Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Aspirations and Frustrations in League Two

So as the conclusion to this series of blogs about English football, i'm writing today about League Two.

Chesterfield look set to end their first season in their new stadium as champions, having been by far the most consistent team all year as well as demolishing several teams along the way with flair and goals. Those goals have predominantly come from the trio of Davies, Whittaker and former Nottingham Forest and Sheffield United striker, Jack Lester; they've bagged 49 goals between them.

Bury look set to get promotion fairly comfortably as well, spurred on by Ryan Lowe's 25 league goals. Automatic promotion is less certain for Wycombe who currently sit in third, being chased down by Shrewsbury. The other teams that make up the play off group currently are Torquay, Stevenage (impressive considering it's their first season in the football league) and Gillingham. Accrington Stanley, Port Vale and Rotherham will all also consider themselves in with a chance of sneaking into the play offs. If Rotherham fail to gain promotion this year i will be very surprised if they can hold onto Adam Le Fondre whose 21 goals this year and 25 last season will guarantee that several clubs from higher leagues will be sniffing around.

At the bottom Stockport are as good as down but amazingly Barnet still have a good chance of staying up. I say amazingly because in mid February the team directly above the relegation zone, Paul Peschisolido's Burton Albion were 2 points ahead with 7 games in hand. Now they only have 1 game in hand left and are level on points with Barnet. Slightly worryingly one of the key factors in Barnet's revival was Martin Allen, who has now left for Notts County, but the very fact they're still in with a chance is something all of their fans should be very grateful for.

So that's my round up of the leagues done but i have two other football related points to make. Firstly Forest finally ended their winless run tonight with a 2-0 victory over a Burnley team who were reduced to 10 men midway through the first half. It wasn't glamorous or hugely inspiring but it's kept us in with a chance of getting a place in the play offs and so it was celebrated pretty passionately by me. I was left with a feeling i wasn't comfortable with when i realised i was celebrating a win by Derby, but i have let myself off as it was against Leeds who i'm always happy to see lose, regardless of whether it helps Forest, but in this evening's case it was very helpful.

The other issue is simply that i want to congratulate Manchester United on getting to the semi-finals of the Champions League. Their victory over Chelsea was completely deserved and they can feel fairly confident going into a semi-final against Schalke (i can't see Inter recovering from their abysmal first leg performance that left them 5-2 down).

To finish today i'll leave you with a song from an album i listened to while walking home late yesterday evening.

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