Preston 3-2 Yeovil
Former Arsenal trainee Jeffrey Monakana put in a great performance to see Preston victorious against a 10-man Yeovil. Gavin Williams gave Yeovil the lead from the spot before Monakana equalised. Monakana was also involved in Preston’s second goal crossing in for Chris Beardsley’s header. Dan Burn then netted at both end in the space of two minutes to finish the game 3-2.
Colchester 3-1 Hartlepool
Joe Dunnes first game as Colchester manager couldn’t have gone better as his side proved victorious against Hartlepool. Craig Lynch put Pools ahead just after five minutes, pouncing on an error by Colchester defender Craig Eastmond. Gavin Massey then fired level before Jabo Ibehre scored either side of half time to seal the win for the U’s.
Leyton Orient 0-2 Doncaster
A good defensive showing insured Doncaster too all three points from the Matchroom Stadium. Chris Brown picked out Iain Hume top open the scoring before David Cotterill slotted in after David Syers had fired a shot into a crowded penalty box.
Portsmouth 2-1 Scunthorpe
Wes Thomas scored a late winner for Portsmouth as they took on Scunthorpe. Leon Clarke scored in his fifth consecutive game to give the visitors the lead, but Gabor Gyepes quickly levelled for the home side after an error from Scunthorpe keeper Sam Slocombe, who was later withdrawn due to injury. Substitute keeper James Severn then saved Brian Howards penelty.
Stevenage 2-2 Bury
Tom Hopper opened the scoring with a looped header over Stevenage keeper Chris Day. Marcus Haber then levelled with a powerful header at the back-post before a 25-yard effort from Greg Tansey put the hosts ahead. Mark Cullen though tapped in Hoppers cross to earn a point for Bury.
David James debut for Bournemouth didn’t get off to the greatest start as they sunk to a 2-1 defeat against Walsall. Skipper Andy Butler headed past James to open the scoring for Walsall, but Charlie Daniels levelled for the hosts in the last 10 minutes. George Bowerman the scored a close range effort at the death to seal the win for Walsall and give them their fourth win in five league games. Carlisle’s four game unbeaten run came to an end as Crawley visited Brunton Park, Nathan Byrne opened the scoring just after the hour mark before Nicky Adams deflected shot creeped in to make it 2-0.
Charlie MacDonald scored the only goal as MK Dons ended Crewe’s five match unbeaten run. Coventry earned their first league win of the season at Oldham, where Cody MacDonald’s late header proved the difference. Dave Kitson’s powerful header put Sheffield United ahead against Notts County in an entertaining game. Francois Zoko had a header saved well by Blades keeper Mark Howard before sub Lee Hughes scored the equaliser.
A second half goal from Simon Ferry was enough to give Swindon a hard-fought win over Shrewsbury. A goal at the death from Jonathan Douglas earned Brentford a point after Jean-Louis Akpa Apro’s individual effort had given league leaders Tranmere the lead.