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Hello, good evening. With Manish away on World Club Cup
duty, I'm deputising tonight on the Football League Show.
After the excitement of the Capital One Cup in mid-week, we return to
League action today as the fight for promotion and survival steps up
a gear. We also bring you news of another
managerial casualty, as Mark McGhee loses his job at Bristol Rovers.
Steve is here to cast his expert eye over events.
Here's what's coming up on tonight's show.
They were two of the pre-season favourites for promotion, but as we
approach Christmas, both Blackpool and Blackburn Rovers find
themselves in danger of losing touch with the Championship title
race. We've action from a crucial
Lancashire Derby. Over the Pennines meanwhile we've
all the drama from a vital South Yorkshire affair as Barnsley went
head-to-head with potential fellow relegation candidates Sheffield
Wednesday. With a home record to match anybody's in Europe, could
this be the season when Cardiff City finally make it back to the
top-flight. Top plays bottom in the Championship.
In another action packed show, we've all the goals from all 36
games played in the NPower Football League.
Blackpool's draw at Crystal Palace last week was their fifth in six
games since Michael Appleton arrived at Bloomfield Road.
Today, the Tangerines welcomed a Blackburn Rovers side who, despite
having won only one in eight under new manager Henning Berg, were
level on points with Blackpool and still only four points off a play-
off position. With all to play for the season nears half way. Cranie
serve as one-match ban. Wes Thomas is the preferred choice in attack.
How long will 13 league goal Tom Ince remain here. No firm bids, but
there have been talks with harms way. Super piece of defending.
If Cathcart had not got there that This is Gordon Rhodes. Again, Gilks
is equal to it. Blackburn, bang on the door. In towards Wes Thomas.
Thomas took it well. Delfouneso's cross. Wonderful touch. Wes Thomas
scores to make it 1-0 to Blackpool. Delfouneso's cross. Wes Thomas, two
goals in Blackpool colours. They lead 1-0. Gilks hit it long. That
will be a free-kick to Blackpool. First caution for this for the
four-times capped international. If Gomes went for goal. Over the top.
Gomes saw the gap, went for the gap. I think he found it. Glorious ball.
Kazim-Richards. He had to stretch the arm and get the ball. Well
Apology for the loss of subtitles for 51 seconds
Off the post. The flag up anyway. A shot early. Ince maybe had more
time there than he realised, you know. Ince took the shot. Kean save
that is shot. Could be expensive as Blackpool break. Harris. A clear
foul. Ince or Harris, the options here. It's left for Harris who hits
it well. Kean responses -- responds. In by Gomes. That is 2-0. That is
the insurance policy and the breathing space that Blackpool
wanted. A first Tangerines goal for Broadfoot. Six yards out. Escaped
his markers. Where were they, by the way? Broadfoot hammers home the
cleansheet stays firmly intact. Henley back in. King, good control
here. Josh King. Across the line, but there was a flag anyway for
offside. It won't count. A close call. I think Cathcart was playing
him on, if anything. Unlucky, Blackburn. Taylor-Fletcher. Harris.
Unpressure. The goalkeeper in a muddle, off the post this time.
Cleared away. Kean's first mistake Cleared away. Kean's first mistake
of the game. Off the post, in a way. Home win at last? Exactly. It's
nice to get a monkey off our backs, so to speak much we haven't won
here for so long. I felt was fully deserved in the end. The first half
was very close. It could have gone either way. We got the goal at the
right time. Second-half, I thought we were dominant. Made a big
change? It was a tight position. Paul has been playing all through
the season. I thought this was maybe the time to give Jake a
chance. We have not had the results we would like lately. I thought the
change could have made difference. I thought he did OK. Even though
the two goals we conceded he couldn't do too much about. Michael
Appleton doing a magnificent job? Two wins in seven, unbeaten.
Depends how you look at. It solid if unspectacular. Not sure we will
get the openness as we had under the previous manager. They have
tightened up. A good result. Good win. Important win for Blackpool.
Blackburn Rovers were guilty of Blackburn Rovers were guilty of
shocking defending today? They were. People need to be tighter. Stops
the ball going out. We need to stop the ball coming in. Do more there.
Because you are not tight from the start, no-one gets in contact with
him. If you stop the ball there and put pressure on it, it needs to be
more pressure here to stop the ball coming. Nobody ever gets any --
into contact with him much appalling defending. Look at. This
it runs off him there. It's an easy header. If you are going to give
goals away at this level, like that. goals away at this level, like that.
It will always be a struggle. Blackburn made it easy for
Blackpool. Henning Berg only one win, how worried should fans be?
Results don't always give a clear indication of how things are going.
After a performance like that they were unconvincing in every area in
the pitch. Worrying times, no doubt about that. Look at their squad and
their players, you would expect them to play Bert than they did
today. He says he understands the fans' frustration. Can you see them
turning a corner in the new year? Performances indicate more so than
results the way that a club and team is going. If that was anything
to go by, then, as I said, they need to... That's a big corn tore
Mackay's side has propelled them ten points clear. A consecutive
home win looked very much on the cards today as bottom club
Peterborough United arrived in the Welsh capital. Clare made the trip
as an example you will find in the history of the game as a football
fortress. In fact, in Cardiff win today, they'll be the current
undisputed Kings of Europe on their own turf.
So with form like that, the question is, having slipped up in
the play-offs, in the last three seasons, will this finally be their
year? Hi, I'm Steve Tucker, football writer for the Western
Mail and Wales on Sunday. They seem to have a bit more steel and
determination about them this time and there's a real hope that, with
the likes of Craig Bellamy here and heling son and top class players,
they can finally reach the Premier League for the first time in a very
long time. Mackay's done a fantastic job so far. He's really
taken them up there and I believe they'll be promoted this season.
Since Cardiff joined the league in 1920, they've only spent two
seasons in the top flight. That was after promotion in 1960
when men were men, players had names like Barry, Colin and Graham
and this goal in front of 55,000 at Ninian park sealed their return to
what was the Premier League. In a rebranding from blue shirts to red,
they did wear white. You must be able to sense the anticipation that
maybe Cardiff's time's coming? There is a lot of expectation,
certainly in the media and the public, but there's been that
beforement I'm delighted about the group that have come together
quickly and gelled quickly. Nine people left the club in the summer
so this group are getting to know each other. ALL: Come, Cardiff!
you are you coping with the fact that this big area is rooting for
you? The people down here have been so friendly since the first day we
arrived. The minute you start looking at a game and thinking,
that's an easy one, that's a slippery slope. That must have
taken 100 grannies 14 years. If we don't get into the premiership, we
are going to strangle each other. Danny's done well and they are
going to sting someone, certainly, hope it won't be us. Everybody can
beat everybody. This only proves that theory, after Helguson gave
Peterborough an early scare, the strugglers never looked back. At
times, Posh had the leaders in all sorts of trouble. Turner managed to
clear the danger. Ferguson's men looked nothing like
a team hoping to avoid a fourth straight defeat, growing in stature
with every minute. Helguson gave Bostwick the chance to set his
sights. That blockbuster of a free kick sent confidence levels soaring,
but their resolve would be tested. Bellamy's header came to nothing.
Two minutes into the second half, Peterborough could start dreaming
of their first win in nine matches. Gayle keeping up his scoring streak
to move into double figures for the season.
The form book had been completely ripped apart, not even Gestede's
late consolation could take the shine off Peterborough's display as
Cardiff tasted defeat for the first time on home soil this season.
On another day, a couple of players could have got us the goal at the
end there, but it's not to be. fantastic resultment we were aware
that Cardiff won ten on the bounce. I said to the players, you know,
have rarely do you see someone continually doing it or continually
losing. For whatever reason, I don't know, well, the confidence
and belief I've got in the players, I thought we'd win today.
Peterborough United two away wins all season, Cardiff City's home
record has been magnificent, they go there and win today? I would go
so far as to say this is one of the biggest upsets I think the
Championship's ever seen. The best home side in Europe with the best
record, ten in ten. This boy is on fire, on loan from Dagenham. Seven
in 18 for them and four in five for Peterborough and with that result,
that gets them back in touch, although at the bottom, back in
touch with the people above them and one win away from getting out
of it. Mark Hudson was missing today. How significant was that?
would rather concentrate on giving Peterborough credit for their
performance. He's missed, an integral part of their side, but
they were good value and from what we've heard, it could have been
more. So let's take nothing away from Peterborough. Fantastic on the
day, Cardiff will live to fight another day. Tough games for
Mackay's side. They have Leicester City away next week and the big
game on Boxing Day, Crystal Palace, then home to Millwall, tough games?
Yes, but those opposing sides will go "We've got Cardiff, that will be
tough". So it's a double edged sword and if you want to win this
division, they are the teams that you have to go and beat.
margins for error tighter than ever in this year's title race, how
significant will the 89th minute equaliser for Blackpool against
Crystal Palace last week be come the end of the season? On Saturday,
Ian hallow way's side were away at Birmingham City. Holloway is fed up
with talking about czar haar and wants the rest of his team to get
some credit. We are happy to report that at times they were outstanding.
Lovenkrantz threatened an opener. There was this eye-catching save.
Palace took the lead six minutes before the break. Palace deserved
their lead and almost doubled it before the break. For those who
think Palace are a one-man team, one question, which man is it? This
was a phenomenal run that should have taken Palace to the top
tonight. But it didn't. Vidic scored with his first touch of the
ball. With eight minutes to go, Diop marked his full debut for
Birmingham with his first goal in Birmingham with his first goal in
their colours. Two weeks in a row where we've got
ourselves in a winning position and didn't see it through. From my
point of view, I'm still very pleased with my team. Pfr-6 1 years
since Wolves won on Teesside. Scott McDonald wasn't helped early
on. Jason Steel lived up to his on. Jason Steel lived up to his
surname, unlike the one in front of him. Middlesbrough went in search
of a third Championship win in four games. Small's long range effort
never hooked like troubling the keeper. The former Boro loanees
returned to the riverside had the penalty. It was stroked home. In
added time, the Dutchman turned provider when he set up McDonald.
I think it was a horrible decision by the linesman. I think everyone
can see that also directly when it happened and certainly when they
look at it afterwards, it's very, very wrong. Swipbgs and roundabouts,
some days we drop points, today we got a bit of fortune probably and
happy to take it, put the points in the bag and move on.
Hull are hitting the right notes. Bruce's team bidding for a win
against Huddersfield. Quinn got clear of Clark to set up Corin.
Just reward for a bright start from the home team but clues's old club
soon fired them a warning. Novak's acrobatics close to getting the
better of Stockdale. Down the other end, Hobbs back in the starting
line-up after eight months out injured should have doubled the
advantage. From the restart, Hull were intent
on trying to make life more comfortable. Brady kept out.
Whilst the Tigers' defence had a relatively trouble free afternoon,
Huddersfield's back line was constantly stretched, this time
Quinn pulling it back for eler. When he found himself in the same
spot in -- spot in stoppage time, the Irishman made it count. The
perfect way for Hull to mark ten years at the KC and Howard Webb was
soon handing out a card. Bruce and Lee made unsavoury scenes.
If you are going to blatantly be run at with an elbow, you are going
to react. Thankfully he hasn't struck him above the chest, he's
pushed him. Then again, Lee's gone down as if he's, you know.
There is always a warm welcome for Leicester. The Foxes have won at
Millwall only twice in 40 years, so it proved here. Trotter forcing
Schmeichel to do this. Leicester may struggle to do the same. Games
against Cardiff and Hull to come. It remains to be seen what
Christmas will be like for the Fox z. Their best chance fell to Nugent.
Millwall dominated the second half and deserved the only goal of the
game. Taylor's second for the club lifts them into the play-off places.
Seven out of ten wins for them. They can even afford to miss a few
here. Keho had a moment to forget. Millwall had already done more than
enough to outfox their promotion rivals.
Credit to Millwall. They are a very spirited side and it's no surprise
that they are doing well this season because of the fact that the
way that they play and play for each other. Very pleased for Chris
Taylor. He missed a number of chances and played very well. That
goal will really help confidence. Excellent win for Millwall. Steve,
Palace are going to the top of the Championship, at St Andrews, and
suddenly Birmingham City stage this dramatic fightback? Yes, we
shouldn't be totally surprised. They were 3-0 down against Hull,
came back to 3-3 against Boro. Obviously today, 2-0 down, come
back to 2-2. Palace, to be fair, the way the results have gone, they
could have gone back to the top of the league. They'll be kicking
themselves because you get in this position and you have got to see
the game out. That's a good header. Enough Palace players there to have
dealt with that. Diop's fantastic header. Palace will be thinking
come the end of the season, if they miss out by two points, that's one
of those games where they'll be looking back saying, we could have
got that. Middlesbrough perhaps unlucky to lose earlier this week
in the Capital One, but bounced back to league form and winning
ways with two late goals? You would have thought it would have been the
other way around, a long trip to Swansea and a hard-fought gack game.
We thought it was then that would have been tired -- hard-fuegt-back
game. Is it hard for them? It's caught
his arm, so I don't know. A great win for them. Steve Bruce
very unhappy his son got a red card. Something's gone on there? Clearly.
He feels Lee's put his elbow into Alex's throat, face, whatever, we
didn't see the incident. A lot of time you go by the reaction of the
offended player and he wasn't the only one. His son was perturbed as
well at getting sent off, feeling unjustly done. In normal
circumstances, Barnsley v Sheffield Wednesday would be a match in which
more than local bragging rights were at stake, but with both sides
in the drop zone, this South Yorkshire Derby took on extra
significance. Keith Hill made three changes for Barnsley. Dave Jones
made just one change. Gardner returned from injury with Martin
from Antonio, a real bright spark by Kirkland. Buxton should be able
to get this away to safety. A good stop from the Wednesday keeper.
Davies does well. Dawson finds him of space and pulled the trigger.
That looks nasty. Foster could be in trouble here. It is only yellow.
But that could have been so much worse. Foster was way off with his
goal for Sheffield Wednesday. Steele was furious. He feels he was
fouled. No flag, but you can see should have done better. It was
almost an immediate reply from Barnsley. A former Sheffield
Wednesday man should have hauled Gardner just blocking Tomasz Cywka
causing their own problems. What was Johnstone's doing here?
a terrific chance for the substitute. The when stage keeper
did his job. -- the Wednesday keeper did his job. Marcus Tudgay
come off the line from Prutton. Barnsley continuing to knockout the
Wednesday door, but they have kept Richard. -- but they have kept the
brought it down, one thing on his Wednesday are hanging on. It just
won't go in. A good ball in from Dawson and hair what on the stretch
Everybody was delighted, they would have come the second half we knew
it would be a battle. They put the bodies on the line. We could have
made life a little bit easier but it was never going to be that type
of game today, because two sides down there fighting for points.
big decisions that referees have to make, he has made the wrong
decision today. It would be nice for him to admit it. Determines the
outcome of the game and the contest. It is unfortunate. Emotions are
running high at the minute. But the players have given me everything,
given the clubs and supporters everything they can to get
something from the game. That is a very big win for Sheffield
Wednesday, but you can understand why Keith Hill is so upset. It is a
local derby, Sheffield Wednesday have the backing right but the big
question is Luke Steele. Is it a at this keeper and obstructive but
I think Steele can help himself. There are two players contesting
the ball, he never catches the ball. He has to come and pinch the ball
away, knowing he is under pressure, or clean people out and make sure
he is stronger and dominates the situation by catching it. He does
neither and is Paul Wood a little Nine times out of ten, referees
will blow for that. A possibly, I understand where Keith is coming
from. You have played in many local derbies, the tackles fly in. What
did you make of Stephen Foster's tackle? Is it a horror tackle?
is terrific comedy will not see a This is what makes a farce of a
booking for not giving him a proper punishment with looking at the
evidence. He deserves a punishment, that could have ended his career.
Last week's home defeat at the hands of Hull City ended a seven-
match unbeaten run for Watford, a sequence which had seen Gen Franco
Zola's side break interplay of contention. Next off for the
Hornets, a reunion with former manager Dichio Beck Row at -- with
tried a seal impression in the dug- out. He was soon tapping again when
the defender volleyed home the failed to equalise from a curling
free kick kick, which was scrambled to safety believing David Edgar
bewildered. He was judged to have fouled in the area. The decision
left the players perplexed but allowed to Austin to score his 22nd
of the season and level the scores. At 23rd should have arrived in the
second half. He found the keeper stand tall as he tried to take the
ball around him. Back in Watford. Burnley thought they had won it at
the best colour only to find Almunia equalled a substitute's
header. We created enough chances to win two games. That has been the
thing we have been looking at because we did that a game against
Blackburn but we have to find the clinical edge inside the box.
biggest-ever crowd turned out for the contest for contest between
Brighton, aiming for a first win in three come against a Nottingham
Forest side who are the new chairman. He handed over the reins
to his cousin. Gus Poyet's men should have been comfortable by
half-time. Hoskins wasted a chance. Nottingham Forest had a more of a
say in the second half and went close to snatching the lead. All to
Mutley, both sides finished in the same position as they had started -
- or to Mutley. On another day, Butleigh would have buried this.
His manager knows it should have been more. We started well, we took
the game into their half and started chances. You take -- we
take our point, two clean sheets on the bounce. We have a good squad of
players that we are building and we have used different ones over the
two games, so we are looking at positives to move on. With Bristol
City having won at home only twice this season, a trip to Ashton Gate
provided the perfect opportunity for Derby to secure a much needed
away win. Nigel Clough's side looked sharper. They would have
taken the lead through this flick were it not for the save. But he
was beaten just after the half-hour mark from Hendrick. He responded to
the request for more goals. Derby grabbed a second two minutes later.
By some scoring from virtually the same spot. -- Bryson. Embarrassing,
was Derek McInnes's post-match verdict. And further -- in fairness
to the Robbins they made more of a go of it in the second half. Davies
went close. That was a muted celebration. After seven defeats
from nine at home, Ashton Gate is not in celebratory mood. Derby
ended a run of four straight defeats on the road. It was
important to get a result away from home, Burnley and Charlton over the
Christmas period and we can go into those games with more hard.
Disappointing afternoon. A three- minute spell where we have given
away two poor goals and that made the job more difficult. It was a
big love-in at the Reebok Stadium ahead of kick-off as Charlton's
Chris Powell man at -- met up with Lennie Lawrence, who is working
with Dougie Freedman. It was the home dug-out which was almost
cheery first come once the whistle went, when Eagles, despite having
his shirt pulled, forced a smart save. After one win in seven league
games before the visit of Charlton, freed men ask for patience from the
fans and play. The virtuous approach was severely tested.
Haynes was involved after the break, when he saw off BRITS, before
firing off a shot, which he failed to convert. His lack of composure
in front of goal was to end Charlton's seven-match unbeaten
league run, where his Bolton's substitute Ngog was to win the game.
Friedman wanted points at positive performances but it was
collaboration that provided them. Ten minutes from time, the French
man nonchalantly claimed his brace. Powell said his time -- his side
had created enough chances to win the game, but were beaten by a huge
substitute who had a great pedigree. He came off the bench, made an
impact, that is great for the team mates to see. All-round a fantastic
day for the club. Mick McCarthy was back at the club he supported as a
youngster. But which has won three road before meeting a Neil Warnock
side showing two changes from the defeat at Derby. The Leeds boss
included El Hadji Diouf, who had signed a new contract. Is corner
was met by Tom Rees, before Jerome Thomas flicked the ball past
Henderson. Representatives from the Dubai-based investors were Elland
Road, as they close in a takeover. They saw the header cleared by
Cresswell as the hosts created the better chances. Chelsea may be on
the horizon for Leeds as they meet in the cup quarter-final this week,
but Warnock's side appear determined to bring a tractor
boys'' winning run to an end. Lucciano Becchio was denied. David
Norris Sand Thomas worked as 69 th win it -- movement down the left.
Green doubled the lead. Green's second goal in as many games. The
Ipswich boss pointed out this was not as routine as the scoreline may
suggest. Lee Martin's Industry gave Chopra a clear sight of goal, but
Paddy Kenny remained unbeaten. had some great chances to put it to
bed, but still took a very good save it so we did not eat our
fingernails. It was a good all- Leeds United warming up nicely
ahead of their quarter-final cup with Chelsea. Let's talk Derby
County, three points off the play- offs. Yes, they have flattered to
deceive in the past, with Nigel in charge, but I get the feeling this
year this is their best opportunity. To really see this through and push
has happened to defending? I have no idea, Bristol City have been
renowned for this sort of defending. That is a welcome three points,
particularly away from home. They are strong at home but away from
home the need to pick up points and make the step forward into the top
make the step forward into the top six. Bolton wanders have stabilised
and then God is doing a great job of coming off the bench and
changing games. -- Ngog. This is what you want from substitutes. He
what you want from substitutes. He is in the box, he points to where
he is. He sees the ball, he has the whereabouts to turn and the
awareness to finish. A great feat. A absolutely, this is the side of
his game, strength, a lovely shimmy there. He has the poise to put it
away like he does. It is difficult. away like he does. It is difficult.
The problem he has got his can he get a Riverside with Kevin Davies,
the way that they play? That is the Can you see them heading up the
table and pushing for promotion? Look at Dougie, hasn't won as many
games as he would like, one defeat in nine. How do you look at it?
With their squad and the players they have, he has laid the
foundations now. They will look to have a good second-half to the
season. Football managers always say this, it's in the about me,
Dyche will be delighted? You are up against a side who came into the
game in good form. You go behind, you don't lose the game. Well done.
To League One now and everything to play for at the top.
Three consecutive draws has seen Tranmere Rovers' lead disappear,
with Doncaster Rovers and Sheffield United now breathing down their
necks. Next up for Ronnie Moore's side was
pre-match billing with clear-cut chances in short supply. The best
that Tranmere had to offer was a Robinson free-kick. It caught Long
offguard. Wilson's team are unbeaten on their own patch since
March. Blackman couldn't prevent them heading for their tenth draw
of the campaign. Both clubs are non-movers. An outcome Rovers are
more than happy with. One little mistake was going to cost somebody
dear. At the end of the day, we are competing, it's unbelievable. I
have nothing but praise for my players. When games are as tight as
that you want quality in some part of the pitch that might open them
up. We forged this a couple of times. We didn't make the most of
it. Just like watching Brazil, not quite! Coventry have got the goals
to go with that South American style away kit. They are averaging
three a game at the moment. Franck Moussa's superb opener set the tone
three minutes in. With six wins out of eight, there is no stopping
Coventry under Mark Robins. David McGoldrick doubled their lead
before the half-hour mark. Their season will hinge on his future.
McGoldrick is due back at For nest three games' time. If Coventry can
extend that loan, the play-offs may not be out of their reach. Don cast
ver only conceded ten at home all season. Chris Browne pulled one
back after Paynter hit the bar. Con wri -- Donny could have gone top
but fall out of the automatic promotion. The sky Blues restored
their three goal cushion late on. Barton got Coventry's ninth goal in
two games. I'm really pleased. You can just see the combination of
your efforts. Get the Christmas party out of the way tonight as
well, that is great. We are all happy. Not like us to concede four
goals like that. We don't that. We conceded two in the last few games.
Away from home we have hardly conceded any. We will have to pick
yourselves up -- ourselves up. It's a bad day at the office. We've done
brilliant. Campbell-Ryce was back in the side after serving his ban.
This cut back was turned into his own net by Tony Craig. When you
have taken 20 points from a possible 24, you are not like to be
low on confidence. A superbly manufacturered equaliser arrived
from Adam Forshaw, nine minutes before the interval. Mind you,
Brentford owe plenty to their young keeper as Notts County started to
ask a few questions. It theth tippover here was top-class. The
game appeared to be heading for a draw, but just over two minutes
from time, Clayton Donaldson got the final touch inside a crowded
six-yard box to provide a dramatic winner for Brentford. His sixth
goal in his last five games. It meant Brentford were level on parts
with Tranmere. We had a hard game today and Tuesday. Unexpected FA
Cup tie waiting for us. Obviously, to win that game in the last-minute
was fantastic. Mitchell Cole who recently passed away aged 27 was
remembered before kick-off. He would have approved of Stevenage's
opening goal. Robin Shroot celebrated his seventh of the
season. Crawley, who followed their hosts up through the leagues, hit
back with two goals in a four minute spell. The keeper got a hand
to this effort, but hope Akpan got his sixth of the season. The Reds
completed the turn around. Dannie Bulman's effort took a deflection
to leave the keeper stranded. His first of the season sealed it.
deserved more than we got. Going a goal up as well at home, which has
not happened too often. Creating enough moments. Got in enough good
positions, but the goals, I have to say, were pretty soft, avoidable,
in the end, have cost us. John Hughes reckons they have been
getting better in recent weeks but the table couldn't look much worse.
His side was out played at stadium MK. A goal down when Ryan Lowe hit
the target for a third successive League game. The only surprise is
that the Dons didn't score more. Both managers agreed on that. They
extended their win at home to six matches. Potter hit the woodwork.
Hartlepool broke their record of 21 games without a win. You wondered
if the best of the action might come from the technical areas.
Raffaele De Vita had other ideas. Two goals in three minutes secured
him the headlines and saw the Robins close the gap on the play-
off places. Oldham had won four out of five in League and Cup but were
outplayed for most of this match. They are display was branded as
"unacceptable." The robins recorded a first win in four. Bournemouth
boss gave all the credit to his players after he was voted League
One Manager of the Month. A Lewis Grabban goal four minutes before
the break wrapped up the points against Colchester. Colchester's
Josh Thompson had one scrambled away from inside the six-yard box.
It's nine wins and three draws under Howl. Brett Pitman
millimetres wide late on. The form book suggested this was a home
banker. Leyton Orient have been enjoying their best run for more
than half a century. Scunthorpe had been suffering. Christian Ribeiro
got the opener. His second goal of the campaign. Eight eight minutes
later Duff's quick thinking was matched by Karl Hawley's finish.
The O's had won eight in a row. They sensed a route back into this
contest when the referee decided the ball had been handled. Kevin
Lisbie put away his eighth goal in as many games. Any thoughts that
after three con secondive defeats that Brian law's side would crumble
were soon dispeled. Damien Mozika's deflected finish earned them a
much-needed victory. It's fair to say it has not been a great week
for the Bury boss. Brad Inman should have done better to help
them with their third win on the spin. The game appeared destined
for a draw. With two minutes left, Luke Murphy clipped over the
perfect cross for Inman to clip home. Crewe keep on climbing. After
15 games without a win, two consecutive home matches against
lower half opposition gave Walsall a now or never opportunity.
Paterson grasped the nettle on 13 minutes, getting his fifth goal of
the season. Yeovil didn't turn up for the first three quarters of
this match. Grigg got goal number two and there were 18 minutes
remaining of the game that Walsall dominated. The striker tried tried
the lob but found Row A. What an expensive miss it turned out to be.
Moments later, Joeville, who had barely threatened, pulled one back.
Reuben Reid gave his old club a nasty case of the jitters with 12
minutes to go. Worse was to come. The nerves and dodgy defending got
the better of the Saddlers. Foley dropped into the bottom four as
they felled to convert this penalty against Preston. Pompey's top-
scorer was impedeed by Chris Robinson. He shook the crossbar and
not the net from 12 yards. Preston's Antony Elding and Chris
Beardsley both failed from close- range. They chased a first win in
five games. It was lily white's keeper who produced a wonderful
save five minutes from time to shut the door on Scot Allen. Honours
even at Fratton Park. These two sides were desperate for Christmas
cheer. Shrewsbury had only won four times all season. At least they
were at home. Jon Taylor's shot went past the keeper. Taylor's
second goal in as many games. The Chairman moved quickly this week to
put down suggestion that Greg Abbott's position as manager was
being reviewed. Liam noble's equaliser gave them something to
celebrate. Shrewsbury piled the pressure back on Abbott. Paul Parry
marked his recall with the 64th minute winner. Massive big win for
us. I think that we've played well in some of the games recently
without taking the points, without getting our just rewards. Today it
was a hard struggle. Shrewsbury was a hard struggle. Shrewsbury
town out of the drop-zone. Doncaster Rovers's feet was
described as a disaster. I don't know about disaster. They are a
know about disaster. They are a point off the top. Coventry were in
great form. Fantastic run. David McGoldrick, 15th of his season. He
wants 30. If he gets 30 they won't be far away from top six. Things
are looking good. Another team in- form, Bournemouth. Are you
surprised how quickly they have geld under Eddie Howell? No. They
are better than the position they are in. Good players, decent budget.
We highlighted both the goalscorers. You watched Leyton Orient recently.
Their eight match winning streak is over, a terrific win for
Scunthorpe? Leyton Orient, I watched them a couple of weeks ago
at Portsmouth. It didn't surprise me they were on the run they were
on. Fantastic. Magnificent result for them Scunthorpe. What about
Hartlepool United, are they doomed? 13 points from safety, not a big
club at this level, it has to be said. Not going to spend their way
out of trouble. They might have to look at regrouping and thinking
about League Two. There are stacks about League Two. There are stacks
of points available over Christmas? 24 games left. We talk about nine
points in 22 games, you know, you are not going to be able to turn
that form around over night. Not a team that will spend a huge amount
of money. Difficult situation for them. They might have to realise
it's about putting in place Saturday were Fleetwood Town and a
Gillingham's last home game before Christmas. Seasonal cheer was in
short supply when Fleetwood stunned their hosts with two goals in eight
first half minutes. Brown scored the first goal of Alexander's reign
as manager before Goodall made it two.
Lee pulled one back for Gillingham. They raised their game after a slow
start. Weston rescued a point for the leaders. Reward for a stirring
second half performance. It was described as one of Gillingham's
best of the season. The whole team went up a gear in the second half
for sure. We showed the home crowd what we can do. It was fantastic
for so many people to be here at this time of year. It was a
fantastic atmosphere, just to see it so busy. It was great for the
club, great comeback, disappointed we didn't win, I suppose.
Christmas has come early for Paul Baker with an FA Cup third round
tie against Everton. But it didn't bring a sack full of goals. It took
over an hour before the scoring was opened.
Carter steered home his first shot into the corner of the net.
Cheltenham were hoping to make it five home wins on the spin. The
Football League's most potent attacker had other ideas. Dodds
turned home Port Vale's equaliser. Before the game, Vale's owner said
they'll clear the debt with the council and these two goals were
equally well received by valiant fans.
Mark, how do you think you won that game? I thought we did win. We miss
add couple of chances. It feels like a decent result because
Cheltenham are a good side. It's been some week for Bradford
boss Phil Parkinson, his side reinstated in the FA Cup after they
dumped Arsenal out of the League Cup and they were on top from the
word go at Roots Hall. Hanson's header looping on to the top of the
Southend cross bar. Before they opened up a two goal load, that is.
Wells we leased by Meredith, sticking awaiz his 12th league goal
of the season. -- away. Four minutes past the hour, Prosser
attempting another interception for Southend, turned the ball into his
own net. Looking like party time again, but Cresswell cut the
deficit ten minutes from time and you sensed the total commitment put
in against Arsenal was starting to take its toll.
And fair play to Southend who took full advantage. Tomlins ninth goal
in nine games, extending their unbeaten run to 12 matches withen
equaliser in stoppage time. Rotherham had won their last two on
the road and must have fancied their chances against a Dons side
with finding wins hard to come by. The dons started the day a point
above the drop zone. They head towards Christmas without the
services of Gregory. The midfielder was unable to sign off with a goal
as he returns to Bournemouth. It's easy to understand why dons
manager's prioritised his side's defensive set-up. They slip to
another defeat as Cameron's delivery found the sub Agard. The
Millers back on track after the setback against Gillingham and
Agard celebrated in the stands. These two sides have met 95 times
in all competitions. They may share plenty of history, but this was a
game of firsts. Exeter went ahead first, with the top scorer having
the chance to then double the lead. His effort went wide.
After the break, it was up to Lennox to bring the score level.
This his first ever goal for if club. Plymouth held on despite
having Blanchard sent off for a second yellow.
Bragging rights shared. We worked hard, put them under
pressure and got the goal we deserved. We had I think four very
clean cut chances and missed the target, so disappointed with that.
Chesterfield manager Paul Cook slated his players for not coming
out on the front foot against Burton who were close to opening up
lacking from his side in the first period was summed up by O'Shea's
volley but lacked conviction to set up an equaliser. After the break,
Richards' header bounced back into play.
A much-improved Chesterfield reaped their reward. The chance of sealing
the victory Cook thought his side deserved seemed to disappear when
Leicester was sent off after roughing up Diamond.
Torquay have played some excellent football and won five from six
matches. They only really started to motor
after they changed the colour of their kit during the break. They
opened the scoring just past the hour mark. Stevens with the nimble
footwork on the left and Ryan Jarvis applied the finish. The top
two ahead of the weekend only scored more than Northampton and
with conditions worsening by the minute, a late equaliser was poked
home. It wasn't pretty but it meant Northampton's losing streak was
over. Aldershot only scored three goals
at home all season. The manager must have been delighted that
number four came along after a few minutes. Hoe Pez with the near post
header. Rochdale lost three in a row before this but wiped out the
leads in four minutes as the bottom corner was found. Hilton's delivery
was met by Vicente. Dale made a habit of conceding three times
before half time. It happened after Bennett up ended Aaron Morris. Rose
made no mistake and the shots doubled their home goal's tally for
the season by the interval. It could have been even worse for
Coleman's side. Codogan came within a width of the post for his first
goal for the club. On the hour, Dale cut the deficit when Griems
beat Young for the second time -- Grimes. It was enough to test the
nerves of the suffering fans and a home success wasn't secure until
deep into added time. Codogan's centre was met by Reid. Fed Graham
spotted an altercation between two players.
Prior to kick off, Dagenham were on a six home game unbeaten run.
Williams found Saunders and they looked likely to extend the record.
After his assist, Williams fancied a go himself, having scored four in
his last five. He came within a cross bar whip of adding to his
tally. Barnet barely exerted any pressure and it could have been
worse if it was placement over told the chairman he wasn't able to
deliver stability for this club. Cheer up McGee might have been the
cry when his top scorer turned well before firing home the equaliser
within a minute. York were back in front, the cross
nod home. The third goal was a thing of
beauty culminating in a volley by Walker. With barely half an hour
gone, York had a fourth. The through-ball latched on to by
chambers who expertly grabbed the praise. McLoughlin was forced to
leave the field after a crunching 50/50 challenge with Woodards in
which he came off the worst. And, as the City player was
stretchered off, he past the dug out which included Mark McGee as
manager for the final time. Only Barnet have lost as many games
as Oxford. They owe so much to their keeper Ryan Clarke. Ellison's
fifth goal couldn't be prevented though. Morecambe in front with 12
minutes left to play. They failed to hold the lead and, following
sharp work on the right from Potter, it was central defender Worley who
snatched a late point for Oxford United.
Wycombe extended their unbeaten League One to five matches. 19-
year-old QPR loanee Andradi put the visitors ahead. Wycombe continued
to dominate. Morgan looked to double the lead but McClure from
the rebound, his sixth of the season. The 21-year-old also found
himself in the spotlight once again, getting sent off for two yell Les
picked up if quick succession. Wycombe unbeaten in five games.
Gillingham found themselves getting beat. It's the mark of a good side
isn't it never knowing you are beaten? Absolutely. You are not
going to steam roll your teams every week. Sometimes you have days
like this when you have to knuckle down, show a bit of character.
They've come back into the game 25 minutes left to go, but 2-0 down
and we'll take anything from the game. One of my favourite stories
is that aerld shot before today scored three goals at home, scored
four today in one game, a great story for Aldershot. It's been a
struggle for them, but this won't have done them any harm at aufplt
there is improvements. -- harm at all. The other story is
Mark McGee being sacked from Bristol Rovers, what do you think?
He came in last year and it's not really worked out. It's a big cub,
certainly at this level -- club. Should be doing better than it is.
Brought in a few players and to be second from bottom, it's disastrous.
And you should have top flight football in that city? You should
have two sides that probably feel a bit better than they are at this
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stage. Wfr we go, let us have a Manish on Wednesday at 11.15 for
the best of the action from Leeds v Chelsea many the last Capital One
Cup quarter-final. And, join Gary for Match Of The Day next Saturday
at 10.25. Of course, we'll have the best of the action from all three
Manish Bhasin presents all the action from the Football League. It has been a season of turmoil so far for Blackpool and Blackburn. Both clubs are under new management and striving for consistency to lift them into promotion contention; their Lancashire derby is this week's featured match.
Barnsley, meanwhile, go head-to-head with Sheffield Wednesday in an all-Yorkshire affair which may have some bearing on the struggle for Championship survival come the end of the season.