Brentford can make the automatics
Following the departure of Uwe Rosler last week, Brentford fans maybe forgiven for being a little worried at what the rest of the season might behold. But The Bees continued their fine form with a 1-0 victory against Oldham after Jonathan Douglas struck late on. Having won 5 out of their last 6, Brentford are top of the League 1 form table and 3 overall. At just 3 points behind stuttering Wolves, who says automatic promotion isn’t possible?
Any player who comes through the Manchester United ranks is going to have bags of potential and the same goes for Tom Lawrence. The 19 year old, on-loan at Carlisle scored two spectacular goals against Tranmere, helping guide the Cumbrians to an impressive 4-1 victory. Lawrence’s first, a 25 yard volley was something straight out of the Premier League as he plucked the ball from the air and dipped it over Owain Fon Williams in the Tranmere goal. His second, a Messi-esque run in which he dribbled the ball past 5 players and somehow squeezed the ball in from a hugely tricky angle. Take a bow son.
A new managerial appointment at Ashton Gate did little to spark Bristol City’s season into life after they were beaten 2-1 by Rotherham United. Steve Cotterill’s men dropped to bottom of League 1 for the first time this season after they were overtaken by Sean Derry’s Notts County. Their next three games include a preverbial ‘6 pointer’ away at Notts County and two winnable home matches against Walsall and Stevenage. Cotterill better hope to take something from those because away matches to Orient and Bradford follow and it doesn’t get much tougher than that.
Pat Bamford has been one of MK Dons’ shining lights this season. The on-loan Chelsea forward scored yet again on Saturday in a brilliant 2-0 victory away at Wolves taking his total to 12 league goals this season, over a 3rd of the Dons’ full total. But with his deal set to run out at the beginning of January, there will be no doubt be a host of clubs interested in the possibility of taking on one of the Football League’s hottest properties for next to nothing. Will Bamford want to continue his fine form at stadium:mk or will he see the Championship as the next stepping stone en route back to Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea?