Monthly Archives: March 2016

England: optimism returns

Two months ago, The Football Lab wrote an article on why this is the best top flight season ever. The reasons were, mainly, that the so-called smaller clubs had greater spending power and were therefore catching up with England’s elite, creating a level-playing field. Look a little deeper, however and there is another reason to… Read more →

High-pressing Oldham take positive point at the Pirelli

Oldham Athletic continued their progress under John Sheridan with a 0-0 draw at league leaders Burton Albion. The East Staffordshire hosts came close on occasion but never quite found their rhythm as key forward men endured a frustrating afternoon. A point was the least Oldham deserved, as the relegation strugglers showed relentless tenacity and aggression. Such qualities were embodied by Curtis… Read more →

Wigan Power trumps Swindon style

Three goals in four second half minutes saw Wigan thrash Swindon 4-1 in an impressive display at the County Ground. Will Grigg’s opener put the visitors in front after they had edged the first half, but it was the second period when the floodgates opened. Superb strikes from Max Power and Sam Morsy sandwiched Grigg’s second in a swift… Read more →

Is Alexander the answer for Scunthorpe?

Mark Robins was severely disliked by a lot of Scunthorpe fans. He was criticized for poor recruitment, playing players out of position and above all, overly defensive tactics. Robins was sacked at the beginning of January, giving way to an 11 game period under caretaker boss Nick Daws, who also had defensive tendencies. The board’s decision, now,… Read more →