made life more difficult by not defending


ruthlessly enough. Overall, five goals entertaining football and


three points in the bag, it's a three points in the bag, it's a


very good day for us. Rochdale manager is cutting the mustard in


League One after hauling his side up the table. This header came off


the post for Akpa Akpro to score. Ashley Grimes converted this ball.


Nicky Adams found Grimes who celebrated taking his season's


tally into double figures. Yeovil fans are witnessing the green and


white shoots of recovery. Craig Morgan was sent off for hauling


back Andy Williams. Williams is proving a lucky charm for the


returning manager. He claimed both of the goals in this one, opening


the scoring in the half hour mark. Preston aren't experiencing quite


such a smooth transition. A second defeat from his three winless games


in charge has confirmed just after the hour when Williams got a fourth


goal in five games. Westley made the news last week for the 2.00 am


text messages sent to his team. We can only speculate as to the medium.


It brought back a fight back. Paul Huntington's match ended in


disgrace getting a fourth ready red card in four seasons. Yeovil held


and the use, the London club went close to breaking the deadlock but


Williams denied him a goal against his former club. Orient's Forbes


had not scored since this time last year. This is not how he envisaged


breaking that duck. The defender under pressure from Ian Henderson


to put through his own net to hand Colchester the lead. Lisbie was


doing his best to make amends. His searching run was a -- surging run


was halted in the box but his penalty appeals fell on deaf ears.


Colchester without a win since New Year's Eve should have stretched


their lead. But the Essex club held A good day for Colchester. As for


League Two it was potentially a massive day for Cheltenham Town


Football Club. With neither Southend nor Crawley in league


action it meant a point of the Macclesfield would see the Rubies


went the Day Top for the first time League Two, bouncing back from a


street's defeat to Bristol Rovers. They had to come from behind


against a Macclesfield side hoping to avoid a 5th straight defeat.


Marshall was stretching for a debut goal, the home side got the lead.


Martin Yeates' side had not lost back-to-back games all season and


Jombati set them all-square. Cheltenham were in no mood to take


pity on a team ravaged by injuries. Goulding was teed up, who was also


on target the last time this two sides met. His 6th goal of the


campaign, eight without defeat on the road. But appeared to have


settled the contest although a point was also -- almost rescued.


Garbutt's late strike make sure of Cheltenham's win. They are top of


the pile for the first time in 12 delighted his strikers recovered to


complete the double over his former club. Jacobson's scored. Proving to


the boss he does not always slip up when it matters. The Bulls


dominated the match at times but the manager said Shrewsbury proved


too clinical, an accurate assessment of this 20 yards strike


from Collins. Shrewsbury prove they have the stomach for the promotion


fight when Chris Neal stood firm took delivery but retching derby


defeat to the Bulls who remain in the bowels of the division.


surface was reasonable, we created a few chances. There were two will


take -- taken goals. The second half, the pitch cut up a bit and it


became difficult to pass the ball. The fortunes of Aidy Boothroyd and


Martin Ling could hardly be more different. Talking -- Torquay are


in the top three after an 11th win out of 14. Boothroyd says his side


need to put their fists up and get fighting. They had their chances


here but they could not land a knockout blow. Instead Northampton


let their door down -- let their guard down alarming Mark Ellis the


third goal in four games. Torquay Gillingham suggested they were keen


to move on quickly following John Coleman's departure. Smith's first


for the club inside a minute calming the nerves of caretaker


manager Liam Richardson. But the stand-in boss was back at square


one just six minutes later. Jack run's fantastic free kick had the


Kent club back on terms. -- Jackman. The team had suffered just one


defeat in their previous ten outings. Smith got his second to


restore Stanley's advantage. By the half-hour Gillingham were already


tumbling towards a third successive league defeat. Luke Joyce put the


home side firmly in control. Uncomfortable viewing, the 261 fans


who made the trip will be re Ian Burke -- reimbursed. There was more


slack defending. Smith got a hat- trick. A fine display from the


Charlton loanee left Gillingham with a mountain to climb. They made


a fist of it after the restart. They did not to be see much -- they


did not seem to be too much danger but a howler from the keeper


allowed Tomlin to cut the deficit. Five minutes from time, Tom and hit


the target again but for the second week running the Gills score three


and get nothing. Accrington are teams to prevail and whilst Crewe


showed plenty of the former early on at Underhill there was little of


the latter and there were few complaints went Artell was


dismissed. The division's top scorer found the net with the


penalty. Crewe were reduced to nine men a minute before the break when


Dugdale was sent off. The referee had no hesitation in finding the


red. A Reading youngster got a the best they met -- best effort


that they could muster, Argyll could hardly complain. Defeat will


hurt that bit more. This save came early in an extended rearguard


action. Having responded to four straight defeats with back-to-back


wins, there can afford to start thinking about the play-offs again.


The victory looked in doubt especially when this shot was


deflected narrowly wide. Alas gas goal has brought them four points


in recent weeks, now it was their time to suffer heartache for


letting in a late one. Plymouth are significant one. Victory over


Rotherham United lives the rout of the modern two. When Harrison


smashed the Millers in front the home fans must have been fearing


the worst. That goal meant Andy Scott's men had the advantage at


the break but Nurse sparked the Daggers recovery. The South


Yorkshire side face did test of character. Confidence is hardly


soaring after a patchy run of form. They were punished once more. This


shock went in off badly as John Still's' men went in front. The


Millers are in desperate need of wins to put themselves back in the


play-off picture. A minute after going behind they drew level.


Revell was left unmarked. That left 12 minutes either side to find a


winner. Dagenham found it. Doe ending a run of three straight


defeats, the Millers were lose more ground on the top seven and lost


Raynes a minute from the end, The original Wimbledon Football


Club was founded in 1899 and played their matches here on Wimbledon


Common until they moved into Plough Lane two decades later. Finally


elected an to the Football League in 1977, within nine seasons they


had reached the top flight where they were to stay for 14 years.


They had already achieved FA Cup notoriety when during the 19745


season -- 1974-five season they drew a fourth-round tie with


reigning champions Leeds United at Elland Road. With Wimbledon


goalkeeper saving are met -- serving a penalty before they


narrowly lost the replay. He can have the freedom of Wimbledon this


weekend. But finest hour came in 1988, when Lawrie Sanchez' gold


sort of overwhelming favourites Liverpool to win the trophy. That


is a goal for Wimbledon. Off the field ground irregularities led to


Wimbledon's departure from Plough Lane in 1991. Then after 12 years


of ground-sharing with Crystal Palace come in 2002 the club's new


owners were given permission to relocate to Milton Keynes, where,


two years later, they were renamed MK Dons. In response AFC Wimbledon


were formed by disgruntled supporters with an initial squad


assembled after trials on Wimbledon Common. The new club began life


five divisions below the Football League and their first ever goal


was scored by in this -- infamous News of the World phone hacker


Glenn Mulcaire four-star five promotions in nine seasons would


have followed including the play- off final win over Luton on


penalties that brought AFC Wimbledon into the Football League.


Between February 2002 and December 2000 and thought they set a senior


English football record when they went 75 consecutive league matches


without defeat. Hutu years after that, MK Dons officially recognised


AFC Wimbledon as the rightful owners or the original Wimbledon's


trophies and memorabilia -- two years after that. This is the FA


man to revive their play-off hopes. Striker scored, he traded passes


before seeing his shot find the mark. Another deflection had the


sides level. Moore's free kick gave them hope. But it was the shops to


ended at five or wait defeat when Straker found space out wide before


smashing in another effort. One win in ten home games for the Dons,


whose play-off hopes are barely staying alive.


The honeymoon period continues for Mark McGhee. A first home match in


charge saw them record back-to-back wins for the first time this season.


Some head tennis preceded Rovers' open up. The pilates edged this


particular relish. Six minutes gone. At Reading, Phil Parkinson was one


of Magee's most successful signings. Two decades on Parkinson felt he


was unfortunate not to take something against his old box --


boss. Richards double that Rovers' lead. It was the referee who bought


-- who bore the brunt of the criticism. The second yellow card


incensed the away side who were to amount -- you were to mount an


unlikely comeback. They were back in the match was 80 minutes


remaining. Only those two who got the final touch here. The Pirates


sort out the match and have now sake -- taken seven points out of


nine under their new manager. Even he conceded they were fortunate to


survive a penalty appeal. Hard work and good fortune were the key to


the first home win since October. Once we got two-nil up and as the


game progressed we did not have the ability to change it so we had to


begin and the fact we did in was Another good Winthorpe Bristol


Rovers, I'm joined by Jason Roberts. Well done today. 80 minutes and


your belt and you scored you're winning goal and your debut. It was


a good day at the office, a good performance from the boys, they


worked hard. It was weird when we went to ten men, we didn't take


advantage of it. We take the win and the goal. You come to a club


during very exciting times. Yes, it is very exciting for the club I


think. There has been some good foundations put in over the last


seven or eight years and there is a pub -- possibility they can go and


a different direction. It is good for me to be involved in such an


earlier period but it is a good club, some good players here and


they have a good chance of getting promotion. There might be an


argument that Brian McDermott has done ever so well on limited


resources. Now there is money it will increase expectation and you


know what that can do. Yes, I agree but at the same time you want to be


a situation where people expect you to do well and a bit more


expectation will allow us to crack on and really focus on the fact


people are looking at us that we don't want to be doing well, we


want to be doing very well at people looking at us and thinking


maybe we can progress. What is your gut instinct, will we see more


players coming in between now and the end of the month? I am not sure.


There is enough to have a push at getting in the play-offs and who


knows may be better but no one would turn down better players and


good players coming into the club. Have you sorted this argument out


between Newark Brian? You score four goals or two goals in your


first goal for Hayes. What was it? He was managing a slouch side when


I played my first game. I can't remember, as called some goals.


There is a debate it is -- if it it it's four or two, I am sticking


with four. We won today. Let's look at the league tables after


the first time. Accrington it will enjoy moving up into the play-off


places. At the bottom Northampton's miserable form continues. They are


joined by Plymouth, who also lost. Things are looking marginally


better for the Daggers, they are vital win against Rotherham at


least gives them a tiny bit of breathing space. Charlton keep


marching on. They are nine points clear of second-placed Huddersfield,


who could only draw at chant -- at Tranmere. Brentford inched towards


the play-off places after their his magic. What a day for Reading.


It may only have been one-nil against Bristol City but it takes


them up to 4th in the table and that is a high as they have been


since August. At the bottom Bristol City lose the chance to put extra


daylight between themselves and the relegation places come as something


Portsmouth have done and in some style. Their thumping at


Peterborough moved them above Posh added to 16th place. Before we go,


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