FL72 Review: Peter Beagrie 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 Peter Beagrie's thoughts on the latest round of fixtures...

Last Updated: 27/11/13 9:42am

McDermott: has steered Leeds into the play-offs

Pompey part with Guy Whittingham

PETER SAYS: It's understandable to a degree but Guy's served that club as a player and as a manager as best as he possibly could through some difficult times. It could have been all so different if they'd capitalised on taking the lead against Scunthorpe on Saturday. Unfortunately it wasn't to be. I'm going to watch that with interest to see who actually takes charge on a full-time basis. They've got various people at the club who have been there for a few years, but no one can say Guy hasn't given it everything because he loves that football club. It's not through lack of trying that he's been given the sack.

Championship leaders Burnley record a third straight draw

PETER SAYS: I don't think they're stuttering. In fact, they're very, very consistent. They were playing against a Nottingham Forest side who can beat anybody on their day - there's a lot of talent there. What Burnley do well is stay in games; even when they're not playing at their very best they've got people who can hurt you and they've got a very good structure with that basic 4-4-2. They were awarded a penalty for handball and whether you think it's a penalty or not you get your rewards for getting in the right areas. Sam Vokes is now into double figures, too, which is brilliant for him because he's more of a target man and you think Danny Ings is going to get the vast majority of the goals. Forest never gave up, though - Billy Davies' sides don't - and it was a brilliant goal by Simon Cox. Forest knocked on the door several times after that but Burnley stayed resilient.

Leeds move into play-off places with derby win

PETER SAYS: Leeds' home form, in particular, is very good, where they've won four on the spin and there were 30,000 there at Elland Road for this big Yorkshire derby with Middlesbrough. They've got Ross McCormack scoring goals for fun and the likes of Dexter Blackstock and Matt Smith can play alongside him who he can feed off. It's going really well for Brian McDermott. You must put two or three results together and Leeds have managed to do that. Their home form is going to be the difference between them making the play-offs or not.

League One leaders Leyton Orient bounce back

PETER SAYS: They've come from behind a few times this season and they did it again against Swindon. They've just got so much belief and so many dangerous players. Dave Mooney has been brilliant, he sees what's on and executes it; Kevin Lisbie runs the channels and there's so much movement across that frontline; and Dean Cox has been a constant supplier, one of the top assist makers in the division, as well as getting his goals. Then there's Moses Odubajo, who is getting on the goal scoring charts as well. They haven't got the biggest squad but they've got guys on the bench who can make an impact such as Shaun Batt, who has been brilliant this year. They can hit you from all angles. It was a good comeback by them as there could have been a little bit of doubt after a couple of indifferent results.

Accrington Stanley's unbeaten run goes on

PETER SAYS: I don't know how that's happened but it's justification for sticking with James Beattie. In that 12-game run without a win at the start of the season there were very few times where they were really put to the sword so there's been a belief there and a belief James is the man to take them forward. He's remained really calm when everyone around him was losing their heads - and that's strange for Beats! He's getting his just rewards and seven unbeaten now has been a terrific turnaround. The squad is thin on the ground and they don't have a great ability to bring players in and wheel and deal, so he's definitely learning at the coalface.