Two to go!
January 1, 2000
At least it is for all clubs plying their trade in The npower Football Leagues One and Two.
Premier League clubs face either three, four, or five depending on their individual fixture dates and Championship Clubs will take just one more game to complete their programme; what’s more, the final games for Leagues One and Two take place on Cup Final day. How daft is that! It was so simple to follow when all 92 clubs stared and finished in tandem.
It’s all to play for in the Premier League, where only Wolves are sure of their fate. At the top end it is an all Manchester affair for the top spot with the most high profile local derby for many a year, if ever, taking place on Monday evening. I have to say, though, my interest lies further down the Pyramid where a number of former Rovers players feature.
Reading are already up in the second tier, as champions; their form in the run in has been nothing short of incredible. So a Champions medal for Jason Roberts, although I would think Jason wasn’t too pleased with himself after being been sent off in the game that gave Reading the point they needed to clinch the title. This from football365.com:
“Striker Roberts was dismissed by referee Andy D’Urso on the stroke of half time for violent conduct, after appearing to strike visiting defender Jonathan Parr with his elbow. Brian McDermott (Reading manager) maintained at the time that the contact was an accident.”
Jason will now miss the Berkshire club’s final game of the season at Birmingham, as well as the first two matches of the Royals’ Premier League campaign. Bad luck Jason, but the last call is always with the referee. Any appeal was likely to result in further suspension i of at least one game.
Southampton are getting there, slowly. Defeat at Middlesborough, and a win for West Ham at Leicester, takes the second promotion spot clincher to the final games. So another former Rovers striker, Rickie Lambert, has a little longer to wait and a bit more work to befo-e he can call himself a Premier League player. Saints final game at home to relegated Coventry City is being screened as you are possibly reading this edition of the ‘Pirate’.
Clubcall.com reported that West Ham manager. Sam Allardyce, is hoping Southampton crack under the pressure after West Ham took the race for automatic promotion to the final day of the season. He says:
“We have stayed in the race, which is what we wanted. and now we’ve got to do our job and hope that Southampton get the jitters and Coventry can do us a favour”
Look at the screen; what’s happening down at St. Mary’s? Has Rickie made it to the top flight?
The position at the top of League One has produced yet another local affair.
Charlton are already up as champions, but the race for second place falls between the two Sheffield’s. Chris Lines has firmly established himself in the Wednesday team over the course of the season and yet anothe, former Rovers striker, Will Hoskins, has been playing his part in the United lineup.
Chris popped up to score Wednesday’s first goal in the 2-1 home victory over Carlisle to keep them within one point behind United going into the final games. This from the Sheffield Star website:
“It took a while, but Wednesday eventually broke the deadlock in the 26th
minute. Mark Beevers, Miguel Llera and Gary Madine had all gone close but it was Chris Lines who made it 1-0.
“Johnson powered down the right and when his shot was well saved by the impressive Adam Collin, midfielder Lines stroked the ball into the corner. lt wasn’t the cleanest of connections, but sometimes that’s what’s needed.”
No matter about clean, Linesy, it went in and that’s what counts; keeps your dream of playing in the Championship alive and kicking.
Shrewsbury are looking good in second spot in League Two. For me they have looked the most likely in the division for some time. Last Saturday saw them take a point from our visitors at the Memorial Stadium today. The Shrews side included former Rovers full back Joe Jacobson and winger come striker Mark Wright. Is it me or does ‘Wrighty’ seem to score more for the Shropshire outfit in a week than he did in a season, if at all, for us?
This from TEAM talk.com:
“Victory over the Daggers will guarantee promotion and help the Shropshire club put last season’s play off heartbreak behind them.”
Regarding the Stanley game rnanager Graham Turner said:
“It didn’t happen but what we don’t want is a downer on everybody this week. There was a degree of flatness in the dressing room after the game but we will pickup through the week and be ready for next Saturday and I would hope it’s a bumper gate when we try and do it.”
Sell out, so I understand, and perhaps a quick(ish) return to League One for Joe and Mark.
Bring on the 2012/13 season! Let’s in the fun and make it our turn.