Goals, cards, touchline spats, you name it; the npower League Two had it all in abundance. Which teams impressed, and which teams flattered to deceive? Which players got you all in a spin and which players left you frothing at the mouth in frustration? All the action will be dissected here in Andrew Steele-Davis’ new weekly blog.
Let’s start off with the League Two new boys AFC Wimbledon, who produced another admirable display to see off Port Vale in a five goal thriller to earn their first ever home win in the football league.
Plymouth’s woes continued, a 2-1 away defeat at Burton Albion capping off a miserable week which has seen the club’s senior players threatening to strike and the club being rooted to the bottom of the table with a solitary point.
Everyone’s hated Crawley Town continued their stunning start to the season, demolishing fellow promotion favourites Bristol Rovers 4-1, in what has to be classed as the best home performance of the weekend. Sitting pretty at the top of the table with 13 points from six games, the hosts ran riot with the goals coming from Ben Smith, Matt Tubbs and a brace from Tyrone Barnett. Rovers only goal of the game came through defender Lee Brown, meaning no wins from the last three games for Paul Buckle’s side.
In a result which is sure to have Swindon fans everywhere smiling from ear to ear, Oxford United crashed to a 3-1 defeat at Gresty Road to a Crewe side who have not enjoyed the best of starts to a season. However they gave their fans something to cheer with this victory as well as plenty of Swindon fans who were already in buoyant mood after their 3-2 lunchtime victory over Rotherham United at the County Ground.
In what has been a turbulent week at SN1, the pressure was on Di Canio and his new look squad to deliver three points after four straight defeats. Despite what Andy Scott may think, Swindon dominated proceedings to earn a 3-2 victory to end Rotherham’s unbeaten start to the season and provide a much needed boost around the County Ground. A brace from super sub Alan Connell and a deflected strike from Matt Richie gave Town the win whilst Alex Revell, I think you all know where this is going, bagged a brace on his Miller’s debut.
So, this week’s Team Of The Weekend Award has to go to Swindon Town. After a week of controversy at the County Ground following ‘Clark-Gate’ and four successive league defeats, many people had expected league leaders Rotherham to record a comfortable victory having enjoyed their best start to a league campaign for thirteen years. However, a bold attacking line up from Di Canio coupled with free flowing football and the impressive front paring of Mehdi Kerrouche and Lukas Magera saw Swindon return to winning ways and restore the feel good factor back to the town.
Roots Hall was the place to be if you wanted to see some early season screamers where three of the goals from the 2-2 draw between Southend and Northampton are contenders for the goal of the weekend. However it was Bilel Moshni’s stunning effort that was the pick of the bunch and duly wins the Goal of the Weekend award. With acres of space, Moshni let flew from 35 yards to send the Shrimper fans into raptures.
In the other results from the weekend’s action, Aldershot came out on top with a hard fought 1-0 victory over Cheltenham, it finished goalless between Barnet and Accrington Stanley, Shrewsbury continued their fine run of form with a 1-0 win against Gillingham, Hereford collected a much needed three points against Dagenham, high flying Morecambe were held at by home by Bradford and in the last game of the weekend, Torquay kept up their promising start under new manager Martin Ling with a 3-0 defeat of Macclesfield.
Fine individual performances were a regular occurrence around the League Two grounds this weekend which makes choosing a player of the weekend that much harder. But, after much thought and considering the circumstances, this week’s Player of the Weekend goes to Alex Revell of Rotherham United. Scoring a brace on your debut is always likely to earn yourself recognition, but scoring a brace against one of your former teams makes it that much better. So Alex Revell, take a bow.
Since Andrew recommended Alex Revell for the player of the weekend, he’s sacked… ;)