Week 3 sees the Tractor Boys on top of the table having not yet conceded a goal and they are the next up at Stadium MK, and it’s a worrying prospect, as Martin searches for a first win in 10 games, and following the 2-0 defeat on the road to Crewe in which we were appalling bad, I take this opportunity to remind you that its now over a year since the Dons won on the road, and that’s something like 15-20 games , I would look it up, but in honesty what’s the point, I’m pretty sure you understand the gravity of the situation without me giving you the exact figure.
I don’t think there were any standout results this weekend, even the AFC win on the road to Fleetwood didn’t really come as much of a surprise if you consider their good record on the Highbury pitch. Like Crewe on Saturday AFC only enjoyed 30% of the possession, but it’s the ball in the net that counts, and Seddon did just that (pictured above) with the impressive Joe Pigott once again on hand with the assist.
Oxford burst back to life with a 4-1 win on the road at Accrington and hauled themselves out of the bottom four, Matty Taylor scoring a brace which included a superb volley to take the points.
Northampton’s solid start came to a shuddering halt with a home defeat at the hands of Hull City who sit in third place with a 100% record. In a scrappy game Hull hardly needed to get out of 1st gear to ease past the Cobblers, and very much like our game it was over at half time with Hull leading 2-0.
Sunderland just crept past Peterborough, but it took an 81st minute penalty to do it, Grant Leadbitter scoring from the spot as the Posh once again get a slow start to the season.
Doncaster who we dominated for 45 minutes in the first week cruised past Bristol Rovers 4-1 with Madger Gomes once again finding the net leaving Rovers bottom of the table on goal difference.Our visitors next weekend and table toppers Ipswich eased past Rochdale with a 2-0 victory with double act Teddy Bishop and Gwion Edwards once again scoring and leaving the Tractor Boys with a 100% record and no goals conceded, and Rochdale favourites for relegation below us in 23rd.
Portsmouth one of the favourites this season continue their sticky start with a 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Wigan who had lost their first two games of the season and are in somewhat of a mess off the pitch. Tom James scored what was probably the goal of the day with a 30-yard stunning free kick, after Lee Evans had given Wigan the lead. Harrison scored what turned out to be a consolation goal in the 89th minute to increase the growing pressure on Pompey boss Kenny Jackett.
Gillingham dispatched Blackpool 2-0 to confirm some of the speculation they would have a good season after some impressive signings in the summer, Dominic Samuel scoring twice for the Gills. Strangely though, as Gillingham became the third team of the day to be dominated in the game with only 30% possession and still win.
Swindon beat Burton 4-2 after racing to a 3-0 advantage in 35 minutes, Matty Baudry the former Dons defender getting on the score sheet. I always thought Baudry was half decent, but it comes as no surprise that a former Don that has been released has found himself in a much better situation. Swindon now find themselves in the top 7 and must be pleased with their start to the season
Plymouth and Shrewsbury played out a 1-1 draw, Vela putting the Salop team in front early in the first half, with Grant replying on the half hour, leaving Plymouth undefeated in 9th and the Shrews just outside the relegation places.
The Sunday game saw Lincoln City with a 100% record host Charlton Athletic, and they retained that accolade with a 2-0 win. Grant scored on the stroke of half time, and then turned provider as Montsma put the game to bed in the 88th minute to leave Lincoln in 2nd spot, level on points with both Ipswich and Hull City, Charlton slip down to 18th place and neither Gilbey or Aneke were in the match squad.