Here’s the latest news from the Crown Football Round-Up…
Last week, Byron Moore scored Bristol Rovers’ quickest ever league goal as they beat AFC Wimbledon to keep their League One play-off hopes alive. With just 11 seconds on the clock Moore latched onto a Ellis Harrison knockdown and found the bottom corner for Rovers, who are four points outside the top six. Watch the goal here:
Barnsley lost to Wigan 3-2 on Thursday evening, after giving away a 2-0 lead. There was little evidence of the drama to come during a drab first half of limited openings. Armstrong put the visitors ahead with their only shot on target by slotting the ball home on the rebound after Ryan Kent‘s shot came back off the post. When Kent cut in from the wing to fire in the second with his left foot there seemed no way back for the Latics, only for Powell to turn the game on its head. The substitute scored an 11-minute hat-trick as Wigan boosted their Championship survival. Watch Ryan’s superb finish below:
There were mixed emotions for Sam Gallagher after Monday’s draw with Bristol City. The on-loan striker was delighted to net his 12th goal of the season to earn Rovers a share of the points, but was disappointed that they weren’t given the opportunity to claim all three. Shortly after heading Rovers level, and with the home crowd urging the side on, the young forward felt there was a clear foul on him as he raced in on goal in search of a second. But despite the close attentions of City captain Korey Smith, referee Mike Jones deemed it not to be a foul. Gallagher felt that the side showed plenty of character to recover from what had been a poor start to the match, and knows that they need to continue to show that for the remaining three games of the season.
“At the time I thought it was a stonewall penalty and I’ve watched it back a few times and I still think the same thing. It is very disappointing and frustrating, it is a decision that we’ve maybe not got all season. It has been tough to take but we’ve just got to move on I suppose. I’ve not been so happy to score in a long time I think. That was a fantastic feeling, I thought it really gave us that massive lift in the game and I think everyone thought we were going to go on and get more from the game. So we are extremely disappointed that we didn’t. At half-time we said that if we get the next goal then the fans will be right behind us and they were, we were just unlucky not to get that second. We didn’t make it easy but at the same time we showed great character. We just need to win as many as we can. We have shown that we can put great performances together and get results away from home so we’ll look to do that again. We know what needs to be done, everyone is as determined as we need to be, everyone wants to do what they can for the club.”
Goals from Calum Dyson and Chris Clements gave returning Grimsby manager Russell Slade a 2-1 win in his first game in charge against Cambridge. On-loan Everton striker Calum Dyson gave the hosts the lead from the penalty spot before Clements wrapped up the points, with Brad Halliday grabbing a late consolation for Shaun Derry’s side. After an even first half with few chances, Grimsby began the second half brightly as Jamey Osborne saw a curling effort from the edge of the box deflected over for a corner. And it was the midfielder who won a penalty moments later as he was brought down by Conor Newton, giving Dyson the chance to slam the ball past goalkeeper Will Norris. Medy Elito was presented with a chance to bring Cambridge level seconds after coming on as a substitute, but his first-time shot was well-saved by James McKeown. Clements made it 2-0 late on as he slotted home from Osborne’s cutback, but Halliday set up a grandstand finish as he headed in late on. Grimsby managed to hang onto their lead, though, as Slade made the perfect start to his second stint at Blundell Park.
In Premier League 2, Liam Walsh’s Everton Under-23s took another step closer to the title with a 4-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park. The result means David Unsworth’s side require two points from their final two games of the season to guarantee the league crown!
Some big games to look forward to over the weekend, as we edge closer to the end of the season…