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  • All square between Cardiff and DerbyCardiff and Derby shared a 0-0 draw in the Welsh capital.Neil Warnock's side stayed top of the Championship with a point, but neither team deserved to come out on top in a game of few clear-cut opportunities.Junior Hoilett had Cardiff's best chance in the first period and the second half was livelier than before the break, with Tom Lawrence standing out in the Derby ranks.Tom Huddlestone put a shot wide for the visitors and although Cardiff pushed for a goal, only a superb point-blank stop from Neil Etheridge denied David Nugent a late Derby winner.Derby included Wales internationals Joe Ledley and Lawrence on familiar territory, but a slow start saw both teams struggle to get going.In the 17th minute, Cardiff had the first chance as Hoilett let fly from the edge of the box only for former England goalkeeper Scott Carson to acrobatically tip the ball over the bar.The Canada international's effort came out of the blue and althoug..

    Cardiff 0-0 Derby – 30-Sep-2017 : Match Report

    All square between Cardiff and DerbyCardiff and Derby shared a 0-0 draw in the Welsh capital.Neil Warnock's side stayed top of the Championship with a point, but neither team deserved to come out on top in a game of few clear-cut opportunities.Junior Hoilett had Cardiff's best chance in the first period and the second half was livelier than before the break, with Tom Lawrence standing out in the Derby ranks.Tom Huddlestone put a shot wide for the visitors and although Cardiff pushed for a goal, only a superb point-blank stop from Neil Etheridge denied David Nugent a late Derby winner.Derby included Wales internationals Joe Ledley and Lawrence on familiar territory, but a slow start saw both teams struggle to get going.In the 17th minute, Cardiff had the first chance as Hoilett let fly from the edge of the box only for former England goalkeeper Scott Carson to acrobatically tip the ball over the bar.The Canada international's effort came out of the blue and althoug..
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  • Diafra Sakho goal digs West Ham - and boss Slaven Bilic - out of a holeDiafra Sakho came in from the cold to hit a last-minute winner and dig West Ham manager Slaven Bilic out of a hole.The London Stadium was almost in open revolt following an insipid 89 minutes from the home side against Swansea.But Sakho, who if he had got his way on transfer deadline day would now be in France playing for Rennes, climbed off the bench to secure a 1-0 win and bail out his boss.Even Bilic had branded this a "must-win" game, and he should know - so precarious has his position looked at times that West Ham have had about 10 in the last 12 months.The credit that the Croatian built up during the final season at Upton Park seems to have evaporated, if the boos which rang round at his decision to substitute Javier Hernandez are anything to go by. Yet West Ham are somehow now out of the bottom three, and with games against Brighton, Burnley and Crystal Palace coming up, Bilic will feel they can climb f..

    West Ham 1-0 Swansea – 30-Sep-2017 : Match Report

    Diafra Sakho goal digs West Ham - and boss Slaven Bilic - out of a holeDiafra Sakho came in from the cold to hit a last-minute winner and dig West Ham manager Slaven Bilic out of a hole.The London Stadium was almost in open revolt following an insipid 89 minutes from the home side against Swansea.But Sakho, who if he had got his way on transfer deadline day would now be in France playing for Rennes, climbed off the bench to secure a 1-0 win and bail out his boss.Even Bilic had branded this a "must-win" game, and he should know - so precarious has his position looked at times that West Ham have had about 10 in the last 12 months.The credit that the Croatian built up during the final season at Upton Park seems to have evaporated, if the boos which rang round at his decision to substitute Javier Hernandez are anything to go by. Yet West Ham are somehow now out of the bottom three, and with games against Brighton, Burnley and Crystal Palace coming up, Bilic will feel they can climb f..
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  • Fellaini scores twice as United pile on misery for sorry PalaceMarouane Fellaini's first Manchester United brace helped Jose Mourinho's men to another comprehensive victory, leaving Crystal Palace reeling from a seventh straight Premier League defeat without so much as a goal.Saturday's Old Trafford encounter was a complete mismatch between two teams on opposing trajectories.Fellaini's double was sandwiched between Juan Mata and Romelu Lukaku goals in a comprehensive 4-0 win that saw United equal their record tally of 19 points after seven Premier League matches as embattled Palace fell to another loss.The Eagles are the first team in English League history to lose their first seven matches without scoring - an outcome that went from possible to likely when their brittle confidence was knocked inside three minutes.Mata swept home a fine Marcus Rashford pass and Fellaini doubled United's lead after meeting a fine Ashley Young cross from the left.The Belgiu..

    Man Utd 4-0 Crystal Palace – 30-Sep-2017 : Match Report

    Fellaini scores twice as United pile on misery for sorry PalaceMarouane Fellaini's first Manchester United brace helped Jose Mourinho's men to another comprehensive victory, leaving Crystal Palace reeling from a seventh straight Premier League defeat without so much as a goal.Saturday's Old Trafford encounter was a complete mismatch between two teams on opposing trajectories.Fellaini's double was sandwiched between Juan Mata and Romelu Lukaku goals in a comprehensive 4-0 win that saw United equal their record tally of 19 points after seven Premier League matches as embattled Palace fell to another loss.The Eagles are the first team in English League history to lose their first seven matches without scoring - an outcome that went from possible to likely when their brittle confidence was knocked inside three minutes.Mata swept home a fine Marcus Rashford pass and Fellaini doubled United's lead after meeting a fine Ashley Young cross from the left.The Belgiu..
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  • Seamus Conneely stunner earns Accrington victoryA superb second-half strike from skipper Seamus Conneely earned Accrington a 1-0 win and kept Forest Green rooted to the bottom of Sky Bet League Two.Conneely's first goal of the season cannoned in off a post in the 61st minute to keep John Coleman's side in the top three and make it just one win in 11 games for Mark Cooper's Rovers.Forest Green started the match on the front foot against a Stanley side hamstrung by the injury absence of leading scorer Kayden Jackson.Rovers started brightly, moving the ball with confidence. Omar Bugiel was inches away from giving his side an early lead, but excellent defending from Jordan Thorniley nullified his intent.Stanley were pinned backed, but broke from the home side's shackles to see Farrend Rawson's header comfortably dealt with by Sam Russell and then Jonny Edwards lashed an effort wide.They were stung when Conneely fizzed in from the edge of the box, but Rovers a..

    Forest Green 0-1 Accrington Stanley – 30-Sep-2017 : Match Report

    Seamus Conneely stunner earns Accrington victoryA superb second-half strike from skipper Seamus Conneely earned Accrington a 1-0 win and kept Forest Green rooted to the bottom of Sky Bet League Two.Conneely's first goal of the season cannoned in off a post in the 61st minute to keep John Coleman's side in the top three and make it just one win in 11 games for Mark Cooper's Rovers.Forest Green started the match on the front foot against a Stanley side hamstrung by the injury absence of leading scorer Kayden Jackson.Rovers started brightly, moving the ball with confidence. Omar Bugiel was inches away from giving his side an early lead, but excellent defending from Jordan Thorniley nullified his intent.Stanley were pinned backed, but broke from the home side's shackles to see Farrend Rawson's header comfortably dealt with by Sam Russell and then Jonny Edwards lashed an effort wide.They were stung when Conneely fizzed in from the edge of the box, but Rovers a..
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  • Bristol Rovers add to Plymouth's problemsBilly Bodin's eighth goal of the season secured Bristol Rovers a 2-1 victory over League One's bottom club Plymouth at the Memorial Stadium.The hosts took a 22nd-minute lead when a low cross from the right by Ellis Harrison found Rory Gaffney in yards of space inside the box and the striker fired home from 12 yards.But Argyle started the second half well and equalised in the 52nd minute when former Rovers striker Nathan Blissett found the top corner with a well-taken right-foot shot from an angle.The winner came after 62 minutes when Gaffney's low cross from the left was met by Bodin with a fierce first-time shot with his left foot that gave Kyle Letheren no chance.Plymouth were reduced to 10 men two minutes later when Gary Miller was shown a straight red card for a foul on Joe Partington.Rovers created most of the chances and Letheren had to make flying saves from Liam Sercombe twice and Harrison, while substitute Tom ..

    Bristol Rovers 2-1 Plymouth – 30-Sep-2017 : Match Report

    Bristol Rovers add to Plymouth's problemsBilly Bodin's eighth goal of the season secured Bristol Rovers a 2-1 victory over League One's bottom club Plymouth at the Memorial Stadium.The hosts took a 22nd-minute lead when a low cross from the right by Ellis Harrison found Rory Gaffney in yards of space inside the box and the striker fired home from 12 yards.But Argyle started the second half well and equalised in the 52nd minute when former Rovers striker Nathan Blissett found the top corner with a well-taken right-foot shot from an angle.The winner came after 62 minutes when Gaffney's low cross from the left was met by Bodin with a fierce first-time shot with his left foot that gave Kyle Letheren no chance.Plymouth were reduced to 10 men two minutes later when Gary Miller was shown a straight red card for a foul on Joe Partington.Rovers created most of the chances and Letheren had to make flying saves from Liam Sercombe twice and Harrison, while substitute Tom ..
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  • Kieffer Moore maintains fine form to give Rotherham victory over NorthamptonIn-form striker Kieffer Moore netted the only goal as Rotherham saw off Northampton 1-0 at the New York Stadium.Moore struck for the ninth time this season to give the Millers victory over the Sky Bet League One strugglers.Both George Smith, for Northampton, and Moore had a brace of early chances to put their sides ahead.Smith drove one effort narrowly wide and had one blocked by Shaun Cummings, while at the other end Moore was denied on the line by Ash Taylor after he had rounded Matt Ingram. He then had another effort blocked by the goalkeeper.Daniel Powell then drove wide of goal, before Michael Ihiekwe's shot was tipped onto the bar by Ingram and Brendan Moloney cleared Ihiekwe's effort off the line.Rotherham went ahead in the 52nd minute when Moore capitalised after Ingram could only push out Cummings' shot from the edge of the box.Northampton searched for a leveller, with Billy Water..

    Rotherham 1-0 Northampton – 30-Sep-2017 : Match Report

    Kieffer Moore maintains fine form to give Rotherham victory over NorthamptonIn-form striker Kieffer Moore netted the only goal as Rotherham saw off Northampton 1-0 at the New York Stadium.Moore struck for the ninth time this season to give the Millers victory over the Sky Bet League One strugglers.Both George Smith, for Northampton, and Moore had a brace of early chances to put their sides ahead.Smith drove one effort narrowly wide and had one blocked by Shaun Cummings, while at the other end Moore was denied on the line by Ash Taylor after he had rounded Matt Ingram. He then had another effort blocked by the goalkeeper.Daniel Powell then drove wide of goal, before Michael Ihiekwe's shot was tipped onto the bar by Ingram and Brendan Moloney cleared Ihiekwe's effort off the line.Rotherham went ahead in the 52nd minute when Moore capitalised after Ingram could only push out Cummings' shot from the edge of the box.Northampton searched for a leveller, with Billy Water..
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  • Crouch grabs winner for Stoke as Berahino drought goes onStoke substitute Peter Crouch spared Saido Berahino's blushes as he came off the bench to register the winner against old club Southampton.Having led through Mame Diouf's header, Berahino then had a penalty to end a goalless streak that dates back to February 2016, but he missed his fourth successive spot-kick during that drought as Fraser Forster kept it out.It looked like it would prove costly when Maya Yoshida headed in a 75th-minute equaliser, yet Crouch, who came on for Berahino, poked in the winner from close range to make it 2-1 and earn the Potters their first win in six.Berahino had been praised by his manager Mark Hughes on Friday and he was handed a recall for a Stoke side missing Jese Rodriguez through compassionate leave.There was also a first start of the season for Southampton's Virgil van Dijk after the Liverpool target was denied a summer move away.The Dutchman last started in January, with a..

    Stoke 2-1 Southampton – 30-Sep-2017 : Match Report

    Crouch grabs winner for Stoke as Berahino drought goes onStoke substitute Peter Crouch spared Saido Berahino's blushes as he came off the bench to register the winner against old club Southampton.Having led through Mame Diouf's header, Berahino then had a penalty to end a goalless streak that dates back to February 2016, but he missed his fourth successive spot-kick during that drought as Fraser Forster kept it out.It looked like it would prove costly when Maya Yoshida headed in a 75th-minute equaliser, yet Crouch, who came on for Berahino, poked in the winner from close range to make it 2-1 and earn the Potters their first win in six.Berahino had been praised by his manager Mark Hughes on Friday and he was handed a recall for a Stoke side missing Jese Rodriguez through compassionate leave.There was also a first start of the season for Southampton's Virgil van Dijk after the Liverpool target was denied a summer move away.The Dutchman last started in January, with a..
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  • Will Grigg double gives Wigan victory over WalsallA goal in either half from Will Grigg gave Wigan Athletic a very comfortable 2-0 Sky Bet League One victory over Walsall.The Latics were always on top of a rather scrappy encounter at the DW Stadium, and deserved the three points that cements their second spot in the table.Grigg opened the scoring on the half-hour mark with a deadly finish after Nick Powell and Walsall goalkeeper Mark Gillespie had collided while going for Callum Elder's cross.And Powell was also involved in the second goal that secured the points just eight minutes after the restart.His sublime through ball released Grigg into open space, and the Northern Ireland international was in the act of pulling the trigger before being cleaned out by James Wilson.Grigg picked himself up and smashed home the spot-kick past Liam Roberts, who had replaced Gillespie at half-time.Wigan could and should have added further goals in the last half-hour, with Powell seeing an..

    Wigan 2-0 Walsall – 30-Sep-2017 : Match Report

    Will Grigg double gives Wigan victory over WalsallA goal in either half from Will Grigg gave Wigan Athletic a very comfortable 2-0 Sky Bet League One victory over Walsall.The Latics were always on top of a rather scrappy encounter at the DW Stadium, and deserved the three points that cements their second spot in the table.Grigg opened the scoring on the half-hour mark with a deadly finish after Nick Powell and Walsall goalkeeper Mark Gillespie had collided while going for Callum Elder's cross.And Powell was also involved in the second goal that secured the points just eight minutes after the restart.His sublime through ball released Grigg into open space, and the Northern Ireland international was in the act of pulling the trigger before being cleaned out by James Wilson.Grigg picked himself up and smashed home the spot-kick past Liam Roberts, who had replaced Gillespie at half-time.Wigan could and should have added further goals in the last half-hour, with Powell seeing an..
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  • Hallum Hope's header sends Carlisle home happyHallam Hope's first-half header gave nine-man Carlisle a 1-0 win and sent Crawley spinning to a fifth defeat in six home league games.Both teams had players sent off in stoppage time as the match ended on a bad tempered note.Carlisle had the ball in the net in the 15th minute but Hope's close-range effort was ruled offside following a move involving Nicky Adams and Shaun Miller.Crawley threatened midway through the half when a cross by Dutch winger Enzio Boldewijn set up Jordan Roberts and his low shot was saved by the legs of goalkeeper Jack Bonham.Bonham, recalled in place of Shamal George, came to Carlisle's rescue again by blocking a goal-bound volley from skipper Jimmy Smith from Boldewijn's cross.Crawley have only won twice at home in the league since mid-January and were dealt a blow six minutes after the interval when Hope broke the deadlock with his third goal of the season.Hope, recalled in place of..

    Crawley Town 0-1 Carlisle – 30-Sep-2017 : Match Report

    Hallum Hope's header sends Carlisle home happyHallam Hope's first-half header gave nine-man Carlisle a 1-0 win and sent Crawley spinning to a fifth defeat in six home league games.Both teams had players sent off in stoppage time as the match ended on a bad tempered note.Carlisle had the ball in the net in the 15th minute but Hope's close-range effort was ruled offside following a move involving Nicky Adams and Shaun Miller.Crawley threatened midway through the half when a cross by Dutch winger Enzio Boldewijn set up Jordan Roberts and his low shot was saved by the legs of goalkeeper Jack Bonham.Bonham, recalled in place of Shamal George, came to Carlisle's rescue again by blocking a goal-bound volley from skipper Jimmy Smith from Boldewijn's cross.Crawley have only won twice at home in the league since mid-January and were dealt a blow six minutes after the interval when Hope broke the deadlock with his third goal of the season.Hope, recalled in place of..
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  • Hull hit struggling Birmingham for six as new boss Steve Cotterill looks onSteve Cotterill was given a glimpse of the sizeable challenge awaiting him at struggling Birmingham as he saw his new side crumble to a 6-1 defeat at Hull.Cotterill was in attendance at the KCOM Stadium ahead of taking the reins from soon-to-be assistant Lee Carsley on Monday but watched the Blues put in a limp, jaded display as Hull clinched their first win in six Championship matches.Strikes from Fraizer Campbell and the in-form Jarrod Bowen either side of David Meyler's penalty put the Tigers three goals to the good inside the first 26 minutes before second-half efforts from the influential Kamil Grosicki, Markus Henriksen and Seb Larsson gave shell-shocked Birmingham and Cotterill plenty to think about.They ended the scoring through Sam Gallagher but that will be scant consolation for a side that looked to have turned the corner under Carsley, having claimed four points in the two games that followe..

    Hull 6-1 Birmingham – 30-Sep-2017 : Match Report

    Hull hit struggling Birmingham for six as new boss Steve Cotterill looks onSteve Cotterill was given a glimpse of the sizeable challenge awaiting him at struggling Birmingham as he saw his new side crumble to a 6-1 defeat at Hull.Cotterill was in attendance at the KCOM Stadium ahead of taking the reins from soon-to-be assistant Lee Carsley on Monday but watched the Blues put in a limp, jaded display as Hull clinched their first win in six Championship matches.Strikes from Fraizer Campbell and the in-form Jarrod Bowen either side of David Meyler's penalty put the Tigers three goals to the good inside the first 26 minutes before second-half efforts from the influential Kamil Grosicki, Markus Henriksen and Seb Larsson gave shell-shocked Birmingham and Cotterill plenty to think about.They ended the scoring through Sam Gallagher but that will be scant consolation for a side that looked to have turned the corner under Carsley, having claimed four points in the two games that followe..
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