League One Review - Jan 13th
The game of the day in League One came at Glanford Park where the mornings top-2 faced each other. Even though the game ended in a draw between Scunthorpe United and Oldham Athletic, Scunny easily won the yellow card count! An own goal from Gregan in the 54th minute gave the home side the lead, but were denied all 3-points as McDonald levelled in the final few seconds of the match. Scunny had 2 sent off and saw 8 players booked in total! Scunthorpe United 2nd, Oldham Athletic 3rd.
Bristol City staged one of their now regular comebacks, this time to snatch all 3-points against Tranmere Rovers at Ashton Gate. Initially, all seemed well for the side from the Wirral. A McCombe own goal (26 mins), and a strike from McLaren (44 mins) had put the visitors in command at half time. Showunmi pulled one back 3 minutes after the break, Jevons levelled just before the hour mark, leaving Myrie-Williams to score the winner in the 68th minute. Bristol City 4th, Tranmere Rovers 9th.
Blackpool closed the gap on the play-off places with a 2-1 win over Port Vale at Bloomfield Road. Two quick strikes from Morrell (72 mins) and Fox (76 mins) dented Vales hopes of a point, who were left to celebrate Sodje penalty consolation in the 90th minute. By then it was all too late! Blackpool 7th, Port Vale 11th.
Swansea City were denied a 6th away win by Bradford City at Valley Parade. Windass had given the given the home side the lead in the 23rd minute. O'Leary levelled 10 minutes later. After the break Akinfenwa put the Welsh side shead in the 52nd minute, only to see Windass convert a penalty in the 88th minute to guarantee a share of the points. Bradford City 12th, Swansea City 7th.
Gillingham continue to be a jeckell and hyde kind of side as they slipped to their 5th home defeat of the season at the hands of Doncaster Rovers at Priestfield. Price gave the visitors the lead in the 81st minute, which was followed by a Stock strike 2 minutes from time. Gillingham 15th, Doncaster Rovers 8th.
With only their 3rd home of the campaign, Northampton Town made it double figures for scoring home goals against Carlisle United at Sixfields. A Kirk strike on the stroke of half time gave the home side a lead at the break. McGleish doubled the advantage 3 minutes after the re-start, and netted 2 second in the 71st minute. Home nerves must have been jangling as Graham and Gall scored two quick goals in the 82nd, and 86th minutes to set up an interesting closing stage to the game. The home side held on for a precious win. Northampton Town 17th, Carlisle United 10th.
Chesterfield compounded the misery for Rotherham United at Millmoor, securing a single goal victory. Folan scored the only goal of the game in the 33rd minute. Rotherham United 22nd, Chesterfield 13th.
Huddersfield Town condenmed Cheltenham Town to their 11th away defeat of the campaign with a 2-0 win at the Galpharm Stadium. Beckett (31 mins) and Booth (43 mins) scored the goals to ease any relegation worries Huddersfield Town may have had. Huddersfield Town 14th, Cheltenham Town 23rd.
Crewe Alexandra eased their way past AFC Bournemouth in a 2-0 win at Gresty Road. Varney scored from the edge of the area in the 9th minute, with Maynard extending the lead in the 62nd minute. Crewe Alexandra 16th, AFC Bournemouth 21st.
Brighton & Hove Albion slipped to their 7th home defeat of the campaign as Millwall won by a single goal at Withdean. Byfield scored the only goal as Millwall climbed back out of the dreaded drop zone. Brighton & Hove Albion 18th, Millwall 19th.
In a key game at the bottom of the table, Brentford entertained Leyton Orient at Griffin Park. Ibehre had given the east London side the lead in the 26th minute. That lead lasted until the 66th minute when Ide levelled. Connor gave the visitors the lead in the 84th minute, so must have been gutted as Ide levelled for the second time in the final few seconds of the match! Brentford 24th, Leyton Orient 20th.