Peterborough keep themselves in the hunt
The posh secured a vital win over wolves which ended their run of five straight defeats in the league. Darren Ferguson was keen to express his concern with the state of the pitch at London road but was delighted with a gutsy performance that secured the three points. Michael Bostwick netted the winner with Peterborough’s only shot on target and judging the balance of play a point a piece was probably the fairer result. Peterborough couldn’t have wished for a better time to secure a win and now find themselves just eight points of the top two.
Preston & Brentford are eyeing up the top two
The lilywhites and the bees are both currently unbeaten in their last eight league games and have managed 37 points from their 19 matches so far. Brentford have won seven of those eight and will want to maintain this form until at least the 21st December where they travel away to Deepdale. The pair are only six points adrift of the joint-leaders and will be looking to reduce that sooner rather than later.
Chris Maguire’s memorable debut in front of 7,000 away supporters
Steven Pressley’s men were definitely in need of a lift this weekend and my word did they get it. The sky blues had conceded 11 goals in their previous three league games so to restrict the Dons to just one and keep Bamford quiet was a massive improvement. It was an evenly contested match at Stadium:MK which Coventry grew into during the second half and won the game with two sublime set-pieces. Chris Maguire who recently signed on loan from Sheffield Wednesday struck two very similar free-kicks within the space of four minutes to earn Coventry a vital win.
Walsall are too inconsistent to be promoted
Dean Smith’s men have impressed many again this year but still remain too inconsistent to consider challenging the top six. Walsall have toppled Wolves, Peterborough and earned a valuable point away at Leyton Orient this season but have struggled to put a string of results together. Losses at the Bank’s stadium to Port Vale and Coventry along with several away draws against teams in the bottom half have left question marks about their promotion credentials. It’s clear that Walsall are a tight unit but with just Craig Westcarr scoring the lack of firepower will also play a part over the duration of the season.
Notts County are in real trouble
Alarm bells will be ringing for County fans who have improved since Derry’s appointment, but still have only managed one point out of a possible 12 during that time. The magpies are currently six points from safety and probably have arguably the most important December of any club in the division. Their next three fixtures are Gillingham at home, Colchester away followed by a grudge-match at Meadow lane against Bristol City. County face Bradford, Peterborough and Walsall in January and will need to be off the foot of the table before then to have any realistic chance of survival. The turn of the New Year will mean that the season is over half-way through and County will face a real battle if they are points adrift of their relegation rivals.