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With February already fast approaching, it seems that Russell Slade and his green and white army are finally beginning to pick up some momentum.

Had it not been for Mark Crossley’s Heroics the men in hoops would have comfortably seen off the opposition, as a hatful of chances went begging. Although the end result may have seemed unfair it was certainly promising to see the team pulling in the same direction, particularly up front where the Glovers’ new strikeforce combined well in front of an entertained home crowd.

Elsewhere Brighton and Huddersfield, and Bristol Rovers and Walsall also played out draws at the weekend, both ties finishing one all.

Back on Friday Keith Downing’s new-look Robins had made it three wins on the trot up at Victoria Park, thanks to Steve Gillespie’s brace. However, come Tuesday, Danny Wilson’s battling Pools at long last clinched the victory that the home fans had been waiting for, their first in seven, against Steve Tilson’s Shrimpers, who have scored seven and conceded five in their last two games. At full-time the scoreboard read 4-3, after a rollercoaster of a match, capped by two injury time strikes.

Meanwhile AFC Bournemouth and Luton Town left their troubles in the board room, as the two debt-ridden clubs squared up on the South Coast in what was to be a decisive bottom-four clash. Having lost at the weekend against Southend and Leyton Orient respectively, both outfits threw everyone forward in search of a morale-boosting victory. And in the end it was Kevin Bond’s late substitute Brett Pitman who had the last word, scoring the home side’s winning goal deep into stoppage time. Like Cheltenham, the Cherries made amends for their recent lack of composure with an equally thrilling 4-3 win over Mick Harford’s dejected Hatters.

Having had the luxury of staying put at the Priestfield this week, Mark Stimson’s Gills were twice unable to capitalise on their home advantage, first against Northampton Town who proved they didn’t need Andy Kirk to pick up all three points, 0-1, and then against Oldham Athletic who once more secured a nil nil draw on their travels, following the stalemate last Saturday in Somerset.

At the top end of the table, Martin Ling’s O’s and John Ward’s Cumbrians kept their sights on the automatic promotion spots, courtesy of narrow home wins. The pick of the day though was no doubt Doncaster’s close encounter with Leeds United. Indeed the Yorkshire derby turned out to be a tense affair, and to the great dismay of the 30,000 Elland Road faithful, it was O’Driscoll and his men who were eventually the proud 1-0 victors.

In Tuesday’s final fixture, league leaders Swansea City cruised to another victory at the Liberty Stadium against Crewe, having eased past Port Vale (2-0) at the weekend. The Swans now enjoy an eight point lead in League One.

Below them in second lie Colin Calderwood’s Reds, who travelled to the capital off the back of two own goals and a disappointing 2-1 defeat at the County Ground, recover a 2-0 deficit this time against home side Millwall.

At the New Den, the Lions were kings of the Forest right up until the 85th minute, when Huish Park favourite Chris Cohen clawed one back for the visitors. Three minutes later the scores were level and the not-so-feisty South Londoners were sent scurrying off the pitch with their tails between their legs.

What’s more back on Saturday Kenny Jackett’s men had again fallen victim to a late goal, that time signed Antony Kay, who won it for the Glovers next opponents, Tranmere Rovers.

Following a spirited display against John Sheridan’s Latics, and a somewhat disappointing point at that, Yeovil will definitely need to be firing all cylinders at Prenton Park, where another gritty midfield battle will surely be awaiting them. With the playoff dream still very much alive, achieving by unity will no doubt be the key tomorrow for the eleven starters, who realistically can no longer settle for anything less than all three points.

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