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League Two round-up: Luis Boa Morte upstaged on Chesterfield debut

League Two round-up: Boa Morte upstaged by Williams on Chesterfield debut

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Sportsmail Reporter

PUBLISHED:

17:56 GMT, 13 October 2012

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UPDATED:

17:56 GMT, 13 October 2012

Luis Boa Morte tasted defeat on his Chesterfield debut as the Spireites were beaten 2-1 by Dagenham at the Proact Stadium.

The former Arsenal, Fulham and West Ham forward, who joined the club on Wednesday, made an impressive start by setting up an early chance for Neal Trotman.

But Boa Morte was upstaged by Sam Williams, who scored twice to give struggling Dagenham a much-needed victory.

Upstaged: Luis Boa Morte of Chesterfield

Upstaged: Luis Boa Morte of Chesterfield

Edgar Davids discovered just how big a challenge he faces at Barnet as his first match in charge at Underhill ended in a 4-1 home defeat to Plymouth.

The former Holland midfielder is the new joint head coach of the Football League's bottom club, his first managerial position.

But there was no fairytale start for the former Champions League and three-time Serie A winner.

His new side fell behind after just two minutes as Rhys Griffiths converted a penalty and Maxime Blanchard made it two after 11 minutes.

David Stephens pulled one back five minutes later, but Argyle ran away with it in the second half as further goals from Paris Cowan-Hall (62) and Luke Young (90) earned them a convincing win.

Defeat left Barnet seven points from safety and five behind second-bottom Aldershot, who were thumped 4-0 at leaders Gillingham.

Edgar Davids in the Barnet dug-out

New boy: Edgar Davids in the Barnet dugout

Charlie Allen opened the scoring after 11 minutes and Danny Kedwell added another from the spot (27).

Myles Weston made it 3-0 by half-time and Chris Whelpdale completed the rout midway through the second half.

Cheltenham knocked Fleetwood out of the automatic promotion places by moving up to third with a 2-1 win at AFC Wimbledon.

Marlon Pack put the visitors in front after 25 minutes and Kaid Mohamed doubled the lead early in the second half.

Byron Harrison pulled one back in the 90th minute, but it was too little too late.

Fleetwood dropped to fourth as they were beaten 1-0 at home by struggling Wycombe. Bruno Andrade scored the only goal of the game in the ninth minute.

The three other sides in the play-off places, Burton, Rochdale and Exeter, all failed to win.

Burton were held 1-1 at home by Bristol Rovers, Billy Kee's 50th-minute equaliser for the hosts cancelling out David Clarkson's opener on the half-hour mark.

Rochdale lost 2-1 at home to Morecambe, for whom Jack Redshaw scored twice (10 and 66).

George Donnelly gave Rochdale hope by netting in the 73rd minute, but they could not get a leveller.

Exeter went down 3-0 at Northampton, whose goals came from Adebayo Akinfenwa (25), Kelvin Langmead (39) and Alex Nicholls (84).

The Yorkshire derby between Bradford and York ended in a 1-1 draw at Valley Parade as Zavon Hines' 59th-minute leveller for the hosts cancelled out Ashley Chambers' goal just before half-time.

Britt Assombalonga scored twice as Southend stuck three times after the break to claim a 3-0 win at Rotherham. David Martin completed the scoring.

Torquay were 3-1 winners at home to Accrington.

Rene Howe put United ahead with a fifth-minute penalty, but Padraig Amond levelled in the 65th minute.

Billy Bodin put Torquay back in front two minutes later and Lee Mansell made the points safe 10 points from time.

Luis Boa Morte signs for Chesterfield

League Two Chesterfield snap-up former Portugal star Boa Morte

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UPDATED:

18:36 GMT, 10 October 2012

Former Fulham, Arsenal and West Ham winger Luis Boa Morte has signed for Chesterfield.

The 35-year-old, who played 28 times for Portugal, has agreed to join the Spireites initially until January and, as long as international clearance is received in time, he may make his debut against Dagenham & Redbridge at the Proact Stadium this Saturday.

Boa Morte opened talks with Chesterfield following a chance meeting in London with former Fulham team-mate Mark Crossley, who is assistant to the Derbyshire club's caretaker-manager Tommy Wright.

Star name: Luis Boa Morte played for Fulham for four and a half years

Star name: Luis Boa Morte played for Fulham for four and a half years

He said: 'He asked me if I'd fancy coming up to Chesterfield and it went from there.
'The most important thing for me now is to play football and get going again. I'll be here until the end of January but that doesn't mean that I won't stay until the end of the season.'

Wright added: 'To have a player of Luis' quality coming to Chesterfield is a fantastic coup for us. It's great that a player of his ability wants to play football.

Starting out: Boa Morte got his first taste of English football with Arsenal

Starting out: Boa Morte got his first taste of English football with Arsenal

'The financial aspect of the deal was no worry – he just wanted to come and play.'

Boa Morte has made more than 300 appearances in English football over a 15-year period having arrived at Arsenal from Sporting Lisbon in June 1997 as one of Arsene Wenger's first signings.

Last time out: Boa Morte last English club was West Ham

Last time out: Boa Morte last English club was West Ham

He won the double with the Gunners in 1998 and after a brief spell with Southampton moved to Fulham before spending four-and-a-half years at West Ham before leaving by mutual consent in August 2011.

Boa Morte has been training recently with Fulham following brief spells with South African club Orlando Pirates and MLS outfit Toronto FC.

Stuart Pearce wants Under 21s to improve

Pearce happy with England Under 21s but says side must improve to seal place at Euros

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UPDATED:

22:32 GMT, 10 September 2012

Stuart Pearce was satisfied with a job well done after England topped qualifying group eight, but the Under 21 manager claimed his side will need to improve if they are to seal their place at the European Championship finals in Israel next summer.

England ensured their place in the playoffs with Thursday's 2-0 victory in Azerbaijan but the group – and in theory a more favourable draw in next month's knock-out double-headers as one of the seeded teams – was up for grabs against Norway at Chesterfield's Proact Stadium on Monday.

And Pearce's side won it courtesy of Connor Wickham's first goal for the Under 21s two minutes before half-time.

More to come: Stuart Pearce wants to see more from the likes of Connor Wickham in his Under 21 side

More to come: Stuart Pearce wants to see more from the likes of Connor Wickham in his Under 21 side

However, the Young Lions made hard work of the victory, with Norway having the better of the second half and counting themselves unlucky not to equalise when Havard Nielsen's effort struck the underside of the crossbar and rebounded to safety.

Following the 1-0 win Pearce said: 'If you look at the eight days we've been together as a group, overall it's very pleasing.

'We've had a lot of travelling commitments and managed to pick up a good victory that set us up for this game.

Vying: England Under 21s topped their group with a win over Norway on Monday

Vying: England Under 21s topped their group with a win over Norway on Monday

Pearce was happy with his side's showing on Monday

Pearce was happy with his side's showing on Monday

'The performances over two games of
Danny Rose, Martin Kelly, both the goalkeepers and Steven Caulker has
been pleasing, while Tom Ince has come in and it's his first taste of
Under-21 football and we've had four new faces come into the group as
well.

'To win seven out of eight games in this group at international football isn't easy.

'We're pleased with that and pleased to have topped the group but we know full well that we're going to have to play better next month if we are going to be successful and get to the finals.'

Pearce added: 'I think Norway came out of the traps fantastically well, they're a tough side and I think they'll cause anyone a problem in the play-offs.

'It wasn't a convincing performance by us but I felt we improved a bit at the start of the second half.'

Wickham took his goal well. The Sunderland striker latched onto a defensive mistake and, bearing down on goal, confidently tucked away his chance from close-range.

It was the 19-year-old's first goal since October last year.

'I'm pleased for Connor, he has worked very hard this week and been patient for his chance,' said Pearce.

'He hasn't played a great deal of football, and it's the same with Martyn Waghorn at this stage if the season and certainly one or two others are in the same boat as well so they will find this quite demanding.

'But it is football at a high standard so it will help them and help their clubs as well.'

England U21 1 Norway U21 0: Connor Wickham strikes

England U21 1 Norway U21 0: Wickham pounces to earn Pearce play-off seed spot

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UPDATED:

20:18 GMT, 10 September 2012

Connor Wickham's first goal for the Under-21s saw England finish top of group eight as nearest rivals Norway were beaten at Chesterfield's Proact Stadium.

Results earlier in the day meant both sides had already booked their places in next month's knock-out double-headers.

But the group – and in theory a more favourable draw as one of the seeded teams in Friday's draw – was up for grabs in north east Derbyshire, and Stuart Pearce's side won it courtesy of Wickham's strike two minutes before half-time.

Roar of delight: Connor Wickham scored the only goal of the game

Roar of delight: Connor Wickham scored the only goal of the game

It was one of few chances England
created in a lacklustre contest and in the end the Young Lions made hard
work of the victory, with Norway having the better of the second half
and unlucky not to equalise when Havard Nielsen's effort struck the
underside of the crossbar and rebounded to safety.

Pearce made five changes from the side that started Thursday's 2-0 win over Azerbaijan.

Jason Steele returned in goal after missing out through illness in Baku, meaning Ben Amos replaced Declan Rudd on the bench.

Ryan Bennett came in at centre-half
for the suspended Craig Dawson while midfielder Ben Marshall made his
full debut in place of the injured Jason Lowe.

Mission accomplished: Wickham helped England top the group

Mission accomplished: Wickham helped England top the group

Wickham and Martyn Waghorn were
preferred in attack ahead of Wilfred Zaha and Marvin Sordell, who were
both among the substitutes.

Waghorn saw a thunderous left-foot
shot pushed away by Norway goalkeeper Arild Ostbo in the sixth minute
before Bennett headed over from the resulting corner.

Tussle: Jordan Henderson fights for the ball

Tussle: Jordan Henderson fights for the ball

Tom Ince looked like he would put
England ahead when he sneaked in between the Norwegian defence and
keeper on the half-hour mark. The Blackpool midfielder managed to clip
the ball goalwards past Ostbo but it rolled off target.

Wickham showed Ince how it was done after 43 minutes.

The Sunderland striker latched onto a defensive mistake and, bearing down on goal, tucked away his chance well from close-range.

It was the 19-year-old's first goal since October last year.

It's mine: Connor Wickham battles with Thomas Rogne

It's mine: Connor Wickham battles with Thomas Rogne

Norway started to come into the game
after half-time and substitute Yann-Erik de Lanlay shot narrowly wide on
the hour and ten minutes later Nielsen rattled Steele's crossbar.

Norway almost caught England out again
in the 73rd minute. Omar Elabdellaoui broke clear and flicked the ball
wide to Mushaga Bakenga but his cross-shot was diverted over for a
corner.

Thomas Ince

Stuart Pearce

Focus: Thomas Ince played well after being selected by Stuart Pearce (right)

With nine minutes remaining, a strike
at goal from Harmeet Singh 25-yards out had Steele stretching but the
Middlesbrough keeper grabbed the ball at the second attempt.

Man of the match Danny Rose joined
Shelvey in collecting a needless yellow card after kicking the ball away
as England withstood some more late pressure to hold on for the win.

But Scotland's dream is over…

Austria U21 3 Scotland U 21 2

Scotland Under-21s lost in injury-time in Austria as their European qualifying hopes ended with their first defeat of the campaign.

Johnny Russell had put Scotland ahead in the 74th minute after Tony Watt cancelled out an early opener but Billy Stark's side could only hold on to their lead for 90 seconds.

And Raphael Holzhauser scored on the counter-attack as Scotland threw men forward in a bid to secure a last-gasp winner at the Cashback Arena in Altach.

Scotland had gone into the game assured of second place behind Group 10 winners Holland but only the four best runners-up join the top teams in the play-offs for next summer's finals in Israel and they had to throw caution to the wind in the final stages as a draw would not have been enough.