Ledley's Talking Points: Long Journeys, Motivational Managers and Promising Youth
7 Talking Points
Plymouth extended their unbeaten run to six matches with a 1-0 victory over high-flying Bradford on Saturday. Remi Matthews saved a second-half penalty to keep the Bantams at bay and secure all three points, with Jake Jarvis’ first-half goal being the difference. Argyle moved off the bottom of the table while City experienced consecutive home league defeats for the first time since 2015.
Portsmouth took all the points from their five goal thriller at Bloomfield Road. Bret Pittman opened the scoring 10 minutes after the break, while an action-packed final 15 saw Blackpool equalise twice before Pittman scored Pompey’s 3rd in the 86th minute. The scoreline read 2-3 at the full time whistle.
Northampton clinched their 10th point from four games with a 2-1 win at local rivals Oxford to move out of the relegation zone. The victory made it six games unbeaten in all comps for the Cobblers under Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, and if they continue as they are, in a few weeks they’ll find themselves closer to the playoffs than the drop zone in a tight League One table.
Yeovil fans had to make a near 700 mile round trip to see their side get thrashed 4-0 by Carlisle. It was United’s first home league win since August, while Yeovil boss Darren Way did soften the blow by offering his traveling fans a free pie and pint for their commitment.
In the National League, the top seven clubs were all winners, while the bottom eight all saw defeat. Aldershot moved into the playoff places after their 1-0 win over Flyde, while Torquay have won just two games in 18 after another defeat, this time at the hands of Maidstone.
England’s youthful looking side held their own against Germany in Friday night’s friendly with Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Jordan Pickford and Tammy Abraham all winning their first caps. Pickford put on a great display in goal and Loftus-Cheek was the official man of the match. With a combined total of just 101 appearances, it was promising stuff from England’s least experienced starting line-up since 1981.
David Moyes has said he can’t be bothered with any drivel at West Ham and will need to get through to his players quickly. “If it works, great. If it doesn’t then I’ll see the East end of London for seven months and then I’ll go elsewhere,” he said. Not hugely motivational and probably not what the West Ham faithful wanted to hear.
Two players found a full house this week, while only a further eight managed six correct selections in a tough week. Leewilson took top spot with a superior goal difference of +10 compared to second-placed Rich Holmes' +8.
The clear winners in this week's team competition were 1FF, sitting top of the pile with a 10-point barrier on 85 points. Cantona's Collar were the runners up, followed by Hays Manchester.
The Legends finished in 34th place with 57 points this week, with Jermaine Jenas and Peter Crouch leading the line with 15 and 14 points respectively. Robbie Keane and Paul Robinson could only muster 7 points each and Titus Bramble struggled with just 5 points.
The Challengers came in 70th place with 46 points.
Top 6 Selected Wins
Bradford (lost 0-1)
Blackpool (lost 2-3)
Oxford (lost 1-2)
Scunthorpe (won 1-0)
Top Selected Draws
Afc Wimbledon 2-2 Peterborough
Crawley 1-1 Forest Green
Gillingham 1-1 Bury
MK Dons 1-0 Stevenage
Coventry 0-1 Mansfield
Stevenage 1-1 Notts County
Carlisle (won 4-0)
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