Football League: Sheffield United keep pace at top while Luton hit seven

Sheffield United fans sing during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield United and Norwich City at Bramall Lane on September 16, 2017 in Sheffield, England.

Sheffield United took their chance to draw level with Cardiff, the league leaders coming into the weekend, albeit a little unconvincingly with a 1-0 win over Ipswich at Bramall Lane.

Championship

Chris Basham’s powerful header on 49 minutes was the difference, though the Blades’ afternoon was marred by a nasty injury when Cameron Carter-Vickers fell heavily on top of his team-mate Kieron Freeman. The Blades manager, Chris Wilder, confirmed that Freeman had dislocated his knee and faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

• It has taken 13 games but finally Bolton have a league win. Sammy Ameobi and a Sam Hutchinson own goal put them two up against Sheffield Wednesday and although Kieran Lee poached one back to set up a nervy finish, which was full of chances and brilliant saves at both ends, Bolton held on. It is only one win in five games now for Carlos Carvalhal’s sinking Owls, a slump outdone by Leeds who fell to a third straight defeat at home to Reading, Modou Barrow’s late goal doing the damage.

• While the rest of the games were done and dusted, two kept on going and both were eventually decided by 96th-minute goals. Denis Odoi’s last-gasp equaliser for Fulham denied Preston three points at Craven Cottage in a 2-2 draw, while Norwich finally broke through Hull’s stubborn 10-man resistance – 23 shots later – through Nélson Oliveira’s opportunistic flick to claim a point.

Millwall’s frustrating afternoon against Brentford was topped off when Lee Gregory’s equaliser was ruled out, with the referee, Lee Probert, bringing the game back for a penalty instead. Gregory stepped up himself, saw his spot-kick saved by Daniel Bentley and they lost the game 1-0. “It’s a hard one to take,” Neil Harris said afterwards. “We should have had four or five goals today. That isn’t good enough.”

PosTeamPGDPts
1 Wolverhampton 12 8 24
2 Cardiff 12 7 24
3 Sheff Utd 12 6 24
4 Bristol City 12 9 21
5 Preston North End 12 7 21

Results: Barnsley 2-2 Middlesbrough, Bolton 2-1 Sheffield Wednesday, Brentford 1-0 Millwall, Fulham 2-2 Preston, Leeds 0-1 Reading, Norwich 1-1 Hull, Sheffield United 1-0 Ipswich, Sunderland 1-1 QPR.

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League One

• For so long it looked like being 13th game unlucky for Shrewsbury after Graham Carey’s stunner had put Plymouth on course to end the Shrews’ unbeaten start to the season at 12 games. But Shaun Whalley fired a late reply to salvage a point and Shrewsbury remain the only Football League side with a 0 in the L column.

• Even so, Wigan climbed above Shrewsbury to the summit with a 3-0 victory over Southend at the DW Stadium. Southend’s Jermaine McGlashan was sent off for what has been roundly denounced as a poor two-footed tackle on Callum Elder, Wigan’s Australian defender on loan from Leicester City, who was OK to continue. Michael Jacobs’ deflected strike, a breakaway finished by Nick Powell and an Ivan Toney tap-in claimed the points in style.

• There was a moment of serious concern at The Valley when the referee, Robert Lewis, collapsed on to the pitch following an accidental collision with the Charlton striker Josh Magennis. Their game with Doncaster was delayed by seven minutes as Lewis received treatment, but fortunately he was well enough to be helped from the pitch via a combination of visiting players and home medical staff. Charlton were 1-0 ahead at the time through Tarique Fosu’s ninth-minute goal and held on to climb into the top six.

Oldham nicked all three points against Blackburn with a 90th-minute goal by the wonderfully named Queensy Menig, on loan from Nantes, scoring his first in English football. That is three wins in a row for Oldham, four in all competitions, and surely the caretaker manager, Richie Wellens, has now done enough to get the job on a full-time basis – despite the hierarchy’s rumoured interest in Paul Scholes.

PosTeamPGDPts
1 Wigan 13 18 31
2 Shrewsbury 13 10 31
3 Bradford 13 7 26
4 Rotherham 13 11 24
5 Charlton 12 5 23

Results: Bristol Rovers 0-1 Oxford United, Bury 3-1 Bradford, Charlton 1-0 Doncaster, Fleetwood 2-2 Rochdale, Northampton 0-1 Wimbledon, Oldham 1-0 Blackburn, Peterborough 0-1 Gillingham, Plymouth 1-1 Shrewsbury, Portsmouth 2-0 MK Dons, Rotherham 2-0 Scunthorpe, Walsall 1-1 Blackpool, Wigan 3-0 Southend.

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League Two

• It was a proud day for the Ameobi family: after Sammy’s goal for Bolton, Shola struck with a header in Notts County’s 2-1 win over Barnet at Meadow Lane, two days after he celebrated his 36th birthday at the club with chocolate cake. Exeter’s goalless draw with Wycombe means Kevin Nolan’s side are back on top of the table.

• Manchester City were not the only side to rack up a seven-goal haul on Saturday, as Luton demolished Stevenage with Luke Berry scoring a hat-trick from midfield with head, left foot and right foot. His curling effort from the edge of the box into the top corner was the pick of the bunch.

• There were a couple of big wins at the foot of the table for Morecambe, who beat Chesterfield 2-0 sparked by Adam McGurk’s precise free-kick, and Port Vale who saw off Cheltenham 3-1.

PosTeamPGDPts
1 Notts County 13 11 29
2 Exeter 13 9 29
3 Luton 13 19 27
4 Accrington Stanley 13 6 26
5 Wycombe 13 7 25

Results: Accrington 1-0 Coventry, Chesterfield 0-2 Morecambe, Colchester 0-1 Carlisle, Forest Green 0-4 Newport, Grimsby 0-0 Crawley, Lincoln 0-0 Cambridge, Luton 7-1 Stevenage, Mansfield 1-3 Swindon, Notts County 2-1 Barnet, Port Vale 3-1 Cheltenham, Wycombe 0-0 Exeter, Yeovil 2-0 Crewe

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Powered by Guardian.co.ukThis article was written by Lawrence Ostlere, for theguardian.com on Saturday 14th October 2017 18.36 Europe/Londonguardian.co.uk © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010

 

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