Football League your thoughts: Plymouth Argyle enjoy another away day


League One

Scunthorpe United’s Josh Morris scored his 15th goal of the season to down Coventry City and cement the Iron’s position at the top of the division. Morris may have arrived at the club on a free transfer over the summer but he’s proving pretty priceless to the Scunthorpe manager Graham Alexander at present. Morris’s former club, Bradford City, are not exactly goal-shy themselves, though, and put four goals past 10-man Rochdale to clamber into second – with Bolton Wanderers not in action until Sunday.

Scunthorpe United’s Josh Morris, right, and Neal Bishop celebrate after victory at Coventry City. Photograph: Ed Sykes/Reuters

In the early kick-off, TIm Sherwood’s win ratio as the director of football at Swindon Town is looking pretty handy. Swindon steamrollered Charlton Athletic 3-0 at the County Ground to pick up their first win in five matches, with Sherwood, Chris Ramsey and Brendan Rodgers all looking on from the stands. It was a bad day at the office for Bristol Rovers, who lost their second match in three league games away at Millwall. Darrell Clarke’s side had Daniel Leadbitter sent off after 14 minutes, with Aiden O’Brien kickstarting the rout eight minutes later. There were red cards at Vale Park, too, where both sides ended with 10 men. Visitors Fleetwood went ahead in the second half through Chris Long but Port Vale secured victory thanks to Alex Jones’s late winner.

John-Joe O’Toole – forever explicitly honest in interviews – scored his fifth goal of the season to put Northampton Town in front at Gillingham, but the hosts fought back to claim victory. First Max Ehmer replied before Jay Emmanuel-Thomas – who doesn’t do dull – bagged his ninth goal of the season from distance in stoppage-time. Elsewhere, Nile Ranger, the former Newcastle United striker, who last scored at Elland Road for Blackpool in November 2014 was at the double for Southend United at Bury. Ranger bagged a goal in each half to help condemn Bury to a 3-1 defeat and leapfrog them in the process.

Nile Ranger

Southend United’s Nile Ranger celebrates scoring their third goal against Bury. Photograph: Paul Burrows/Reuters

Meanwhile, Shrewsbury beat Oxford to pull them closer to the relegation mix, Oldham played out a bore draw with AFC Wimbledon and MK Dons dropped into the bottom four, despite rescuing a point at home to Walsall. Dean Bowditch netted an injury-time equaliser after Scott Laird’s first-half goal looked set to win it. Meanwhile, on Sunday, Chesterfield host Sheffield United and Bolton face Peterborough United.

League Two

And just like that – after more than 1350 minutes of football – Carlisle United’s unbeaten league run is over. Keith Curle’s side slipped up, losing 2-0 at Newport County, who are now unbeaten in their last five matches under Graham Westley. Josh Sheehan and Rhys Healey were both on the scoresheet for the Football League’s bottom club, who seem to be making waves – albeit small ones – under Westley. “We intend to make sure that Carlisle know they’ve played a very good outfit by the time we finish at 5pm on Saturday,” the Newport County manager said. Westley can say that again.

Newport County players celebrate with goalscorer Rhys Healey.

Newport County players celebrate with goalscorer Rhys Healey. Photograph: Huw Evans/Rex/Shutterstock

Plymouth Argyle opened the season with two league defeats inside seven days. But Argyle have simply not looked back since, themselves now on a 14-game unbeaten run after setting a club-record seven consecutive away wins. After going behind at Crewe, the talented Graham Carey hit the winner to ensure Argyle’s impressive form goes on. Seven points is now the gap to Carlisle in second. Third-placed Doncaster Rovers scored three goals in 18 second-half minutes to deny Exeter City their first home win this season. Portsmouth, meanwhile, recorded their first league win at Fratton Park since September, eventually overcoming nine-man Mansfield, who had Kyle Howkins and Alex Iacovitti sent off. Noel Hunt, Gary Roberts and a Carl Baker double ensured all three points.

The Wycombe Wanderers manager Gareth Ainsworth revealed his players have been learning Spanish as well as practising shooting drills in training this week. And the lingo made an instant impact at home to Morecambe, who remain in mid-table after Aaron Pierre and Luke O’Nien sealing a 2-0 win. Yeovil Town rescued a late point at Stevenage, with the Bournemouth loanee Ben Whitfield netting a 94th-minute equaliser, extending Darren Way’s side impressive rise up the table.

Grimsby Town’s Omar Bogle can do some wrong after all. The striker missed an injury-time penalty after scoring his first goals since September to fire Marcus Bignot’s side into a two-goal lead against Barnet. “I can’t seem to get rid of him,” the Grimsby manager said before the game of the striker, who he coached at Solihull Moors, the National League club Bignot left earlier this week. But John Akinde – who else – levelled things up by scoring twice from the penalty spot before Bogle wasted his spot-kick. Luton, meanwhile, keep pace with the play-off pack after securing a 1-0 win over Accrington, thanks to Cameron McGeehan’s strike.

Elsewhere, Blackpool thrashed Notts County 4-0 at Bloomfield Road, Hartlepool beat Cheltenham 2-0, Cambridge won 3-1 away at Crawley and Leyton Orient climbed out of the relegation zone at Colchester United’s expense, after racking up a 3-0 win in Essex.

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