Sunday, 20 February 2011

League 1 Round up by Football League Editor David Mayer

Moving on to League 1, we begin with the top of the table clash down on the south coast as the Cherries, Bournemouth, welcomed the Terriers, Huddersfield, to the seaside town. The first half was a cagey affair and it took an additional 30 minutes in the second half before the first goal was scored.  It came about from a typical Liam Feeney cross, which was headed home by Michael Symes to give Bournemouth the lead. But just as the three points seemed to be going to the Cherries, the Terriers thought otherwise as Roberts played through substitute Cadamarteri who finished calmly to earn Huddersfield a 1 – 1 draw. A result that was probably harsh on Bournemouth after HuddersfieldManager, Lee Clark, admitted that Huddersfield was off the pace.

Elsewhere top of the table Brighton, took a break from league fixtures as they played their FA Cup game against Stoke City and the Rochdale vs Southampton game was postponed thanks to a waterlogged pitch. There was action for other top of the table side Peterborough who welcomed mid-table Tranmere Rovers to London Road, where the game finished 2 – 1 to Peterborough, following Tranmere taking the lead in the first half, only to be pegged back in the second half. MK Dons moved up into the final play-off spot following a 0 – 1 away win at Hartlepool, with a Powell goal proving to be the winner. Meanwhile Charlton were the team to make way for MK Dons after a bad day at the office at home to Exeter City. The game was goalless at half-time and it took until the 64th minute for the deadlock to be broken. The opening came from Exeter, which led to the floodgates opening and Exeter scoring 3 goals in 20 minutes to make it 0 – 3, before a consolation goal for Charlton from Bradley Wright-Phillips to make the final score Charlton 1 – 3 Exeter. Oldham failed to continue their push for the play-offs with a 1 – 0 away defeat at relegation candidates Bristol Rovers. While fellow bottom of the table teams Walsall and Swindon, who lost to Colchester 2 – 0 and Carlisle 0 – 1 respectively

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