Portsmouth have stopped the rot
After a dreadful month of results, which saw manager Guy Whittingham sacked, Portsmouth ended their nine match winless run with a 1-0 win over Dagenham & Redbridge. Romain Padovani’s first goal in English football was enough for Pompey to take the points and led manager Richie Barker to hail his teams dramatically improved performance. The win leaves Portsmouth 17th in the division and everyone at Fratton Park will be hopeful of extending their good form as they enter a crucial part of their season.
Rochdale are back in business
After a few poor results, Rochdale mustered up a much needed win on Thursday, thrashing struggling Mansfield 3-0. The Dale had slipped out of the top seven in recent weeks, but goals from Scott Hogan and Matthew Lund propelled them back up into 7th and secured Rochdale’s first win since beating Exeter at the end of November. Rochdale have hit form at the best possible time and will be looking to put a run of results together in the new year.
York look good enough to do more than just beat the drop
Whilst York City have not been prolific in recent weeks, defensively they look very strong. They have only conceded two goals in the last five games which have included tough fixtures against the likes of Oxford and Burton. Their Boxing Day match, a battling 1-1 away draw against Accrington, showed the strengths which York possess and, if they bring in a striker in January to play alongside Ryan Jarvis, York could be on course for a top-half finish.
Wimbledon need a win
It’s been a very up and down season for AFC Wimbledon and right now they are on a downwards curve. Since beating Portsmouth, Wimbledon haven’t won despite being up against opposition that they would fancy themselves to beat. There was no shame in losing yesterday against high-flying Southend United but the Dons do need a win to get their erratic season back on track and push themselves back up to the higher echelons of the league.