Backe (right) is the new chief at Notts County
Swedish manager Hans Backe endured a frustrating first game in charge of League 2’s richest club. Fellow promotion hopefuls Shrewsbury Town came away from Meadow Lane – but it could, and should have been more.
Town started the better of the two sides, their slick passing creating an opportunity but Kevin McIntyre’s low cross just evaded the lunging Waide Fairhurst at the far post. But it wasn’t long until they had the lead, Dean Holden’s cross falling nicely for on-loan Jamie Devitt who buried his finish low past Kasper Schmeichel.
The match really came alive after half-time. Notts County came out in search of an equaliser, and Steve Phillips had to be alert to deny former Shrew Luke Rodgers at the near post. But is was Shrewsbury who had a glorious chance to extend their lead. Dean Holden put in another teasing delivery, which Schmeichel did well to claw out. The ball fell to top scorer Dave Hibbert, but his volley was cleared off the line.
It turned out to be the turning point in the game, as Town began to come under serious pressure. Backe introduced Ade Akinbiyi from the bench and he quickly produced a smart turn and shot to test Phillips. However it soon told, as skipper Graeme Lee lingered at the far post and Luke Rodgers found him in acres of space to nod in.
Shrews manager Paul Simpson was understandably disappointed with the final score, but this game was a fantastic advert for League 2 football.
Posted in Notts County, Shrewsbury Town
Tagged Ade Akinbiyi, Dave Hibbert, Dean Holden, Graeme Lee, Hans Backe, Jamie Devitt, Kasper Schmeichel, Kevin McIntyre, Luke Rodgers, Notts County, Paul Simpson, Shrewsbury Town, Steve Phillips, Waide Fairhurst
Gillingham made it two away wins in three days, and moved into the play-off places with a win at Port Vale on Tuesday night. Marc Richards put Vale 1-0 up but the Gills staged a second half come-back with goals from Denis Oli, Adam Miller, and a Simeon Jackson penalty.
Elsewhere, Exeter grabbed a priceless win at rivals Dag & Red. Craig McAllister scored twice as the Grecians leapfrogged the Daggers. And Aldershot fell further behind the pack with a 2-2 draw at home to Notts County.
Tuesday Jan 20 Results:
Aldershot 2-2 Notts County
Dag & Red 1-2 Exeter
Port Vale 1-3 Gillingham
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Tagged Adam Miller, Aldershot, Craig McAllister, Dag & Red, Denis Oli, Exeter, Gillingham, Marc Richards, Notts County, Port Vale, Simeon Jackson
Anthony Elding struck a debut equaliser for Lincoln on another day of postponements in League 2.
Elding has just started a three-month loan at Lincoln
Elding – signed on loan earlier this week from Crewe, scored after his side had been reduced to 10 men against Brentford.
Dany N’Guessen put Lincoln 1-0 up, but they were quickly pegged back. First Marcus Bean equalised, then Dean Bowditch volleyed in a spectacular second. Lincoln’s Paul Green was given a straight red card for a late tackle, but it didn’t stop Elding snatching a point for the Imps.
Meanwhile, Bury moved up to fourth with a tight victory over struggling Barnet. Mike Jones slotted the only goal of the game.
And Notts County battled back from a goal down to gain a victory over Exeter. Marcus Stewart put the away side in front from the penalty spot in the first half. But the Magpies quickly equalised through Delroy Facey, and blog ‘star’ Gavin Strachan got the winner.
Saturday Jan 10 Results:
Bury 1-0 Barnet
Lincoln 2-2 Brentford
Notts County 2-1 Exeter
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Tagged Anthony Elding, Barnet, Brentford, Bury, Crewe, Dany N'Guessen, Dean Bowditch, Delroy Facey, Gavin Strachan, Lincoln City, Marcus Bean, Marcus Stewart, Mike Jones, Notts County, Paul Green
Under pressure: Lee Richardson
There are increasing rumours from around the league that the boards of Chesterfield and Notts County are becoming increasingly frustrated with their managers.
Chesterfield are languishing in mid-table, despite having pre-season hopes of at least a play-off place. And Lee Richardson is under pressure from the fans, who believe with the talent at his disposure, they should be battling for promotion. A dissapointing result at home to Macclesfield on Friday night means he really needs a result at Port Vale on Saturday. What price could you get on him getting the sack if they lose the 4th replay against Droylsden, a decent shout in my eyes.
Notts County boss Ian McParland has also been under pressure from Magpie supporters. The Nottingham club has lost 4 out of the last 6 games, and lie down the table in 16th place.
So what do you think? Who will be the first manager to face the sack, or will neither of them go?
More misery for League 2 this weekend. In fact, the only League 2 club to make it through, were playing against a team from the same division!
Macclesfield beat Port Vale 3-1, with 2 goals from Francis Green handing them a home-tie against Premier League Everton in the Third Round draw.
Notts County face a replay, after being held by Kettering, as do Bournemouth, who were frustrated by Blyth Spartans. Bradford lost at home to League 1 Leyton Orient 2-1, and Dag & Red put up a good fight away to high-flying Leicester City, going down 3-2 in the end.
But the big story was our very own ‘invincibles’. Can’t lose in League 1, but put them on a sloped pitch against a team three divisions below them and they lose! Eastwood Town humbled the mighty Wycombe 2-0, and sent themselves through to the Third Round.
Forest Green beat Rochdale 2-0, to send another League 2 club on form out of the competition. And Brentford who comfortably sit in the top-half of League 2 were beaten by Conference strugglers Barrow.
F.A. Cup Second Round Results:
Friday Nov 28:
Barrow 2-1 Brentford
Port Vale 1-3 Macclesfield
Saturday Nov 29:
Bournemouth 0-0 Blyth Spartans
Bradford 1-2 Leyton Orient
Eastwood Town 2-0 Wycombe
Fleetwood Town 2-3 Hartlepool
Forest Green 2-0 Rochdale
Gillingham 0-0 Stockport
Grays Athletic 0-2 Carlisle
Kidderminster 2-0 Curzon Ashton
Leicester 3-2 Dag & Red
Millwall 3-0 Aldershot
Peterborough 0-0 Tranmere
Scunthorpe 4-0 Alfreton Town
Southend 3-1 Luton
Torquay 2-0 Oxford Utd
Sunday Nov 30:
Histon 1-0 Leeds
Notts County 1-1 Kettering
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Tagged Barrow, Blyth Spartans, Bournemouth, Bradford City, Brentford, Dag & Red, Eastwood Town, Everton, Forest Green, Francis Green, Kettering, Leicester City, Leyton Orient, Macclesfield Town, Notts County, Port Vale, Premier League, Rochdale, Wycombe Wanderers
With a lot last minute loans going through, we’ll take you through a quick run-down of the moves.
Michael Flynn – Huddersfield to Darlington (1 Month loan)
Neil MacKenzie – Notts County to Port Vale (1 Month loan)
Steve Jones – Burnley to Bradford (1 Month loan)
Nathaniel Wedderburn – Stoke City to Notts County (1 Month loan)
Mitchell Hanson – Derby to Notts County (1 Month loan)
Marc Tierney – Shrewsbury to Colchester (1 Month loan)
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Tagged Bradford City, Burnley, Colchester, Darlington, Derby, Huddersfield, Marc Tierney, Michael Flynn, Mitchell Hanson, Nathaniel Wedderburn, Neil MacKenzie, Notts County, Port Vale, Steve Jones, Stoke City
Darlington went into this weekend top of League 2, but faced a fight from fellow promotion candidates Brentford. The Quakers looked like bouncing back from a mid-week loss to Droylsden when Richie Foran headed in unmarked. However a late Karleigh Osbourne equaliser denied them, and gave Wycombe the chance to go top.
And they did, in an entertaining game at home to Port Vale. Chris Zebroski and Matt Harrold both netted twice, although the Chairboys were made to work for it. A Marc Richards penalty, and a Scott Brown shot, twice brought the Stoke side within a goal.
Zebroski has hit some form for Wycombe
Elsewhere at the top, Rochdale moved into third with a comfortable victory. Lee Thorpe and Adam le Fondre eased them home against rock-bottom Luton. Bury and Dag & Red both kept up their challenges with convincing wins. Bury ripped the form books apart with a 4-0 victory over Gillingham, while Dagenham smashed inconsistent Notts County 6-1, which included a Paul Benson hat-trick.
And Shrewsbury held on at Lincoln despite having Richard Walker sent off in the third minute.
Sat Nov 22 Results:
Barnet 1-3 Macclesfield
Brentford 1-1 Darlington
Bury 4-0 Gillingham
Chester 0-1 Aldershot
Chesterfield 1-1 Accrington
Dag & Red 6-1 Notts County
Lincoln City 1-1 Shrewsbury
Morecambe 1-1 Exeter
Rochdale 2-0 Luton
Rotherham 0-2 Bradford
Wycombe 4-2 Port Vale
Fri Nov 21 Result:
Grimsby 3-3 Bournemouth
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Tagged Adam le Fondre, Brentford, Bury, Chris Zebroski, Dag & Red, Darlington, Droylsden, Gillingham, Karleigh Osbourne, Lee Thorpe, Lincoln City, Luton Town, Marc Richards, Mark Benson, Matt Harrold, Notts County, Port Vale, Richard Walker, Richie Foran, Rochdale, Scott Brown, Shrewsbury Town, Wycombe