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League One round-up: Oldham beat Hartlepool 3-0 in Lee Johnson"s first game in charge but Gary Johnson"s Yeovil lose 2-0 to Swindon

League One round-up: Johnson's Oldham era starts on a high… but his dad's promotion tilt with Yeovil suffers a blow

By
Graeme Yorke

PUBLISHED:

22:20 GMT, 19 March 2013

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UPDATED:

22:39 GMT, 19 March 2013

LEAGUE ONE RESULTS

Bury 2-0 Stevenage

Crewe 2-1 MK Dons

Oldham 3-0 Hartlepool

Yeovil 0-2 Swindon

New Oldham boss Lee Johnson marked the first match of his managerial career by taking the Latics out of the npower League One relegation zone with a 3-0 win at home to fellow strugglers Hartlepool on Tuesday.

The 31-year-old, the son of Yeovil boss Gary Johnson, is the youngest manager in the Football League following his appointment on Monday.

On the rise: Swindon beat Yeovil 2-0 to move into third place in the League One table

On the rise: Swindon beat Yeovil 2-0 to move into third place in the League One table

LEAGUE ONE TABLE

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And he saw his new side go in front
after 17 minutes through Robbie Simpson's header, with Jean Yves Mvoto
nodding home a second shortly before the half hour.

Jose Baxter finished the visitors off in the 69th minute. The win took Oldham a point above the drop zone.

Gary Johnson could not match his son's success, though, as his Yeovil side slipped to a 2-0 defeat at home to fellow promotion hopefuls Swindon.

Adam Rooney's 77th-minute penalty opened the scoring and James Collins made it two deep into stoppage time as the Robins moved to within a point of the top two, three ahead of their opponents.

Bury moved off the foot of the table, and sent Portsmouth bottom, as two late goals earned them a 2-0 win at home to Stevenage.

Steven Schumacher missed a 20th-minute penalty and it looked like that might be costly until Craig Jones broke the deadlock in the 82nd minute and Jonson Clarke-Harris made the points safe in the last minute.

Mathias Pogba scored twice as Crewe came from behind to beat MK Dons 2-1.

Patrick Bamford headed the Dons into a 31st-minute lead, but Pogba levelled nine minutes later and got the winner six minutes from time.

The Dons finished the match with 10 men thanks to Antony Kay's 86th-minute sending-off.

Home defeat: Gary Johnson's Yeovil were undone by second-half goals from Adam Rooney and James Collins

Home defeat: Gary Johnson's Yeovil were undone by second-half goals from Adam Rooney and James Collins

Michael Ngoo booked for Hillsborough tribute as Liverpool U21 thrash Chelsea

Liverpool youngster Ngoo booked for Hillsborough tribute as Chelsea U21s thrashed

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UPDATED:

23:16 GMT, 14 September 2012

Liverpool U21 striker Michael Ngoo was booked in his side's demolition of Chelsea's youth team for removing his shirt to reveal a Hillsborough tribute.

After Ngoo scored the fourth goal in Liverpool's rout he displayed a message on his undershirt which read '96 reasons 4 justice'.

Tribute: Michael Ngoo showed this message after he scored

Tribute: Michael Ngoo showed this message after he scored

Official guidelines indicate that
referees should produce the yellow card when football shirts are taken
off but most would have preferred it not to happen on this occasion.

The crowd, at Brentford's Griffin Park, booed the referee and cheered Ngoo for his tribute, which came in the week the Hillsborough Independent Panel released their report into what had really happened in the disaster.

It showed shocking evidence of a police cover-up as to the real reasons 96 fans died on April 15, 1989.

Another notable feature of the match was Marko Marin's return to action for Chelsea.

Marin, a 7million acquisition from Werder Bremen, was the club's first signing of the summer but a hamstring injury has kept him from Roberto Di Matteo's first-team plans.

On the move: Marko Marin made his first appearance since pre-season

On the move: Marko Marin made his first appearance since pre-season

While Oscar and, more dramatically, Eden Hazard have begun to make their mark in English football, Marin has been left frustrated.

But more frustration was the order of the day for the 23-year-old German left winger as Dermot Drummy's youth team were comfortably seen off by Liverpool's.

Marin was withdrawn at half-time for Adam Phillip with the game goalless, but the Reds ran amok in the second half.

No way through: Chelsea youngster George Saville on the ball

No way through: Chelsea youngster George Saville on the ball

Goals from Jack Robinson, Conor Coady, Krisztian Adorjan and Ngoo were only answered with one from Patrick Bamford.

Liverpool played a young, promising German of their own in Samed Yesil. The 18-year-old couldn't find the net but he caused concern in the Chelsea defence, with one shot cleared off the line.

MATCH FACTS

Chelsea (4-3-3): Jamal Blackman; Todd Kane, Alex Davey, Nathan Ake, Aziz Deen-Conteh; Billy Clifford, George Saville, Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Jeremie Boga 43); Islam Feruz, Patrick Bamford, Marko Marin (Adam Phillip 45).

Unused subs: Mitchell Beeney, Andreas Christensen, John Swift.

Liverpool (4-2-3-1): Peter Gulacsi; Brad Smith, Stephen Sama, Andre Wisdom, Jack Robinson; Conor Coady, Craig Roddan; Adam Morgan, Krisztian Adorjan, Dani Pacheco; Samed Yesil (Michael Ngoo 56).

Unused subs: Joao Teixeira, Jamie Stephens, Marc Pelosi, Jordan Ibe.

Tottenham and Arsenal want Jamaal Lascelles

Spurs join Arsenal in race for highly-rated Forest hot shot Lascelles

Tottenham are ready to go head to head with Arsenal for Nottingham Forest’s promising teenage defender Jamaal Lascelles.

The 18-year-old made his Forest debut in the 2-0 defeat by Burnley last Tuesday, having shone for England Under 19s.

Wanted man: Jamaal Lascelles is being chased by Arsenal and Tottenham

Wanted man: Jamaal Lascelles is being chased by Arsenal and Tottenham

The struggling Championship club sold striker Patrick Bamford to Chelsea on deadline day, and Spurs do not want to miss out on the next big talent to come out of the club.

Arsenal failed with a 2million bid plus 3m in add-ons for Lascelles a year ago and are still closely monitoring the youngster.

Chelsea bid 1m for Nottingham Forest"s Patrick Bamford

Villas-Boas looks to the future with 1m bid for Forest starlet Bamford

Chelsea have made a 1m offer for Nottingham Forest teenager Patrick Bamford.

Andre Villas-Boas has made a move for the 18-year-old forward which could rise to 1.5m, dependent on appearances.

Looking to the future: Andre Villas-Boas wants Patrick Bamford

Looking to the future: Andre Villas-Boas wants Patrick Bamford

Bamford has made two appearances from the bench for Forest and played for just 12 minutes.

But he has scored a staggering nine goals in the club's last two academy matches.

Wes Morgan's ten-year spell at Nottingham Forest is over after the club accepted a 1m offer from Leicester City.

Forest have rejected an enquiry from Birmingham City to sign Lewis McGugan on loan.

Football"s lost city! But both Bristol clubs can hit the glory trail again

Football's lost city! But both Bristol clubs can hit the glory trail again

'Ah, Bristol.'

So began the Bristolian
chapter of a 1999 biography of English club football. The two-word
opening was probably meant to echo the old Bisto advert but it also
captured a wistful feeling surrounding the sixth-biggest city in
England – 'the last great under-achieving metropolis of English
football'.

Some 13 years on and not enough has
occurred to alter the opinion that in Bristol football lacks urgency,
that this is primarily a rugby town.

Barry Meyer, left, fires past Ray Wood as Bristol Rovers humble the Busby Babes 4-0

Famous day: Barry Meyer, left, fires past Ray Wood as Bristol Rovers humble the Busby Babes 4-0

For the third time in 16 seasons, Bristol City and Bristol Rovers are both in the third round of the FA Cup today. But what about the fourth round

Rovers were formed in 1883 and City in 1894 but neither have won the FA Cup. That can also be said of the League Cup and, of course, neither have won the league title.

ROVERS FLASHBACK

BRISTOL ROVERS 4-0 MAN UTD

(FA Cup third round, Jan 7 1956)

BRISTOL ROVERS: Nicholls; Bamford, Alcock, Pitt, Hale, Sampson, Petherbridge, Biggs, Bradford, Meyer, Hooper.

Scorers: Biggs (2), Meyer, Bradford (pen).

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Early pedigree: Bristol City lost 1-0 to Manchester United in 1909 final

McInnes, the latest Scottish manager to move south with a billowing reputation, stood in the gym at Ashton Gate on Tuesday night and considered smaller and bigger pictures. Less than three months in town, Bristol City had won one game when the Scot arrived.

CITY FLASHBACK

BRISTOL CITY 0-1 MAN UTD

(FA Cup final, Apr 24 1909)

BRISTOL CITY: Clay; Annan, Cottle, Hanlin, Wedlock, Spear, Staniforth, Hardy, Gilligan, Burton, Hilton.

MANCHESTER UNITED: Moger; Stacey, Hayes, Duckworth, Roberts, Bell, Meredith, Halse, J Turnbull, S Turnbull, Wall.
Scorer: S Turnbull.

Attendance: 71,401 (Crystal Palace).

'We were six points adrift at the bottom of the table. It was a club going one way,' he said. 'But I've played here against Bristol City and it was a club everyone always recognised as having the potential to go somewhere, a club you could do something with. We've seen clubs of similar size get to the Premier League – Burnley, Blackpool, Norwich, Swansea.

'We needed to get optimism about the place. People can get used to being downbeat, pessimistic.

'Why has Bristol not done as much as smaller cities I don't know. It feels like a football city. There are people here waiting for us to do something. And I'm not here to mess about.'

The 40-year-old from the edge of Glasgow could be the catalyst. But it will not be easy. Not only are the Robins 12million in debt and with as many as 17 players out of contract in June, McInnes also has a latent support to rouse. There were 12,000 on Tuesday to see City beat Millwall 1-0.

There is an element of indifference in Bristol that was summed up by one of McInnes' predecessors, Gary Johnson, when he said: 'The area is not football, football in the way Sheffield or Manchester is. And the two clubs split the support. Then there's Bristol rugby, with Bath and Gloucester close. And Bristol is a nice place. There's a lot to do, there's a broader culture.' Johnson added: 'Success breeds support.'

Growing reputation: Bristol City boss Derek McInnes

Growing reputation: Bristol City boss Derek McInnes

It is easily overlooked. He was near to matching the 1976 Alan Dicks team that made it to the old First Division and stayed for four years, but it says something of the Championship play-off losers, and perhaps Bristol, that when Dean Windass scored the euphoric 2008 Wembley volley to take Hull City to the top flight for the first time, the forgotten team they beat were Bristol City.

They had been promoted from League One the previous season; Johnson's achievement was under-rated nationally, although Bristolian rivalry meant it was enough for him to be a controversial contender for the Rovers job.

City's future, Johnson stressed, depends on a proposed move to a new stadium. It was the same view on Wednesday morning at Rovers' Memorial Stadium. Amid the fall-out of Buckle's departure, Rovers' finance director Toni Watola said: 'The issue for Bristol, for both clubs, is very much one of facilities.

'Part of the underachievement lies around outdated facilities. We have been trying to regenerate a stadium on this site or on an alternative site for the past 20 years. We now have plans for a 22,000 all-seat stadium about one-and-a-half miles away.'

Rovers share the Memorial Stadium with Bristol Rugby Club. They have 'pre-sold' it to Sainsbury's pending official permission for a new stadium.

But that is not guaranteed. The council once took two years to decide if Rovers could brighten their floodlights, a process that leads some to refer to 'Planet Bristol'.

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Watola agreed. 'Sometimes Bristol, for all its size, sees itself as a bit of a village,' he said. 'I think that attitude is changing.'

Rovers' plan to move would take them to South Gloucestershire council land, which may help.

Certainly, spending 10 years from 1986 at Twerton Park in Bath did not. Identity and finances suffered. 'Around here, around this stadium, there's no doubt that rugby has a much stronger culture than football,' added Watola. 'Purely because this has been the rugby club's home longer than it's been ours.'

Rovers have had moments since – they reached the FA Cup sixth round three years ago – but tomorrow's 11,600 capacity is not yet sold out. Even so, seven per cent of Rovers' annual turnover will come in a single day.

So is it sustainable for Bristol to have two football clubs

Watola's eyebrows rose. 'Now there's a good question,' he said. 'Sheffield sustains two clubs and the hardcore at both Rovers and City means there will always be two clubs. I just don't see there being, for example, a Bristol United. What we see is that our move to a new stadium makes our plans sustainable. We could do so much better.'

That last sentiment is shared across town. Marie Day of City's Supporters' Trust said of Bristol's underachievement: 'It's a conversation we have but I don't understand it, lots of fans don't understand it.

'Apparently we're the fastest-growing city in the UK. And it's not just Bristol, it's a massive catchment area.

'There is the rugby tradition. And we've been that inconsistent for years. Look at Boxing Day – we lost at Coventry, bottom of the division. Then we go to Southampton, top, and win.

'We're not bewildered, we've just come to accept it.'