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19 October 2016

Wins for Taylor and Mckay as Odelusi and Morsy taste defeat.

  • Andrew Taylor and Billy Mckay on top in League One victories.
  • Sam Morsy's Barnsley and Sanmi Odelusi's Rochdale on the end of defeats.
  • Jack Hendry and Ryan Colclough involved in MK Dons' 3-3 draw.


It's been a tough few days for Sam Morsy and Barnsley as they suffered back-to-back defeats, extending their winless run to six matches in the Sky Bet Championship.

Morsy starred in Saturday's 4-2 defeat at home to Fulham by laying on goals for Marley Watkins and Sam Winnall, but the Tykes were powerless to resist their visitors who stole the show with goals from Lucas Piazon, Sone Aluko, Scott Malone and Chris Martin, with Barnsley ending the game a man light following Josh Scowen's second half dismissal.

Less could be said for the midfielder's input in Tueday night's home clash with promotion favourites Newcastle United, who had Dwight Gayle to thank as his double gave the Magpies the goals needed to secure a relatively simple victory.

Morsy featured for the full 90 minutes at Oakwell on Tuesday, adding to his 80 minutes at the weekend as Barnsley slipped into 15th position in the table, just four points above the drop zone.


Bolton Wanderers' slump seems to be well and truly over, with back-to-back victories on Saturday and Tuesday making it three in a row for Phil Parkinson's men as they regain their position in the hunt for the Sky Bet League One title and automatic promotion in the early stages of the campaign.

Andrew Taylor featured for the full 90 minutes in both matches, the first a 2-0 home victory over Billy Mckay's Oldham Athletic on Saturday thanks to a Zach Clough double, with the second, another 2-0 win, seeing the Trotters make light work of Millwall at the Den thanks to an early goal from Sammy Ameobi and a late addition from defender David Wheater.

Bolton's third straight league win sees them third in the table on 25 points, level with second place Bradford City and just three behind leaders Scunthorpe United.


Oldham recorded mixed results against two of League One's promotion favourites, losing 2-0 away to Bolton on Saturday before a surprise 2-0 victory against leaders Scunthorpe on Tuesday evening.

Mckay featured for 58 minutes as Clough put two past the Latics at the weekend, and was only an 89th minute substitute as Freddie Ladapo and Lee Erwin earned their side the spoils against Scunthorpe.

The midweek victory has gone some way to helping Steve Robinson's side though, taking them up to 15 points in 21st position, level with Millwall in the safety spot above them.


Rochdale continued their incredible winning streak on Saturday when they beat local rivals Bury 2-0 at Spotland, but that run of six straight victories came to a crashing end on Tuesday night when Swindon Town thrashed dale 3-0 at the County Ground.

Sanmi Odelusi was a second half substitute in both matches, appearing in the 89th minute against the Shakers and the 69th against the Robins.

Ian Henderson and Nathaniel Mendez-Laing provided the fire power on Saturday, but Dale couldn't resist their Wiltshire opponents on Tuesday as Darnell Furlong, Nathan Delfouneso and Nathan Thompson gave Swindon the easy victory.

Despite their midweek defeat, Dale are very much still in the promotion chasing places at this stage of the League One season, sitting in a healthy fifth position on 21 points, just four behind second place Bradford and seven behind leaders Scunthorpe.


Both Ryan Colclough and Jack Hendry had minimal involvement in MK Dons' 2-1 defeat away at league leaders Scunthorpe on Saturday, as Paddy Madden grabbed a goal either side of Kieran Agard's first half opener.

Colclough appeared as a 71st minute substitute at Glanford Park, with Hendry an unused substitute.

Fast-forward to Tuesday night and both of Latics' loanees were back in the starting XI at Stadium MK in one of the contests of the evening as Bristol Rovers came back from 3-1 down thanks to a Matty Taylor hat-trick to earn a 3-3 draw.

Dean Bowditch and George Williams had the hosts 2-0 up in the first half before Taylor grabbed his first for 2-1, but the game looked beyond the visitors when Ben Reeves added MK's third.

With just three minutes remaining last season's top scorer in League Two had seemingly had enough of being two goals down and decided to stun the Dons with two more goals in the space of just two minutes, grabbing his second in the 87th before completing his hat-trick in the 88th to grab his side a share of the spoils.

Defender Hendry featured for the full 90 minutes of the six-goal thriller, with Colclough subbed off on the hour mark as Karl Robinson's side moved onto 16 points in 16th position, just one point above the relegation zone.


Midfielder Danny Whitehead was an unused substitute in Cheltenham Town's 2-1 victory over Crawley Town on Saturday, as the Robins moved up to 19th place in League Two as goals from Billy Waters and Jack Munns were enough to put the game beyond Crawley despite Aliu Djalo's second half strike.


Goalkeeper Owen Evans was the first Latics player involved in the action over the past week or so, but it was a night to forget to Rhyl FC who travelled to Aberystwyth Town for a 4-0 thumping.

Despite the heavy defeat the Lilywhites have plenty to remain optimistic about as they sit fifth in the Welsh Premier League on 14 points.


Saturday 22 October - Brentford v Barnsley (Sky Bet Championship) / Coventry City v Rochdale (Sky Bet League One) / MK Dons v Southend United (Sky Bet League One) / Oldham Athletic v Bristol Rovers (Sky Bet League One) / Grimsby Town v Cheltenham Town (Sky Bet League Two) / Bangor City v Rhyl FC (Welsh Premier League)

Monday 24 October - Bury v Bolton Wanderers (Sky Bet League One)

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