Premier League

In the early game Stephen Naismith was the hero as Everton defeated Chelsea whose miserable start to the season continues. Naismith did not actually start the game but came on for injured Muhamed Besic.Naismith got on the end of Brendon Galloway’s cross to give the Toffeemen the lead and rifled in a second from the edge of the area. A 30 yard strike from Namanja Matic got one back for Chelsea before half time but Naismith completed his hat trick with eight minutes left to seal the three points. Everton are in fifth while the Champions are in 16th place, just two points off the drop zone.

Early season hope that Liverpool has turned the corner is ebbing away after a very poor performance at Old Trafford where Manchester United earned a comfortable win. The first half was one of the poorest a Liverpool verses Manchester United games has probably seen with not a single serious shot at goal. Just after the break united took the lead with a smart free kick from the training ground finished by Danny Blind. Joe Gomez brought down Ander Herrera for a clear cut penalty which Herrera converted to make it 2-0. Christian Benteke who had been poor for the most part give Liverpool some hope with a spectacular overhead kick from a Jordon Ibe cross to pull one back but United hit straight back with debutant Anthony Martial ghosting past Martin Skrtel to score a brilliant individual goal to seal a deserved win.Man U move into third, Liverpool are in mid table with seven points after two straight defeats.

The Sunday game saw a fantastic come back from Leicester City Their opponents, Aston Villa, took a first half lead with a 20 yard shot from Jack Grealish. Carles Gil added a second from range and Villa seemed to be coasting. Claudio Ranieri then put on Nathan Dyer who made an impact and the game turned. A Ritchie de Laet volley from a corner got one back. With 8 minutes to go Danny Drinkwater’s low cross was met by Jamie Vardy to equalise and the Foxes got the late winner when Nathan Dyer bravely put his head into a a group of bodies to beat keeper Brad Guzan from Riyad Mahrez’s chipped cross to score on his debut after being loaned from Swansea. The victory moves Leicester into 2nd place in the table after a fantastic start,


After poor starts both Nottingham Forest and Derby County will hope wins on Saturday will kick start a run. Forest had to come from behind at QPR after Charlie Austin gave Rangers the lead with a 20 yard strike. The game turned when QPR keeper Robert Green brought down Chris O’Grady giving away a penalty and being sent off. Henri Landbury converted to level. The winner came when Ryan Mendes set up new signing Nelson Oliveira to slot home the winner for a big away win for Forest.

Derby County also got a priceless away win at Preston. Chris Martin was the hero with both goals. The first came after he was put away but a wonderful through ball by Johnny Russell. The second was direct from a free kick from 20 yards to put Derby 2-0 up at the break. Preston improved in the second half. Daniel Johnson forced a fine save from keeper Lee Grant and Johnson did eventually get one back, but the Rams held firm for a 2-1 win to end a poor run of form.

League 1

Struggling Blackpool produced a good display at league leaders Gillingham but still fell to defeat. Doug Loft gave the Kent side the lead poking the ball home after Luke Norris’ free kick was not held by keeper Colin Doyle. Norris hit the bar early in the second half but Blackpool leveled on 51 minutes. Brad Potts low cross was turned into his own net by Ryan Jackson. The winner came 9 minutes from time when good work from substitute Ryan Donnelly Set up Gillingham striker Bradley Dack to win it and earn another three points. Blackpool remain in the bottom four but after last weeks first win, the performance is something fresh to build on.

League 2

Mansfield Town remain in the play-off places after a big win against Crawley Town at Field Mill, aided by the sending off of Gwion Edwards. Nathan Thomas opened the scoring with an individual effort bursting into the box and keeping his composure to finish and give Mansfield the lead. Shortly after the break Mitchell Rose added a second from 20 yards, Edwards was sent off a couple of minutes later for a bad challenge on Nicky Hunt. Matt Green turned in a cross from Craig Westcarr to make it three and and Green returned the favour with a through ball to Westcarr who finished to make it four. Mansfield could have had more in the final minutes but the Stage will be well pleased with a solid home win.

Notts County got back to winning ways after a sea-saw battle against Luton Town. County started the better and Izale McLeod headed in Graham Burke’s cross to give Notts the lead. Early in the second half McLeod made it two with a smart finish. Luton fought back with a back post strike from Cameron McGeehan set up by Craig Mackail-Smith. A 20 yarder from Jonathan Smith leveled the scores and Luton looked on course for at least a point. However Luton gave a free kick away on 92 minutes and Liam Noble converted to give the Magpies a much needed boost in a highly entertaining game.

Newport County remain rock bottom after being beaten by a 93rd minute penalty against Morecambe. Aaron Collins and Scott Boden both forced saves from Morecambe keeper Barry Roche in a positive start. Against the run of play Morecambe took the lead after Alan Goodall headed in a Jamie Devitt Corner. Scott Barrow equalised from range in the second half and just as it looked Newport would deservedly get something from the game, Aaron Hayden’s challenge on Kevin Ellison was adjudged a penalty, and Paul Mullin stepped up to condemn Newport to yet another defeat.

National League

Southport were unlucky not to end Forest Green’s 100% record with a strong second half display which nearly saw them take a share of the spoils. The leaders raced into a 2-0 lead Aaron O’Conner was put through by a clever ball from Sam Wedgbury, O’Conner still had plenty to do and score from a tight angle. Kurtis Guthrie set of Keanu Marsh-Brown to make it 2-0 and Forest Green were looking comfortable at the break. However Southport got on back in a much better second display when Andy Wright headed in a corner. Mike Phenix forced a fine save from Forest Green keeper Jonny Maxted late on almost forcing a draw, but the leaders held on to make it 9 wins out of 9.

Tranmere Rovers got a much needed win against Chester City to end a run of two defeats. Both goals came in the first half. An Adam Mekki cross was met by Liam Hogan to give Rovers an early lead. James Norwood added to the lead with a fine individual goal. In the second half Chester had a chance to reply when a penalty was given for handball but Scott Davies saved John Rooney’s spot kick. Norwood and Gary Brabins, playing against his old club, had chances to increase the lead but the game ended 2-0 moving Tranmere 2 points behind the play-off places.

Scottish Championship

Queen of the South suffered a third straight defeat at Raith Rovers after a late winner. A Ryan Conroy free kick was well saved by Rovers keeper Kevin Cuthburt with the best chance of a poor first half. Rovers were the better side in the second half with Lewis Toshney and Rory McKeown squandering chances to give Raith the lead. Queens could have stolen it against the run of play Cuthburt saved an Andy Dowie header, but moments later James Craigen crossed after Queens failed to clear a corner and defender Kyle Benedictus was rewarded for staying forward with a headed winner 12 minutes from time which moves Raith above Queens into 5th place in the table on goal difference.


Premier League

Everton (2) 3 (Naismith 3) Chelsea (1) 1 (Matic) – At Goodison Park, Walton, Liverpool

Manchester United (0) 3 (Blind, Herrera, Martial) Liverpool (0) 1 (Benteke) – At Old Trafford, Trafford

Leicester City (0) 3 (de Laet, Vardy, Dyer) Aston Villa (1) 2 (Grealish, Gil) – At The King Power Stadium, Leicester


Queens Park Rangers (0) 1 (Austin) Nottingham Forest (0) 2 (Landsbury, Oliveira) – At Loftus Road, Shepherd’s Bush

Preston North End (0) 1 (Johnson) Derby County (2) 2 (Martin 2) – At Deepdale, Preston

League 1

Gillingham (1) 2 (Loft, Dack) Blackpool (0) 1 (Jackson {OG}) – At The Priestfield Stadium, Gillingham

League 2

Mansfield Town (1) 4 (Thomas, Rose, Green, Westcarr) Crawley Town (0) 0 – At Field Mill, Mansfield

Notts County (1) 3 (McLeod 2, Noble) Luton Town (0) 2 (McGeehan, Smith) – At Meadow Lane, Nottingham

Newport County (0) 1 (Barrow) Morecambe (1) 2 (Goodall, Mullin) – At Rodney Parade, Newport

National League

Southport (0) 1 (Wright) Forest Green Rovers (2) 2 (O’Conner, Marsh-Brown) – At Haig Avenue, Southport

Tranmere Rovers (2) 2 (Hogan, Norwood) Chester City (0) 0 – At Prenton Park, Birkenhead

Scottish Championship

Raith Rovers (0) 1 (Benedictus) Queen Of The South (0) 0 – At Stark’s Park, Kircaldy


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