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Good evening. At the start of the season having two England managers


in the Championship appeared to be quite a cook. Two months in births


then Goran Eriksson and Steve McClaren find themselves in the


JobCentre, highlighting how even the most impressive CVs do not


protect you from the pressures of the book Boli. Steve Claridge is


with me tonight. Here is what else is coming up: Southampton's home


form under Nigel Adkins has been outstanding. Today they met a


Middlesbrough side who have won most of their away games. It is


first against a third in the Championship. Their relegation was


followed by a sum of upheaval at St Andrew's, but there is currently no


stopping Birmingham's city who are looking for their 7th consecutive


win in all competitions against out-of-sorts Brighton. And there is


a nice North-West Derby for us to get our teeth into. They go head-


to-head at Turf Moor. We start at the top of the Championship as


leaders Southampton face arguably their sternest test of the season


so far against third-placed Middlesbrough. Saints were looking


for a club record 16th consecutive exciting team in the Championship


this season than Southampton. Their games have been won with 16 goals


scored, but Middlesbrough are only three points behind them and have


the meanest defence in the division. It is back to normal for


Southampton. Guly Do Prado will play up front in the striking role


that he prefers. Barry Robson returns after a one-match ban and


Matthew Bates is back after two from the full-back, but he has won


a corner. He has been at Southampton since he was 12 years


old. It was hit long and steep and that was a good strike, but it took


a deflection. The central defender up from the back for the set-piece.


the Brazilian with a really powerful header. And Southampton


opened the scoring. It is goal No. 5 for the season from the big


Brazilian who spent nine years playing football in Italy. It was a


quality header. The cross from Daniel Butterfield was absolutely


Southampton. There was somebody free at the back and that has got


to be number two. It is Guly Do Prado again. That might be that for


Middlesbrough. We are only halfway through the first half, and


Southampton have cut them to pieces twice. Scoring was the easy part,


but it was the build up a place. They queue very much. No team has


scored more than two goals against Middlesbrough this season, but it


of the post. It might have come off the back or the side of his head.


Southampton are threatening to extend their lead before half-time.


Maybe he is not happy with a two- goal lead, they want more. They


have had more this season, Southampton, they have had some


great results. He was in for his hat-trick, but it was denied by the


woodwork. It looked easy to score. That was the simplest of the


Dutchman is penalised. It looks as if Tony McMahon is going to strike


pose, and it was optimistic from that range. Scott McDonald put it


into the side-netting. That is the first time Middlesbrough have


opened them up. He could not find the net with the goalkeeper rushing


off his line. He waited too long and he lost possession. That was a


wonderful strike. He is the son of the former Wimbledon player, one of


the Crazy Gang. He could not have struck that any sweeter. It was


destined for the top corner. Chapa allow has spotted that. Just


running it into the Middlesbrough half. Can he do it all on his own?


given them so long. It had to be. David Connolly had all the time and


he had all the space. Nobody gets at him. Connolly is not going to


miss from the penalty spot. Still a number fired up for the season for


David Connolly and gone number three for Southampton. That, if


there was any doubt, wraps up the victory. The Middlesbrough fans are


making the early exit to start that long journey home. Space again.


What a strike. That was by Lambert. He continues to impress. That was a


great strike on the volley. So many plusses for Southampton, where do


you want to start? We got three points, we kept a clean sheet and


we scored three exceptionally good goals. The third goal came on the


back of 25 passes as David Connolly put the ball in the back of the


neck. They have won every game they play at home, they have got good


technical players, good legs and very obvious physical threat up


front. They utilise all of them. I'd give them credit for being


effective and winning the match. The ambition is to get this


fantastic club back to the Premier League. You have seen the buzz of


the supporters and the support they make for the players. Sometimes


when things are not going our way, the supporters get behind the


players. They were not negative and The vital time. Nigel Adkins is


smiling and quite rightly so. The gap was made to look a lot bigger.


Southampton were excellent. Yes, 16 wins back at home and I doubt if


they will have more comfortable games than that. You expected at


some stage for Middlesbrough to come back into the game, but


Southampton never allowed that to happen. Three good goals. They were


helped set by Middlesbrough's defending, though. When you are put


under that sort of constant pressure and movement off the ball


and options, pays, you are going to be found out if you are not your


best. They were not at their best. We saw that particularly in their


last goal. This is just incredible. It is at the end of 24 passes.


Matty Bates just sums up the whole afternoon. He gives up on it. It


was all too easy for Southampton. Never at any stage did


Middlesbrough look as if they could get back in. So many things to


encourage it Nigel Adkins. The form of Richard was superb. I am


surprised at the turnaround we have seen in him. I watched him last


year and he looked like a shadow, but somehow he has come in right


from the very often. He looks quick, strong, sharp, everything he was


not last year. He has established himself in the side and he is


equally effective on either side. He can play down the middle. What a


versatile player. He looks a completely different person from


the one who played last season. It is like signing a new player.


the latest club on the lookout for a new manager, Leicester. They


began with a trip to promotion rivals West Ham after life afters


then Goran Eriksson. Come on, Leicester. Leicester embarked on


their new era with a trip to second-placed West Ham. A win today


would see them collect a 4th league win in seven and they were ahead 21


minutes in, Sam Baldock rising themselves two down. Julien Faubert


picked his spot perfectly. That was his first since February last year.


What was turnip out to be a breathless first half and West Ham


could made it 3. Sam Baldock was inches away from his second.


Leicester were looking for their first win at West Ham in 11 years


and shortly after the break came the counter-punch. Andy King sneak


in at the back post, but West Ham restored their two-goal advantage


thanks to the old one, two, three. 1, Green launched it, too it was


flicked, three Sam balled up Boli did. Leicester replied with a 1, 2,


equaliser. Steve Howard went close. But he could not score. Leicester


continue to stumble, without Sven, but West Ham's promotion bid


gathers momentum. We have suffered in the past by conceding at the end,


but we did not this time. It is a very important three points for me.


They had a right good goal, and their sex to them at the end of the


game I was proud of that second that performance. That was a good


contest between two teams playing their Hearts out. They have come on


to the Championship lives for the last two seasons but this time


round because have started as if they mean to challenge at the top


of the table. You're only talking point came from some tricky wing


play from an invasive Fox, who did not stick around. This has been the


best start to the season for Crystal Palace in a decade, and it


would have been even better of Glenn Murray had not been offside.


Crystal Palace were looking for a 5th successive victory in all


competitions but came up against a Reading team undefeated in seven


games. Reading went close with an Adam LeFondre header. It was goal


was going into their final moments, and Kaspars Gorkss found the net,


but the referee has seen an infringement, and that finished 0-0.


Derby County's promising start has hit the buffers. Without a win in a


month, they were clinging to their top-six place when they posted


Portsmouth. It took Derby County just the men must do get off the


mark, through Craig Bryson. Jason Pearce was not far from equalising


bus-stop but their away form has been wretched this season. Pompey


are without a League win on the road, so their fans are getting


used to near misses. To make matters worse, Derby County struck


soon after, or Robinson again involved, Chris Maguire getting the


final touch with his first League goal for the club. The hosts, 2-0


up within the first quarter of an hour. Another company's, from Jamie


Ward, all but sealing the victory for home team before the break.


Poppy have not even scored them the last three away games. -- Pompey.


But it hardly mattered. A convincing victory for Derby County,


and the points for them again, at last. Steve Cotterill has breathed


new life into Nottingham Forest, since taking full charge, they have


picked up maximum points. Hull City went into this game unbeaten in


eight games. It Lewis McGugan picking out Marcus Tudgay for


Forest early on. Last week's win over Middlesbrough was the first of


Forest this season. Radoslaw Majewski denied by Adriano Basil.


Dele Adebola gave the visitors their attacking presence they have


been lacking coming on in the 60th minute. The former Nottingham


Forest player making an immediate impression. Hull City up the ante,


with Aaron Mclean makingfor some sloppy defending Taoiseach he


picked his spot, with precision, to extend the unbeaten run for Hull


City to nine games. Steve Cotterill's winning start at forest


is now over. A we have done enough to win the game. It was a bit of a


smash-and-grab from Hull City. We have to take that on the chin.


was always going to be a tough game. Steve has got off to a good start.


And Forest, I am sure, will want to And Forest, I am sure, will want to


get their season Going. At good victory for Derby County, but the


troubles deepen for Leicester. Sam Baldock is looking increasingly at


home in the West Ham sure. I know you have not been convinced by the


appointment of Sven Goran Eriksson. Do you think he should have been


given more time? What are the ambitions for the club? If you are


talking about getting up immediately, they are some way off


for that, but they were only five points of the play-offs. Not a


million miles of bus-stop I would have given her another six or seven


games. I was not totally convinced. It is no surprise the way it has


finished up. Another six or seven games to turn it round, then look


at that. A because it the table is so condensed, the ball too long


under pressure to act quickly. want to get the right appointment.


That is the most important thing. When you are dealing with the


finances that they are, then you have to go again, because the new


manager will want new players and new staff, and if you are paying


the money that Leicester are paying, you need to get the right man.


sort Crystal Palace in that round- up. Involved in the quarter-final


draw of the Carling Cup. Crystal Palace have a trip to Manchester


United. The other Football League side involved, Cardiff City, might


fancy their chances, against Premier League strugglers,


Blackburn Rovers. The other two ties, all Premier League ones. As


far as the Carling Cup holders are concerned, games are coming thick


and fast for Birmingham City, whose involvement in the Europa League


meant they started the day a point off the play-offs. But with games


in hand on all the teams above them, on a rare weekend when they were


playing on a Saturday, we sent Clem along to St Andrews for the visit


of spluttering Brighton to recap on an eventful 2011 in the West


Back in February, they defied the odds to beat Arsenal and left the


Carling Cup. It is a mix up, and it is a gift of a Birmingham. Obafemi


Martins has taken it. But, by me, they had become the first team in a


quarter of a century to win a major English trophy and be relegated


from the top flight in the same season. Gutted. Sick as a parrot.


It is horrible. Terrible, terrible. You do not look as though you could


be grumpy, but would you? I am definitely grumpy when they are not


playing well. A summer of upheaval followed, with their own a Carson


Yeung arrested on alleged money- laundering charges and the manager


and several players leaving. Step forward a man used to dealing with


off field distractions and restoring a big club from the


We were all shocked at what happened in the North East. Were


you hurt by it and did it take a long time to get that out of your


system? Not to get it out of my system, because you move on. You


can only deal with what is fact. The fact that, when I left we were


and a good position, most people were perhaps as aggrieved as I was.


In some ways, that helps. I have come into a wonderful club, a


wonderful Football Club, with great traditions, we know the problems we


have had over the summer. We have lots some players. And the exciting


thing for me is to build a team that will be competitive in this


division. I am proud of the players and the manager. It has given us


all a boost. The not missing the Premier League at all. I have you


been briefed about the Op your staff? He has, I have, and they


have a very good relationship. I was well aware of the job that I


was coming into. There have not been any surprises for me. My brief


has been to do what I can on the football pitch. Match-day badges!


The Europa League, as well as what is its championship games. Yes, the


games are coming thick and fast. Did we need it? No, we didn't, not


with the amount of games and the squad that we have had. But at this


moment it has worked out quite well for us, it has allowed us to use


the squad and given us a little bit of momentum. Give us a shake,


Six wins? Seven, we can make it seven to do, so, hopefully,


hopefully it will work. Days like today are the most important ones.


We have a job to do. We are playing in a very difficult League. This


will be a huge game for us. such a highly anticipated came it


did not live up to pre-match expectations. Birmingham had the


best of the exchanges with Marlon King but in this effort just wide


but shots on target were at a premium. Boaz Myhill, barely tested


by this speculative effort from a few Sparrow. The long-range shots


continued into the second half, with Boaz Myhill, again untroubled.


Before this, Birmingham have scored in every championship game this


season. You would not have guessed it, this free kick being one of


their better efforts. Birmingham failed to hit the target all match,


and the visitors did not do much better. It was not a classic. Chris


Hughton's team remain just outside a play-off spots, one point ahead


of writing. -- or Brighton. We did not start the season well. We have


to learn about this division, and the players had to gel together.


What we have created is a good spirit amongst the players and some


real competition. But we are up against an awful lot of games. We


have not played a championship side this season and it has been an easy


game. Not one. Chris Hughton, reflecting as Birmingham's winning


run comes to an end. Considering all the uncertainty they have done


really well. Yes, they might have had to go through a lot this season.


Mid-September, got beaten up badly at Southampton. It was all doom and


gloom. 10 days later, playing in the Europa League, beating Maribor,


who have an excellent record at home. So from a competition that


has been denigrated by Premier League sides, they other foundation


to build on. They have not conceded, they have drawn this game, and have


only conceded one goal in six at home. That gives you an opportunity


to win most of your home games with that sort of record. OK, next up a


match between two sides who were hoping for better starts to the new


season. Both Burnley and Blackpool have so far struggled for


consistency - but have shown glimpses of turning it on when it


really matters - and when there's a Lancashire derby to be won, it


really does matter. Eddie Howe named the side that finished last


Saturday's win at Coventry. Charlie Austin, who scored the winner in


that game, returned to the starting line-up, along with Junior


Stanislaus. Blackpool made three changes from the team that lost at


Nottingham Forest last week, with Ian Evatt, Keith Southern and Brett


Ormerod all starting. Commentary on out, from Cathcart, the former


Manchester United player. That looked like it was going to be a


goal. Sensing first blood in the Lancashire derby, those fans. And


what a start for Charlie Austin, back in the side. He gets a


Lancashire derby a light, as Burnley take the lead. Into the


danger area, and there was no stopping Charlie Austin. He knew


that ball was flying into the top Blackpool penalty area. Michael


Oliver reaches for a yellow card. You turn back towards the edge of


Superb effort from the Scot into the top right-hand corner of the


net. The goalkeeper could do nothing with charlie Austin's


header and certainly nothing with Grant. Shelby, the curling effort.


Not too difficult for the at his mercy and forces a very


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the end. Marvin Bartley with an excellent finish for the third goal.


It is harsh on Blackpool, but more reflective the superiority Burnley


Dalavich did everything that was asked of him. The slightest


season the charlie Austin. The 4th goal beckoned for him and he won't


get a more simple chance than that. the least Blackpool deserved. At


least they will take something back to Lancashire with them. But in the


end, it is a defeat. But Shelby, the Finnish Blackpool giving them


some just deserts on a night that The home record, we wanted to


improve it and take the game to Blackpool. The icing on the cake


was the goals. I wish the team that played in the second half turned up


in the first half, to be honest. The goals are affecting us too


badly. They are too easily going in, two set pieces. And we have got to


get back to basics. After that, the character we showed in the second


half, we needed to finish. If we had got the third goal in the game


it would have been a different story. I cannot prove that, they


got it against the run of play at the time. The bookies have made


your favourite for the ports must job, watch a message to the Burnley


fans? I am staying, I am 100% committed to the club, I am


enjoying it. The Burnley fans will be happy about that. They were


treated to a fabulous game at Turf Moor on Saturday. But what about


he get involved? What a goal! Magnificent finish. The right man


took the free kick. As for Blackpool, two wins in the last


eight. The manager is under A lot has gone on in a short space


of time, have you got sympathy? you take out going up to the


Premiership and coming back down. 13th is not bad for Blackpool. A


couple of players have been let go. 16 in, they are starting afresh?


They are, but there is a degree of latitude most managers have not had.


You can see what they are talking about, but 13 for Blackpool at this


stage isn't too bad. If they are in and around the play-offs at the end


of the season, it is fine. With Cardiff playing Leeds on Sunday it


looks as though we have four more games and starts with the trip of


Ipswich Town 2 Millwall. It was a trip to South London for the


Ipswich team who had Michael Chopra in the starting line-up despite his


reported treatment for a gambling Simpson on loan from Hull was in


the thick of the action again a few minutes later. The goalkeeper made


the save but in a role reversal, Darius Henderson converted. He is a


man in form following his hat-trick last week. Simpson has previously


had a spell on loan at Millwall while still an Arsenal player. He


almost added to the tally after the break. Ipswich Town and saw a six-


match unbeaten run come to an end last weekend against Crystal Palace.


But they gave themselves some hope in the second half. But it was


Jimmy Bullard's former team mates and son who was the star turn on


this occasion. He set up his goal. Two minutes later, Simpson decided


he would do it all himself. The goalkeeper helpless as Millwall


went 4-1 up. A long-range shot from Keith Andrews probably won't have


made much difference to the outcome as Millwall ended up comfortable


winners and finished a month with back-to-back wins.


We needed it and we need some more. We just put a bit of a run together,


gamesome constant -- confidence and I hope we can build on that.


It has not be much above honeymoon for Dean Saunders and Doncaster.


That they were hoping to avoid a 4th defeat when they hosted


Coventry in a meeting of two troubled teams. It has been the


worse start in a season bar 11 years who have not won away going


into this game. But this strike put them ahead on the half-hour. It is


not hard to see where Doncaster's problems lie. They had scored only


three home goals all campaign. The Lee Sharpe was not in the squad,


personal problems making him unavailable. But this leveller


men's for hosts shared the spoils at least. It was important we did


not lose the game today. Coventry are down there with us. We have had


a few dodgy results. Disappointments that we did not get


the three. But the main thing is we did not lose. Last week's 2-0 lost


to Birmingham was not the dream start for the Bristol City boss. He


is looking to revive his new side's fortunes with a trip to Barnsley.


The early signs were good. The defence was left waiting for an


offside flag that never came. This fixture has a history of producing


goals and there were plenty of chances. Nicky Maynard ending up on


that there were a goal at his mercy. And after the break the chances


kept on coming. Nicky Maynard probably started thinking it was


not going to be his day. But this was not just reserved for the


visitors. Andy Gray, the next to fluff his lines with the goal


gaping. Try as they might, Barnsley couldn't find an equaliser. Jacob


Butterfield Nellie adding another spectacular strike to his


impressive collections. As the final quarter approached, they were


finally rewarded. Gray Davis have not scored since his summer move


from Chesterfield. He chose the perfect moment to open his account.


But incredibly it was Bristol City who nicked it in stoppage time.


Nicky Maynard made up for his earlier misses. Bass second when of


the seasons for Bristol City to move level with Doncaster Rovers at


the foot of the table. The visit of Darren Ferguson's


Peter Boro is the nearest thing of guaranteeing to scoring in the


Premiership. Watford 1-2 at goals to their goals. The Hornets have


yet to secure our point in October. It took less than five minutes to


ensure. Peterborough might concede goals but they score at first Duke.


They went into this game as the Championship's second top scorers.


Moments later, there was almost another as the free kick beat the


goalkeeper but not the post. But the visitors self-destructed again.


McCann it make this challenge in the penalty area and the penalty


was awarded. There was plenty more to come before the break. Just two


minutes later and another foul, this time outside the area. Yates


took the free kick and Watford were now 3-1 up. Paul Taylor's run at


the Watford defence on the back foot. Sinclair was set up to give


hope to the visitors. Five goals before the break. The second half


was always going to struggle to live up to the first. And so it


proved. There were no more goals, so Watford held on for a much-


needed win. We knew they would give us a tough


game. It is a big win, but we believe in what we do and it was


obvious today, how committed the Derek McInnes is up and running


with Bristol City. It goes to show how valuable Nicky Maynard is to


them. They had a goal drought and they struggled. Nicky Maynard, was


top scorer a couple of years ago. He has had terrible injuries over


the last couple of years. That is a much-needed win as well to be fair.


But they haven't, with Watford winning, seven points from safety


service keeps them in touch. cracking game as far as Watford


were concerned. All five goals coming in 39 minutes. They lost the


likes of John Eustace and Luis Doyle. It is credit to the players


who did feature? You have to keep believing in what you're doing and


keep persevering. As long as it is the right way to do things. When


you play Peterborough, what you know his you will get chances. If


you get their chances you have to put them away. But he will also be


put under pressure. We were talking about Millwall struggling to score


goals not so long ago. Already, they are up to 17. Three goals in


nine before these last two games. Things have changed quickly at


Millwall. It is the belief isn't it? The leaders of League 1,


Charlton wanted to extend their success at Wycombe Wanderers in the


week, he took just nine minutes to get off the mark at Hartlepool. His


4th goal in three matches raising his tally to 11, not the start that


Mick Wadsworth was hoping for. Eight minutes before the break,


Rhoys Wiggins provided another cross that Bradley Wright-Phillips


put away, with ease. The Charlton boss returned to the scene of the


first taste of defeat as manager. This latest trip got even better,


as Danny Hollins stretch the lead. The success was a complete six


minutes from the end, scored twice that playing a neat one-two with


Paul Hayes, that leaves Charlton looking down on everyone else,


having sealed the victory. Believe the reports and Lee Clark has


Michael future is up in the air. The man that Leicester City are set


to see as Sven's replacement. Dominic Blizzard cross to rattle


the good work for the home side. We Clarke stressed that his mind was


still very much on the jaw and he had heard nothing from the East


Midlands. Huddersfield a played better than an unbeaten league when


it stages to 41 matches. They clinched victory with just 10


minutes left, to Anton Robinson. Yeovil were spirited to the finish,


but the Terriers got off to a positive start with the crossbar,


thwarting all Lee Johnson. This was second from bottom again start from


top. It appeared to be going with form. After 23 minutes, the away


side took the lead. Ryan Lowe came close, but the Portuguese


midfielder was on hand to fire home his first of the season. Then a


little bit of history was made six minutes later. At 15 years and 325


years old, Jordan Ibe became the youngest scorer for Wycombe in the


Premier League. He earned a yellow card for a celebration of his


family. The joy for the old Byers was short-lived, as Ryan Lowe put


Sheffield Wednesday back in front, heading home his first goal for


Wales. Wycombe's ripped into the match came trickier when Gareth


Ainsworth picked up a second yellow. He has played more than 100


professional matches by the time his team-mate had even been born.


This tackle meant that he saw red. Having climbed out of the bottom


four with back-to-back wins, Exeter arrived in this still city full of


confidence. Their revival be owed much to the form of Daniel


Nardiello. He gave them an early lead. Sheffield United were and


even more trouble later. The decision to leave David Noble and


challenged back by a, but time. Exeter was back on course for a


memorable away a, but that leads reminded them not to get too


carried away by the surprising star. Marcus Williams to love in the


cross for Matt Phillips who volleyed in has fought in as many


games. Eventually, Exeter were pinned back, with Billy Clarke


getting the better of the Exeter keeper. 2-2, and plenty of drama to


come. United completed the turnaround. Matthew Lorton


dispatching the goal. Exeter refused to go on there. They


equalised through George Long, sparking off asked frantic finish.


Five minutes from the end, Danny Wilson's men appear to have


snatched a victory when Phillips took his 5th goal in four games.


Victory with a closed the gap on Neighbours, she pulled Wednesday,


to just a single point, but James Dunn ruined it for them a minute


later, with the former Arsenal trainee making the most of some


awful defending, to net his side a share of the poise. -- points. No


goals before the break, but Anthony Wordsworth was knackered affected


free kicks set the tone for a lively second half. That goal, just


four minutes after the break was quickly cancelled out. Sam Sodje


steaming into the box to meet this giant throw-in. Notts County level,


only to be undone by a frantic eight-minute spell with the goal


from Michel Antonio, on target at the second attempt. Unable to deal


with that goal kick and guilty of allowing Ian Henderson too much


space. That fabulous finish was matched by the neat pass which


helped kill off the contest. Henderson releasing Odejaye to make


it 4-1. With a bit more luck, Lee Hughes might have rekindled the


challenge of the visitors. They pulled one back right at the death,


with a camera catching up just as Cech used can't this past his own


keeper. It was grim viewing for the defender but he will like the look


of the scoreline. Tranmere Rovers were looking for their 4th victory


in a row, started brightly against Scunthorpe when Sams will come in


Cole made a bad mistake. His blushes were spared on the 20


minute mark when Shane Duffy headed Allen-Mills a possible men level.


The 19-year-old, Duffy, scoring his first for the club since arriving


on loan from Everton. Rovers till the advantage until the stroke of


half-time, when Scunthorpe drew level for the second time. That


fine finish from Grand met that it was all square at the break. Then


the long-sighted the League for the first time in the match. The long


ball forward was pounced on by Chris Dagnall. With just two wins


in the last 90 League matches there have been some their surround


Glanford Park, but don't say's chances of holding onto the lead


improved when with just 30 minutes to play, Baxter saw red, after this


foul on Sam Togwell. Rovers had it all to do. Four minutes with a draw


-- four minutes later, the points were all but sealed. Ian Goodison,


bundling over O'Connor, in the box. And Grant scored his second of the


than a match for the Dons, then everything changed. Jennie Walker


lost his bearings and then tried to argue that he handled inside the


area. Despite pleading his innocence, the goalkeeper saw red.


From the resulting free kick, been linked in will come into his new


role by smashing the travellers are in front. That put Karl Robinson's


men on track for the first win in five matches, which was rubber-


stamped on the stroke of half-time. Stephen Leeson set about doubling


the advantage. The stand in keeper did well to deny Luke Chadwick. But


he could not stop them increasing the lead. The ball so boss was sent


to the stands for the second half, and from his new vantage point he


almost all his side get back in it. midway through the first half, as


Oldham edged in front. Lee Miller seemed to get the ball, but there


was enough contact for Simpson to go to ground. Shefki Kuqi did the


honours from the spot. Paul Dickov's side doubled the advantage


soon after. Understandably, at two up, Oldham appeared to be enjoying


themselves, with confidence coursing through the team. A


flowing move left Carlisle with a mountain to climb. Chris Taylor


waiting for David Mellor to our right, with Shefki Kuqi ready to


pounce in the centre. His gait goal of the season could not have been


more emphatic. The only blight on all de's impressive first-half


display came in stoppage time. Lee Miller's header gave the Cumbrians


a glimmer of hope to take into the second half. Francois Zoko was sent


on to see if he could shake things up and the tactical switch look


like a master stroke as they Ivorian looked like it raising the


deficit. Now, Oldham steeled themselves for an onslaught and


protected their lead until the onside were so desperate that, in


the spirit of Jimmy Glass, even the Calil keeper was up with the front


men. Peter Murphy crossed, and with a flourish, Francois Zoko made it


week, Bournemouth went to Deepdale with a spring in their step. Sumu


Scoring his 4th goal and three matches. The lead only lasted for


four minutes of the second half. 10 minutes later, the tournament was


complete. Their severance was the key as Scott Malone, on loan from


Wolves, Scotus first goal for Bournemouth at the second time of


asking. With just over 20 minutes remaining, the match was all over,


and, Phil Brown, if you're watching, you might want to look away. Clarke


Carlisle misjudged the ball completely. And Pugh did not need a


second in white. The Cherries move out of the drop zone. Sam Saunders


was the inspiration behind Brentford's latest success. A peach


of a free kick, just the tonic for a team that have not won in the


last five matches. It has been a while since Chesterfield sample


that winning feeling, but Leon Clarke restored parity soon after.


There was chaos and the ball, and Clarke help himself to his eight


goal of the season. Chesterfield hope that could be the catalyst for


the first victory in a month, but eight minutes from time, Dale


Bennett crashed in the winner for Brentford, to condemn Chesterfield


to their 6th defeat in seven matches. Stevenage are building up


a head of steam, unbeaten in four games, and boasting back-to-back


wins for the first in the season. By then Harrison's wet and the


opener. Every time the shakers have trailed at half-time they have lost


and it became clear that that friend was not going to change when


they slipped further behind with its 15 minutes to go. Mark Roberts


played onside by one par the defender. Stevenage in control.


Just three minutes later, Stevenage fell victim to a long ball that


seemed unlikely to do much damaged. Andy Bishop maintained a scoring


streak with his 4th goal in five matches. But Bury left themselves


too much to do. Rochdale for themselves behind early on to


Leyton Orient. Jimmy Smith with the finish. It was an advantage that


was doubled midway through the second half. Good work down the


left allowed George Porter to find Jamie Cureton who teed up David


Mooney. It was an afternoon to forget. A brilliant save by Lee


Butcher, but the defeat means Roy still drop back into the bottom


four. Leyton Orient are finding some Brazilians, reminiscent of


last season's unbeaten one of 14. Charlton Athletic stay top of the


pack. What a return for Bradley Wright-Phillips with 12 goals in 15


games. With the forwards they have got, the support, the supply and


the service they are getting is all from the team very much in form.


He's benefiting from map at the moment. -- from that. Jordan Ibe


scores, aged 15, Celebrates with his family and is yellow-carded by


the referee. Should he not get a little bit of leeway? We talk about


consistency. So there is no room Bossington and? Absolutely not.


That is great, lovely to see moments like that. Dean Smith is


under pressure at Walsall against Carol Robinson's MK Dons. The


goalkeeper gets sent off but there was no deputy goalkeeper on the


bench for Walsall, because Dean Smith does not go for a goalkeeper


at home, what do you think about that? It is a huge gamble. And it


backfired. If you had asked me before the game it to be different,


to after. But five substitutions does allow you some latitude. But


those are the sorts of things that can happen. You just do not need to


get yourself in that situation. If you pick 11 players, that starting


team should be lucky. Then, you should only have to add to that as


and when you need to. I cannot see the need for five out full players.


Huddersfield needed to get something against your will and


came away with a 1-0 victory. Unbeaten one going to 41 games now.


Staggering. The fans are desperate for Lee Clark to stay, and not to


go to Leicester. And they are not far away from that record. They


will not come any closer, after seven weeks, to lose in that record,


missing two penalties, but they have done a me Gravesen job. He


knows it is important to finish in the top two in this division but if


they keep going the way they are, League Two next and we start at


Cheltenham, where visitors Plymouth were celebrating exiting


administration on Friday, after businessman James Brent's takeover


was approved. On Saturday, could they begin their rescue mission at


Argyll got some look at Cheltenham. Good news off the field seemed to


be rubbing off. Only at terrific stop prevented them doubling the


advantage. The feel-good factor lasted up until the 83rd minute.


But in a cruel twist they were denied what would have been a


priceless victory. Charlton were given a lifeline. Nelson escaped


with a booking and Duffy stepped up to increase the punishment. A blow


for Coll Fletcher's men whose displayed deserve more. The task of


hanging on four. It was made harder by Jamie Griffiths's lunch. He was


dismissed and then defeat delivered the sucker-punch to pinch the


ended on a disappointing note as they lost the leadership.


Accrington have a half-time lead for the first time all season which


they held until 12 minutes to the end. This fine strike set up the


strike. They have not tried to play and the referee could have had a 26


but five minutes before half-time it was the visitors who took the


lead. Ryan Hall fired home his 6th goal of the season. With less than


half-an-hour remaining, Ferdinand was on hand to insure their 9th win


in 10 matches. Wimbledon managed to avoid setting a new club record of


four straight defeats after holding Shrewsbury to a goalless draw. The


pass of the Don has missed the game because of family matters.


Shrewsbury might have won it but that flying save made sure it


finished all-square. Bash macro the boss of the Dons.


Morecambe move into the top three at the end of a bad few days for


Gillingham who lost two Swindon on Tuesday. Hunter got the hosts off


to a spectacular start. Morecambe make themselves more comfortable.


Kevin Ellis and demanded the cut back and put it to great use. His


8th of the season meant that there would be no way back for their


opponents. The keeper was allowed to stay between the posts but


unable to do anything to stop this known for his goalscoring exploits,


but he finished with aplomb, ensuring the home side were off to


a flyer. The visitors level things up, Adam Yates cross to Mark


Richards who scored his 7th goal in eight matches. Parity did not last


long. That strike was worthy of winning any match but with less


than 10 minutes, the visitors were presented with a chance to equalise.


Michael Duke re's foul on Richards gave him a chance for his second


goal in the afternoon. The goalkeeper was up to it. -- Michael


dewberry's for the best part of an hour, Bradford were holding their


own against a Swindon side on a winning streak.


When Andrew Davies went through the back of another player, the omens


do not look good. The referee was not messing around and Davies


continued to plead his innocence. He may regret not leaving this deal


sooner. West Ham Lownie going close in what proved to be a frustrating


afternoon. It took just seven minutes for


Burton Albion to put more pressure on to struggling Barnard. This


first time strike a them anticipating a prosperous afternoon.


A feeling that crucial the after the half-hour. Lawrie Sanchez says


he cannot find a central defensive pairing that works. But they did


have some hope at the other end. In the second half, the outlook seemed


brighter. Ritchie Jones found the corner. -- Ricky Holmes. Barnet


would wish they could have called hindsight on the match. The


goalkeeper and defender got their wires crossed. With 17 minutes left,


the danger man was replaced, but it on us thought that would make life


easier, they were mistaken. The substitute got off the mark


immediately. It was his first goal in the senior ranks and with the


home defence all at sea, another teenager sees the chance to break


his duck. Jack dire taking the chance to take the score to 5-2.


Albion boss was not best pleased with his team's defending. They


will get another goal slip themselves in the closing minutes.


But that effort was nothing compared to the absence of any


opposition from the home side in stoppage time. Albion wrapped up a


resounding victory, their second in to head. Both teams appeared


determined to outdo each other on the generosity front. First Sam


Walcott gifted the visitors possession and Gareth Evans scored


his 6th of the season after two minutes. Not to be out on, the


visitors out done a favour. This cross was too hard to handle for


Logan who parried into his own net. Despite his efforts, the ball had


crossed the line. They could have taken the lead in the second half.


But Logan made amends with a find macro fingertip save. He could not


still there., but they run of four can tell -- consecutive defeat


comes to end. Fresh from rubbing shoulders with


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Manchester United in a week, Aldershot set about improving their


league form. Danny Helton continued his scoring streak against Crewe.


Just the lift they needed after suffering defeat in four of their


previous five matches. Bash macro Corradi's men. Three minutes after


the break, the lead was restored. Cru's robes of registering a third


straight away success disappear just past the hour. Danny Helton


racked up the match, taking his overall tally to 12. -- Danny


Hilton. Hereford's rise away from danger


stall. David Cornell was judged to have carried the free kick over the


line. It did not mean it was cut and dried, Hereford had won three


on the trot. But they let the home side with a healthy half-time


advantage. How all was singled out for praise by his manager for his


build-up play. But the man who replaced him at the end almost made


it more comprehensive. Back-to-back victories after 80 without a win.


-- 8. Dagenham & Redbridge were bottom of


the form table coming into this match and they fell behind five


minutes into the second half. It was not a pity his goal, but it put


the side on course for only their second victory in six matches.


Rovers could have sealed the points with a little over half an hour


remaining. There's header was inches away. In the 90th minute,


the referee pointed to the spot. Five league defeats in a row for


A much-needed win for Bristol Rovers. We saw a cruel defeat for


Plymouth Argyle. Bought what we Plymouth Argyle. Bought what we


have seen happen off the pitch in the last 20 bar hours, hugely vital


for the future of the football club? Bash macro 24 hours. Bought


by the man who has been at the forefront of the takeover right


from the very start. I think he has made a good acquisition. We talk


about sleeping giants but you just Eardley, if he can get the club


going it can go on and on to the next level. It is a Championship


Club in waiting. It needs the right faster it's in place. They have one


of those covered, now they need a manager and survival. They went


goal crazy at Underhill, what a terrific hat-trick this was? I was


not sure about Billy. Last year he was a peripheral figure at Torquay.


He did not step up to the plate like I imagined he would do. A


change of scenery has done in the world of good. He looks a potent


force. These are great finishes. Almost too good for the situations


he gets himself in. Fantastic. Match Of the Day in the division


was Oxford against Port Vale. How do you go about describing what


Peter Levin has done here? It is nothing short of sensational.


David Beckham isn't it, it is fantastic. That is fantastic. The


keeper is under a million miles off his line but he is never getting


there. Oxford continue rising quietly. They have done brilliantly


under Chris Wilder. I like Chris as a manager. They have a chance.


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