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Palmer brace fires O’s to victory

A dominant second half performance and an Ollie Palmer brace helped Leyton Orient to a 3-1 win at Hartlepool, their first victory of Alberto Cavasin’s reign. The hosts created chances in the first half and went ahead through Josh Laurent, but had looked open at the back and their problems unravelled after the interval. Without sustaining… Read more →

Pompey v Notts County: soft defending

Portsmouth enjoyed a reasonable first month of the campaign but they have now lost three of their last six league games. With Plymouth top of the league, Carlisle unbeaten and Doncaster winning consistently there is pressure on Paul Cook’s side to get out of this rut. They have plenty of depth and quality in attacking… Read more →

Millwall v Fleetwood: Sowerby shines

The recent Premier League success of ex-Fleetwood goalscorer Jamie Vardy has opened a few eyes to the gems remaining in non-league. The Cod Army have used 22 players this season and nine of them, at one stage, have played below the Football League’s basement tier. One of those nine is 21-year-old Jack Sowerby. In the… Read more →

The Carlisle View: unbeaten start

Two years ago, Carlisle United were rock bottom of the Football League. They had picked up three points from their first eight games and had just endured a disastrous regime of chaos and instability under Graham Kavanagh. Enter Keith Curle. The Bristolian turned results around to keep the Cumbrians up with relative comfort and there… Read more →

Millers gift the goals at St Andrews

Rotherham gifted Birmingham four goals on Tuesday evening and fell to a 4-2 defeat at St Andrews. A dominant first half saw the Blues race to a 3-1 lead and though Jon Taylor’s goal set up a nervy second half, David Cotterill’s penalty secured victory. Cotterill caused problems with his deliveries and tormented Darnell Fisher,… Read more →

MK Dons v Bristol Rovers: slow starts

Those attending Saturday’s game between MK Dons and Bristol Rovers can afford to fit in an extra pre-match beer. The respective teams have the two worst records in the first half hour of matches, conceding 18 goals between them in that timeframe, scoring just five. Bristol Rovers played poorly for much of Saturday’s encounter with… Read more →

Why Anfield stalemate shows mutual progression

Liverpool’s 0-0 draw with Manchester United, a match that was being rightly hyped up by mainstream TV companies, is widely being used as a stick with which to beat the Premier League. The game showed a lack of passion according to some, that the quality in the league overrated. Instead, this blog would argue the match suggests that England’s top… Read more →