Ledley's Talking Points: Premonitions, Seven Goal Thrillers and Historical Draws
7 Talking Points
Charlton won seven goal thriller at Boundary Park to maintain their promising start to the season. Charlton took a 2-0 lead through Ricky Holmes and Tarique Fosu, before Oldham equalised via a Craig Davies penalty and goal from Eoin Doyle. It looked like the comeback was in full flight until Odham were reduced to 10 men and Charlton went 4-2 up. A late goal from Jack Bryne set up a nervy finish, but it ended 4-3.
Exeter City stay top of League Two after their 1-0 win over Newport. Lee Holmes' superb individual goal midway through the second half made the difference, ensuring Exeter remain unbeaten while Newport suffer their first defeat of the season, slipping down to 7th in the table.
Rotherham won their first away match in 27 attempts on Sunday, a 1-0 win over Portsmouth at Fratton Park. Rotherham took the lead in the 36th minute through a Jon Taylor strike, and held on despite multiple Pompey efforts late on. Pompey are now four games without a win.
Bradford were back to winning ways after a Charlie Wyke hat-trick earned the Bantams a 3-1 victory over Bristol Rovers. Wyke said he woke up dreaming about scoring goals, and his premonition cam true with his first hat-trick for the club. Bradford are now just 3 points off the pace in League Two.
England’s 4-0 win over Malta did not feel like a rout, but a flurry of goals in the closing stages of the game did make it a more satisfying result for Southgate. Most England fans had left the stadium with the score still at a disappointing and dreary 1-0, but Ryan Bertrand, Danny Wellbeck and Harry Kane, who was obviously pleased to see the back of August, all netted in the final 5 minutes.
Luxembourg held France to a historic 0-0 draw on Sunday in their World Cup qualifier. It’s not often a goalless draw in a qualifying round is described as historic, but Luxembourg’s starting XI is worth £27,000 compared to France’s £400m. That’s the difference between a Toyota Prius and a Billionaire’s Superyacht.
Arsene Wenger hinted that he considered leaving Arsenal for PSG in the summer. He said: “Yes I hesitated about signing a new contract for personal reasons. I have been at Arsenal for 20 years and I ask myself all the time if I should continue to run the club. And also because we struggled a lot last season. Coaching a different club would be possible.”
10 players managed a full house this weekend and it went down to the wire with all 10 level on 27 points, but Lee Riach topped the table on goals scored. He and Jhaisley were even on +10 goal difference but Lee managed 17 goals for, trumping Jhaisley's 12.
North Stand Beer Tokens topped the pile in the team competition with 89 points.
The Legends finished 2nd in the country for the 3rd time in four weeks. Paul Robinson and Robbie Keane bagged 21 and 18 points respectively, but Captain Ledley netted a very respectable 22 points.
Ledley's challengers scored a very strong 79 points, coming in at 14th in the country. Ledley and the two Pauls provided the goods, collecting 61 of those points betrween them.
Top 6 picked wins
Aldershot (won 1-0)
Leyton O (won 4-1)
MK Dons (1-1)
Charlton (won 4-3)
Pompey (lost 0-1)
Top 6 picked draws
Blackpool 1-0 AFC Wimbledon
Bury 0-1 Scunthorpe
Crawley 2-0 Yeovil
Exeter 1-0 Newport
Gillingham 1-2 Shrewsbury
Swindon 1-4 Barnet
The game is now open for matchweek 6!