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Morecambe v Grimsby: Shrimps in peril?

Tuesday night could not have got much worse for Morecambe. Not only did they lose 3-0 to Port Vale, their other relegation rivals won too. So far this season, they have looked overly reliant on the goalkeeping of Barry Roche. The long-serving stopper has turned in some important performances – most notably to preserve a… Read more →

Bradford v Charlton: Clarke returns

When Mark Marshall and Billy Clarke swapped West Yorkshire for South London this summer, the former was tipped to be more important to Charlton Athletic’s promotion hopes. In fact, Marshall has only played 37 minutes of football due to injury, while Clarke has only missed 67. Karl Robinson’s decision to drop the latter to the… Read more →

Norwich v Hull: Canaries flying

After Norwich City concluded August with a 4-0 thrashing at Millwall, few predicted that they would concede just one goal in their next six and go joint-top of the Championship form table. Grant Hanley’s deadline day arrival was designed to improve a defence that had conceded 12 goals in five games. Improve it did, even… Read more →

Colchester v Mansfield: expect goals

Following news that Mansfield boss Steve Evans has dismissed speculation linking him with Gillingham, attention turns to on-field matters. In this Saturday’s trip to Colchester United, the Stags have the chance to pick up a second away win of the season that could take them into the top seven. Their confidence should be lifted by… Read more →

Oxford v AFC Wimbledon: Payne the key

Jack Payne was a little unlucky not to get more game-time in the Championship with Huddersfield, but he has once again shown his class at this level with Oxford United. The ex-Southend number 10 excels at finding pockets of space in front of the defence to create openings. Although he didn’t score at Peterborough last week,… Read more →

QPR v Fulham: Kamara the key

Ian Holloway described his side’s first half performance against Burton Albion last week as the worst he’d ever seen. The half-time arrivals of Matt Smith and Bright Osayi-Samuel inspired an improved second half, which saw Jamie Mackie and Luke Freeman both come close on more than one occasion, but they couldn’t find a way through.… Read more →