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Blackpool finally win
Blackpool won their first away game in over a year on Saturday with a 1-0 victory over Scunthorpe United. The Seasiders had gone twenty four games without a win in all competitions but a Brad Potts goal was enough to finally give their fans something to shout about and the result takes them off the bottom of the table. Before this victory only two out of the fourteen players involved today had experienced victory wearing the Blackpool colours. After a disastrous few years for the club every victory will be savoured by the fans and players alike.
Out the door
Dave Robertson became the first managerial casualty of the season in the football league with the Peterborough United board deciding it was time for a change just six games of the new season. The Posh managed only one win in their first six games and a run of just three wins in seventeen games in all competitions will no doubt have been a factor in the chairman’s decision. Former Stevenage manager Graham Westley is favourite to take over from the ex-marine.
Brighton’s Kazenga Lualua and Chris Hughton won the Championship player and manager of the month respectively. In League 1 Coventry’s in form loan star Adam Armstrong won player of the month and Walsall manager Dean Smith won manager of the month with thirteen points on the board already this season. The League 2 awards went to Leyton Orients Dean Cox and Ian Henderson. Cox got five assists and Henderson managed the team to a 100% win record in the month of August.
Gillingham became the only team in League 1 to have not lost a game so far this season with a 1-0 victory against Doncaster Rovers. Jake Hessenthaler’s second-half strike decided the closely contested match. Gillingham are now the early season leaders sitting pretty at the top of the table, leapfrogging Walsall who lost at home to Bury.
No win for Newport
Newport slumped to a 3-0 home loss to fellow early season strugglers York City. After one point in six games the pressure will be mounting on manager Terry Butcher who says he can not wait for the loan market to open so he can strengthen his depleted squad. Highly rated teenager Regan Pool left for Manchester United in the summer and another defender Kevin Feely decided to end his footballing career. These players will need to be replaced for Butcher to shore up there leaky defence.
Leyton Orient lose
The manager of the month curse hit Leyton Orient hard this weekend as they spectacularly lost there 100% win record, losing 4-0 to Exeter City. Orient are still leading the pack at the top of League 2 but this loss will have brought the fans and players back down to earth after a perfect start to the season in August.