24th October Socceround

tofladyloseElitistechoPremier League

Two of the suprise packages, Leicester City and Crystal Palace, met at the King Power Stadium. In a game of few chances it was in form Jamie Vardy who got the only goal after pouncing on a mistake from Brede Hangerland and clipped the ball past Wayne Hennesey in the Palace goal to finish from three yards. A looping Scott Dann header was the closest Palace came to an equaliser but Leicester maintain their position in 5th place with the win to continue their fine start to the season.

In the later game Arsenal went to the top of the table with a 2-1 win at home to Everton. All the goals came in the first half. The North Londeners took the lead after a floated cross from Mesut Ozil was met by Olivier Giroud to open the scoring. Two minutes later Lauren Koscielny headed in a Santi Cazorla cross to make it two. Everton got one back through a deflected Ross Barklay effort just before half time and had chances to equalise when Romelu Lukaku hit the bar and Gerard Deulofeu was denied by Petr Cech late on. Arsenal end Saturday top of the table prior to tomorrow’s Manchester Derby.

Championship

Derby County’s recent fine form continued with three points at Huddersfield Town. Chris Martin got his seventh goal of the season to put the Rams ahead after pouncing on a scuffed volley by Johnny Russell to score from close range. Harry Bunn leveled for Hudderfield after scoring off the rebound after Ishmael Miller had first hit the crossbar. It took a wonderstrike from 30 yards from George Thorne to win it just after the restart to move Derby up to fifth and keep their promotion chase right on track.

Nottingham Forest avoided defeat at the City Ground with a last gasp equaliser to grab a point against Ipswich Town. Forest dominated the first half, the best chance fell to Ryan Mendes who failed to capitalise and Forest looked like they would rue not taking advantage of their dominance when a poor clearance from Eric Lichaj was taken advantage of by Jonathan Parr who fired into the top corner to give Ipswich the the lead. Deep into injury time with Foreat pushing hard for a draw Jorge Grant’s shot was blaocked and debutant Liam Trotter fired in the rebound to give Forest a deserved point late in the day.

League 1

Improving Blackpool moved out of the bottom 4 for the first time this season after winning a big relegation clash with struggling Crewe Alexandra. Full back Hayden White, on loan from Bolton, got his first goal for the seasiders with a strike from just outside the box. Crewe defender Chris Atkinson fouled David Norris to concede a peanalty which Jack Redshaw converted to seal the victory. This was Crewe’s third defeat in a row and a huge three points for Blackpool who have shown much improved form as of late.

League 2

Mansfield Town’s excellent form continued with a fine away point at second place Portsmouth. 40 year old goalkeeper Brian Jensen was the man of the match with some fine saves to keep Pompey out. The pick of which came from a save from Ben Davies who unleashed a powerful strike that Jensen did superbly to keep out. Mansfield in a mainly defensive display did not have a shot on target themselves but the Stags will be more than happy to take the point which keeps them in the play off places.

Notts County continue to sturggle for consistancy after a 1-1 draw away at Exeter. Exter took the lead on 20 minutes after Tom Nichols cut inside Notts defender Michael Edwards and curled a fine shot from 20 yards into the corner to finish an excellent solo effort. Notts fought bac with Izale MacLeod hitting the post with a header. The qualiser came after a knock down from Jon Stead fell to Liam Noble to finish from close range. Macleod for Notts and Aaron Davies for Exter had chances to win it but there was no scoring in the second half with both sides having to settle for a point a peice.

Newport County are out of the League 2 relegation zone with an impressive 4-1 away win at Bristol Rovers. Tom Parkes headed a cross into his own new to give Newport the lead but it lasted just two minutes as a 25 yard strike from Billy Bodin brought the game back level. Newport re-took the lead in the second half after a mistake from the Rovers keeper fell to Zak Ansah to make it 2-1. Ansah struck again from outside the box after good work from Lenell John-Lewis to seal the points. Tommy O’Sullivan added a fourth late on from 25 yards to move Newport three points clear of the relegation zone they have been in all season before this weekend.

FA Cup Qualifying Round 4

There was only one goal at the Moss Rose Ground where Altricncham knocked Chester City out of the FA Cup. Damien Reeves was the scorer off a rebound from a free kick the keeper failed to hold. The same score saw off Southport who lost at Salford City, the team famously bought by Some of the Manchester United class of 92. Paul Scholes and Gary Neville, two of those involved, were at the ground to see James Poole chip the goalkeeper on 68 minutes to see Salford through to the first round proper. Tranmere Rovers meanwhile face a replay at Lincoln City after a poor 0-0 draw at Prenton Park.

Scottish Championship

Queen of the South’s miserable recent run continued after being thrashed after Livingston demolshed them with four second half goals in Dumfries. Dale Hilson actually gave the Doomhammers the lead at half time with a close range shot from Dale Hilson. When Scott Pittman equalised for the visitors shortly after the break though the whole momentum changed. Gary Glen set up Jordon White to give Livingston the lead Two goals from Liam Buchanan, the second a header from a Morgyn Neill corner, completed the second half rout which moves Livingston off the bottom of the table and is another blow to Queens play off hopes who are now 7 points off the top four.

MOON OF LIBERTY SOCCER SCOREBOARD

Premier League

Leicester City (0) 1 (Vardy) Crystal Palace (0) 0 – At The King Power Stadium, Leicester

Arsenal (2) 2 (Giroud, Koscinely) Everton (1) 1 (Barklay) – At The Emirates Stadium, Islington

Championship

Nottingham Forest (0) 1 (Trotter) Ipswich Town (0) 1 (Parr) – At The City Ground, West Bridgford

Huddersfield Town (1) 1 (Bunn) Derby County (1) 2 (Martin, Thorne) – At The John Smith’s Stadium, Huddersfield

League 1

Blackpool (0) 2 (White, Redshaw) Crewe Alexandra (0) 0 – At Bloomfield Road, Blackpool

League 2

Bristol Rovers (1) 1 (Bodin) Newport County (1) 4 (Parkes {OG}, Ansah 2, O’Sullivan) – At The Memorial Stadium, Bristol

Portsmouth (0) 0 Mansfield Town (0) 0 – At Fratton Park, Portsmouth

Exeter City (1) 1 (Nichols) Notts County (1) 1 (Noble) – At ST James’ Park, Exeter

FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round

Altrincham (0) 1 (Reeves) Chester City (0) 0 – At The Moss Rose Ground, Altrincham

Salford City (0) 1 (Poole) Southport (0) 0 – At Moor Lane, Salford

Tranmere Rovers (0) 0 Lincoln City (0) 0 – At Prenton Park, Birkenhead

Scottish Championship

Queen Of The South (1) 1 (Hilson) Livingston (0) 4 (Pittman, Whote, Buchanan 2) – At Palmerstone Park, Dumfries

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN OF THE WEEK  – Brian Jensen (Mansfield Town)

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