Monthly Archives: April 2016

Frail Dale thrashed at Port Vale

An industrious performance from Port Vale helped them to a 4-1 win over Rochdale. The hosts went ahead through Theo Robinson and a Michael O’Connor penalty, adding a third after the break through JJ Hooper. The play-off chasing guests reduced the deficit thanks to Calvin Andrew’s powerful shot, but paid for a day of poor defending… Read more →

Luton v Newport: changing the system

Nathan Jones and Warren Feeney have much in common. They are both young coaches relatively untested in the Football League, they have taken over their respective clubs mid-season and finally, they both favour more adventurous tactics than their predecessor. John Still had been criticized by Luton fans for a negative approach and an inability to inspire the classier performers in the… Read more →

QPR v Reading: underwhelming seasons

Both of these teams have had disappointing campaigns, largely due to a struggle for goals. Excluding January leavers Charlie Austin and Nick Blackman, no striker for QPR or Reading has scored more than six Championship goals. The highest scoring forward on the pitch will be Sebastian Polter, who himself is not the most technically accomplished. There… Read more →

Spurs rule at the Britannia

Tottenham Hotspur put in one of the most complete performances of the Premier League season to date in a 4-0 win at Stoke City. The Staffordshire hosts applied fleeting spells of pressure, but offered little resistance with a work-shy midfield and a makeshift back-line, ultimately rolling over for the visitors. By contrast, Tottenham’s positive, intensive… Read more →

Hiwula winner sinks timid Shrimpers

Jordi Hiwula’s dramatic winner breathed life into Walsall’s automatic promotion charge, as Jon Whitney’s side completed a 1-0 win over Southend. The visitors defended from deep for much of the game and stayed level through a combination of resolute defending, poor opposition shooting and a Daniel Bentley masterclass. Their resistance held until the 88th minute when Hiwula’s header… Read more →

Snodgrass free-kick splits Hull and Wolves

Robert Snodgrass’ last minute free-kick kept Hull’s slim automatic promotion hopes alive in a tight 2-1 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers. The Tigers got an early goal thanks to Adam Diamonde’s tap-in but were pegged back by Dave Edwards’ header. Snodgrass’ winner was a touch harsh on Wolves, who had shown defensive discipline to keep the promotion challengers at… Read more →

Exeter v Northampton: attacking football

Thus far, it has been a great 2016 for Exeter City and Northampton Town. The south-west hosts have won half their games since the turn of the year, moving from 16th to ninth, outside the play-off on goal difference only. The visiting Cobblers are unbeaten in that time. They have elevating themselves from a nervy promotion… Read more →