Footbal league midweek review
Sky Bet Championship
Two goals from former England striker Darren Bent gave Derby County a 2-0 home victory over Blackburn and moved the Rams back up into the automatic promotion places.
Defeat to local rivals Nottingham Forest in their previous home game left Steve McClaren’s side in fifth and looking to gain ground on the leaders. A second half brace from striker Bent, taking his tally to three goals in his last two games, was enough for victory over Gary Bowyer’s side and lift them up into second with only goal difference separating them from leaders Bournemouth.
Rotherham put daylight between them and the relegation zone after a convincing home win over Bolton. Ben Pringle’s early goal set the Millers on their way, before strikes from Conor Sammon, Paul Green and Matt Derbyshire had them 4-0 up before the hour mark. Two late consolation goals from Liam Trotter and Matt Mills added some respectability to the score for Wanderers but it was Steve Evans’ men who took all three points and move five points clear of the drop.
Ten man Millwall put in a battling performance to earn a point against Reading. Sid Nelson’s dismissal late in the first half had the lions fighting against the odds for the second period. Ian Holloway’s Londoners held on for a point but they remain stuck in the bottom three and five points from safety.
The evening’s other game saw Birmingham travel to Sheffield Wednesday. As the league’s joint lowest goal scorers, the Owls fans haven’t been treated to many entertaining games this season and tonight was no exception for the Hillsborough faithful. The game ended goalless with both sides holding position in the top half of the table.
Sky Bet Championship Player of the Day: Darren Bent (Derby)
Sky Bet Championship Team of the Day: Rotherham
Sky Bet League One
The MK Dons failed in their attempts to go top of the league but moved a point closer to the top two after coming from behind to earn a point away at Scunthorpe.
On loan Leicester forward Tom Hopper’s goal, his second in three games since joining the club, gave the home side a second half lead before Kyle McFadzean’s equaliser. The Dons are now just two points behind leaders Swindon while the Irons climb up to 17th.
Chesterfield jumped up into the playoff places after a comfortable win over bottom club Crawley. Two goals from the leagues top scorer Eoin Doyle and one from Jay O’Shea sealed all three points in a 3-0 win. Defeat leaves Dean Saunders’ men stuck at the foot of the table.
Sky Bet League One Player of the Day: Eoin Doyle (Chesterfield)
Sky Bet League One Team of the Day: Chesterfield
Sky Bet League Two
Bury took the opportunity to close the gap on their playoff rivals with a 1-0 victory away at Accrington Stanley.
A tight game was settled in the 81st minute when Nathan Cameron’s headed goal sunk Stanley and keeps the Shakers in the promotion hunt.
The only other game in the Sky Bet League Two saw FA cup heroes Cambridge bought back to earth with a home game against Dagenham and Redbridge. Cameron McGeehan’s first half strike put the U’s ahead but an Ashley Hemmings leveller saw Richard Money’s side leave the Abbey Stadium less euphoric after this draw. Daggers move out of the relegation zone.
Sky Bet League Two Player of the Day: Cameron McGeehan (Cambridge)
Sky Bet League Two Team of the Day: Bury