Gillingham and Bradford have different ambitions
If last year’s league table was anything to go by Gillingham would appear to be the side most well equipped to target a high position in League 1. The League 2 winners however have struggled hugely in the early goings at the third level of English football. Martin Allen’s side have yet to pick up a win and sit rock bottom of the division. The side that this weekend extended their winless run to 8 games was a side that finished 6 places and 14 points below them last term, however Bradford City have taken to League One like a duck to water. With the goal scoring exploits of Nakhi Wells, Phil Parkinson’s charges find themselves in the early playoff mix up. This weekend highlighted the difference in the two promoted sides. Bradford are looking up and Gillingham over their shoulders.
Graham Kavanagh is the front runner at Carlisle
After picking up two points from 6 under former manager Greg Abbott the suits at Brunton Park decided a change was needed. Graham Kavanagh, the popular former player and assistant to Abbott was given the job to lead the Cumbrians until a new man was appointed. However, the former midfield commander has led Carlisle to successive wins, including their first of the season and an away win at Stevenage. If Kavanagh was not at the forefront of Carlisle fan’s minds he may well be now. If he can keep this run up not only will help to steer them from League 1 trouble but it also may lead to his first management job.
Sheffield United are in for a long season
When Sheffield United lost in the Playoffs last year many believed this year The Blades would be able to mount another serious promotion challenge and look to go one better. With new manager David Weir and new foreign owners the skies above Bramall Lane appeared unusually blue. However, since winning the first game of the season Weir’s troops have now not won in the last seven losing six including 5 on the spin. Marlon King has been bought in a desperate attempt to score goals. However, following Preston’s win at Bramall Lane the crows are circling around David Weir. Sheffield United, languishing in the League 1 relegation zone may have a long hard season ahead.
Coventry are the team to watch
With points deductions, stadium moves and financial uncertainty Coventry have certainly been the most interesting side to watch off the pitch this season. However, their exploits on the pitch are making them the entertainers of League 1. 38 goals have been scored in matches including the Sky Blues, as well as being the league’s top scorers with 22, the 16 they have conceded is also one of the highest. A safe bet on your ‘Goals Galore’ coupon and a must for the neutrals. This weekend’s 3-2 reverse at Port Vale was a disappointment especially after leading twice but to the neutral Coventry games are definitely the ones to watch if goals interest you!
Peterborough can grind it out
Peterborough have been one of the early pacesetters in the division, brushing aside several teams along the way. Saturday’s derby against MK Don’s appeared to be a different sort of win. Down to ten men after 7 minutes and down to 9 in the last ten minutes, Darren Ferguson’s men dug deep to claim all 3 points. Peterborough are known for their attacking flair but the backs to the wall effort they out in during the last ten minutes, highlights Boro have a lot more about them, which can only help in the coming months.