Tag: League 1

League 1: Bristol City promoted to Championship

League One leaders Bristol City thumped Bradford City to seal promotion to the Championship after a two-year absence.

The away side dominated from the start, with James Tavernier’s toe-poke and Joe Bryan’s far-post header putting them in command at the break.

Luke Ayling fired in from long range and Aden Flint nodded in as the Robins ran riot in the second half.

Tavernier’s slotted finish and Aaron Wilbraham’s strike completed a memorable evening.

Now 10 points clear of second-placed Preston North End, the Ashton Gate outfit need to win only one of their remaining three games to be certain of securing the League One title.

Under boss Steve Cotterill, the Robins have been in imperious form since the very start of the season, winning at fellow promotion contenders Sheffield United on the opening day and remaining unbeaten until mid-November.

Having lifted the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy at Wembley last month,Bristol City’s latest undefeated run in the league stretches 12 matches and leaves them strong favourites to complete a lower-league double.

This campaign also represents a remarkable turnaround for a club who, when Cotterill was appointed 16 months ago, were languishing in 23rd in the table and in danger of suffering successive relegations.

The former Cheltenham, Burnley and Portsmouth manager’s summer recruitment has been key to their success, with the arrival of Luke Freeman from Stevenage as significant as any.

Already the division’s leading assist maker, the 23-year-old was again the orchestrator as the visitors bossed the opening period, setting Tavernier clear for their first and crossing for Bryan to head in the second.

But, while Bristol City enjoyed the better of the first half, they produced an emphatic display of attacking football in the second to seal promotion in style.

Read more at BBC Sport

League 1: Yeovil 1-1 Notts County

Yeovil suffered relegation from League One after drawing with fellow strugglers Notts County in Paul Sturrock’s first match as Glovers boss.

Sam Foley’s free-kick was headed in to his own net by County defender Haydn Hollis to give the home side the lead.

But County, with new boss Ricardo Moniz in his first match, equalised through Garry Thompson following good work by Jamal Campbell-Ryce.

The result means the Glovers have now suffered back-to-back relegations.

Yeovil are still without a win in their last seven games in League One, whilst Notts County are winless in their last eight league games and one point adrift of safety.

It will seem a long time ago for Glovers fans since their team beat Brentford in the League One play-off final in May 2013 to reach their first ever season in the Championship, only to suffer immediate relegation with defeat at Brighton in April 2014.

Under the management of Gary Johnson, the Glovers were expected to challenge for promotion back to the second tier, but he was sacked in early February with the club in the relegation zone.

Acting manager Terry Skiverton was put in charge of the Glovers following Johnson’s departure, but he was unable to change the fortunes of the club which led to the appointment of Sturrock this week.

Despite ending a sequence of six consecutive losses, Yeovil have become the first team to be relegated from League One this season.

Read more at BBC Sport

League 1: Yeovil manager Gary Johnson sacked

Manager Gary Johnson has been sacked by Yeovil after three years in charge.

The 59-year-old has secured three promotions with the Gloversacross two spells in charge at Huish Park.

But they were relegated from the Championship last season and are currently bottom of League One, four points from safety with only six wins from 28 games.

Johnson’s assistant and former full-time boss Terry Skiverton will take charge until further notice.

Chairman John Fry said in a statement: “The decision to relieve Gary of his management duties is the hardest I have been involved in during my 23 years at Huish Park.

“I cannot speak too highly of the man who in the past brought so much success to our club. We part company on good terms and I would like personally to wish him well for the future.”

Johnson took Yeovil from non-league to League One during his four-year spell at the club between 2001 and 2005.

He went on to manage Bristol City, Peterborough and Northamptonbefore returning to the Glovers in 2012,  replacing Skiverton, who moved to be his assistant.

Eighteen months later, Johnson took Yeovil to a Wembley play-off finalwhere they beat Brentford to win promotion to the second tier for the first time in their history.

With the smallest budget in the league, Johnson’s side won eight and drew 13 of their 46 games and finished bottom of the table.

But they have continued their decline this season and have been in the League One relegation zone since November.

Read more at BBC Sport

Football Transfer Round Up

Transfer deals – February 2015

The January transfer window in England and Scotland closed on Monday, 2 February.

Clubs are still able to sign free agents after the deadline, and the Football League loan window re-opens on Monday, 7 February.

3 February

Premier League
None

Football League
Jamie Ashdown [Unattached – Oxford]
Mathieu Manset [Walsall – Cheltenham] Free

Scotland
None

Global
None

2 February (Transfer deadline day)

Most expensive signing of the January transfer window: Manchester City’s £28m purchase of Swansea’s Ivory Coast striker Wilfried Bony.

Busiest clubs: Crystal Palace, Crawley Town and Millwall have signed eight players each.

Major deals
00:10 GMT – Dame N’Doye [Lokomotiv Moscow – Hull] Undisclosed
23:51 – Stuart Armstrong [Dundee United – Celtic] Undisclosed
23:51 – Gary Mackay-Steven [Dundee United – Celtic] Undisclosed
23:38 – Darren Fletcher [Man Utd – West Brom] Free
23:15 – Dele Alli [MK Dons – Tottenham] Undisclosed (in the region of £5m); Alli loaned back to MK Dons until end of season
23:01 – Ryan Bertrand [Chelsea – Southampton] Undisclosed
22:40 – Wilfried Zaha [Manchester United – Crystal Palace] Undisclosed
22:33 – Aaron Lennon [Tottenham – Everton] Loan
22:33 – Lee Chung-yong [Bolton – Crystal Palace] Undisclosed
21:42 – Mohamed Salah [Chelsea – Fiorentina] Loan
19:45 – Filip Djuricic [Benfica – Southampton] Loan
18:38 – Juan Cuadrado [Fiorentina – Chelsea] £23.3m
17:31 – Andre Schurrle [Chelsea – Wolfsburg] £22m
12:02 – Robert Huth [Stoke – Leicester] Loan

Other transfers
01:00 – Robbie Muirhead [Kilmarnock – Dundee United] £150,000
00:52 – Nathan Thomas [Plymouth – Motherwell] Free
00:30 – Tim Cahill [New York Red Bulls – Shanghai Shenhua] Free
00:25 – Tony Andreu [Hamilton – Norwich] Undisclosed
00:22 – Marvin Johnson [Kidderminster – Motherwell] Undisclosed
23:57 – Rhys Murphy [Dagenham – Oldham] Undisclosed
23:51 – Saidy Janko [Man Utd – Bolton] Loan
23:51 – Andy Kellett [Bolton – Man Utd] Loan
23:46 – Danny Swanson [Coventry – St Johnstone] Loan
23:36 – Filipe Joaquim Melo Silva [Moreirenses – Sheffield Wednesday] Undisclosed
23:33 – Gary MacKenzie [Blackpool – Bradford] Loan
23:30 – Gael Bigirimana [Newcastle – Rangers] Loan
23:30 – Shane Ferguson [Newcastle – Rangers] Loan
23:30 – Kevin Mbabu [Newcastle – Rangers] Loan
23:30 – Remie Streete [Newcastle – Rangers] Loan
23:30 – Haris Vuckic [Newcastle – Rangers] Loan
23:23 – Filip Twardzik [Celtic – Bolton] Undisclosed
23:23 – Andy Delort [Wigan – Tours] Loan
23:03 – Leon Clarke [Wolves – Wigan] Loan
22:58 – Jesse Lingard [Manchester United – Derby] Loan
22:55 – Matthew Kennedy [Everton – Cardiff] Undisclosed
22:55 – Conor McAleny [Everton – Cardiff] Loan
22:55 – Conor Grant [Everton – Motherwell] Loan
22:47 – Eoin Doyle [Chesterfield – Cardiff] Undisclosed
22:36 – Barry Bannan [Crystal Palace – Bolton] Loan
22:30 – Greg Luer [Hull City – Port Vale] Loan
22:30 – Scott Davies [Fleetwood – Accrington] Loan
22:26 – Fraser Fyvie [Wigan – Hibernian] Free
22:15 – Keith Andrews [Bolton – MK Dons] Loan
22:15 – Paul Dixon [Huddersfield – Dundee United] Free
22:14 – Ivan Calero [Derby – Burton] Loan
22:11 – Danny Johnson [Cardiff – Stevenage] Loan
22:00 – Bruno Andrade [QPR – Stevenage] Loan
22:00 – Matt Done [Rochdale – Sheffield United] Undisclosed
21:45 – Jordan Wynter [Bristol City – Cheltenham] Free
21:38 – Lukas Culjak [Unattached – Aberdeen]
21:30 – Mani Dieseruvwe [Sheffield Wednesday – Chesterfield] Undisclosed
21:30 – Conor Wilkinson [Bolton – Oldham] Loan
21:26 – Tyrone Barnett [Peterborough – Shrewsbury] Undisclosed
21:23 – Thomas Ince [Hull City – Derby] Loan
21:20 – Lyle Taylor [Scunthorpe – Partick Thistle] Loan
21:03 – Kyle Lafferty [Norwich – Caykur Rizespor] Loan
21:00 – Anthony O’Connor [Blackburn – Plymouth] Undisclosed
20:59 – Keshi Anderson [Barton Rovers – Crystal Palace] Undisclosed
20:39 – Daniel Carr [Huddersfield – Dagenham] Loan
20:34 – Gaetan Bong [Olympiakos – Wigan] Free
20:31 – Tommy O’Sullivan [Cardiff – Port Vale] Loan
20:30 – David Mirfin [Scunthorpe – Hartlepool] Loan
20:21 – Callum Robinson [Aston Villa – Preston] Loan
20:15 – Tom Aldred [Accrington – Blackpool] Undisclosed
20:15 – Jordan Archer [Tottenham – Millwall] Loan
20:02 – Ishmael Miller [Blackpool – Huddersfield] Undisclosed
20:00 – Lenny Pidgeley [Newport – Mansfield] Loan
19:59 – Jack O’Connell [Blackburn – Brentford] Undisclosed
19:45 – Luke Williams [Middlesbrough – Coventry] Loan
19:29 – Sebastian Giovinco [Juventus – Toronto FC] Free
19:18 – Emmanuel Sonupe [Tottenham – St Mirren] Loan
19:00 – Gerardo Bruna [Whitehawk – Accrington] Free
18:46 – Davide Santon [Newcastle – Inter Milan] Loan
18:30 – Lewis McGugan [Watford – Sheff Wed] Loan
18:30 – Brendan Moloney [Yeovil – Northampton] Free
18:27 – Stephen McGinn [Sheffield United – Dundee] Free
18:27 – Ben Priest [Wolves – Dundee] Free
18:00 – Jordy Hiwula [Manchester City – Walsall] Loan
17:45 – Caolan Lavery [Sheff Wed – Chesterfield] Loan
17:42 – Paul Heffernan [Hibernian – Dundee] Free
17:39 – Kenny McLean [St Mirren – Aberdeen] £300,000
17:30 – Simeon Slavchev [Sporting Lisbon – Bolton] Loan
17:30 – Alex MacDonald [Burton – Oxford] Undisclosed
17:17 – Dylan Carreiro [Dundee – Arbroath] Loan
17:15 – Phil Roberts [Dundee – Alloa] Loan
17:12 – Ola Adeyemo [Dundee United – East Fife] Loan
17:00 – Thomas Eisfeld [Fulham – Bochum] Loan
17:00 – Chris David [Fulham – FC Twente] Loan
16:51 – Terry Gornell [Cheltenham – Accrington] Free
16:45 – Marnick Vermijl [Manchester United – Sheff Wed] Undisclosed
16:45 – Nathan Oduwa [Tottenham – Luton] Loan
16:30 – Mark Duffy [Birmingham – Chesterfield] Loan
16:30 – Ashley Carter [Wolves – Chesterfield] Loan
16:14 – Scott Harrison [Sunderland – Hartlepool] Undisclosed
16:00 – Tom McCready [Morecambe – Exeter] Free
15:46 – Alex Cisak [Burnley – Leyton Orient] Loan
15:44 – Keigan Parker [Airdrieonians – Clyde] Free
15:41 – Edgar Cani [Catania – Leeds] Loan
15:29 – George Long [Sheffield United – Motherwell] Loan
15:17 – Michael Duffy [Derry City – Celtic] Undisclosed
15:07 – Marvin Morgan [Plymouth – Hartlepool] Loan
14:43 – Yakubu [Unattached – Reading]
14:19 – Eliot Richards [Tranmere – Cheltenham] Free
14:02 – Sheyi Ojo [Liverpool – Wigan] Loan
13:56 – Gabriel Paletta [Parma – AC Milan] Undisclosed
13:17 – Michael Tonge [Leeds – Millwall] Loan
13:00 – Nathan Buddle [Blyth – Carlisle] Undisclosed
12:10 – Blair Turgott [West Ham – Coventry] Free
12:01 – Wes Burns [Bristol City – Cheltenham] Loan
11:54 – Andreas Breimyr [Bryne FK – Crystal Palace] Undisclosed*
10:38 – Sergiu Bus [CSKA Sofia – Sheffield Wednesday] Undisclosed
10:15 – Denny Johnstone [Birmingham – Cheltenham] Loan
10:08 – Charis Mavrias [Sunderland – Panathinaikos] Loan
09:27 – Nico Sumsky [Dukla Banska Bystrica – Hamilton Academical] Free
08:59 – Kenny Anderson [RKC Waalwijk – Hearts] Nominal

*will complete move in the summer

League 1: Port Vale 0-1 Crewe

Nicky Ajose’s fifth goal of the season saw Crewe gain their third straight win over local rivals Port Vale and move out of the League One relegation zone.

Ajose could have given the visitors an early lead, but his penalty was saved by Chris Neal after he had been brought down in the box by the keeper.

Ajose’s vital strike then came as he poked home a Jamie Ness through ball.

Vale’s Tom Pope saw a late header saved and Chris Lines’ long-range effort hit the bar as Crewe held out.

The win for the Alex is their fourth in their last six league matches and lifts them two points above the drop zone.

Read more at BBC Sport

League 1: Notts County 1-2 Peterborough

Christian Burgess helped Peterborough end a five-game winless streak as they overcame Notts County at Meadow Lane.

Marcus Maddison gave the visitors an early lead with a deflected strike that beat goalkeeper Roy Carroll.

County’s Hungarian forward Balint Bajner, who was making his full debut, crossed for Garry Thompson to fired the ball into the top corner to equalise.

Peterborough began the second half strongly before Burgess headed in Joe Newell’s corner to secure victory.

Notts County manager Shaun Derry told BBC Radio Nottingham:

“I can’t tell you how disappointed I was with that performance. I thought it was a great opportunity to get us in the top six against a team low on confidence.

“We knew they would come and put up a fight for their manager, which they did.

“We needed to be better than that today. The manner of the defeat, the goals we conceded once again weren’t acceptable.

“We need to have a good chat on Monday and let them know that that’s not acceptable.”

Read more at BBC Sport

League 1: Gillingham 3-2 Oldham

Bradley Dack’s second-half strike was decisive as Gillingham edged out Oldham Athletic to record back-to-back home wins for the first time since March.

John Marquis struck a quick-fire double to give Gills a comfortable lead.

Liam Kelly’s rebound, after Danny Philliskirk’s penalty was saved, brought the Latics back into it before Dominic Poleon dispossessed Stuart Nelson and slotted into the empty net.

Dack’s deflected volley secured the hosts all three points.

Gills moved up to 16th in League One, while Oldham, who suffered their fourth defeat in six league matches, dropped to 14th.

Gillingham joint-caretaker manager Steve Lovell told BBC Radio Kent:

“With the ball I thought perhaps it wasn’t our best performance in the last five games, but we worked hard defensively.

“Since John Marquis has been here he’s been a model professional. He works hard, everybody can see how hard he works and deserved the two goals.

“Bradley Dack did give the penalty away and he’s got to be little bit more careful in those situations.”

Oldham manager Lee Johnson told BBC Radio Manchester:

“The result’s a tough one to take, considering in most of the game we played very well but a couple of individual mistakes and a goal I thought should have been saved, it was disappointing with coming out at the wrong end.

“I think it’s always quite hostile coming to Gillingham, they’ve got a massive crowd but that bunch whip up behind the goal and they were quite lively.

“There was quite a few incidents that were 50-50 and I think that was the frustrating thing for both teams.”

Read more at BBC Sport

League 1: Colchester 2-0 Leyton Orient

Colchester secured a vital victory over fellow strugglers Leyton Orient but remain two points from safety at the foot of League One.

Gavin Massey opened the scoring for the hosts as he swept home from close in.

Kaspars Gorkss’ header doubled the lead before Chris Dagnall thought he had pulled one back for Orient, only for his effort to be ruled out for offside.

The hosts’ win was soured when Elliott Hewitt was shown a straight red card for a foul on Romain Vincelot.

The U’s leapfrog Orient as a result of the win but both teams remain in the League One relegation zone.

Leyton Orient manager Fabio Liverani told BBC London 94.9:

“We have to fight until 2 May, the last game to avoid relegation because this is what we can fight for. Last season was great, but it has past so this season it is a strong battle to avoid relegation.

“We knew that Colchester would push a lot in the first 20 minutes and we prepared for the game in that way but then on the pitch it was a different story.

“They showed more desire and hunger than us and this is what I said to the players – we have to play with that sort of spirit to go ahead and progress in the league.”

Read more at BBC Sport

League 1: Yeovil 0-0 Coventry

Goalkeeper Jed Steer saved a second-half penalty against Coventry City to help Yeovil Town move off the bottom of League One with a goalless draw.

After a dull first half, which saw only two shots on target, Seth Twumasi brought down Frank Nouble in box.

Steer, on loan from Aston Villa, sparked the Glovers into the life by denying Gary Madine from the spot.

Jamar Loza and Liam Shephard had chances for the hosts as Yeovil extended their unbeaten run to three.

The point at Huish Park moved Coventry to 17th in the table.

Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson told BBC Somerset:

“We gave ourselves a chance in the second half. I thought the first half was a little bit non-descript.

“There wasn’t a lot going on. Both teams were trying to suss each other out. Neither team could afford to lose.

“In the second half, we were the ones going for the result. They hit us on the break with the penalty but it was a good save by Jed.”

Coventry City manager Steven Pressley told BBC Coventry and Warwickshire:

“The penalty is crucial. When you get a penalty you’ve got to score and it’s a decisive moment – it actually gave their side a lift.

“You can see that both sides are not brimming with confidence at this moment in time, but points like this, clean sheets, coming here and not losing helps add to that confidence.

“It gives us a foundation, it gives us something to build from and I was really pleased with the effort of the group today. The desire of the group, the mentality of the group was excellent and I’m proud of them for that.”

Read more at BBC Sport

League 1: Preston 1-1 Yeovil

Preston came from behind to draw with bottom club Yeovil Town, but missed the chance to move third in League One.

Gozie Ugwu netted his second goal in as many games to put the Glovers ahead just before half-time, much to the delight of their 73 travelling fans.

But the hosts drew level when substitute Sylvan Ebanks-Blake rounded goalkeeper Jed Steer.

Preston are now without a league win since Boxing Day and are seven points off the automatic promotion spots.

Yeovil, meanwhile, remain at the foot of the table but are only two points from safety.

Read more at BBC Sport