The third fixture of the Sky Bet League One saw Leyton Orient start top of the league after two high scoring wins and Coventry City starting the day bottom after their ten point deduction.
The first game of the round up saw two relegated teams going head to head. Bristol City faced Wolverhampton Wanderers at Ashton Gate. Bristol City haven’t had the most confidence building start to the season having only collected one point from their opening two games, against a Wolves side who have taken 4 points from their opening two matches, keeping clean sheets in both of the fixtures. Wolves dominated the first half at Ashton Gate and after 25 minutes Bakary Sako had a free-kick on the edge of the box which he brilliantly converted into the top corner of the net. Wolves looked in control of the match until half time, where after half time Bristol City turned up the pressure on the unbeaten side, which resulted in a poor back pass from Wolves defender Richard Stearman, which Jay Emanuel-Thomas gratefully accepted and slotted pass Wolves ‘Keeper’ Carl Ikeme. Wolves turned up the heat again on Bristol City and their dominance had finally paid dividends as Sako’s cross was turned in by defender Matt Doherty at the far post, to see Wolves earn their second consecutive league win for the first time since March 2013. This result saw Wolves move up to 3rd in the table and saw Bristol City drop to 18th.
The second match saw struggling Carlisle face Coventry City at Brunton Park. Carlisle came into the match sorely needing a pick me up after disappointing performances in their opening two games seeing them drop to 23rd in the league against a Coventry side who’s confidence was building after a fine 5-4 victory over promotion hopefuls Bristol City. This game was convincingly won by the away side, Coventry’s dominance was shown in the fourth minute after the ball fell to Clarke on the edge of the box, and he converted the chance beautifully with his right foot into the top corner over Gillespie. Two minutes later, Carlisle’s problems seemed to be getting more severe after a good piece of play on the edge of the box saw Frank Moussa through on goal, with the chipped finished beating Gillespie, which meant that Carlisle were two down within 6 minutes at home. Carlisle had a chance to half the deficit from the spot after a corner was whipped in with the number 17 Beck being pulled down inside the box, but the penalty was squandered as Murphy guessed correctly, saving the penalty to his right. The game was sealed with the third goal from League Ones basement club after a fantastic diagonal ball saw Wilson through on goal, his square ball being gratefully converted by Daniels after 31 minutes. The fourth and final goal came from Coventry’s Leon Clarke after a defensive blunder from Feely saw Clarke through on goal, and then exquisitely lifting the ball over Gillespie which was the 13th goal Carlisle have conceded in the league, after three games. The result saw both teams remain the same position, Carlisle in 23rd with a goals difference of minus twelve and with no points on the board and Coventry with their second win, on minus 4 points with a goals difference of +4.
An interesting matchup at Broadfield Stadium saw Crawley Town face newly promoted Rotherham United, with Steve Evans the Millers boss having achieved so much for his former side Crawley Town. Sadler had given the home side the lead after 15 minutes after a quick free-kick was whipped in from the right and nodded into the ground by Sadler, over the Rotherham ‘Keeper’. Rotherham equalised in the 36th minute after a corner crossed in from the right was headed back across goal for Agard to nod home. In the second half, Rotherham who were in search of their first league win, turned up the pressure on the Sussex club with Ben Pringle going close from the edge of the box. The pressure finally told as substitute Worrall finished from the edge of the box after a good run to see Rotherham win their first league game of the campaign. This result saw Crawley drop to 10th and Rotherham rise to 7th.
In the fourth game of this round up, Crewe Alexandra faced Tranmere Rovers at Alexandra Park. Crewe came into the game winless after two games and Tranmere also had a point to prove after coming into the game winless. Crewe Alexandra took just before half time, after a short free kick played on to wing resulted in a knocked down cross towards Colclough, who beautifully flicked the ball into space before firing home his first goal of the season into the roof of the net. Colclough had then doubled the lead for the home side, in the 85th minute after a great run down the wing from Byron Moore, and then into the box, where he squared the ball to Colclough who finished the shot from 7 yards to secure the three points for the home side. Akpa Akpro gave the away side a glimmer of hope, after he netted in the 87th minute after a good ball out on to the wing was flashed in front of the goal before Akpa Akpro slotted in from three yards. This result saw Crewe move up to 11th and Tranmere slide down to 19th.
The next game saw an out of form Gillingham face an inform Brentford. Coming into the match at the Priestfields Stadium, Gillingham had been thrashed four nil by Wolves and Brentford had earned a win against Sheffield United. Despite Gillingham’s poor start to the season, they had the better of the chances in the first half, the best possibly coming from Lee on the edge of the box, but he unfortunately had fired over. The deadlock was broken on the 40th minute, from Akinfenwa after a cross from the left was nodded down for a first time shot which was parried into the net by the Bee’s ‘Keeper’. Brentford, who in the end had five times the amount of shots that the home side did were frustrated in the second half, and it looked as if Gillingham were going to collect their first win of the campaign. Brentford, however had finally managed to find a way past the Gills keeper, in the 90th minute after a free kick from Forshaw was fired into the box, headed towards the penalty spot where El Alagui had finished to finally break the resistance of the home side. This result saw Brentford rise to 6th and Gillingham rise to 21st.
The 6th game saw relegated Peterborough face long serving third tier residents Oldham Athletic at London Road. The home side have so far enjoyed a 100% start to life back in League One against a side who had played two, won one, lost one. The home side took the lead through Assombalonga, with his right footed drive zipping past the ‘Keeper’ into the bottom corner. Want away Lee Tomlin had doubled the lead for the Posh from the spot, despite the Owls dominance but they did managed to net a goal at the death from MacDonald, but the Posh still ran out winners to maintain their 100% start in all competitions. Peterborough remained 2nd in League One with Oldham dropping to 16th.
The next game saw two promoted teams going head to head, at Vale Park, with Port Vale facing last year’s Capital One Cup finalists Bradford City. In an even game which could have gone either way, it was the home side that were to come out victorious. Vale took the lead just before half time after a poor back pass from Meredith was latched onto by Hughes who slotted it underneath the keeper. In the second half Nahki Wells fired in an equaliser from close range after the break following a brilliant piece of skill. 6 minutes after the equaliser the winning goal was fired in by Loft from 20 yards which saw the Stoke based club earn their first league win since their promotion. This result saw Port Vale rise to 12th and Bradford drop to ninth.
The eighth game was contested between two unbeaten sides at Deepdale. Preston, who was goalless coming into the match, faced an MK Dons side that had picked up 4 points in their first two matches. After 190 minutes of league football without a goal, Preston finally found the back of the net after a drilled cross was turned in by MK Dons’ Kay, only for the Dons to equalise from a well taken long shot flew in 31st minute. They were only level however for 4 minutes, with Joe Garner pouncing on a poor backpass from Otsemobor and slotting through Martin. Despite the Lily Whites dominance, MK Dons found an equaliser from the spot, after Humphrey had fouled Carruthers, and Williams netting from the spot as both teams earned a point. This result saw Preston drop to 15th and the MK Dons rise to 8th.
Bramall Lane was where Sheffield United played their third match of the campaign against Colchester United. The home side came into the match with a win and a defeat against a side who had a 100% record coming into the match. The visitors took the lead from a counter attack mid-way through the first half when Sanchez Watt slipped the ball to Freddie Sears, who beat George Long with a low shot. The home side equalised just before half time through centre back Harry Maguire, after Walker in the Colchester goal had allowed a shot from the centre back to squirm from his grasp and across the line. The home side overall dominated the match, and were unlucky on a few occasions not to take all three points, but this result means that Colchester remain unbeaten, although they have lost their 100% start to the season and Sheffield United earn their fourth point at home this season. Colchester dropped to 5th and Sheffield United slid to 13th.
The Greenhous Meadow Stadium saw Shrewsbury face Swindon Town. Shrewsbury came into the game still looking to register their first win, after only collecting a point from their opening two games; they faced a side who had won one lost one from their opening two. This game was to be the home sides first league win of the season, the first goal coming from debutant Reach in the 9th minute, after robbing Grant Hall, and the powering his way forward before coolly finishing past the away ‘Keeper’ Wes Foderingham. In a game which the home side dominated, they had finally put the game to rest in the 85th minute after having the lead for 74 minutes, the goal coming from Bradshaw, after coming off the bench to dispossess Nathan Byrne and slot home to ensure the home side maximum points. Shrewsbury moved above the away side and into 14th and Swindon has slipped into 17th.
The penultimate fixture of the third week of the Sky Bet League One season saw Stevenage face Leyton Orient at Broadhall Way. Leyton Orient started the day top of the league after scoring 8 goals in their opening two games, and Stevenage struggling near the foot of the table, having been beaten in both of their opening games. Despite Leyton Orients free scoring nature this season, they only managed the one goal against Boro’, which came from Kevin Lisbie as he netted his fourth goal of the campaign and looks like he is going to be an invaluable asset for his club this year. Lisbie’s goal came from a fine cross, although he had wasted another opportunity to guarantee the club all three points. They came away from the game with a good performance and their 100% league record still intact, whereas the home side are still yet to earn a point this season. Leyton finished the day in first with Stevenage dropped to 22nd place.
The final game of the round up saw an inform Walsall face an out of form Notts County at the Banks’s Stadium. Walsall came into the home match with a 100% record against a County side who were still yet to record their first point. In the first half, which was full of shots, neither side could break the dead lock, so the teams went in to half-time at nil nil. The second half saw the deadlock broken after Sawyers shook off the County defenders and then lashing in a shot from 25 yards. Walsall’s lead lasted for 24 minutes before substitute Arquin come off the bench to nod home a cross delivered in by Sheehan, before having a late strike disallowed but County have earned their first point of the league campaign and Walsall remain unbeaten this season. Walsall drop to fourth and Notts County rose to 20th.
So that’s it for this round up of the fixtures for this week, with Leyton Orient and Peterborough maintaining their 100% starts. Sides which include Wolves, Walsall, Colchester, Brentford, Rotherham, MK Dons and Preston still all are unbeaten this season with Carlisle and Stevenage still looking for their first points of the season.
Predictions for next week:
Friday 23rd August 2013
Colchester United vs. Carlisle United – Home Win
Wolverhampton Wanderers vs. Crawley Town – Home Win
Saturday 24th August 2013
Bradford City vs. Sheffield United – Draw
Brentford vs. Walsall – Away Win
Leyton Orient vs. Crewe Alexandra – Home Win
Milton Keynes Dons vs. Bristol City – Home Win
Notts County vs. Stevenage – Draw
Oldham Athletic vs. Port Vale – Away Win
Rotherham United vs. Shrewsbury Town – Draw
Swindon Town vs. Gillingham – Home Win
Tranmere Rovers vs. Peterborough United – Away Win
Sunday 25th August 2013
Coventry vs. Preston – Home Win