The72 looks back at some of the weekend’s action in League 1
Alex Pritchard is going to be one hell of a player
Alex Pritchard of one of six Spurs loanee’s at Swindon Town this season and if Saturday’s performance at MK Dons is anything to go by, it’s not long before Andre Villas-Boas calls him back to White Hart Lane. Particularly in the first half, Pritchard bossed the midfield, linking up play between defenders and attackers excellently. His touches and movement were impressive, and his ability to go past other players showed a real variety of his game. His stand-out moment, a free-kick from around 25 yards out, curled into the top corner leaving David Martin with no chance. The game ended 1-1.
Rotherham and Bradford are promotion contenders
Whilst back to back promotions are by no means an improbability in the Football League, most clubs look for solidarity a year after going up. Rotherham and Bradford have been trying to get out of League 2 for a number of years now, but at the rate they’re going in League 1, it won’t be long before the magic P word is banded around. Both have made excellent starts to the season without having to make many changed to their squads. Lee Frecklington of Rotherham has Championship experience with Peterborough, so it’s not surprising that he’s one of The Millers’ stand out performers. Meanwhile Nahki Wells deservingly picked up the League 1 Player of the Month award for August. If Bradford can hold onto him over Christmas, there’s no reason why they can’t begin to dream of Championship football. Both players were mentioned in our 10 players to look out for in League 1 piece earlier this season.
Back Crawley for Both Teams To Score
So far this season Crawley have scored and conceded in 6 of their 7 games in all competitions. That’s around 85%. Manager Ritchie Barker has the Red Devils playing some attractive football and with an average of nearly 2.5 goals per game, hitting the net has certainly not been a problem. Their most recent match, a 3-2 victory over Gillingham, was one of the most entertaining League 1 games of the season with five second-half goals and two red cards. There’s one thing for sure, Crawley Town will be going in The72’s BTTS coupon next week!
It’s just not happening for Crewe
Football’s a result game and after two straight League defeats, seven goals conceded and none scored, Crewe will have been desperate for a victory over League 1 promotion candidates Peterborough. Two early goals from Vadaine Oliver and AJ Leitch-Smith gave Steve Davies’ side real hope of putting the two previous league results behind them and after a string of missed opportunities from Posh, it looked like the luck had turned for Crewe. But Michael Bostwick converted a Lee Tomlin corner to break home hearts and share the spoils on the day. Crewe are in 17th.