League One analysis, Saturday October 21
It seems a bit early in the season to be talking about six pointers but League One had a couple on Saturday. The Argyle beat AFC Wimbledon 1-0 at Kingsmeadow to really destroy the feel good factor that the Dons attained through beating Rotherham on Tuesday.
It was yet another blank for a Wimbledon side that have managed a paltry nine goals all season, three of those came all from Lyle Taylor on Tuesday against Rotherham. No one is kidding themselves about either side though and both Wimbledon and Plymouth would do anything to stay up this season.
The other six pointer at the wrong end of the table came between Gillingham and Northampton and it was the Cobblers that, despite not being the better team, came out on top. Gillingham are still without a manager and a convincing striker which has left them struggling in 23rd also with just nine goals to their name.
It will be a long, difficult season for both of these sides but you feel that Gillingham are in more trouble simply because of their current managerial situation and lack of goals. Despite not playing well both goals that the Cobblers scored at the Priestfield were excellent and Grimes free kick was one of the best goals of the day.
Elsewhere in League One the best goal of the day came in the 4-4 thriller at Stadium MK. Craig Davies grabbed a goal after a 10 man passing move which needs to be seen to be believed. Have a look here.
Richie Wellens is now unbeaten in his first six matches with Oldham! Also, Oxford and Rotherham played out a six goal extravaganza at The Kassam where Ryan Ledson missed a penalty and Oxford led 3-1, only for the Millers to fight back to a 3-3 draw.
Not to dismiss Shrewsbury but they were worthy winners again, beating a Fleetwood team that played so negatively that, quite frankly they got what they deserved! That makes it 15 unbeaten for Paul Hurst’s men, which is a remarkable achievement. Long may it continue.
League One Results:
MK Dons 4-4 Oldham, Oxford 3-3 Rotherham, Shrewsbury 1-0 Fleetwood, Rochdale 1-0 Bristol Rovers, Wimbledon 0-1 Plymouth Argyle, Southend 1-0 Bury, Bradford 0-1 Charlton, Blackburn 3-0 Portsmouth, Doncaster 0-3 Walsall, Gillingham 1-2 Northampton, Scunthorpe 2-1 Peterborough, Blackpool 1-3 Wigan
League Two analysis, Saturday October 21
League Two has thrown up some strange results this season and I doubt anyone could have foreseen Crawley holding Luton to a 0-0 draw, yet that is exactly what they did on Saturday. It has been a tough start for Harry Kewell and since his side’s win at Barnet there has not been much to shout about.
Coventry yet again failed to break down a stubborn opposition at the Ricoh, a stadium that is not confirmed as the Sky Blues’ home for next season. They need to find a cutting edge if they are to put together a genuine challenge for the automatics and you feel that they rely far too heavily on Jodi Jones. As for their opponents Colchester, there have been some positive signs of late but now the tough part will be performing well consistently and avoiding injuries.
The Aspin revolution has continued at Port Vale as another Tom Pope goal sealed an important 1-0 win against stuttering Exeter who have now lost back-to-back home games for the first time this season.
Forest Green grabbed back-to-back wins on the road for the first time this season by beating Stevenage 2-1 and Christian Doidge got the goal that his recent performances have deserved to give the Gloucestershire club hope of a revival.
League Two Results:
Barnet 1-1 Yeovil, Coventry 0-0 Colchester, Carlisle 1-1 Notts County, Crawley 0-0 Luton, Cambridge 2-1 Chesterfield, Cheltenham 1-0 Lincoln, Crewe 0-2 Accrington, Exeter 0-1 Port Vale, Morecambe 0-0 Grimsby, Newport 1-1 Mansfield, Stevenage 1-2 Forest Green, Swindon 1-0 Wycombe
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