Liverpool have qualified for the knockout stages of the UEFA Cup after beating French side Bordeaux at Anfield. The visitors took the lead after keeper Simon Mignloet was penalised for holding onto the ball too long. Henri Saviet fired home from the resulting indirect free kick. Ludovic Sane brought down Christian Benteke to allow James Milner to equalise from the Penalty Spot. Benteke won the game after a turn and shot after controlling a low cross from Nathanial Clyne. The win is only the second at home since Jurgen Klopp took over but is enough to qualify with a game to spare.
After a spirited performance from Blackpool two late goals saw Port Vale take the three points. Sam Kelly set up AJ Leitch-Smith to put Port Vale ahead with only 8 minutes left in the game. 4 minutes later Chris Birchall sealed the points adding a second. Blackpool have failed to score now in six games and their position in the relegation zone is not looking good.
Mansfield Town suffered a disappointing home defeat against Exeter. Joel Grant and Lee Holmes tormented Mansfield all night and provided a goal for each other as both men got on the scoresheet to give Exeter two away wins in three days. Brian Jensen made some fin save in the Mansfield goal in a display which could have seen Exeter win by more. Mansfield will want to put this behind them as they slip outside the play off zone.
Newport County earned a hard won point at second place Oxford United. The Welsh side took a shock lead after a superb long range strike from John Lenell-Lewis. Oxford dominated most of the second half and Pat Hoban got a deserved equaliser, but Newport held out for an excellent point which means they are four point outside the drop zone in an encouraging display.
Notts County finally found some form with a solid home win against Barnet at Meadow Lane. Notts raced into a two goal lead with goals from Mike Edwards and Jon Stead, both created by Adam Campbell who produced and excellent performance for the Magpies. Alan Sheehan added a third from range and Edwards added a second. Barnet got late consolation goals from an Aaron McLean free kick and Luke Gambin, overall Notts deserved their much needed win.
Chester City and Dover Athletic shared the points after a tightly contested 1-1 draw. The Kent side took the lead with a brilliant goal volley home by Ricky Miller Stefan Payne had flicked the ball over his head and Ricky Modest then teed up Miller without the ball hitting the ground. Chester leveled just before half time when John Rooney crossed for Ross Hannah to score. Dover had more chances in the second half but could not get the winner. Dover move up to third, Chester remain stuck in mid table.
Tranmere Rovers endured a miserable night at Woking as they were thrashed 4-1. Dan Holman’s header gave Woking the lead and John Goodard added a second before half time after keeper Scott Davies could only parry a long range shot into Goddard’s path. Holman added another and Joe Quigley got a fourth before James Norwood got a meaningless consolation goal in stoppage time in a very poor display against a team below them in the table.
MOON OF LIBERTY SOCCER SCOREBOARD
Liverpool (1) 2 (Milner, Benteke) Bordeaux (1) 1 (Saviet) – At Anfield, Liverpool
Port Vale (0) 2 (Leitch-Smith, Birchall) Blackpool (0) 0 – At Vale Park, Stoke On Trent
Mansfield Town (0) 0 Exeter (2) 2 (Grant, Holmes) – At Field Mill, Masfield
Oxford United (0) 1 (Hoban) Newport County (1) 1 (John-Lewis) – At The Kassam Stadium, Oxford
Notts County (2) 4 (Edwards 2, Stead, Sheehan) Barnet (0) 2 (McLean, Gambin) – At Meadow Lane, Nottingham
Chester City (1) 1 (Hannah) Dover Athletic (1) 1 (Miller) – At The Deva Stadium, Chester
Woking (2) 4 (Holman 2, Goddard, Quigley) Tranmere Rovers (0) 1 (Norwood) – At The Kingfield Stadium, Woking
MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN – Mike Edwards (Notts County)