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Ledley's Talking Points: Courageous Lions, Manager Woes and 10-Point Gaps

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Winners

No player could correctly predict all seven selections this week in a tough round of lower-league action. That means last week's prize winner, and the only player to get all 7 correct over the past two matchweeks, is out on his own in the race for the £1,000 end of season prize.

The top player this week was Samdmylon with 24 points, beating Hazle92 on goal difference. The winning team this time was Fulltimemanagers with 93 points. Ledley scored 13 points.

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Ledley King's Talking Points

England finished off a brilliant year of International football with a late comeback against Croatia to reach the finals of the inaugural UEFA Nations League. The boys showed a lot of courage to come back from behind in the final 15 minutes, and while it doesn’t make up for the wounds inflicted at the Luzhniki Stadium in July, it’s a clear measure of the progress being made in the England Camp.

Sunderland were denied a ninth straight victory and a chance to move to the top of League One by Wycombe. The visitors led at the Stadium of Light, but an 84th-minute equaliser from Josh Maja, his 11th of the season, salvaged a point for the Black Cats. 

Luton thrashed Plymouth in their League One clash, with a James Collins hat-trick helping them to a 5-1 scoreline at full-time. The Hatters have now lost just one of their last 11 games in the league, and are within four points of the automatic spots.

Managerless Shrewsbury came out on top in a five-goal thriller against Rochdale on Saturday. The search for a new boss continues, but caretaker boss Danny Coyne received a welcome applause after the final whistle, with the Shrews climbing up to 16th and four points clear of the drop zone.

Wimbledon, who are also without a manager, had different fortunes this weekend, suffering their eighth consecutive defeat in League One. Doncaster Rovers had to come from behind to take all three points, with a winner hitting the net four minutes from time.

MK Dons took advantage of Lincoln’s rearranged fixture due to International duties, to go top of League Two with a 2-0 home victory against Macclesfield. After earning promotion from the National League last season, the Silkmen have won just one of their 18 games in League Two so far.

Arbroath are now 10 points clear at the top of Scotland's League One after breezing past Brechin with a 5-1 win on Saturday. Arbroath have dropped just 6 points this season and are comfortable favourites to win the league with the bookies giving them stronger odds than Man City to win the PL.

Stats

Top 6 Selected Bankers

Luton 5-1
MK Dons 2-0
Peterborough 1-1
Sunderland 1-1
Acc Stanley 0-2
Doncaster 2-1

Top 6 Selected Draws

Bristol Rovers 1-2
Burton 1-0
Faikirk 1-1
Newport 2-0
Queen of South  3-3
Shrewsbury 3-2

Bonus Points

Luton 5-1
Bury 4-0
Carlisle 4-0
Salford 4-0
Arbroath 5-1 

Matchweek 17 opens on Thursday at 10am!