FL72 Review: Andy Hinchcliffe 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 Andy Hinchcliffe's thoughts on the latest round of fixtures...
Last Updated: 18/03/14 11:45am
ANDY SAYS: When Bolton lost 7-1 to Reading, I expected Dougie to lose his job but they stuck with him and have been right to stick with him. They have now scored nine goals in two games and 11 in three but that is what the Championship can do, so if you keep faith with players and managers things can turn around. Bolton look a totally different animal and Middlesbrough might be, too. I saw Middlesbrough play against Leeds recently and though the game ended 0-0 Boro created many chances. They squandered them all, however, and that has been the story over the last seven games in which they have failed to score, but now that they've got a couple against Ipswich the floodgates could open.
A Miller's tale for resurgent Yeovil
ANDY SAYS: If you get a striker that scores maybe 10 goals between now and the end of the season, everything can change and Ishmael Miller can score with both feet, even though he is primarily left footed. I saw him play as a junior at Man City out wide, but he is a centre-forward and his two-goal display against Sheffield Wednesday proves that if you give him a chance, he has the ability to take it. Yeovil have won back-to-back home games now and they could turn their season around, particularly if Miller keeps scoring. Blackpool, though, are on a terrible run so you would have to be worried if you were one of their fans because that club is in big trouble.
Forest toiling without their manager in the dugout
ANDY SAYS: Forest have lost their last three games, which is surprising when you look at their strength in depth, but I think the touchline ban for Billy Davies is having an impact. Billy leads by example in the technical area - he isn't one of these modern, quieter managers - and lets the players know exactly where they stand, so now that he is sat in the stands they are suffering. Derby lost at home to Millwall, meanwhile, which is a great boost for second-placed Burnley, who are eight points clear in the automatic promotion places and, in my opinion, definites to go up.
Wolves and Preston gunning for Championship football
ANDY SAYS: Wolves were there to be shot at when they got relegated to League One as everyone wanted to play at a massive club and at a massive stadium in Molineux and every game was a cup final for the other team. However, Wolves have great quality - Bakary Sako is arguably the best player in the division - and boosted that with the signing of Nouha Dicko from Wigan. They have huge belief, a great manager and I think they will go up, but we have to put Preston in the mix now. There is a great balance in Simon Grayson's squad, Chris Humphrey and Joe Garner are in wonderful form, and they really are battling with Wolves, Leyton Orient and Brentford.
Gillingham edge southern rivals Crawley at the Priestfield
ANDY SAYS: Peter Taylor is vastly experienced and admitted afterwards that this game with Crawley was about the points not the performance. League One is very tough so Gillingham's agenda would have been to stay up and they are climbing away from danger, albeit that they are only six points above the drop zone at present. Elsewhere, I think Bristol City's win over Shrewsbury has made them safe, while Stevenage - whose manager, Graham Westley, does not suffer from a lack of confidence - are picking up with seven points out of nine. If any manager is going to get them out of trouble, it will be Westley, because he is a great believer in hard work.
Burton on the up, Northampton on the down
ANDY SAYS: Gary Rowett, who was a team-mate of mine at Everton, likes his Burton side to play fantastic football but they missed out on promotion via the play-offs last term. They would have wanted to push on and go up automatically this year and a massive win at Oxford at the weekend has given them a chance. Oxford's former boss Chris Wilder, meanwhile, looks as though he will slip out of the Football League with Northampton so only he knows why he swapped clubs. There might be a three or five-year programme that enticed him but Northampton have sunk dramatically - and could be joined in the Skrill Premier by Torquay even though there's a way to go.
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