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Bees unpicked by clinical Wolves

Joao Teixeira’s early second half brace in Wolves’ 3-1 win over Brentford was key to the game’s eventual appeal. Until then neither side had threatened to score, but the first goal turned the dynamics of the match on its head. Sulley Kaikai reduced the deficit to spark a period of pressure from the Bees, but… Read more →

Preston edge Lancashire derby

The first goal has decided each of Preston’s 12 games this season while Wigan have not come from behind to win since early April. It was of little surprise therefore, that Jordan Hugill’s seventh minute goal was all the Lilywhites needed to secure victory, despite a minimal gap in quality between the sides. Wigan created the… Read more →

Derby v Blackburn: neglecting the youth

A few years ago, Derby and Blackburn were both clubs that gave youth a chance. Steve McClaren built on Nigel Clough’s good work with Derby’s academy while Gary Bowyer had been an internal appointment at Blackburn. Both teams seemed to benefit from having lots of young, eager players around the squad. Things have gradually changed.… Read more →

Stoke v West Brom: in defence of Bony

Ironically, West Brom’s once-atrocious head-to-head record against Stoke has started to improve since Tony Pulis took over. The Welshman is not universally popular with the Baggies faithful but, as he approaches his 1,000 game in management on Saturday, one must respect the job he has done. Common criticisms of Pulis have been a lack of… Read more →

Millwall v Rochdale: continuity

In modern football’s current climate, it is common for clubs to change their approach in order to gain instant results. Millwall and Rochdale are two exceptions to the rule. They are both keen to develop their own young players and are reluctant to dip into the loan market. They have managers who have spent a combined… Read more →

Pompey v Barnet: bullish Bees

Martin Allen is known for enforcing long ball football but during Barnet’s 1-1 draw with Colchester last week, he was often heard shouting: “pass it!”, encouraging his players to be cuter in possession. His side may revert to type on Saturday however, as they travel to promotion favourites Portsmouth. Their game plan at Fratton Park will almost certainly be to play… Read more →

Why Spurs will cope without Kane

For the first time since November 2014, Tottenham Hotspur will play a series of games without Harry Kane as their main striker. The 23-year-old picked up an ankle injury against Sunderland and the club have not specified a return date. Given that Kane has already scored 66 goals for Spurs in all competitions, it is… Read more →