Carlisle’s win was a pretty impressive one given they had a player suffering from an apparent identity crisis…
‘Who are ya?’
Now we’ve all seen The Wrong Trousers but there was a possible sequel, The Wrong Shirt, at Boundary Park on Saturday afternoon.
Quite how Carlisle’s veteran midfielder Gary Liddle managed to emerge from the tunnel with the wrong top on is a mystery.
Even more puzzling is that not only did Liddle (who wears number 4 usually) have Tom Parkes’ number 6 jersey on – but defender Parkes was wearing his own shirt too.
As anyone who has ever enjoyed a dressing room tour knows, footballers’ shirts are hung back to front on players’ pegs, with name and number clearly visible to all.
Fortunately, the eagle-eyed fourth official spotted the oversight five minutes into the game, rescuing fans, journalists and most importantly, the referee, from a potentially embarrassing case of mistaken identity.
One would like to hope that the Cumbrians’ travelling contingent broke into a chorus of ‘There’s Only Two Tom Parkes, Two Tom Parkes’ when the error came to light.
Unbeaten two months into the season – and sixth
How can you be unbeaten two months into the season and yet barely scraping into the play-off positions?
When you are draw specialists Forest Green.
Mark Cooper’s side are yet to taste defeat in 90 minutes this season – even their Carabao Cup exit at Wycombe came on penalties – but they are not winning many either.
But they had Newport’s Mickey Demetriou to thank for extending their undefeated sequence as the County man blazed over a second-half penalty.
Rovers – who admittedly hit the woodwork twice in the first half – are now the only unbeaten side in the EFL’s three divisions after League One leaders Portsmouth were stunned 2-0 at home by struggling Gillingham.
And only one team in the EFL remains without a win after Ipswich’s 3-2 Championship triumph at Swansea City and Plymouth’s 1-0 League One win over Wimbledon.
That dubious honour belongs to the side sitting bottom of the entire league, Macclesfield Town, whose 1-0 loss at home to Notts County leaves them five points off safety.
Milestone for ‘The Beast’
There’s not much left to write that hasn’t already been written about Wycombe’s uniquely-built striker Adebayo Akinfenwa.
Actually, here’s something that’s not been written before – the burly forward has now scored 200 career goals.
He reached the landmark with Wanderers’ second goal in the 2-1 League One win over Burton Albion, somewhat overshadowing Joe Jacobson’s opener from the penalty spot on what, coincidentally, was the full-back’s 200th Chairboys appearance.
Also worthy of a scoring shout-out is Charlton’s Lyle Taylor, who has scored twice in two games since dying his hair pink in aid of charity after bagging the opening goal in Athletic’s 2-1 home defeat by Coventry City.
And there was a first career hat-trick for Birmingham’s Lukas Jutkiewicz as Blues beat Rotherham 3-1 in the Championship. The 29-year-old is up to 79 career goals now – if he follows the fitness regime that has kept Akinfenwa still knocking in the goals at 36, Jutkiewicz should be a shoo-in to reach the 200-goal mark as well…
Chris’s prediction: It is whether I want to go for the safe bet here? It is Tottenham at home, although is it really home yet? Do you know what, I am going to put some faith in Cardiff for this one – let’s be different. 0-1
Chris’s prediction: Everything about this game makes me think that Manchester United should get the win here, however I just can’t put that much faith in this Manchester United team at the moment. Newcastle could do with a confidence boost and I think they will get it at Old Trafford. 2-3
Manchester City were so dominant last season because they had long spells where they were near their peak.
In contrast, I don’t think either of these teams are playing near their best level yet.
But from my memory of winning the league myself with Liverpool, that does not matter – you just try to win games, regardless of how well you are playing.
And both teams just seem to keep on doing that. They are still getting results in the Premier League despite their players not really hitting their stride individually or collectively.
People are seeing City and Liverpool both being in quite average form as being a negative issue but, if you look at it another way, then they are both near the top of the table and they haven’t even started playing the way they can.
Lawro’s prediction: 1-1
Chris’s prediction: This is the big one. I really think anything could happen at this game but it is at Anfield so I am going to give Liverpool the benefit of the doubt. 2-1
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Great Britain won two gold medals on the opening day of the European Judo Open in Glasgow.
Alexander Short, 21, threw for Ippon to beat Spaniard Adrian Nieto Chinarro in the -66kg competition.
Fellow Scot Josie Steele then claimed her first European gold, the 18-year-old defeating Automne Pavia of France in the -57kg category.
“It hasn’t really sunk in at the moment but it’s amazing to be finally on top of the podium at an event,” she said.
“I just took each fight as it came, I had no expectations whatsoever which I think is one of the reasons I did so well today.”
Steele, from Inverness, started her day with a solid win over Austria’s Asimina Theodorakis, a waza-ari proving decisive.
She then saw off dangerous Portuguese judoka Wilsa Gomes in the quarter-finals with an ippon, before prevailing in an-all British contest with Malin Wilson in the semi-final.
The duo – who train together regularly – cancelled each other out for long periods before Steele threw Wilson for waza-ari and finished the contest in osaekomi to set up her final with Pavia, who beat another Briton, Lele Nairne, in the bronze-medal matches.
Earlier, Edinburgh’s Short, 21, won his first international medal after a lung-bursting path to the final.
After quick wins over Frenchman Alister Ward and Belgian Senne Wyns, Short endured a nine-minute quarter-final against Lithuanian Andrej Klokov before his semi-final with Belgian Kenneth Van Gansbeke also went to golden score before Short threw his opponent for waza-ari.
In contrast, he took just 44 seconds to throw Chinarro for ippon in the final.
“I can’t believe it. It’s a really, really good feeling,” Short said. “I wasn’t really expecting it today. It’s nice to have something to show for all the hard work I’ve been putting in.”