The one time enfant terrible of Irish football, Clinton Morrison stole the weekend headlines as he scored on his debut for League One highfliers MK Dons in a solid 3-0 home win over fellow form side Notts County.
Stephen Gleeson again skippered Paul Robinson’s side in front of 7,620 punters. Ben Burgess played for County but failed to net after his late strike last week. Charlton who flogged Rob Elliott to Newcastle sit five clear at the top after their 2-0 win away at Stephen Quinn’s Sheffield United.
David Mooney and Leon McSweeney featured at the Matchroom Stadium with Leyton Orient pulling off their first win of the season, 2-1 against promotion chasing Preston who went into the game unbeaten in 7 games. The O’s remain rooted at the bottom however with Ashley Grimes great form continuing with a double strike over Wycombe for whom Martin Rowland’s featured.
It was an Irish double also for Scunthorpe with Eddie Nolan and Michael O’Connor a good away win at Stevenage.
Alan Lee again played a role for Huddersfield with the Yorkshire side sitting nicely in fifth spot after thumping Uwe Rosler’s Brentford 4-0 at Griffin Park.
In League Two, the battle of the top sides took place at Roots Hall on Friday night with Kane Ferdinand’s shrimpers beating the Shrews 3-0 in a surprisingly easy win. James Collins did well but couldn’t net for the Shropshire side.
Barry Roche again was the keeper of the week in the league with a series of fine saves denying Martin Ling’s Torquay a win in a 1-1 draw on the English Riviera. Morecambe remain locked at the top in a five side scramble.
In the week that has seen the worst of petulant foreigners in the game, it was good to see Terry Dixon turn out for Phil Parkinson’s Bradford in a 2-2 draw at Burton who again had John McGrath in their line out. Mark Byrne’s Barnet slipped up again at home to Kevin Thornton’s Northampton in a 2-1 reverse. It is sad however to see a big supported side like the Bantams only a point off the bottom now occupied by another sleeping giant Plymouth who lost at novices Crawley.
Mark O’Brien couldn’t do much as Nigel Clough’s Rams were savaged 4-0 by Sven’s foxes. A big slip up but a welcome win for Leicester. Joey O’Brien tasted a tasty atmosphere at Crystal Palace in a proper London derby as West Ham drew 2-2 with Paddy McCarthy and Shane Scannel’s Palace side.
Southampton are top of the pile with Gary Dicker tasting a rare defeat with Brighton who lost at Ipswich. David Forde again suffered a loss with Millwall with the Lions losing at home to Keith Tracey inspired Burnley.
Finally it was good to see Gary Deegan scoring midweek for Coventry and getting a full game after a long spell out with injury, in a 2-0 defeat at Barnsley.