Leicester City bounced back from their defeat against Arsenal with a solid away win at Norwich City. Jamie Vardy continued his fine form converting a penalty which he had won himself to give the Foxes the lead. A smart through ball from N’Golo Kante put Jeffrey Schlupp through to make it 2-0 soon after the re-start. Dieumerci Mbokani gave Norwich hope getting one back converting a low cross from Jonny Howson after the ball came back to him after a corner. Vardy missed a chance to score again and it ws nearly costly when Nathan Remond hit the bar in the final minutes for Norwich. Leicester held on for the three points to continue their fine start to the season moving back into the top 4.
Derby County extended their unbeaten run to five games with victory over Brentford. Both goals came in the first half, the first when Chris Martin scored from close range after a cross from Cyrus Christie. Tom Ince continued his good recent form adding a second after being set up by Jeff Hendrick. Philipp Hoffman had an effort cleared off the line by Christie in Brentford’s best effort, but Derby dominated and could have had more with Bradley Johnson forcing saves from the Brenftford keeper in what proved a comfortable win. Derby remain one point off the play off places but will force their way into the pack soon if they continue their current form.
Hull City moved into the play off places after heaping more home misery on Nottingham Forest who have still only won one home game this season. In a fast start, Mohammad Diame hit the bar from range for Hull and Chris O’Grady had a chance for Forest saved. Hull were awarded a penalty with Shaun maloney was adjudged to have been brough down by Matt Mills but Abel Hernandez saw a weak penalty save. Hernandez made ammends when he scored from a Sam Cluclas corner to give Hull the lead at half time which they did not relinquish. Matt Maills was sent off in the second half to add insult to injury on a poor day for Forest. Hull move up to fourth, Forest are currently bang in the middle of the table.
Blackpool’s recent improved form continued at Bloomfield Road with a much needed win against Swindon Town. Blackpool were in control in the first half with Brad Potts going close on a couple of occasions early on. The only goal came on 37 miniutes when a corner taken by Henry Cameron was met by Mark Cullen to head home and give the home side the lead. Swindon were better in the second half, their best chance came late on when Jordan Turnball forced a save from Colin Doyle in the Blackpool goal. The win does not take Blackpool out of the bottom four but ensures they move level on points with Doncaster, Scunthorpe and Oldham above them/.
Newport are still bottom of the table after a draw in new manager John Sheridan’s first game in charge after the sacking of Terry Butcher. It was Exeter who took the lead against the run of play when Jordan Moore-Taylor crossed for Joel Grant to give the visitors the lead. Newport got a deserved equaliser through Lennell John-Lewis who scored from a rebound after keeper Troy Brown could not hold Alex Rodman’s effort. Medy Elito had a chance to win it for Newport late on putting an effort wide so both sides had to settle for a point.
Notts County looked like they were heading for a point at high flying Leyton Orient until 2 goals in the last 11 minutes saw off the Magpies. Bradley Pritchard played in Sammy Moore who stabbed the ball home to put Orient in the lead in the first half. Jonathan Stead levelled for Notts straight after the break at the back post after good work from Adam Campbell. In the closing moment Orient scored twice, Jay Simpson’s stike gave Orient the lead back and Dean Cox set up Moore again four minutes later to seal the win. Orient are two points behind leaders Plymouth in 3rd place.
Mansfield Town moved into the play off places with an fantastic comeback at Dagenham & Redbridge. A Mal Benning volley gave the Stags the lead on 6 minutes bit Dagenham were level just three minutes later as Matt McClure leveled from 25 yards.Dagenham then took control with two goals from Ashley Chambers within three minutes to give Dagenham a 3-1 lead. Matt Green scored a penalty just before half-time to begin the comeback. Adam Chapman crossed for Krystian Pearce to equalise with a powerful header. Mansfield won it 5 minutes, Adi Yussuf was the hero with a right foot shot from close range to complete the comeback and secure a 4-3 away win as Mansfield continue to defy expectations.
Chester City put a dent in Wrexham’s recent good form with an entertaining 3-2 win at the Deva Stadium. A long range free kick from John Rooney gave Chester the lead. Dominic Vose equalised from the penalty spot after Biane Hudson was brought down in the box. Rooney set up John Shaw to put Chester back ahead and Kane Richards made it three with a header after a scramble in which Wrexham failed to clear a corner. Conor Jennings got an injury time consolation for the Welsh side but it was too late and it’s Chester who take the points. Wresham remain just outside the play off places.
Andy Mangan and Jonathon Margetts got a pair a peice in an easy victory for Tranmere Rovers against Bromley at Prenton Park. Mangan opened the scoring with a left foot strike, Margetts made it two before half time after good work from Lois Maynard. In the second half Margetts drew a foul from Bromley defender Rob Swaine and Mangan converted the penalty to make it 3-0. Margetts made it four after laching onto a loose ball to add to the scoreline in injury time. Tranmere move up to third place in the table avter today’s convincing performance.
Southport’s second win of the season was earned at Woking after a first half brace from Cole Stockton who is on loan from Tranmere. The first on 10 minutes was a low strike after being set up by Charlie Joyce to give the seasiders a surprise lead. He made it two from close range after a Louis Almond corner. Kieran Murtagh got one back with a header from a John Goddard cross with 13 minutes to go but they did not look like leveling the scores and Southport move lvele on points with Boreham Wood, they remain in the bottom four on goal difference but things are defeinitely improving.
Queen of the South’s poor form continued as Hibernian easily took the points from the Dumfries side. Early on Jason Stevenson set up Jason Cumming’s to give the Edinbugh side the lead and they dominated the rest of the game. A right foot strike from the edge of the box from Laim Henderson made it two and Hibs got a third in the second half through Martin Boyle who finished a nice through ball from Stevenson with two minutes remaining. A first half Derek Lyle header was the closest Queens came in a poor performance where they did not really compete at any stage.
MOON OF LIBERTY SOCCER SCOREBOARD
Norwich City (0) 1 (Mbokani) Leicester City (1) 2 (Vardy, Schlupp) – At Carrow Road, Norwich
Derby County (2) 2 (Martin, Ince) Brentford (0) 0 – At Pride Park, Derby
Nottingham Forest (0) 0 Hull City (1) 1 (Hernandez) – At The City Ground, West Bridgford
Blackpool (1) 1 (Cullen) Swindon Town (0) 0 – At Bloomfield Road, Blackpool
Dagenham & Redbridge (3) 3 (McLure, Chambers 2) Mansfield Town (2) 4 (Benning, Green, Pearce, Yussuf) – At Victoria Road, Dagenham
Newport County (0) 1 (John-Lewis) Exeter City (0) 1 (Grant) – At Rodney Parade, Newport
Leyton Orient (1) 3 (Moore 2, Simpson) Notts County (0) 1 (Stead) – At The Matchroom Stadium, Leyton
Chester City (1) 3 (Rooney, Shaw, Richards) Wrexham (1) 2 (Vose, Jennings) – At The Deva Stadium, Chester
Tranmere Rovers (1) 4 (Mangan 2, Margettes 2) Bromley (0) 0 – At Prenton Park, Birkenhead
Woking (0) 1 (Murtagh) Southport (2) 2 (Stockton 2) – At The Kingfield Stadium, Woking
Queen Of The South (0) 0 Hibernian (1) 3 (Cummings, Hederson, Boyle) – At Palmerstone Park, Dumfries
MOON OF LIBERTY MAN OF THE WEEK – Cole Stockton (Southport)