LEAGUE ONE ANALYSIS OCTOBER 28TH 2017
It was curtains for Lee Clark last night as Bury finally sacked the beleaguered manager following the Shakers fourth defeat in a row that saw them drop to 23rd in League One. People often associate Bury with struggles but over the summer there were a number of high profile and highly talented signings including the likes of Jermaine Beckford and Chris Maguire so being in the position they find themselves is clearly unacceptable. It will be interesting to see who gets the role to take over at the club, personally I would love to see Phil Neville given an opportunity to prove himself as a manger after coaching with Valencia.
Elsewhere Shrewsbury lost their first game of the season, a remarkable effort after 15 games unbeaten but it was a wonder goal from Marcus Maddison that was their eventual demise at Peterborough.
Wigan and Blackburn fought out a rather dire Lancashire derby meaning the Latics missed the chance to go top and Richie Wellens lost his first game as manager of Oldham in their 3-2 home defeat to Scunthorpe despite battling back from two goals down.
Bradford did just enough to grab all three points at Portsmouth and Charlton also grabbed 3 points by beating AFC Wimbledon 1-0 in the most boring match of the day in League One. The Addicks won it late on thanks to an excellent free kick from star man Ricky Holmes. Northampton picked up a massive result at Sixfield by narrowly defeating Blackpool by a single goal. The shock result of the day came at the New York Stadium where Gillingham beat high flying Rotherham 3-1 thanks to three headed efforts, two from Parker and the other from Tom Eaves to boost caretaker Steve Lovell’s chance of landing the post full time.
League One Results
Northampton 1-0 Blackpool, Portsmouth 0-1 Bradford, Bury 0-1 Doncaster, Charlton 1-0 Wimbledon, Bristol Rovers 2-0 MK Dons, Peterborough 1-0 Shrewsbury, Fleetwood 2-0 Oxford, Oldham 2-3 Scunthorpe, Rotherham 1-3 Gillingham, Plymouth Argyle 1-1 Rochdale, Walsall 0-1 Southend, Wigan 0-0 Blackburn
LEAGUE TWO ANALYSIS
It was two excellent away victories that stole the show in League Two where Coventry beat Luton 3-0 at Kenilworth Road and Swindon beat the resurgent Port Vale 3-0 at Vale Park. These results propel both clubs into the play-off places and put them firmly in contention in the automatic promotion race.
Chesterfield still struggle at home and drew 2-2 with Carlisle to remain rooted to the bottom of the table. Morecambe have slipped into the bottom two as yet more rumours about potential buyers circulate around the Globe Arena. It is frustrating times for Jim Bentley and made worse by their 2-0 defeat away at Forest Green, who are on a mini revival of their own with their third win on the bounce. Morecambe fan Roger Fitton provided this wonder account of his trip to a club that are doing things very differently indeed!
Elsewhere both Lincoln and Grimsby drew 0-0 at home to Crawley and Cambridge respectively while Colchester continued their recent impressive run by beating Crewe 3-1 in Essex.
Kevin Nolan has got to be happy after his Magpies beat Newport 3-0 at Meadow Lane to move clear at the top, taking advantage as Exeter drew at Mansfield and Luton lost at home. Accrington managed to keep up the pressure with a wonderful 4-1 demolition of struggling Barnet and Yeovil won a bad tempered match at home to Stevenage by 3 goal to nil. There were three red cards in the match and many Stevenage fans are becoming increasingly frustrated with recent form.
The game of the day was at Adams Park where Wycombe and Cheltenham played out an entertaining 3-3 draw. Wycombe led 3-1 thanks to a brace from Akinfenwa but the Robins hit back to take a well earned point back to Gloucestershire.
League Two results:
Accrington 4-1 Barnet, Chesterfield 2-2 Carlisle, Grimsby 0-0 Cambridge, Lincoln 0-0 Crawley, Forest Green 2-0 Morecambe, Luton 0-3 Coventry, Port Vale 0-3 Swindon, Yeovil 3-0 Stevenage, Wycombe 3-3 Cheltenham, Colchester 3-1 Crewe, Notts County 3-0 Newport County, Mansfield 1-1 Exeter