With games twice a week for many teams this is almost becoming a full time job keeping up with things. Looks like we have a full schedule for at least another month or longer yet, I’m struggling, goodness knows how the players are coping. Two big games tonight down the bottom, Bristol Rovers now managed by Joey Barton are at home to Wigan, and Northampton at home to Rochdale, both 6 pointers…..let’s have a look, but before I do, I have to say League 1 is bizarre.
AFCW 1 Gillingham 0
In the early game a 25 yard stunning strike from Jack Rudoni gave AFC the much needed points in a match that looked to be petering out after a scrappy game until the 89th minute when Rudoni struck.
Blackpool P Doncaster P
This is the third game out of four Blackpool have had to suffer a late postponement, this one was down to heavy rain waterlogging the pitch.
Bristol Rovers 1 Wigan 2
The bottom seven places are split by just 3 points, and this late win by Wigan gives it an almost suffocating feeling. Wigan took the lead early in the second half Wilf Keane nodding home his 4th headed goal on the back stick in 5 games. Luke McCormick levelled for the Joey Barton side, latching on to a superb through ball, cutting it back and hammering home from 12 yards. But it will be former Don Scott Wootton who will be hailed the hero of the day when Rovers failed to defend a freekick, the ball fell to Wootton who volleyed home.
Charlton 1 Burton 2
Burton made it three wins in four games under JFH against a Charlton side that have been faltering of late. Charlton started brightly scoring through January signing Jayden Stockley heading home a Shinnie corner. As the game progressed Charlton faded and Burton took the game by the scruff of the neck and equalised via Michael Fondup who headed home a deep cross into the Charlton box. There was a fair bit of fortune in Albion’s winning goal but I’m sure they won’t complain, Danny Rowe took an ambitious shot at goal which deflected off Ben Watson and it sailed into the roof of the net.
Crewe 2 Accrington 0
Stanley had Harvey Rodgers sent off in the 50th minute and it changed the complexion of the game, even though Accy were already behind to an Omar Beckles goal after he capitalised on an error from the Stanley keeper. Crewe put the game to bed 10 minutes from time, Chris Porter side footing home from 6 yards.
Hull 0 Ipswich 1
One of the upsets of the night, Ipswich have been below par lately and it only took a James Norwood half volley at the back post to get the win for the Tractor Boys that also knocked Hull out of the top two berths.
Lincoln 2 Swindon 2
The Imps dropped two points to struggling Swindon and in return had to give up the top spot, The Robins took the lead after just 80 seconds as they caught out Lincoln with a fast paced attack, Thompson hammered down the left wing and cut it back for Jordan Garrick to score past Alex Palmer. Lincoln levelled from the spot when Dion Conroy upended Johnson, Jorge Grant converting from the spot. Brett Pitman restored the lead for Swindon just before halftime, Lincoln looked to have dealt with a threatening attack and passed the ball back to keeper Palmer who dwelt on the ball and had it robbed off his toe by Pitman who knocked it in off the post. On the hour it was all square through Morgan Rogers who raced through a gaping defence and fired home from 25 yards.
Northampton 0 Rochdale 0
Dale and the Cobblers remain in trouble with both clubs looking terrified to lose and a point each does not ease the worries of relegation. Nothing else to report, suffice to say, it was dull.
Oxford 0 Portsmouth 1
A superb header from 12 yards was the difference between two sides, Harvey White earning Pompey a valuable win and denting Oxford’s surge for the playoffs. This was Oxford’s first home defeat since November, meanwhile Pompey remain in 4th place.
Sunderland 2 Fleetwood 0
Sunderland moved up to 5th with their third successive victory over Fleetwood who produced 0 shots, on or off target, it was as regulation as it gets for the Black Cats who barely got out of second gear. Goals from Aiden McGeady on the hour and a Max Power header ten minutes from time doing the damage.
Plymouth 0 Peterborough 3
Posh moved to the top of the table with a routine 3-0 win over a Plymouth side that have been in a bit of form lately. That’s five straight victories for Borough as all three goals came in the second half from Szmodics, Clarke-Harris, and a 25 yard thunderbolt from Jack Taylor 5 minutes from time.