Valerien Ismael left with goosebumps as 10-man Watford dig in for draw

Posted Saturday, December 30, 2023 by PA

Watford head coach Valerien Ismael hailed his players for holding on for a point from a 1-1 draw with Stoke despite Vakoun Bayo’s 52nd-minute dismissal.Striker Bayo was shown a straight red card for an off-the-ball clash with Potters defender Luke McNally.The pair initially tussled for the ball and both ended up on the turf – but when they picked themselves up referee Scott Oldham wa...Full Story »

Daniel Farke questions penalty decision in ‘decisive moment’ of Leeds loss

Posted Saturday, December 30, 2023 by PA

Leeds manager Daniel Farke insisted his side should have had a penalty after losing more ground in the battle for automatic promotion from the Championship with a 1-0 defeat at West Brom.Farke was frustrated at referee Graham Scott’s refusal to award a spot-kick for a challenge by Baggies defender Cedric Kipre on Wilfried Gnonto in the 30th minute as Leeds suffered a second successive loss...Full Story »

Nigel Adkins lauds first-half ‘grit and desire’ as Tranmere overcome Harrogate

Posted Saturday, December 30, 2023 by PA

Tranmere boss Nigel Adkins hailed his team’s “fantastic” first-half performance in a 2-0 triumph at Harrogate even though they failed to register a single shot in the opening 45 minutes.The visitors secured a third successive win thanks to second-half goals from Charlie Jolley and Tom Davies but Adkins was just as impressed by the resilience his players showed before the break ...Full Story »

Derby’s ‘magical’ win at Oxford leaves Paul Warne excited

Posted Saturday, December 30, 2023 by PA

Derby head coach Paul Warne hailed his team’s 3-2 comeback win at League One promotion rivals Oxford as “magical”.The U’s led 2-0 after 13 minutes when Cameron Brannagan converted a penalty then hammered in a 25-yard free-kick.But the Rams fought back brilliantly.Craig Forsyth gave them a lifeline by turning in a flick-on corner at the far post in stoppage time at the end...Full Story »

Richie Wellens ‘not too displeased’ after Leyton Orient held by Wycombe

Posted Saturday, December 30, 2023 by PA

Leyton Orient boss Richie Wellens was satisfied with his side’s 0-0 draw against Wycombe.Although the O’s recorded back-to-back clean sheets in the league for the first time since August, they were unable to find a way past Chairboys keeper Max Stryjek even with the seven minutes of added time caused when a linesman sustained an injury in the first-half and swapped roles with the fou...Full Story »

Lee Bell hails Crewe for ‘sticking together’ in draw with Newport

Posted Saturday, December 30, 2023 by PA

Crewe manager Lee Bell saw his depleted side slip out of the League Two play-off places after a 1-1 draw at Newport but he was full of praise for their character and resilience at Rodney Parade.Bell’s men drop to eighth in the table after a sixth game without a win in the league, but he was pleased to hang on for a draw after defender Zac Williams hobbled off with an ankle injury late on a...Full Story »

Jon Dahl Tomasson laments defensive errors as Blackburn beaten by Hull

Posted Saturday, December 30, 2023 by PA

Jon Dahl Tomasson felt lacklustre defending was the key factor behind the 3-2 defeat at Hull as Blackburn slipped to a fourth consecutive defeat in the Sky Bet Championship.Rovers were twice sloppy early in the game when Liam Delap and Aaron Connolly gave the hosts a commanding lead.Sammie Szmodics and Harry Pickering thrust the visitors back into the match by half-time but Alfie Jones scrambled...Full Story »

Darrell Clarke content with Cheltenham points total at halfway stage of season

Posted Saturday, December 30, 2023 by PA

Cheltenham boss Darrell Clarke said he would have “snapped your hand off” to be on 20 points at the halfway stage of the League One campaign after their 2-2 home draw with Reading.The Robins led 2-0 before a quickfire double from the Royals just before half-time levelled things up and Cheltenham had to settle for a point against the team directly above them in the table.But when Clar...Full Story »

Lincoln boss Michael Skubala bemoans Paudie O’Connor’s game-changing red card

Posted Saturday, December 30, 2023 by PA

Lincoln boss Michael Skubala believes Paudie O’Connor’s game-changing red card in his side’s 2-1 defeat to Northampton was harsh.Jon Guthrie and Kieron Bowie put the visiting Cobblers 2-0 up with goals either side of the break at Sincil Bank.Timothy Eyoma halved the deficit on the hour mark, before O’Connor was sent off for a stray elbow with 15 minutes to go.Skubala said...Full Story »

Dave Challinor admits Bradford draw ‘not the worst’ result in testing conditions

Posted Saturday, December 30, 2023 by PA

Stockport boss Dave Challinor admitted his league leaders deserved no more than a point in their goalless draw at Bradford.It was a competitive contest on a difficult Valley Parade pitch that had only passed referee Lewis Smith’s inspection 90 minutes before kick-off following the recent wet weather.Challinor said: “You always want to win a game but I can’t stand here and say w...Full Story »

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