Soccerround – 12 December 2015

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Premier League

Everton have drawn for the third game in a row in Saturday’s early game at Norwich. Romelu Lukaku gave the Toffeemen the lead when he scored for the seventh Premier League game in a row heading in a Gerard Deulofue cross. Leighton Baines was denied by the woodwork to add to the lead as Everton dominated the first half. However two minutes into the second half Norwich were level due to a Wes Hoolahan strike from close range to frustrate Everton and ensure a share of the points.

Championship

A late equaliser saw Nottingham Forest earn a point at Wolves. Ethan Ebanks-Landell powered in a header from a Jordan Graham free kick to give Wolves the lead at half time. As of late though Forest do not give in easily and a Dexter Blackstock volley from a Henri Landsbury corner leveled the scores 10 minutes from time. A Kevin McDonald volley nearly won it for Wolves late on but Daniel Phillips headed it clear off the line and Forest came away with a deserved point.

Brighton remain top and unbeaten but were held by Derby County to a draw in an entertaining game at Pride Park. A smart flick from James Wilson gave Brighton the lead converting Jamie Murphy’s low cross but the Rams were level at half time when Jacob Butterfield crossed to the far post for Bradley Johnson to equalise after Brighton failed to clear a corner. The South coast side looked to have won it when Rajiv van Le Parra finished a swift counter attack.With two minutes left Gordon Greer was adjudged to have fouled Jonny Russell giving Chris Martin the chance to earn Derby an excellent point, and he made no mistake. Derby are in 4th place as a result of the 2-2 draw.

League 1

Blackpool have moved out of the relegation places by denting Wigan’s promotion chase after a surprise 1-0 win at the DW Stadium. Despite dominating possession, Wigan were in the main restricted to shots off target and the hero was Tom Aldred who headed home a corner to give the Seasiders all three points and move them outside the drop zone for the first time this season.

League 2

Mansfield Town remain in the Play Off places after a share of the points at home to Leyton Orient. The Londoners took the lead on 12 minutes after Jobi McAnuff set up Jay Simpson to head home. Mansfield deserved their equaliser before half time as Craig Westcarr’s smart pass set up Reggie Lambe the level. Matt green and Mitch Rose has chances to win it for the Stags in the final 10 minutes but a draw in the end was about the right result.

Two goals a piece from Liam Noble and Izale McLeod were the difference as Notts County and Newport County produced a seven goal thriller at Meadow Lane. Newport stormed into a two goal lead early on with a Mark Byrne Free Kick and an Alex Rodman strike. Noble got one back on 32 minutes as County began to work their way back in the game Noble hit the post before McLeod made it 2-2 from close range just before half-time. A second from McLeod with a header gave Notts the lead for the first time 20 minutes from time but Newport pegged them back again on 83 minutes when Scott Boden pounced on a scramble from a corner to make it 3-3. Due to lengthy injuries there was 8 minutes of stoppage time which went end to end, Rodman had a chance to win it for Newport but keeper Roy Carroll made the save then set Notts away on the counter which was finished by Noble on 95 minutes to earn Notts the points and leave them 5 points off the Play Off spots with a game in hand on most above them.

Scottish Championship

Raith Rovers will be the happier side after earning a point at Queen Of The South on Friday night. Raith had much the better of the first half with Ross Callaghan and Kyle Benedictus both going close. They took the lead after Lewis Toshey’s looping cross was spilled into his own net by Queen’s keeper Robbie Thomson. The home side were better in the second half and got the equaliser through Iain Russell after some excellent work from Alex Harris who had a fine second half.Russell and substitute Gary Oliver had clear chances to win it for the Dumfries side but neither could take the chance and the draw moves Raith up into fourth place and into play off contention.

MOON OF LIBERTY SOCCER SCOREBOARD

Premier League

Norwich City (0) 1 (Hoolanhan) Everton (1) 1 (Lukaku) – At Carrow Road, Norwich

Championship

Wolverhampton Wanderers (1) 1 (Ebanks-Landell) Nottingham Forest (0) 1 (Blackstock) – At Molineux, Wolverhampton

Derby County (1) 2 (Johnson, Martin) Brighton & Hove Albion (1) 2 (Wilson, van Le Parra) At Pride Park, Derby

League 1

Wigan Athletic (0) 0 Blackpool (1) 1 (Aldred) At The DW Stadium, Wigan

League 2

Mansfield Town (1) 1 (Lambe) Leyton Orient (1) 1 (Simpson) – At Field Mill, Mansfield

Notts County (2) 4 (Noble 2, Mcleod 2) Newport County (2) 3 (Byrne, Rodman, Boden) – At Meadow Lane, Nottingham                         

Scottish Championship

Queen Of the South (0) 1 (Russell) Raith Rovers (1) 1 (Thomson {OG}) – At Palmerstone Park, Dumfires

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN – Mark Noble (Notts County)

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