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: 12/02/14 11:18am
DON SAYS: Ipswich utilise set-pieces very well - every time I see their goals there seems to be a corner or free kick in there - and they are probably one of four or five teams fighting for that final play-off spot. The top five clubs - Leicester, QPR, Burnley, Derby and Nottingham Forest - are stealing away but Ipswich will be eyeing sixth, as will Brighton, who relied on a late goal from Leonardo Ulloa to win at home to Doncaster. Albion are going along very nicely and the weekend results went for them, so they are right in the mix.
The futures of Brian McDermott and Yeovil
DON SAYS: You would like to thank that [prospective Leeds owner] Massimo Cellino would do extensive research on Brian - and if he does that he will not make a managerial change. McDermott's record at Championship level is phenomenal - it was only a couple of seasons ago he won the division with Reading - and I think he is doing a decent job at Leeds with not the strongest squad. Yeovil boss, Gary Johnson, meanwhile, has been through a lot of players and tried lots of combinations, but not many of the players he had in League One have adapted to the Championship, they keep throwing leads away and they are on a terrible run. They must alter that.
The Wednesday gravy train rolls on
DON SAYS: Sheffield Wednesday are in wonderful form but that doesn't surprise me. I saw a lot of them earlier in the season and even though they weren't picking up points their performances warranted them, so I was sure that if they maintained that level they were always going to start moving up the table. Stuart Gray taking the managerial reins from Dave Jones kept a bit of stability and they have a very aware young striker in Benik Afobe, who is on loan from Arsenal, but to go to Reading and win shows just what they have about them.
Late woe for Leyton Orient at home to Peterborough
DON SAYS: Orient will be shocked to have lost a game they seemed destined to win and to concede in the 88th and 90th minutes will really disappoint Russell Slade. However, Peterborough are one of the better teams in League One and with three wins in four games - the 5-4 loss at Oldham their only recent blip - they are finding form at the right time. Still, I think automatic promotion is just beyond Posh because Brentford, Wolves and Orient are setting an outrageous pace and averaging more than two points a game, just like Leicester are doing in the Championship.
The extraordinary Joe Garner
DON SAYS: Preston's Garner is on a real hot streak - 15 goals in 17 games in all competitions since November - and his confidence is sky high. He had a great start to his career at Carlisle yet never quite cut it after a big-money move to Nottingham Forest, but his two goals against Tranmere - a powerful header and a neat finish - proved his quality and with Kevin and Craig Davies also up front for Preston, Simon Grayson has a powerful strike-force at his disposal. Automatic promotion will be tough but they have to keep plugging away in case of any slip-ups above them.
Gary Rowett's bubbling Burton
DON SAYS: Burton's on-loan Wolves man Zeli Ismail, who got the winner against Morecambe, is a very talented boy and looks a great acquisition, but you gave to give credit to everyone at Albion for bouncing back from losing in the play-offs last season and sitting in the top seven again. Cheltenham and, in particular, rock-bottom and seven-points-from-safety Northampton have struggled to get over such a big disappointment but Albion are just a point outside the automatic promotion spots with a game in hand. They are perfectly poised with a third of the season to go.
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