Last weekend, the most remarkable story to come out of League One was at the bottom of the table, not the top.
Blackpool, the whipping boys of the Football League for the start of the season, managed a 1-0 win at Scunthorpe and, in doing so, saw the end of their winless run that stretched back all the way to January.
It does not get any easier for the Tangerines now though – they cannot afford to take their foot off the pedal this weekend as they travel to league leaders Gillingham. Justin Edinburgh’s Gills ground out a 1-0 win against Doncaster last weekend to continue their unbeaten league run – extending it to six games this season.
Crewe are the side that have replaced Blackpool at the foot of the table after losing 3-1 at home to Swindon, and will set about trying to rectify that when they welcome Millwall to Gresty Road this weekend. Crewe’s leaky defence would be a concern to most supporters, however the more optimistic fan may point out that the Lions begin this weekend on the same goal difference, -6. Neil Harris’ men lost 2-0 to Chesterfield last time out, meaning that they sit in the bottom four along with their hosts, with one win to their name – a 2-1 win at Shrewsbury on the opening day.
Doncaster Rovers and Peterborough United became the first Football League clubs to sack their manager this season after last weekend’s round of matches. Rovers parted ways with Paul Dickov after losing to leaders Gillingham 1-0 on Saturday, and having gained just six points from the campaign so far. Their opponents this weekend, Walsall, have lost only one game of their six so far – which was a 1-0 home defeat to Bury last weekend, meaning they fell to third as a result. Veteran Rovers defender Rob Jones will take charge of his side this weekend, but nothing has been announced in terms of a long-term replacement for Dickov.
Coventry City’s strong start to the campaign continued last weekend – the Sky Blues won 2-1 away at Burton – and they will be hoping for more of the same when they and their supporters travel for another long away day at Scunthorpe this time out. Scunny did not fair quite as well as their visitors – United’s 1-0 defeat to Blackpool was branded as ‘scandalous’ by midfielder Neal Bishop, and it was a result that has left them in 19th with just five points.
Elsewhere in League One, Sheffield United are one of the form sides in the division – they sit fourth despite having a game in hand over the teams around them due to the international break, and play mid-table Bury this week. United’s last game was a 2-0 win over Swindon at the County Ground, whereas last weekend Bury pulled off somewhat of a shock at the Banks’ Stadium, emerging with a 1-0 victory against Walsall. For Nigel Adkins’ United, a win this weekend followed up by one next Tuesday would put them in a very strong position indeed.
League One Fixtures
Barnsley vs Swindon
Burton vs Rochdale
Chesterfield vs Colchester
Crewe vs Millwall
Fleetwood vs Bradford
Gillingham vs Blackpool
Oldham vs Peterborough
Port Vale vs Wigan
Scunthorpe vs Coventry
Sheff Utd vs Bury
Southend vs Shrewsbury
Walsall vs Doncaster