FL72 Review: Don Goodman reflects on the Football League weekend
Every Monday night, the Sky Sports experts will review the weekend's Football League action on FL72. Check out Don Goodman's thoughts on the latest round of fixtures...
Last Updated: 21/03/14 11:52am
DON SAYS: Leicester have already got enough points now to have got themselves promoted last season, which is quite remarkable considering they've got 11 games left. Hull went up last season with 79 points, Leicester have already got 80. I do think that's more of an indictment on the Championship last season, when I felt the quality at the top end wasn't quite as good as it has been this time. But you can only pay homage to Nigel Pearson and his coaching staff because let's not forget the heartbreak they went through at the end of last season. To bounce back from that and run away with the league, which is more or less what they've done, is phenomenal. I'm delighted for them. They were very dignified with what happened to them last season; they're always dignified, whether they win or lose or draw, and I'm pleased they're having success.
Burnley prove they can win without Ings
DON SAYS: It's been a remarkable season for Burnley. Everyone has been waiting and waiting and waiting for them to fade away and they haven't. I truly believe that if they were going to fade away they would have done so long before now. It's going to take a real disaster for them not to get that second automatic spot now. This win over Leeds was perfect because it proved they can win football matches without Danny Ings, as well. As good a player as he's been for them and as good a striker as he is and as many goals as he's got for them, they've gone behind, shown fighting spirit and character and won a game of football without their star player. I think they're in pole position for that second place and I think they've got that self-belief that they can finish the job.
Brentford were right to celebrate vital win over Orient
DON SAYS: I don't think Mark Warburton and his staff crossed a line with their celebrations - but Russell Slade will use that celebration as motivation for the remaining nine or 10 games his team have got to play. Both managers were honest enough to admit what a huge game it was prior to kick off so the celebrations were understandable. That was a big, big win and gives Brentford a massive hold on at least the second automatic spot. Marcello Trotta was the villain last season when he missed that final-day penalty. That was obviously heart-breaking and they didn't recover to win the play-offs. They've been outstanding this season, though, and he's contributed with his 12 goals - and none probably bigger than that one at Saturday lunchtime. Orient now have to show the character they've shown all season. Everyone's waited for them to slip away but they're made of tough stuff and they need to keep pressure on the top two and take advantage of any slip-ups.
It's tight at the top of League Two
DON SAYS: Chesterfield's Gary Roberts was voted League Two Player of the Year and he's been outstanding. He's scored 10 from the midfield area and created any number of other goals. He was excited by the challenge at Chesterfield and has reaped the rewards. Scunthorpe, meanwhile, are on an undefeated run of 21 games which is fantastic and has put them in a really good position to get promoted - but they've had 11 draws in that run and that's why they're in such a tight fight and not guaranteed automatic promotion. When you say somebody has gone 21 games unbeaten you'd think that they'd be streets ahead of the pack but they're not guaranteed. Don't take anything away from the effort and the achievement but I'm sure they'd swap a few of those draws for wins and lose one or two. At Rochdale Keith Hill is a manager I like very much and they, among the very top clubs, are in the best form in terms of points-per-game and the rest are a little bit hit-and-miss and are getting a few draws and the odd defeat here and there. That's making it very, very interesting.
Torquay and Northampton have seen their fortunes change quickly
DON SAYS: I covered Torquay a couple of seasons ago in the play-offs and they were a very good team playing good football. But out of nowhere, when you get yourself into a little bit of a rut on the pitch and results don't go your way, they've lost six of their eight games, picked up four points and it's looking ominously poor for them. I covered Northampton in the play-offs last season and they're second from bottom. It shows it can happen. But Northampton have found a little bit of form and are looking good and have brought a lot of clubs above them back into the fray. It remains to be seen if either of them can survive but there's a lot points till to be played for and one positive result would go a long way for the confidence. They've given themselves a mountain to climb though, there's no doubt about it.
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