League One In Focus
Week beginning 1st January.
It`s been a hectic week around League One, what`s been happening?
New Years Day:
Well, the elements were the real winner on January 1st as many games were rain and more probably - wind affected - hence providing an advert to turn off from lower league football!
Bournemouth picked up a vital win in the lower reaches of the division as they narrowly overcame Brighton 1-0 as Brett Pitman pounced on a Wayne Henderson error in the final minute. The game saw an end to Simon Gillett`s stay at Dean Court as he returned to Southampton.
A Karl Hawley goal at Brunton Park helped Carlisle United beat Bradford City 1-0. The Bantams extended their winless run to four, and large sections of the away support were chanting for Colin Todd to step down.
Chesterfield maintained their fantastic record against Blackpool with a 2-0 win at Saltergate. This result meant The Spirites prolonged Blackpool`s hoodoo against them. The Seasiders haven`t beaten Chesterfield in five meetings, and you have to go back to 1999 to notice Pool`s last victory in the league at Saltergate when Simon Sturridge (Whhhhhhhhhhho?) and Phil 'the ghost` Clarkson scored for The Tangerines.
Huddersfield Town were walloped by Doncaster Rovers as they christened their new stadium with a 3-0 victory over The Terriers. Three dismissals marred the affair, with Abbot and Ahmed sent off for Town and Roberts for Rovers.
A Matt Lockwood penalty gave Leyton Orient the lead against high flyers, Bristol City, only for the away side to salvage a point when Johnson, son of City manager Gary, popped up with 22 left.
Former Seasider, Darren Byfield bagged a hatrick against his former employers Gillingham to give Millwall a 4-1 win. Gary Mulligan had given The Gills a tenth minute lead at The New Den.
The stand-out performance of the day was that of Oldham`s, as they thrashed Nottingham Forest at Boundary Park, 5-0. Two penalties from Andy Liddell, one from in form Chris Porter (who has been linked with Championship clubs recently) and one apiece for Craig Rocastle and Paul Warne inflicted more misery on Forest boss Colin Calderwood whose side hit a bad patch of form running up to Christmas.
Yeovil`s match at home to Northampton and Port Vale versus Scunthorpe ended goaless.
The two remaining games saw Tranmere and Swansea win against struggling Rotherham and Brentford respectively.
Blackpool - Boss Simon Grayson secured the services of defender Ian Evatt on an 18 month deal after QPR terminated his contract by mutual consent. It is believed that the club have bought Evatt a house in Lytham St.Annes.
Bournemouth - The desperate Cherries recruited young striker, James Lawson from Championship strugglers Southend United. Lawson spent time at Grimsby Town earlier in the season, but couldn`t make the starting eleven.
Brentford - The Bees signed defender David Partridge, from Bristol City and Joe Keith from Leyton Orient on loan deals. Michael Leary from Luton also joined. The midfielder will be at Griffin Park a month.
Bristol City - The ongoing saga with Nottingham Forest and Grant Holt rumbled on in the week, with the striker stating he wished to stay at The City Ground. Holt told BBC Radio Nottingham: 'The manager has said that he doesn't want me to leave and that I'm not for sale.
Carlisle United - Derby midfielder, Paul Thirlwell was signed for an undisclosed fee. The experienced, former Sheffield United man has spent three months on loan at United and this is the biggest transfer of the January window so far in League One.
Crewe - The club have accepted a bid from Swindon Town for striker Luke Rodgers. 'We have agreed a transfer fee with them and he is free to speak to them if he wants to.'
Doncaster Rovers - Rovers have signed Jon-Paul Pitman from Forest. The clubs major signing of the week was that of Brian Stock from Pres*on for £150K after a loan spell. Brian Stock links up with his former boss Sean O'Driscoll.
Gillingham - Young striker, Matt Jarvis has been tracked by some Premiership clubs but tells the clubs fans that he`s going nowhere.
Millwall - Influential midfielder, Derek McInnes has been allowed to leave The Lions to play for St. Johnstone.
Northampton Town - Goalkeeper Lee Harper has joined Milton Keynes Dons after having his Northampton contract cancelled.
Port Vale - Former Scunthorpe goalkeeper Paul Musselwhite joined Vale after his stay at Kettering was cut short.
Rotherham United - Cash strapped United have had to let young prospects, Will Hoskins and Lee Williamson go to Watford for a combined fee of £1million.
End Of Month Awards
Blackpool`s Simon Grayson and Wes Hoolahan won the Manager and Player of the month awards for December.
Eight League One sides were playing in the 3rd Round of the FA Cup last weekend. The shock of the round came at Bramall Lane where Swansea beat Sheffield United 3-0. Nottingham Forest also won against Premiership opposition after they overcame Alan Pardew`s Charlton 2-0. Blackpool were the only other team to win, a 4-2 home victory over Aldershot Town. Doncaster Rovers lost 4-0 at home to Bolton, and Oldham drew 2-2 at Wolves.