Monthly Archives: May 2016

Direct Dons beat one-dimensional Pilgrims

AFC Wimbledon have reached the third tier of English football for the first time in their history, after goals from Lyle Taylor and Adebayo Akinfenwa saw them to a 2-0 win over Plymouth. It was a day on which their experienced professionals stood tall, as the team put in a battling performance and restricted their… Read more →

Four in a row for Bruce

In a league as competitive as the Championship, it is not easy to win one promotion, let alone four in a row. That is what Steve Bruce has achieved, after his Hull City side won 1-0 against Sheffield Wednesday in the play-off final, thanks to Mohamed Diame’s stunning strike. Although his team had finish higher… Read more →

Mixed emotions on Tyneside

Newcastle United’s 5-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur is one of the most bizarre final day matches England’s top flight has ever seen. The hosts, already relegated, faced a team that had enjoyed a hugely impressive campaign. And yet, it was Newcastle who finished the match with the happier set of supporters, having won  by four goals. It was a… Read more →

Mariners return

Grimsby Town’s six years in the non-league wilderness came to an end on Sunday afternoon, after a 3-1 victory over Forest Green. Omar Bogle’s double salvo shortly before half-time put the Mariners in a commanding position. Their opponents applied pressure in the second half and reduced the areas through the impressive Keanu Marsh-Brown, but Nathan… Read more →

Morison proves value of target men

At their respective levels, Harry Kane, Tomer Hemed and John Akinde have all proved that there is still a place for a big striker in the modern game. Those individuals play in teams not overly concerned by ball retention, and instead look to get early balls forward and play to the strengths of their main man. Millwall do the… Read more →

Hecky wins battle of caretaker bosses

It seems unusual for two caretaker managers to go head-to-head in a play-off semi-final, but that was the case for Paul Heckingbottom and Jon Whitney. It was ‘Hecky’s troops that proved victorious after a fluid performance of passing football, thanks to Jason Demetriou’s own goal and Sam Winnall’s second half brace. Walsall lacked intensity. In the first half, Paul… Read more →

Hull teach Derby the need for physicality

On Friday night, we saw Sheffield Wednesday win their play-off semi-final first leg by out-passing Brighton. They showed composure, movement and quality in a fine performance of possession football. Hull did things a little differently at Derby, but to the same or even better effect. They showed experience and defensive qualities to come away with a 3-0… Read more →

Slick Owls defeat defensive Seagulls

Sheffield Wednesday had finished their league season in poor form but if they or their fans were nervous about their play-off semi-final with Brighton, it did not show. A rocking Hillsborough saw the Owls produce a fine performance of slick, attacking football to secure a 2-0 win over their toothless south-coast visitors. The decision to… Read more →