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Ledley's Talking Points: Rashford's Dilemma, Kewell's Nightmare and Barton's Unbeaten Record

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Winners

In a tough week of surprise results in the lower leagues, none of you managed to score maximum points with seven correct selections. Nickramage was the top player in the country with 23 points, while Game of Throw-Ins took the top prize in the team competition with 81 points. 

This week's wildcard winners, chosen at random to win a £10 free bet for each player, are Fulltimemanagers and Rivals.

Ledley scored 16 points this week, not a bad tally in a challenging week.

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Ledley King's Talking Points

England have lost three competitive matches in a row for the first time since 1988 after their 2-1 defeat to Spain, and it was another reminder that the Three Lions still have a lot of work to do before we can compete with the elite nations. It was a frustrating evening at Wembley, but most of that frustration was aimed at the match officials rather than the players at the final whistle, after a last minute equaliser was disallowed.

Rashford shone in the European Nation’s League match, but as Gareth Southgate pointed out, he will need more playing time if he is to improve. He’s started just one game for United this season and will miss the next three due to his sending off at Burnley. Only time will tell what role he will have in Mourinho’s plans this season, and if joining a different club, at least temporarily, becomes a serious option.

Giroud has overtaken Zidane in France’s all-time top scorers list with his 32nd goal in Les Bleus friendly with the Netherlands. It comes at a time when his place in France’s first team was starting to look uncertain, and it could be the boost he needs to get his Premier League season off the mark at Chelsea.

Blackpool were involved in a dramatic comeback against Bradford in League One on Saturday. The scoreboard read 2-0 to the Bantams in the 84th minute, but two goals from Jay Spearing and another from Curtis Tilt tipped the result in Blackpool’s favour. 

Fleetwood maintained their unbeaten away record under Joey Barton with a 1-1 draw in front of a crowd of almost 30,000 at the Stadium of Light. The result left both teams in the League One play-off places.

Portsmouth grabbed an 87th-minute equaliser to deny Shrewsbury their first win of the season. The draw meant Pompey fell two points behind league leaders Peterborough, who have made the best start to a season in the club's history, under Steve Evans.

Harry Kewell’s new role as Notts County manager got off to the worst start imaginable. The Australian was sent off as his side conceded five against an Exeter team that had been without a goal for seven hours before kick-off. It can only get better, with Notts County rock bottom of League Two with one point in seven games.

Stats

Top 6 Selected Bankers

Lincoln 0-1
Pompey 1-1
Harrogate 3-2
Barnsley 0-1
Sunderland 1-1
Salford 1-0

Top 6 Selected Draws

Accrington Stanley 1-1
Cambridge 1-2
Doncaster 2-1
Gillingham 0-1
Northampton 1-3
Oldham 0-1

Bonus Points

Bury 4-0
Exeter 5-1

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