Ledley's Talking Points: Experimental Lions, World Cup Dark Horses and Promotion Hopes
7 Talking Points
England were dominant against Holland in a 1-0 win in Amsterdam on Friday, the Three Lions’ first win against Holland since Euro 1996. Jesse Lingard scored his first international goal as Gareth Southgate fielded an experimental side. The only concern will be the ability to turn possession into goals, but Harry Kane’s return from injury will help that case. Italy should be a good test tomorrow evening.
Cristiano Ronaldo bragged two injury-time goals to give Portugal a late comeback win over Egypt in their friendly tie. Despite defeat, Egypt showed that they could be a dark horse at the World Cup this summer. Mo Salah was on target again, after scoring 71% of Egypt’s goals in qualifying, and could light up Group A which see’s them face hosts Russia, Saudi Arabia and Uruguay this June.
Lee Bowyer got his Charlton career off to a perfect start with a 2-0 win over Plymouth in League One on Saturday. The former Leeds and Newcastle player kept the Addicks’ promotion hopes alive, as they sit two points outside the playoffs with a game in hand.
Scunthorpe have parted ways with manager Graham Alexander after their 1-1 draw with Rochdale at Glanford Park. The Iron are still in the playoff places but are now eight games without a win, and look destined to drop into mid-table mediocrity unless they see a big turnaround for their final seven games.
Shrewsbury have taken the lead in the League One title race after their 1-0 win over Wimbledon. It was their sixth win in seven games but Wigan and Blackburn are both breathing down their neck with games in hand to reclaim the top two spots.
Forest Green Rovers earned a 2-0 win over promotion-chasing Mansfield on Saturday to give their relegation fight a much-needed lift. Chesterfield are six points behind in the League Two relegation zone, but have two games in hand over FGR.
Coventry breezed past Grimsby with a 4-0 win which means the Mariners are now 18 games without a win and three points clear of the drop zone. They had no luck on Saturday with two chances cleared off the line, while a Mark McNulty hat-trick sees Coventry keep their promotion push alive.
The Legends scored 75 points this week, with Ledley grabbing 19 points and Shaun Wright-Phillps and Robbie Keane both netting 18.
Top 6 most selected Bankers
Wigan 25% (won 2-0)
Luton 21% (Won 2-0)
Shrewsbury 9% (Won 1-0)
Morton 7% (Won 2-0)
Sutton 6% (Won 3-2)
Ayr 4% (Won 4-0)
Top 6 most selected Draws
Charlton 2-0 Plymouth 12%
Bradford 1-0 Gillingham 10%
Fleetwood 2-0 Northampton 8%
MK Dons 0-0 Blackpool 8%
Exeter 3-1 Swindon 4%
Southend 2-0 Rotherham 4%
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