09/11/2007 : Football League Blog : Football League Review : November 9th 2007
9 November 2007 : Football League Review : November 9th 2007
With the fixtures now coming thick and fast, it was particularly evident on Tuesday night that any one team can easily catch out any other this year in League One, with a handful of late goals, making for the most dramatic of finishes. Whilst Caines’ 89th minute equaliser against Yeovil salvaged a point for Cheltenham, Swindon’s encounter with Leyton Orient seemed destined to remain a stalemate - that is until Adam Boyd latched onto Wayne Gray’s looping header, firing past goalkeeper Brezovan, into the roof of the net on 87 minutes. But just when the O’s appeared to have run away with the points, defender Hasney Aljofree popped up to snatch an unlikely injury time equaliser for the Robins.

Oldham’s Craig Davies also left it late to find the net, his diving header stunning a high-flying Tranmere side in the dying seconds of the match. Leaving it deep into stoppage time, the Welsh striker connected brilliantly with Andy Liddell’s pinpoint cross, to claim all three points for the jubilant Latics. Following Saturday’s disappointment at the City Ground, Rovers bad week continued, as they slipped to an unusual home defeat at Prenton Park.

Brighton and Hove Albion’s night was also spoilt by a late goal, as substitute Ishmel Demontagnac grabbed Walsall’s equaliser with a fierce strike from the edge of the box.

At the New Den, Kenny Jackett’s Millwall locked horns with former club Swansea City. In an entertaining tie, Alan Dunne seemed to have secured a much needed home win for the Lions, but it was Paul Anderson who had the last word with ten minutes to go, rescuing yet another point for the battling Swans.

‘Never say die’ Leeds United did well to bounce straight back from their hiccup at Brunton Park, flattening the Cherries on the South coast - Karacan had thrown Bournemouth a lifeline before the break, but Carole and Kandol sealed the win for the Whites, with three second half goals.

Leaders Carlisle United came away from Kenilworth Road unscathed, despite Luton piling on the pressure throughout. In the end the Cumbrians settled for a single point, which was enough to keep them top of the table.

Elsewhere Northampton Town slipped to their second home defeat in four days, against a comeback Gas side, who were desperate to forget about their ongoing troubles at the Memorial Stadium, whereas Hudderfield Town built on their good weekend result with a comprehensive win over Hartlepool United.

Pace-setters Nottingham Forest recovered from an early scare against Southend United, to move into second place. Falling behind on just three minutes, the Reds eventually ground out an equaliser, before taking the game by the scruff of the neck in the second half, powering three more past a helpless ex-Glover, Steve Collis.

At Vale Park Lee Sinnott celebrated his debut on the Port Vale bench with a frustrating 1-0 defeat against Crewe Alexandra - Byron Moore picking out Elliott Bennett on 76 minutes, to slide the ball past Valiants keeper Anyon.

Fellow L1 newcomer, Mark Stimson went close to a debut home win, only for Delroy Facey to miss a crucial spot-kick, blasting the ball onto the crossbar. At the other end, James Hayter made no mistake from the spot, burying his penalty, to rescue a well-deserved point for Donny. In two weeks time the improving Gills travel down to South Somerset, where both sets of players will no doubt be looking to impress in front of the TV cameras.

Moreover both sides come off the back of irritating 1-1 draws, with Yeovil once again capitulating late on this week, in a game of few chances. Despite taking the lead through Lloyd Owusu, who poked the ball home on the half hour mark, the Glovers were agonisingly pegged back, and are now down to 16th in the division. With Betsy back in the Reserves at Bristol City, Slade will most certainly be on the look out for options to bolster his squad. And although the Glovers remain only a couple of wins away from a playoff spot, they now stand only six points clear of the relegation zone.

The club now turns its attention to a hyped up FA Cup tie, but in many ways the gaffer will no doubt be looking ahead to the Gillingham game. Returning to winning ways at Huish Park in the league must surely remain the priority for the hesitant green and whites, who are yet to demonstrate where they belong in this 2007/2008 league. Once the injury crisis is eventually weathered, then only time will tell.

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