League One and Two was as exciting as ever in game week 4 of the season. We had a massive 41 goals scored in League One including an amazing comeback and two 6 goal thrillers. League Two had 43 goals including a seven goal thriller, a pair of derbies, a table topping 6 pointer and a couple of thrashings! Here is our round-up…
Shrewsbury Town remain unbeaten despite only drawing 1-1 at Oxford. They certainly deserved more but missed several glorious chances. They Salop had much of the ball and Nolan tested the Oxford Keeper with a clever free-kick before Carlton Morris shot wide. Mike Williamson then had to block a shot before half-time and Shrewsbury continued to press after the break but Obika nearly nicked one for Oxford only to be foiled by Henderson. Morris then hit the bar and thought it had crossed the line as it came down but the referee said no. Oxford took the lead against the run of play as Van Kessel scrambled the ball home after a corner wasn’t cleared but Stephan Payne equalised from a John-Lewis knock down. Payne missed a golden opportunity in stoppage time as, with the goal at his mercy, he hit the ball against his standing leg. A great start for Shrewsbury and a battling point for Oxford.
Former Reading Loanee Opens Account
Two goals in 2 second half minutes were enough for Wimbledon to beat Doncaster 2-0 at Kingsmeadow. A drab first saw the best chance fall to the home side but Taylor’s shot was deflected wide. Former Royals’ loanee Kwesi Appiah finally opened the scoring after brilliantly turning his man on the edge of the box before slotting home. Andy Barcham made it two after his shot went in off the post. The home side could have added more but will be happy to grab their first win of the season.
Blackpool survived an Oldham come back at Bloomfield Road to win 2-1 and consign the Latics to their fourth straight defeat. Sean Longstaff scored another screamer to make it 3 in 3 games for him as he gave the Tangerines the lead. Kyle Vassell made it 2-0 after a great ball by Osayi-Samuel played him through. Oldham were better after the break and Osei pulled a goal back but Blackpool hung on.
Bristol Rovers ended Fleetwood’s 100% record beating them 3-1 at the Memorial Ground. Rovers started the season poorly but have been better in the last two games. Sinclair gave the home side the lead when he slotted home Gaffney’s header. Bodin made it 2-0 to grab his fifth of the season just before the break. The Gas kept their foot on the…well…gas after the break but conceded when Devante Cole scored. Ellis Harrison sealed the points after coming on as sub to lift Darrell Clarke’s men to a second straight win.
Cox Bags Again
Like waiting for a bus, three come at the same time as Tom Eaves scored a hat-trick for Gillingham in their 3-3 draw at home to Southend. Gillingham hadn’t scored all season before the visit of the Shrimpers. Ryan Leonard put the away side ahead at the break but Tom Eaves scored two headers in 8 minutes before Michael Kighty made it 2-2. Southend went ahead again when Simon Cox scrambled home but Eaves and Gillingham had the last say as the tall striker slotted home at the second attempt with 10 minutes left.
Peterborough thrashed sorry Northampton 4-1 at Sixfields to keep their 100% record alive. Northampton have been poor so far this season and were behind after 32 minutes when Gwion Edwards scored. It was 2-0 before the break when Morias scored with a low shot. It got worse for the Cobblers after the break when Marriott scored his sixth of the season. Alex Revell headed a consolation but Maddison completed the rout, scoring from the spot in stoppage time. A wonderful start for The Posh and a great win over their rivals.
Dom Samuel - Goal Machine?
Have Blackburn finally clicked? Well they will certainly be a lot happier after securing their first home win of the season with a convincing 4-1 victory over MK Dons. They took the lead after only 2 minutes when Derrick Williams scored with a 25 yards effort. Mulgrew’s mistake allow Ed Upson rifled home an equaliser before the defender made amends by restoring Rovers lead with a nice free-kick. He scored again after the break knocking in Elliot Ward’s header before Samuel sealed the win with 7 minutes to go, his fourth in seven games. Blackburn finally look the side many expected them to be and they will be hoping they can keep it up from now on.
Plymouth Argyle were comfortably beaten at Home Park 4-0 as Scunthorpe finally found their scoring boots. Paddy Madden scored after 27 minutes to give The Iron the lead and in first half stoppage time Sarcevic was sent off for Argyle in an off the ball incident. Scunthorpe took full advantage of their opponents being a man light as Madden scored again with a diving header. Hopper made it three before Morris got the goal his performance deserved in stoppage time.
Rochdale and Bury cancelled each other out in their local derby with a 0-0 draw. Rochdale will have been the more disappointed after this result and should have won the game as their opponents played most of the second half with 10 men when Bury keeper Murphy was sent off after handling outside the box. Done missed Dale’s best chance when one on one with Murphy but the keeper made a good save shortly before being sent off. Rochdale and Bury have both struggled so far and this result will have helped neither side.
Rotherham lost 2-0 to Charlton at the New York Stadium in a controversial match. Proctor missed an early chance for the hosts before Bauer headed the Addicks in front from a corner. Rotherham started the second half the better side and Moore should have played in Protor to equalise but instead took the chance on himself only to miss. The controversial moment of the match came in the build up to Charlton’s second goal. With Proctor down the referee failed to stop the match and allowed play to continue as Maggenis made it 2-0.
Walsall’s Big Comeback
The game of the day and the comeback of the day was at the Bescott Stadium where Walsall came from 3-0 to draw 3-3 with Bradford City. Bradford took the lead when Shay McCarten turned in Charlie Wykes cross. The Bantams doubled the advantage when Poleon finished from 10 yards. A Leahy own goal looked to have sealed the match for Bradford after the break but the Saddlers came storming back. First Leahy scored a goal at the right end this time, turning home Devlin’s cross. Tyler Roberts scored 8 minutes into his debut when the WBA loanee headed in Leahy cross before the drama was completed as Bakayoko made it 3-3 with just 3 minutes left. It was no more than Walsall deserved for the energy and determination and one that will leave Bradford scratching their heads for answers.
Portsmouth grabbed a decent point against their old manager Paul Cook in a 1-1 draw with Wigan. The Latics took the lead early when Ivan Toney slotted home Gavin Massey through ball. Dunkley was sent off for Wigan before Conor Chaplin equalised and Pompey had Evans sent off in stoppage time. Wigan will be the more disappointed having the bulk of the possession and 9 efforts on target compared to Pompey’s 2.
Accrington snatched an unlikely 2-2 draw with Notts County at Meadow Lane on Friday night when debutant Mallik Wilkes scored in the 95th to rescue a point. Both side finished the match a man light in a rather bad tempered affair on the banks of the River Trent. Jonathan Stead grabbed the opener from the spot in the first half before Jorge Grant made it two after the break. Mark Hughes scored with a volley to reduce the arrears before Accrington had Mcleod sent off. In the first minute of nine added minutes Tottle received a red card for a second bookable offence before Wilkes late heroics sent Accrington home with a point.
The game of the day was Mansfield early season six pointer against Luton. Both had new signings in their squad for this one and Mansfield took the lead through Bennett in a dominant first half display for the Stags. Lee Angol made it 2-0 with 19 minutes left but Luton turned it around when James Collins poked home on 85 and then Danny Hylton made it 2-2 with a header in the 89 minute. There was still time for Marek Stech to save Spencer’s penalty as Luton left Nottinghamshire with a point.
Stevenage won their derby at Barnet thanks to a wonderful volley from Tom Pett. Stevenage were well on top but had Gorman sent off for a two footed challenge. Barnet were dominant after that and hit the woodwork twice and saw efforts from Coulthirst and Akpa-Akpro go just wide. Stevenage keeper Joe Fryer also made a great save from Jack Taylor as the away side held on to win.
A Welcome Win For Lincoln
Lincoln got their first win of the season beating 10 man Carlisle 4-1. Woodyard scored twice for the Imps and Rhead made it three from the spot as Tom Parkes received his marching orders after bringing down Matt Green. Reggie Lambe pulled one back before Billy knott added another late on. The Cowley’s will be pleased they have got their first win in the Football League and will hope to kick on from here.
Jake Taylor On Target
Cheltenham lost 4-3 at home to Exeter in a seven goal thriller at Whaddon Road. Dawson scored twice to put the Robins in control but Moore-Taylor and Reuben Reid levelled it up before half-time. Exeter showed their class and made it 4-2 thanks to a penalty from Reid and a Jake Taylor goal. Holman scored a late consolation for Cheltenham but the game was over by then.
Colchester got their first win of the season by emphatically beating Forest Green 5-1 in Essex. Colchester had struggled to find the net in their opening three games but Reid and Kent put them into an early lead before Noble pulled one back for the visitors. After the break Szemodics made it 3-1 after his initial effort had been blocked on the line. Vincent-young made it 4-1 after running 50 yards to score before Courtney Senior made it 5!
Grimsby lost again and had a man sent off again too in their 3-2 defeat at home to Wycombe. An Akinfenwa goal and a Jacobsen penalty had the Chairboys in command at the break but The Mariners fought back thanks to goals from Rose from the spot and then JJ Hooper. Akinfenwa put Wycombe back in front with 15 minutes left. Danny Collins was sent off for two bookable offenses as Grimsby slid to their third straight defeat.
Cambridge dominated the match at The Abbey but drew 0-0 with a resilient Morecambe team. Cambridge missed Luke Berry after he joined Luton on Friday. The U’s missed several chances during the game as both Jevani Brown and Uche Ikpeazu went close. Cambridge have stuttered so far this season and will need to find their scoring boots if they are to meet their fans expectations this term.
Newport were back at home for the first time this season after their pitch was re-laid at Rodney Parade. It was a wonderful home coming for The Exiles as a Frank Nouble hat-trick and a debut goal for Padraig Amond was enough to see them comfortably beat Chesterfield 4-1. Chris O’Grady had given the Spireites the lead at the break but it was another win for Mike Flynn’s surprise outfit as they stormed the second half with four unanswered goals.
Port Vale lost again, this time in their local derby against Crewe at Vale Park. Port Vale haven’t won since their opening match at Crawley but were unlucky to lose this one. Michael Tonge was sent off four minutes after Chris Dagnall had given the Railway Men the lead. It was always going to be tough with 10 men and Vale did press but couldn’t get the goal they needed.
It was great to see Harry Kewell get his first win as manager as his Crawley side beat Swindon 3-0 at The County Ground to inflict David Flitcroft his first defeat. Oliver Lancashire headed into his own net as Crawley went in ahead at the break and Crawley were excellent in the second half sealing their win when Robert scored with 11 minutes left before Smith converted Dannie Bulman’s cross. Kewell’s side were unlucky to lose at Cambridge last time out and fully deserved this win.
Yeovil kept their first clean sheet of the season as they beat Coventry City 2-0 at Huish Park. They took the lead against the run of play after defender Stokes collided with his keeper O’Brein leaving Rhys Browne an easy tap in. Coventry pushed hard for the equaliser after the break but Olomola scored with 15 minutes left to seal the win for the Glovers. Darren Ways men will be happy to win again at home and will be delighted with their clean sheet!