22/12/2012 The Football League Show


22/12/2012

Manish Bhasin presents action from the Football League, as title contenders Leicester take on Cardiff and Blackpool attempt to reignite their promotion charge at home to Wolves.


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Good evening, welcome to the best from the Npower Football League.

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Thankfully the Mayan's apocalyptic predictions proved to be unfounded,

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but you can always rely on the British weather to wreak havoc with

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the fixture list as 14 games fell foul to the pity foul conditions on

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Saturday. Leroy is here to reflect on some terrific games that went

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ahead. After setting a new club record of 10 consecutive home wins,

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he could have predicted card a's defeat at the hands of bottom club

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Peterborough last week? Tonight we find out whether the Championship

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leaders could bounce back at promotion rivals Leicester. Victory

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in last week's derby against Blackburn did Blackpool's promotion

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chances a power of good. On Friday night Michael Appleton's side

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entertain struggling Wolves. For the second week in succession

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Crystal Palace let slip a lead in the closing minutes to drop crucial

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points. Could the Eagles get back to winning ways against

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Huddersfield? We have action from Saturday's late kick-off at

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Selhurst Park. Despite the rain a few games in League One and League

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Two did survive the deluge and we have all the action and some

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surprises on the way. Championship leaders Cardiff were keen to show

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they have the mental toughness to bounce straight back against

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Leicester. The Foxes' own promotion charge has -- taxes had faltered in

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recent weeks. Paul Walker sold his one. Fifth-placed Leicester welcome

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the side who are winning the race for the Christmas number one slot.

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Cardiff's confidence has been in the charts. Leicester lost at

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Millwall, and Cardiff's home record was ended by Peterborough last week.

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There are seven points between them as the Championship reaches the

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 58 seconds

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are boosted by the return of Hudson, The first real opening of the game.

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David Marshall comes to card a's rescue. That was a great chance for

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back towards the edge of the area and the shot takes a deflection.

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Leicester are just beginning to raise the tempo and turn the screw.

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That was a good save by Marshall again. How close did Leicester come

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then? Marshall again with a passage of play. Came rattled the

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 58 seconds

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woodwork. -- came. My word, Cardiff save. How this game is 0-0 is

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Should Marshall have got hold of that? The Frenchman was prepared to

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have a go from miles out. Leicester have started smartly and

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Helguson. Plenty people back for Leicester. Bellamy has scored! It

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was swept home with ease by Craig Bellamy will stop totally against

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the run of play. The cross was straight to Bellamy and Edwards

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straight into the corner. His 4th of the campaign, dispatched to

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That was a great challenge from Morgan. Top-drawer and that is why

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he is one of the best at this level. Because Craig Bellamy was end for

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his second and just about to pull the trigger. Morgan with a vital

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goes. A communication problem in the Leicester defence once more

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nearly handed a second goal to Craig Bellamy. He could not keep

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terrific run. No wonder his manager is applauding. He knew exactly what

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he wanted to do. He carried the ball for miles. That was a whisker

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away from being the equaliser. stop there header was off the bar.

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Oh, so, so close. Marshall was nowhere near it. The crossbar saves

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 58 seconds

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The substitute, Martyn Waghorn, raise his egg to the referee

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because he is not happy with Gestede's Hide could be a danger. -

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back pedalling towards his goal. It was scooped away in the end. Danger

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bearings, but he took no chances and was happy to concede the corner.

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It was Nugent and Cardiff manage to survive once more. Leicester was so

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Cardiff. Bellamy tearing forward for support. He didn't quite reach

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his team-mate. Gestede is in there powerfully to make a tackle.

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Opportunity goes begging for Cardiff. Gestede it was. Sliding

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the ball through to Bellamy. Who tried to square it across goal. And,

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just seen? Proud of the team. Fantastic performance by us. We

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played a very good team. Good experienced manager. It was going

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to be a tough game. There were two sets of high quality players on the

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pitch today. If ever there was a need to prove the theory you have

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to score when you are on top, was that it? Probably. Yeah, we've had

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a lot of good chances. Been a bit unlucky as well. But, you know,

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credit to them. They've taken one of their few chances of the game.

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So, it is a bit of a frustration for us because generally speaking

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this year, especially at home, when we've been on top in games, we've

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managed to get that first goal. Today, it wouldn't happen for us.

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Bellamy is clearly going to be important to you for the second-

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half of the season now. For a manage tore have a player like that

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up your sleeve you always feel have you a chance? It's about team

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effort. It's about the team, not one individual. He has been great

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since the day he got here. He is part of a team, he know that is. He

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said it last week, we work hard as a team. It's - I think he suggested

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it was one of the best groups of players he has ever worked with.

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It's about the group and not an individual. The group did well as a

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whole. Being top, does it give awe lift? It matters at the end. Nice

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to be up and around everything at to be up and around everything at

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Christmas. Great game if you were neutral. Terrific win for Cardiff.

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Leicester bemused by the fact they didn't come away with all three

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points. Bemused up to a point. They know why they didn't come away with

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the points, they didn't take their chances. They scored in every home

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game this season, this should have been the case against Cardiff.

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Unlucky. Poor finishing and great defending. Combined together, that

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is why they didn't get result. Cardiff took advantage. Unlucky

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because of the woodwork. David Marshal they found a goalkeeper.

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They find goalkeepers at the top of their game at the minute? Certainly.

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He makes good saves. His defenders backed him up. They made it

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difficult for Leicester. These are saves he would expect to make.

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Pushed them out of the danger area as well. Had a bit of luck at times.

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as well. Had a bit of luck at times. The second attempt was given

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offside. You need that. You think, one of these was going to go in at

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some point for Leicester. You felt it would be very difficult. They

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dug in there. You can say they had a bit of fortune. They took

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a bit of fortune. They took advantage of it. That is the key.

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When you are a side like Cardiff, when you get fortune, they are in a

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position where they go forward and take the three points. Which they

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did. You can talk about stats. Leicester had 18 on goal, Cardiff

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had four. What matters is the one goal. This is what is very

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goal. This is what is very impressive about Cardiff. With

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their backs to the wall they come away with the clinical finish that

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sees them through. Craig Bellamy works as has as he does. He has the

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quality. If he gets the opportunity he will hit the target. He did. He

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hit the back of the net after 20 minutes. You -- 25 minutes. You

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felt it would be difficult for Leicester. It proved to be so. That

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Leicester. It proved to be so. That quality came out and won the game.

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Cardiff remain top. Eight of the positions in that position have

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gone through to the Premier League. Are they looking good? Do you see

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them fulfilling it for the second- half of the season? This was a key

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game. There were question marks against them after last week's

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performance against Peterborough. Terrific performance. If they

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hadn't come out with a result today question mark woos have been

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against them. They came out on top. Looking good going into the new

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year. Ominous is the word. Two goals up, with 30 minutes to

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play at Birmingham last week, Ian Holloway's side dropped crucial

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points for the second week in succession.

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Probably a good time to meet a Huddersfield side who'd lost three

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of their last four. Well, Palace made just one change

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with captain Miles Jedinak back from suspension.

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While there were three changes for Huddersfield, one of them saw

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former Palace man Sean Scannell return to the starting line-up.

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Woods. It will be Jedinak who goes for goal. A whisker wide. No more

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than that. His one goal, came here in the Derby with Millwall back in

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October. That is so close. Jedinak. Zaha's pace. He has lots of that.

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Zaha, tricky. Zaha! Catch him if you can. Few can. Wilfried Zaha's

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first chance there to shine in tonight's match. Beckford there

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caught by Delaney. That is a foul at least. Maybe a card too here for

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Delaney. Red card! Off. A clear scoring chance there. Delaney sent

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off for Palace. This is Sean Scannell. Looking to drive one at

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Ward. He goes down. Referee says, penalty. Sean Scannell, ex-Palace

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man, fell here. Clayton steps up. Speroni saves. Poor penalty. Powder

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puff, weak. Speroni saves well. Live -- live to fight another day.

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The referee says, no, this time. Palace appeals. Not given. There is

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some shirt pulling. Nothing given this time. This is Scannell, again

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the boos. Boos rather unfair on him. Beckford on the turn. Somehow that

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for a save? Julian Speroni had to get down, right in the corner.

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Beckford's shot. That is a tremendous piece of goal keeping.

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Bolasie. Makes the angle. Back to Ward for Palace. Zaha. Bolasie wins

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the ball. Zaha still. Oh, yes. Wilfried Zaha, for Palace, but made

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by the most dreamy touch by Bolasie. Zaha, again the man to grab the

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headlines. Before he finished, look at the touch from Bolasie. Zaha,

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fifth goal in the League. He had a shot. Speroni across to make a

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finger tip save of high quality Jermaine Beckford. It comes back to

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Vaughan to go for goal. James Vaughan could not find the target.

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He and Beckford a good combination. In the end, it comes to Vaughan.

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Just drags the shot across the goal and wide, doesn't he, Vaughan?

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Vaughan's little backheel touch there for Scannell. Bearing on goal

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here. Scannell across, Beckford waiting, couldn't find it. Hammill.

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Speroni again. He is proving a one- man barrier to preserve the

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cleansheets. Pushed on now to the waiting Hammill who has gone from

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right wing to left. Hammill still. Stopped by Jedinak, not for long.

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Hammill across to Vaughan here. Gabbidon's pressure ensure it is

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stays 1-0 to Palace. Southern for Danny Ward. Ward's cross. Vaughan

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waiting. Put away by Moxey. Just ahead, beginning to build perhaps

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for Huddersfield Town. A chance for Southern. Speroni beaten. Southern,

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in there too was Beckford. Not sure who got the last touch. Sorensen is

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claiming, it I think. His first goal for Huddersfield Town. The

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goalkeeper was put off by Beckford's presence in front of him.

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Goes clean through, past Speroni, who has been so good for so long,

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until then. Wilfried Zaha. Bolasie, lovely turn. Caught by Gerrard, who

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goes studs first. Card for Gerrard. He is off as well! 10/10, in terms

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of players. Graham Scott levels up of players. Graham Scott levels up

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the match. Dangerous, you decide? Sometimes you look at referees they

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see a challenge being made and opposition fall over that, suddenly,

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it's more serious than it is. Hopefully, people will look at the

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incident and restrue and think that it wasn't a red card. Over the last

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couple of wee with weeks we let the odd late goal. That one was soft as

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anything, like a marshmallow in front of the fire at this time of

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year. I can't argue with the boys. They were terrific. I was excited.

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It was a decent game. Huddersfield are a decent team. I will pop off

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and have a Christmas drink with Simon in a minute. 1-1 in a

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terrific game. A game that had almost everything? It certainly did.

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Excitement, sendings-off. Goals, good goals and some poor goals.

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Contingency was fair result in the end. Lots of contentious issues for

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the referee to contend with. You think he missed a potential red

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think he missed a potential red card in the opening exchanges?

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happened in the first couple of minutes. That is the reason why he

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gets away with. It it's late. It's rash and wreckless. That could

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really have done some damage to Bolasie. Here, Delaney comes across.

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Poor defending. That I think is a definite sending off. It is

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reckless.. He could have been sent off for being the last man as well.

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It was for serious foul play. This isn't even a yellow card. A perfect

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tackle, perfectly timed. He gets the ball. It isn't reckless. He

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wins the ball cleanly. Bolasie goes over. He isn't hurt. That was a

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shame for Gerrard to get a red card shame for Gerrard to get a red card

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for. That It could be a defining first haft of the season for

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Wilfried Zaha. Phenomenonal form. Bolasie has been overlooked because

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of what Zaha has done. The build-up of what Zaha has done. The build-up

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to the goals was something else. have seen that in training. People

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do that in the middle of the pitch, to do that to lead to a goal is

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exceptional. He sometimes doesn't get the credit he deserves. He

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Should Simon be a little be worried? He will be pleased with

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that. It is always a tough place to go, Selhurst Park. One defeat in 20

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now. A run of nine wins have seen Hull's charge of promotion

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Government come. -- gather momentum. Sailing with tigers through stormy

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seas is a popular theme. Steve seas is a popular theme. Steve

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Bruce making it look easy. In an appropriately around Pride Park,

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Hull picking up their third win. But the goalkeeper did look shaky

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on his debut. Despite the pressure by Derby, it was the Tigers who

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took the lead against the run of play, 25 minutes in. Just before

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half-time came a deserved equaliser. Michael Jacobs's cross forcing the

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goalkeeper to tip it over the bar. Jacobs getting the better of the

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goalkeeper on the resulting corner. The ball clear to the edge of the

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box. But the midfielder was waiting with a delicious volley. Just five

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minutes into the second half, another corner found the Senegalese

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midfielder who, unmarked headed home. Hull was celebrating. Derby

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battle hard to level. And a succession of the late corners. 2-1

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it ended. For Derby, it is the best record at this point in six years.

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Pleased with the way we stuck at it. Especially the way we played in the

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first half. Created a few chances. And in the second half we did as

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well. The second half, we took control. We have very good

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possession. Like anything else, the players, the players themselves

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have been the ones who had stood up and being counted. We are doing OK

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at the moment, touch wood. The perfect start to a new era at

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Elland Road. Now officially under new ownership, you can sense a

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cautious optimism at Leeds United. They remain in the promotion race

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after edging out Middlesbrough in this contest. The Sam Byram has

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forced a save out of Jason Steele early on. And Boruc arrived at

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Elland Road and took the lead 30 minutes in. Boro were pegged back

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at the break. A Luciana Becchio brought Alan road to its feet.

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Middlesbrough continue to create chances but were guilty of not

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taking them. Then the second half, they were denied by Paddy Kenny.

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Some clubs bring out the best in players. Becchio always seems to

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enjoy himself against Middlesbrough. Becchio's 5th goal in four games

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against Middlesbrough came from a corner. The 73rd minute when it is

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Becchio's 17th in the season they could be catalysed by Leeds United

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new ownership. Close to bursting the bubble is a certain Jonathan

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Woodgate. He had an equaliser clear off the line. This follow-up ended

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up in the crowd. Absolutely delighted. It has given everybody a

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lift. When we managed to get Tait and Thomas, it gave everybody a

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lift. Everything is so positive. We have just got to do our best. The

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type of players we have got, I am pleased. We would put our bodies on

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the line. I thought it was a cracking game. Leeds is always a

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difficult place to come to. I don't think what added -- I don't be we

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got what we deserved today, but sometimes that happens in football.

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At the their imperious form in November, December has been less

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consistent the Millwall. One win in four before Barnsley's arrival.

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This was a dubious looking decision. So the Reds would argue justice was

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done. The spot-kick only just stayed in the bottom Tear. David

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Ford could only parry the effort into the path of Stephen Dawson.

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Their hopes of holding the lead sort eight minutes into the second

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half. There was a time when this challenge would have had barely

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merited a word from the referee, but now it is a straight red card.

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The decision brought the dent to the boil. Chris would seem to have

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saved the day. But in stoppage time, the offside flag stayed down. A

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great touch from the midfielder clear the job for Barnsley. We were

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disappointed to lose the game. Very good performance and responsible

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when we went down to ten men. We kept chasing the game until the end.

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The effort has been superb. And a commitment. Results have gone the

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wrong way for us. I am pleased with the performance, I thought the lads

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were magnificent. With five games in 15 days, Gianfranco Zola was

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talking about squad rotation ahead of this one. The only changes made

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to his team was to include the player who scored the match-winning

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brace. For Forest, the afternoon turned when a second yellow card

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was given to the Spaniard. His fate was sealed just as Nottingham

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Forest were about to substitute him. The Defence was still adjusting

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when the second was God. A what food are now back into the play-off

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places. Three points against a very good team. The first half I thought

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was very good for start the second half, I was expecting a bit better

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from the players. I thought, they were one man down and we took our

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foot off the pedal. We have seen Hull register four wins since they

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Anyone who has come in has done a really good job. Steve Bruce has

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used the system well. Derby played well. Nigel Clough was delighted

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with their performance will stop Amdy Faye came in for this game. He

:35:44.:35:49.

was terrific. Not just for this game bash macro not just with his

:35:49.:35:57.

however, but defence as well. the start of a new era at Elland

:35:57.:36:02.

Road. Things are coming together at just the right time. Becchio

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amongst the goals. Other players amongst the goals. Other players

:36:08.:36:12.

back into the picture after 18 months out. They have got some good

:36:12.:36:17.

results and they are creeping up the table. With this being

:36:17.:36:21.

finalised, they said money will be available and I think Neil Warnock

:36:21.:36:26.

will use it wisely. They got knocked out of the cup, but there

:36:26.:36:29.

is a real atmosphere around Elland Road and it is something they want

:36:29.:36:32.

to rekindle. Another club in Yorkshire have been linked to a

:36:32.:36:40.

takeover. Barnsley. First win in 12 on Saturday. Lovely finish this?

:36:40.:36:48.

is a lovely ball as well. It was laid it through beautifully. You

:36:48.:36:52.

thought he might have taken it too far. But a lovely Clipper over the

:36:52.:36:58.

keeper. Clinched the three points for Barnsley. Against the ten men

:36:58.:37:08.
:37:08.:37:09.

of Millwall. We mentioned Watford. You get Zola and and the players

:37:09.:37:18.

have enjoyed defying pundits? are getting more players in, and

:37:18.:37:21.

have done brilliantly. There seems to be consistency in their

:37:21.:37:31.

performance and style with the way they played. Our final look at the

:37:31.:37:33.

Championship starts at Bloomfield Road when Michael Abbott and was

:37:33.:37:37.

turning draws into wins. Blackpool started the day four points of the

:37:37.:37:47.
:37:47.:38:11.

away. Wolves United have been up for this from the start. It was a

:38:11.:38:21.
:38:21.:38:44.

great ball from Pennant. It is a Wanderers. They are looking van all

:38:44.:38:54.
:38:54.:38:54.

Apology for the loss of subtitles for 58 seconds

:38:54.:39:38.

of the time. -- looking for just onside. Maybe he should have

:39:38.:39:48.
:39:48.:39:48.

Apology for the loss of subtitles for 58 seconds

:39:48.:40:33.

goalkeeper again. Two splendid stops by the goalkeeper. Keeping

:40:33.:40:43.
:40:43.:40:51.

black or at arm's length. -- keeping Blackpool out single-

:40:51.:40:59.

handedly. It was a nice height, but it still required stopping. That

:40:59.:41:09.
:41:09.:41:42.

referee. There is the shirt-pulling. A chance to double the lead after

:41:42.:41:49.

scoring the opening goal. Which he duly takes it with a blast down the

:41:49.:41:55.

Santi Cazorla at all stock three shots on goal to a night for Wolves

:41:55.:42:05.
:42:05.:42:37.

launderers and they have scored The captain, with his first goal

:42:37.:42:47.
:42:47.:42:49.

since August. It is Fletcher who got the ball across. Right place,

:42:49.:42:59.
:42:59.:43:02.

right time. In a goal poacher's position. I must ask about the

:43:02.:43:11.

penalty decision? I have seen it a couple of times. He has obviously

:43:11.:43:20.

had a feel for his shirt but it was outside the box. I don't think

:43:20.:43:23.

anyone can stake their claim to get a penalty and our players were

:43:23.:43:33.
:43:33.:43:35.

Sheffield Wednesday for a while, but this has been a good week after

:43:35.:43:45.

a much-needed win at Barnsley. In a lively start, Prutton tested the

:43:45.:43:51.

keeper. The next time Wednesday had the goal in their sights, they made

:43:51.:43:56.

absolutely sure. McCabe will find it hard to Bert his first ever

:43:56.:44:00.

League goal. Charlton were struggling to find opens of their

:44:00.:44:04.

own. When Kermorgant did they were convinced he was bowled over. The

:44:04.:44:10.

referee saw nothing wrong. He was more unpopular with the Londoners

:44:10.:44:15.

by half-time. From this pass, Haynes had the ball in the net. The

:44:15.:44:20.

officials felt he was offside. For taking issues, the manager was told

:44:20.:44:24.

to watch the second-half from the stand. His frustration was complete

:44:24.:44:34.
:44:34.:44:38.

in stopping time. Helan signed off in style. I went to the referee. I

:44:38.:44:43.

didn't swear. Didn't point at him. Sent me up in the stands. I asked

:44:43.:44:48.

him about the penalty. I gave an offside goal, which was onside. I'm

:44:49.:44:54.

asking for consistency. I'm asking for fairness. I don't seem to get

:44:54.:44:58.

it. It was important to make sure that what we did last week, we

:44:58.:45:02.

continued. We have done that today. That is what it was all about.

:45:02.:45:05.

Forget how you play or whatever, it's about getting points on the

:45:05.:45:13.

board. We have done it again. COMMENTATOR: Birmingham with 17

:45:13.:45:18.

ages in their starting line-up. Their young side struggled in the

:45:18.:45:22.

opening exchanges. Three clear chances for the visitors in the

:45:23.:45:26.

opening 15 minutes. Paterson bringing a great save from Butland.

:45:26.:45:33.

It was the Blues who opened the scoring, half an hour in. Robert

:45:33.:45:40.

Hall with the cross. Davies heading home. Burnley felt agrieved when

:45:40.:45:44.

Kieran Trippier found Charlie Austin and their top-scorer found

:45:44.:45:48.

the net. To see play brought back so the referee could award his side

:45:48.:45:53.

a free-kick. Thanks, ref! They bounced back with two goals in

:45:53.:45:59.

three minutes. First off, a great touch from Danny Ings to put

:45:59.:46:05.

Burnley level. Birmingham losing the ball, concede a free-kick

:46:05.:46:09.

leaving Ross Wallace to convert this stunning set-piece. The home

:46:09.:46:13.

side in danger of slipping even closer to the drop-zone in the

:46:13.:46:17.

Championship. With most of Birmingham's players too young to

:46:17.:46:23.

know what a close shave is, it was left to Zigic to rescue the point.

:46:23.:46:30.

A cool finish to stop their slide and to start one or two others.

:46:30.:46:36.

COMMENTATOR: A trip to Portman Road brought more frustration. He felt

:46:36.:46:43.

Bristol City deserved more against Ipswich. Neil Danns opener had the

:46:43.:46:47.

Robins hopeful. They were guilty of not pressing home their advantage.

:46:47.:46:52.

Ipswich looked off colour, but started to come into the game after

:46:52.:46:57.

DJ Campbell was denied by this double save. Mick McCarthy's side

:46:57.:47:01.

threatening to pull away from the relegation zone in recent week it

:47:01.:47:05.

is was imperative that City check their momentum. Tommy Smith's

:47:05.:47:10.

equaliser let the Robins regretting woeful finishing. They had a chance

:47:10.:47:16.

to put this game out of the reach of the home side. After this save,

:47:16.:47:26.
:47:26.:47:26.

the former tractor boy Stead met it a less than promising return.

:47:26.:47:31.

game for us, wasn't it? We didn't get to grips with it. They started

:47:31.:47:35.

better with us. Deservedly took the lead. Could have had another one.

:47:35.:47:40.

The keepers made a couple of good saves from us. We got the equaliser.

:47:40.:47:45.

In the end, fair result. It wasn't just done to us playing well, us

:47:45.:47:55.

playing badly, I felt they played well. We have to beat them. It's

:47:55.:47:58.

going good going. We have to get our home form going twofplt home

:47:58.:48:05.

games now and like to take maximum points. At a sodden London Road the

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day's big surprise, a game that featured more goals than all the

:48:10.:48:14.

Saturday 3.00pm kickoffs in the Premier League put together. Nine

:48:14.:48:21.

scoring strikes, most remarkably Posh got five of them. Tomlin tkwot

:48:21.:48:26.

got the first. The second from Dwight Gayle. Gael's fifth goal in

:48:26.:48:31.

six games, phenomenonal for a man in non-league football a few months

:48:31.:48:35.

ago. Bolton have yet to contribute a shot on target. They found

:48:35.:48:41.

themselves back in the picture. Sam Ricketts going down. Miller blowing

:48:41.:48:46.

for the penalty. Keith Andrews stepping up and slotting it away.

:48:46.:48:49.

Posh, who rocked football by beating Cardiff last weekends,

:48:49.:48:56.

weren't having that. Two minutes after the restart, Thorne restored

:48:56.:49:06.

their two goal cushion. This tackle gave another spot-kick and another

:49:06.:49:13.

successful conversion from Keith Andrews. 3-2 now. The Trotters were

:49:13.:49:23.
:49:23.:49:24.

livening up. Posh had that cushion back. The ball was deflected to

:49:24.:49:32.

Mark Little. A corn frer Tomlin, Zakuani headed in at the far-post.

:49:32.:49:39.

5-2. Bolton fought their way back into it. Martin Petrov crossed in

:49:39.:49:45.

for Afobe to make it 5-3. Two minutes later. Petrov himself this

:49:45.:49:50.

time blasting Bolton back within a gel of their hosts. That is where

:49:50.:49:55.

the surprises ended. Peterborough with back-to-back wins. More

:49:55.:50:02.

thrilling than it should have been. I felt for 80 odd minutes. We were

:50:02.:50:06.

fantastic performance. Then we were hanging on a little bit when it was

:50:06.:50:10.

a game that should have been over a game that should have been over

:50:10.:50:12.

if we managed it properly. We have seen Wolves come into form

:50:12.:50:17.

themselves. Won three of the last four. They had to withstand

:50:17.:50:23.

pressure from Blackpool. Tom Ince pressure from Blackpool. Tom Ince

:50:23.:50:25.

was the biggest threat. His deal to Liverpool is all but done. How much

:50:25.:50:32.

will they miss him? They will miss him a lot. Loot at his stats. In

:50:32.:50:36.

the flesh he is even more impressive. He can play wide of

:50:36.:50:41.

three. In the way that managers wants to pli these days. People say

:50:41.:50:45.

one up front. He joins with the front players well, he can finish.

:50:45.:50:50.

He is not just a wide player who can get assists he can score goals.

:50:50.:50:54.

can get assists he can score goals. That is really important. It's

:50:54.:51:01.

back-to-back wins for Dave Jones. Huge credit to the manager and the

:51:01.:51:04.

Chairman who doesn't stick with managers under pressure? He has

:51:04.:51:06.

managers under pressure? He has made interesting decisions in the

:51:06.:51:10.

past. One of those was getting in Dave Jones towards the end of last

:51:10.:51:15.

season. It was the right decision. He hasn't changed his point on that.

:51:15.:51:20.

Great goals. This was incredible. This is something else. This was

:51:20.:51:25.

better. Helan. Terrific finish in that angle. Great pace, great power.

:51:25.:51:29.

that angle. Great pace, great power. A great three points. Not a bad way

:51:29.:51:34.

for both those players to geft get off the mark. Peterborough, the

:51:34.:51:38.

score goals. Something we have seen many times on this bg and talked

:51:38.:51:42.

about on this programme. They are 5-2 up with eight minute to go.

:51:42.:51:47.

They have to put their fans through the wringer? They do. Entertaining

:51:48.:51:52.

being a Peterborough fan. Not good on the heart. Two great results

:51:52.:51:56.

against two strong sides. They are full of confidence. That is the way

:51:56.:52:01.

Dan wants his team to play. If they don't do that, they are lesser for

:52:01.:52:07.

it. They need to attack teams if they want to win games. There is a

:52:07.:52:12.

realisation that Lee Clark finds himself under at bier -- Birmingham.

:52:12.:52:20.

No prospect of money, no new faces. Seventeenagers in his starting 11?

:52:20.:52:25.

He has to mix and match and find spark within the club. The fans

:52:25.:52:29.

have to understand it. Until the uncertainty surrounding the club is

:52:29.:52:33.

dealt with and the takeover happens, if it does, this is how it will be.

:52:33.:52:37.

There will be an element of understanding about the job he has

:52:37.:52:41.

to do. To League One now and the rain

:52:41.:52:43.

played havoc with the Saturday fixture programme.

:52:43.:52:46.

Clem was at Brentford to report on Uwe Rosler's charge to the summit,

:52:46.:52:52.

but ended up talking about the weather. He ended up talking about

:52:52.:52:56.

the weather. Not the day they were hoping for. Brend ford, the

:52:56.:52:59.

football league's form team could have gone top of League One today.

:52:59.:53:03.

On the day they were holding a pay what you can initiative, supporters

:53:03.:53:13.

could have got in for as little as �1, we are off. Not hard to see why.

:53:13.:53:17.

Not a lot they can say or do. Can you only deal with the resources at

:53:17.:53:23.

your disposal. No, I think despite our big effort to fill the stadium,

:53:23.:53:30.

it is out of our hands. Unfortunately for the supporters. I

:53:30.:53:35.

think safety goes first. You must be weighing up player safety v

:53:35.:53:39.

number of supporters on the move? Yes. Player safety is the most

:53:39.:53:44.

important thing for me as referee. The club put a lot of effort in,

:53:44.:53:47.

aknowledged. Player safety has to be the most important thing.

:53:47.:53:51.

were looking forward to a full stadium. Since I have been here

:53:51.:53:55.

over 18 months the stadium has never been full. Everyone was

:53:55.:53:59.

excited today. We are a little bit down. I can't deny that. We have to

:53:59.:54:04.

look forward and move on to the next game, Boxing Day. I arrived

:54:04.:54:09.

here and immediately had major concerns. We felt, bearing in mind

:54:09.:54:14.

with everybody travelling, to make it as early as possible. We are

:54:14.:54:23.

looking for a game for you to go and scout? Walsall. Before we go to

:54:23.:54:33.
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Walsall, we can start with Friday night's fixture.

:54:34.:54:37.

With Tranmere's promotion charge showing signs of running out of

:54:37.:54:40.

steam, run on Friday evening Ronnie Moore's side faced another test of

:54:40.:54:47.

Moore's side faced another test of their title credentials at Swindon.

:54:47.:54:57.
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Danny Holland's shot crashed into the net. Ronnie Moore called his

:55:03.:55:09.

defence display as bad as any he had seen. Rovers were unable to

:55:09.:55:15.

clear, Andy Williams punished this slip. Tranmere are badly missing

:55:15.:55:21.

three key players, the spine of the team, the manager says. He had been

:55:21.:55:28.

hoping for more backbone than this. Williams denied. Ritchie put

:55:28.:55:34.

Swindon four up. Rovers were heading for their worst league

:55:34.:55:37.

defeat in almost three years. Williams' second of the game put

:55:37.:55:42.

him on a hat-trick. He didn't have to wait long for his chance to

:55:42.:55:52.
:55:52.:55:56.

claim the match-ball. When Martin was brought down, Williams was put

:55:56.:56:06.
:56:06.:56:09.

forward. Worse than the miss was the prospect of explaining it to

:56:09.:56:12.

Paola afterwards, all always the perfectionist. In my opinion not to

:56:12.:56:16.

be criticised, at the end of the day they decide. Chris Martin said,

:56:16.:56:20.

no, no take it because I give you the chance. But but I wanted to be

:56:20.:56:25.

honest. It is my point of view. As manager I think in a different way

:56:25.:56:30.

than the players. Martin should take because he hasn't scored yet.

:56:30.:56:36.

He hasn't scored yet. He want the penalty. With concerns over the

:56:36.:56:41.

pitch at Crawley following the wet weather, Danny Wilson said

:56:41.:56:45.

Sheffield United would adapt if necessary. McMahon's approach to

:56:45.:56:49.

the conditions was impressive. After opening his account with a

:56:49.:56:53.

fine free-kick, the summer signing from Middlesbrough upped the set-

:56:53.:56:56.

piece with another long-range hit 18 minutes from time. The result

:56:56.:57:00.

leaves Crawley without a win in their last eight league games. It

:57:00.:57:09.

secures the Christmas number one spot for United. The first of three

:57:09.:57:13.

meetings of Sky Blues and Lillywhites in over a month.

:57:13.:57:18.

Coventry did well to get a point from it. James Bailey got his first

:57:18.:57:24.

goal of the season. Enjoy that Coventry fans, it was their only

:57:24.:57:30.

shot of the entire game. Preston piled on the pressure. The visitors

:57:30.:57:39.

were rewarded. Holmes equallising. Coventry, let's hear from Mark

:57:39.:57:42.

robins. We have taken a point. Another point on the board towards

:57:42.:57:46.

our total. Like I say, we have a couple of games coming up now that

:57:46.:57:56.

are away from home. We look forward eight games against Oldham. This

:57:56.:58:02.

threw down the gauntlet. Inside the first three minutes Baxter planted

:58:02.:58:07.

a perfect header into the net to put them in front. That stride in

:58:07.:58:11.

the right direction was cancelled out by a scramble at the other end.

:58:11.:58:21.
:58:21.:58:25.

Oldham survived the appeals for handball. Williams did the honours.

:58:25.:58:30.

If that was emphatically despached, the effort which completed the turn

:58:30.:58:40.
:58:40.:58:40.

around was struck even better. Williams very much in the mood now.

:58:40.:58:45.

Despite the set back, they looked dangerous. Their hopes of a come

:58:45.:58:54.

back were killed off by this cute pass and Hayter's cool head. Oldham

:58:55.:59:00.

had been hoping that Robbie Simpson could turn the match in their

:59:00.:59:04.

favour. His appearance lasted little more than 15 minutes. The

:59:04.:59:08.

home players not impressed by this challenge, nor was the referee,

:59:08.:59:14.

Phil Gibbs. The Latics found themselves down to ten-men. Enough

:59:14.:59:19.

full-time for Yeovil to make it their biggest win since August, the

:59:19.:59:29.
:59:29.:59:39.

Oldham defence lost the plot. long time since they were still in

:59:39.:59:46.

a game at half-time, but they could beat ahead after it Chabot ever

:59:46.:59:53.

Heri's Dick. The Saddlers edge to a first win in 17 matches thanks to

:59:54.:00:03.
:00:04.:00:04.

this find macro strike. Febian Brandy played well. Five straight

:00:04.:00:09.

defeats for Culture but Thomson nearly snatched a point at the

:00:09.:00:17.

death. A relegation battle that got off to a cracking start. In the

:00:17.:00:25.

opening minutes, Morgan skipping past Bury's defence. Shrews we went

:00:25.:00:30.

1-0 up. Despair for Bury, delight for their fellow strugglers. The

:00:30.:00:34.

past few weeks have seen Bury put under a transfer embargo and

:00:34.:00:41.

knocked out of the Johnston Cup. But not Dougherty banged in the

:00:41.:00:51.
:00:51.:00:52.

equaliser. Back came Shrewsbury. Morgan again beating the defenders

:00:52.:00:57.

will stop Shrewsbury are themselves on the edge of relegation, but with

:00:57.:01:01.

20 minutes to go a breakaway ended with Taylor thundering in his third

:01:01.:01:07.

goal in three games. The visitors were back in front. With the 90

:01:07.:01:11.

minutes already up and the whistle about to go, Bury had the last

:01:11.:01:21.
:01:21.:01:24.

chance for an equaliser and Steven Before we looked up at the League

:01:24.:01:31.

One title race, let's look at one of the goals. Gavin Williams,

:01:31.:01:34.

Yeovil's second, it was special? Yeovil's second, it was special?

:01:34.:01:39.

can do it all day long. He has had injury problems and that is why he

:01:39.:01:49.
:01:49.:01:52.

is at Yeovil now. A great strike. A statement from Swindon Town who

:01:52.:02:02.
:02:02.:02:05.

put five past Tranmere Rovers on looking over Paolo di Canio.

:02:05.:02:10.

Transfer embargo, but they carry on regardless. What ever you think of

:02:10.:02:17.

the man, he has managed the club well. Tranmere have not been doing

:02:17.:02:23.

well recently. But, they wouldn't have expected that. Tommy will be

:02:23.:02:28.

disappointed. Sheffield United have taken their chance while their

:02:28.:02:34.

competitors are not playing. They have beaten Crawley to go top. When

:02:34.:02:39.

you have a fall-back like Tony McMahon who can score from free

:02:39.:02:43.

kicks like this, it is a sensation? Absolutely, other players are

:02:43.:02:49.

taking responsibility. Everybody seems to be stepping up and that is

:02:49.:02:59.

why they are top of the lead. -- top of the league. Walsall, first

:02:59.:03:06.

game since September 29th. The a huge relief. Against a team like

:03:07.:03:12.

Rochester, right beside you in the league, it was needed. Bash macro

:03:12.:03:18.

culture stuff. Wins at any part of the season are important, but when

:03:18.:03:28.
:03:28.:03:28.

they kicked off 13 games, it is more important? It is game, a

:03:28.:03:32.

recovery. Working off the confidence of the last game. It is

:03:32.:03:37.

a case of picking players up or keeping them on an even keel. At

:03:37.:03:43.

Walsall, it is a massive lift. The manager will be keeping them on A-

:03:43.:03:46.

level and taking responsibility for the poor results. He does not have

:03:46.:03:53.

to do that. The players can express themselves a bit more. League Two

:03:53.:03:56.

now, and only two matches survived the monsoon conditions. But on

:03:56.:03:59.

Friday Cheltenham had the chance to go second as they travelled to

:03:59.:04:09.
:04:09.:04:16.

Spotland to meet Rochdale, who have cancelled. So says Mark Yates. He

:04:16.:04:22.

branded his performance pathetic. Not a very seasonal. Rochdale's

:04:22.:04:28.

second wasn't bad. Became on the stroke of half-time. Ashley Grimes

:04:28.:04:34.

with a high-quality finish. That did not stop Yates berating his

:04:34.:04:39.

team. Dodgy defending was his reaction. In Cheltenham were

:04:39.:04:45.

briefly back in the match. This was just too late for inclusion of this

:04:45.:04:55.
:04:55.:04:59.

year's own goal DDD. Rochdale's two goal cushion was restored. John

:04:59.:05:08.

Coleman indicated that he will be talking about face-to-face

:05:08.:05:17.

grievances this week. It is the season of goodwill, but there

:05:18.:05:23.

wasn't any between Edgar Davids and Gary Rowett over a bust-up over a

:05:23.:05:33.
:05:33.:05:37.

Bonet penalty. Burton took the lead. The back line handed Barnetta a

:05:37.:05:42.

present a couple of days early. Ricky Holmes taking the gift just

:05:42.:05:48.

before half-time. It was after the interval when the incident which

:05:48.:05:58.
:05:58.:05:59.

sparked the that touchline at row arrived. This confident finish set

:06:00.:06:04.

up the Bees on their way to a first league win in seven attempts.

:06:04.:06:09.

Holmes completed a 20 four-minute hat-trick as Bonet Dragan songs of

:06:10.:06:14.

the forts of League Two. Three defeats in a winless run of form

:06:14.:06:20.

macro on the road. The game was already up when the third penalty

:06:20.:06:30.
:06:30.:06:31.

arrived. Despite victory, having steered not want to bury the

:06:31.:06:41.
:06:41.:06:51.

moments at Northampton but could not match of their finishing. Jake

:06:51.:06:57.

Robinson making the most of this pass. Dean Holdsworth said all his

:06:57.:07:07.
:07:07.:07:08.

side lacked was a clinical touch. Danny Hylton demonstrated. Aidy

:07:08.:07:18.
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difficult. It was an old fashioned precious game. But it was a very

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good game. I thought we had to work very hard for the win. Bash macro

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British game balls up given this weekend's conditions, South then

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got the hairdryer treatment at half-time. We did the trick for the

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Shrimpers to make up for a lukewarm first half. It was a quiet word in

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the ear of Gavin Tomlin that turn the tide in Southend's favour.

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Tomlin made it 2-0 just after the hour, powering home This cross.

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Eight minutes later, Tomlin was at it again. His 11th goal in 10 games.

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It takes Southend to within striking distance of the top three.

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Not that far side who did not start playing until the second half.

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pleasing. The first half, I felt we put a lot in the box but we did not

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get on the end of it. At half-time, we had a chat. In the second half,

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it came together. With Brighton's game at Blackburn

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called off. Robbie Williams released a decent hit with Onismor

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Bhasera bouncing on the rebound. Accrington were breached again when

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James Beattie devoured an early Christmas gift. With panto season

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under way, Accrington keeper, Rachubka played the part of hero

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and villain after the substitutes, Paris Cowan-Hall, was taken down

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with 12 minutes to play. But he was treated by cheers when he kept a

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Warren Feeney at bay. After doing well to repel Paris Cowan-Hall's

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appeared, his reaction to Nick Chadwick's challenge saw his first

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period kick off with the wrong card in the 80th minute.

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An event for end to that game at Accrington. What a result the

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Rochdale. John, said it was the biggest game of his life against

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Cheltenham. An incredible result? Having been relegated with Rochdale,

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and they have lost their last four games, they needed a big win. It

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all the talking was done on the pitch. Mark Yates's was

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disappointed with Cheltenham. was a big win for Barnet. With that

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when they have taken themselves out of the relegation zone. Especially

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when other games have not gone ahead. It is making the most of the

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chance? They have only won three games in the league all season

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before this. To get the win and to get out of the bottom three, I am

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sure mark Robson wouldn't have thought there will be out of the

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bottom. It is a massive lift. They are going into the Christmas season

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in good heart. As to Southend. Paul storage has done brilliantly hasn't

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he? He has a very big black book. lot of contacts. They are doing the

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business for him. He will keep freshening things up. He needs to.

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He will keep moving. The Gavin Tomlin, a man in the rich vein of

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form. Well, let's have a look at the

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Tranmere's heavy defeat and Brentford's postponement by moving

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to the top of NPower League One after their win at Crawley. Swindon

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move up into fifth. While Yeovil's win sees them move up into the top-

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half. Meanwhile, Hartlepool's

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postponement will see them go into the Christmas period on just nine

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points and bottom of NPower League One. Bury move up one position in

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the only change in the bottom five. And Shrewsbury move up to 18th

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after they drew. Gillingham didn't play but stay

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five points clear at the top of NPower League Two. Cheltenham's

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defeat at Rochdale on Friday night means they missed the chance to

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move into the top two as Port Vale didn't play. Southend move up into

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fourth, while Northampton and Rochdale both take advantage of

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games being called off by moving up the table.

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Bristol Rovers drop to the bottom of the Football League despite not

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even playing, and that was because Barnet won on Friday night and move

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out of the bottom two. Right, that's almost it from us but

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a quick reminder that the sport doesn't finish with us tonight.

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Later on at 1.30 we've got live American Football as the Atlanta

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Falcons look to confirm their position as potential Super Bowl

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winners when they travel to the Detroit Lions. It's live on the Red

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Button and BBC Sport website, and if you can't stay up it's on the

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Manish Bhasin presents all the action from the Football League, as the season reaches its halfway stage and the race for promotion steps up a gear.

Title contenders Leicester take on Cardiff at the KP Stadium, Blackpool attempt to reignite their promotion charge at home to Wolves, and early pacesetters Crystal Palace entertain Huddersfield at Selhurst.


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