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 batch of games...
Last Updated: 25/09/13 12:06pm
DON SAYS: Coventry are not the first club - but they'll hopefully be the last - to get into financial difficulties following the likes of Southampton, Leeds and Portsmouth. The difference for them, though, is that they have had to move to Northampton to play their home games and that must be terrible - but some of the people that didn't turn up at Sixfields must be kicking themselves after this cracking game. Coventry have got some decent players but they have a lot of youngsters, too and you could see a bit of panic at times [when they lost a 3-0 lead] but with one of the last kicks of the game Billy Daniels won it for the Sky Blues - and it was just a shame that only 2,000 people were there to witness it. The win will give Coventry a big lift and act as a springboard but because of the points deduction they are going to be bottom for a long time, so they must not focus on where they are in the table but on their performances and winning or drawing games.
Wolves 4-0 Gillingham
DON SAYS: The whole ethos at Wolves had to change as they have had three years of losing football matches, players in their squad on massive, massive wages, and, regardless of their traditions and history, are now a League One football club. Kenny Jacket will address that as he is a safe pair of hands and somebody who you would expect to do well at this level as he has been there, seen it and done it with Millwall. I don't expect anything other than promotion for Wolves, but this game against Gillingham was massive because they had drawn their opening league match at Preston and been dumped out of the Capital One Cup by Morecambe. They needed to put on a show for their fans - who have been so disappointed by what has gone on but have got right behind the new regime - and they duly obliged. They were way, way too good for Gillingham.
Accrington 2-2 Portsmouth
DON SAYS: Portsmouth have to learn to cope with League Two but you have to commend their fans for turning up in their droves after what they have been through; they have never left the club and stuck with them when the football on the pitch has not been of the highest order. As long as Pompey have that and the likes of Patrick Agyemang and David Connolly fit, then they have a chance of doing alright this season. Those two players used all their experience to link up against Accrington and between them they have everything you need in a front two: Agyemang is big, strong and pacey, while two-goal Connolly is aware, has movement and can finish - and he will score an absolute bagful this season. Both are probably way too good to be playing at that level but their attitude looks right and they want to get their big club promoted.
Plymouth 0-2 Fleetwood
DON SAYS: Fleetwood are one of the fancied teams of people within football and I know [Bolton assistant manager] Lennie Lawrence thinks they will do well. They have a good budget and that can make a difference at League Two level but you still have to mould a team and inject some desire and hunger into your team and ensure that they can fulfil your tactics. Graham Alexander seems to be doing that and, having started the way they have with two wins out of two, I think they will kick on and push for promotion. David Ball, meanwhile, scored two very good goals against Plymouth; one instinctive strike and a beautiful curling effort into the top corner. I saw him at Peterborough a few years ago and he looked to have talent so Fleetwood are very lucky to have him.
Leicester 0-0 Leeds
DON SAYS: The Championship is such a tight league - 20 of the 24 games so far have either been drawn or won by a one-goal margin - and this match epitomised that. Neither Leeds nor Leicester were free-flowing but they showed they are very well organised and hard to break down - a quality that, let's not kid ourselves, took Cardiff to the title last season. Leeds have a newish manager in Brian McDermott, while Nigel Pearson, who has been at Leicester a few years, has decided to change their shape, so both teams are still a work in progress and Sunday's game was one of very few chances with neither 'keeper really tested. However, I expect both sides to improve once their players get sharper and feel they should be challenging in the top half of the table.
Watford 6-1 Bournemouth
DON SAYS: It was business as usual for Watford - one of my favourite teams to watch because of the way they always try to outscore the opposition - and I am really pleased to see that after the disappointment of losing out in the Championship play-off final to Crystal Palace. A defeat like that at Wembley can be a difficult thing to overcome buy they bounced back in style. Hat-trick hero Troy Deeney was repentant [after his prison sentence for affray] and he is now a better person and better player; people spoke about Matej Vydra last season but I think Deeney held the team together during the backend of the campaign and he has started well again. I think he and the rest of Watford's players can get the club there or thereabouts in the promotion race again.
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