Jeffers hits brace, Argyle joy
Tue, 19 Mar 2013 22:07:00
Chelsea midfielder Ramires has been ruled out of Brazil's friendly with Italy on Thursday due to injury and will be assessed ahead of the clash with Russia five days later.
Ramires has not travelled to Switzerland with the rest of the Brazil squad for Thursday's friendly in Geneva, instead staying behind in London for treatment on a thigh muscle injury.
The midfielder suffered a strained right adductor during the Blues' 2-0 Premier League win over West Ham on Sunday.
The Brazilian Football Confederation confirmed on their official website Ramires will be re-evaluated ahead of the game with Russia at Stamford Bridge on March 25th.
Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has already had to rule out Paris Saint-Germain winger Lucas (ankle) and Paulinho (thigh) for the international friendlies.
It was the Bantams' first triumph at Valley Parade in 2013 - their last home success being a 2-1 win over Accrington on Boxing Day. Since then, Bradford had suffered three defeats and two draws.
The only goal of Tuesday night's encounter came in the eighth minute when Kyel Reid's free-kick found James Hanson at the far post and he headed the ball down for Garry Thompson to fire home from five yards.
The goal crowned a bright start by Bradford, who almost went in front in the first minute when Hanson's header was cleared off the line by Michael Harriman from Reid's corner.
Bradford enjoyed most of the play but were unable to add to their lead and Matt McClure missed a great chance to equalise in the 49th minute.
He miscued his header when Dean Morgan's cross found him unmarked and the home side held on to complete a double over Wycombe.
Paul Wotton fired the visitors in front from the penalty spot on Tuesday night, before Reuben Reid made sure of a win that boosts Argyle's fight against relegation from League Two.
The visitors could have gone in front in the first half, but Jason Banton's 12-yard shot got a touch from Paris Cowan-Hall who was in an offside position.
The error of judgement did not prove costly as Argyle went ahead in the 57th minute, with Wotton scoring from the spot for the second game in succession.
The penalty was awarded after Bilel Mohsni brought down Joe Bryan inside the area and allowed Wooton to roll a shot into the bottom-right corner of the net.
Shrimpers strikers Britt Assombalonga and Gavin Tomlin were both denied by Argyle keeper Jake Cole, before Reid made sure of the visitors' win with a neat close-range finish in the 75th minute.
Having seen Andrew Frampton sent off in the closing minutes at Spotland, Martin Allen's visitors could consider themselves fortunate to take anything from the clash.
The Gills found themselves a goal down after 12 minutes and had only themselves to blame. A defensive mix up between Gills defender Leon Legge and goalkeeper Stuart Nelson saw the ball drop invitingly for George Donnelly and the Dale forward hooked a fine finish into the unguarded net from 25 yards.
The visitors turned up the heat with a spell of pressure early in the second half which saw Danny Kedwell go close twice. His first effort, blasted at goal from a tight angle, was saved by Josh Lillis. Minutes later he saw a glancing header bounce inches wide of the post.
But it was third time lucky for the frontman when Matt Fish delivered an inviting cross from the right flank into the six-yard box, Kedwell making no mistake with his headed finish.
Rochdale finished strongly and Gillingham were reduced to 10 men for the last eight minutes of the match after Frampton was dismissed having clashed with Grant over a poor challenge by Donnelly on Legge.
The Bees were always on top against the play-off hopefuls and Byrne reacted fastest to open the scoring at Underhill on Tuesday night before Gambin made sure of the points after a terrible defensive mix-up.
The win moves Edgar Davids' side two points clear of the relegation zone, and it was skipper Byrne who showed the way for the hosts.
Curtis Weston's close-range shot was blocked by Scott Davies in the Fleetwood goal but Irish midfielder Byrne was on hand to fire home in the 23rd minute.
Alan Goodall came close for the visitors before the break but it was Barnet who always looked the more likely to add to the scoresheet.
And after the break it was Gambin who struck, walking the ball into an empty net after a terrible miscommunication between Davies and Shaun Beeley left the keeper stranded.
Late on, Jon Nurse had a chance to seal it for the Bees but fired wastefully wide, before Byrne was denied.
On-loan Notts County midfielder Joss Labadie got the relegation-threatened Gulls off to a flying start with his second-minute goal, heading home a cross from forward-thinking left-back Thomas Cruise in Tuesday night's League Two clash.
United's joy was doubled six minutes later, on their second attack, as winger Jordan Chapell's thumping goalbound drive was back-heeled past Spireites keeper Tommy Lee by target man Howe.
Man-of-the-match Howe then sent a 25-yard shot screaming past Lee, skimming inches past the post, before heading just wide in the next attack.
Labadie and on-loan Southend striker Elliot Benyon both went close before home keeper Michael Poke went full stretch to palm over Conor Townsend's thumping free-kick strike.
Chesterfield set United nerves jangling when Liam Cooper headed home sub Mark Randall's cross in the 77th minute.
But United held firm with central defenders Brian Saah and Angus MacDonald resolute in front of busy Poke, giving Alan Knill his first win in charge.
Pogba cancelled out Patrick Bamford's opener at Gresty Road on Tuesday night, then struck the winner before Anthony Kay picked up two yellow cards in quick succession for a foul and dissent.
The visitors went in front with 31 minutes gone when former Crewe striker Ryan Lowe crossed for Bamford to power home a superb header.
Dean Bowditch saw a shot saved by Alex keeper Steve Phillips, Darren Potter's rebound hit Mark Ellis and Ryan Lowe blazed over at the third attempt as the Dons further pressed.
But Crewe equalised five minutes before the break when Pogba nodded in Gregor Robertson's cross at the far post.
After the restart, Dons midfielder Chris Lines hit the post with a dipping volley and Bowditch was called offside as he rattled the woodwork from the follow-up.
Shaun Williams almost restored the visitors' lead with 10 minutes to go but he cracked the crossbar with a free-kick from the edge of the box.
But Pogba had the last word, burying the winner at the second attempt after Ian McLoughlin saved his initial shot with six minutes to go before Kay got his marching orders.
Johnson - at 31, the youngest manager in the Football League - celebrated his first game in charge by watching the Latics cruise to victory at Boundary Park and climb out of the relegation zone.
Both sides side could have grabbed an early lead on Tuesday night as Steve Howard and Peter Hartley went close for Pools, while Oldham's Jose Baxter was twice denied by saves from Scott Flinders.
But it was Baxter who set up Oldham's opener after 17 minutes when his pinpoint left-wing cross was headed in from six yards by Robbie Simpson.
Oldham doubled their lead in the 27th minute, another fine Baxter cross being powered in from 10 yards by the head of Jean Yves Mvoto.
It was 3-0 after 70 minutes as Lee Croft teed up Baxter for an emphatic 18-yard drive past the helpless Flinders.
The result ended Oldham's three-match losing run, but Hartlepool are without a win or a goal in five matches.
Rooney - who had a spell on loan with the Glovers in 2007 - inflicted a potentially fatal blow to their promotion hopes with a clinical second-half penalty before James Collins' late strike secured the win.
In a cagey first half, the hosts looked the most threatening with Joe Edwards scooping his shot over before Paddy Madden's effort was blocked.
Yeovil - who came into the game unbeaten in their last nine home league games - continued to dictate and came close to opening the scoring when Madden found James Hayter, who blazed over the bar.
However, the visitors hit back and should have gone into the interval ahead when defender Darren Ward's close-range effort crept narrowly wide.
The Wiltshire side improved in the second half with captain Alan McCormack fizzing a long-range drive wide before winger Gary Roberts lashed home - only for the goal to be disallowed for a foul on Kevin Dawson.
However, Rooney coolly converted 13 minutes from time after Marek Stech's foul on Roberts, and substitute Collins added a second at the death when he tucked in McCormack's pass.
Former Arsenal and Everton striker Jeffers pounced after five minutes of Tuesday night's Crown Ground clash when he latched onto Amine Linganzi's through ball, beat the offside trap and curled the ball into the top of the net.
Number two came after 19 minutes when Luke Joyce found Jeffers, whose initial shot was saved by keeper John Sullivan, with the ex-England international reacting first to head home.
Stanley were coasting and they got their third after 32 minutes when Laurie Wilson's long ball found Will Hatfield for his first league goal of the season.
Wimbledon rarely threatened with their best first-half chance an Alan Bennett header into Paul Rachubka's arms.
Kevin Sainte-Luce hit the post for Wimbledon after the break but Lee Molyneux got a fourth for Stanley after 64 minutes following a neat one-two with Hatfield.
The 31-year-old, the son of Yeovil boss Gary Johnson, is the youngest manager in the Football League following his appointment on Monday.
And he saw his new side go in front at Boundary Park after 17 minutes on Tuesday night through Robbie Simpson's header, with Jean Yves Mvoto nodding home a second shortly before the half hour.
Jose Baxter finished the visitors off in the 69th minute.
The win took Oldham a point above the drop zone.
Gary Johnson could not match his son's success, though, as his Yeovil side slipped to a 2-0 defeat at home to fellow promotion hopefuls Swindon.
Adam Rooney's 77th-minute penalty opened the scoring and James Collins made it two deep into stoppage time at Huish Park as the Robins moved to within a point of the top two, three ahead of their opponents.
Bury moved off the foot of the table, and sent Portsmouth bottom, as two late goals earned them a 2-0 win at home to Stevenage.
Steven Schumacher missed a 20th-minute penalty and it looked like that might be costly until Craig Jones broke the deadlock in the 82nd minute at Gigg Lane and Jonson Clarke-Harris made the points safe in the last minute.
Finally, Mathias Pogba scored twice as Crewe came from behind to beat MK Dons 2-1 at Gresty Road.
Patrick Bamford headed the Dons into a 31st-minute lead, but Pogba levelled nine minutes later and got the winner six minutes from time.
The Dons finished the match with 10 men thanks to Antony Kay's 86th-minute sending-off.
Accrington's home win on Tuesday night moved them off the foot of the table and out of the drop zone.
Jeffers, playing for the league's bottom club exactly 10 years to the day since he appeared for Arsenal against Valencia in the Champions League, put Stanley two up with goals in the fifth and 19th minutes.
Will Hatfield added a third before the break and Lee Molyneux completed the rout.
The win took Accrington two points above the bottom two in the desperate fight to stay in the league.
It was a good night for the sides battling to stay up, with Torquay, Plymouth Argyle and Barnet, three of five sides level on points at the bottom at the start of the day, also winning.
Torquay won 2-1 at home to Chesterfield thanks to two goals in the opening eight minutes from Joss Labadie and Rene Howe.
Liam Cooper pulled one back in the 77th minute, but United held on at Plainmoor.
Argyle had to wait a little longer to make the breakthrough at Southend, but a Paul Wotton penalty after 57 minutes and a Reuben Reid finish after 75 earned them a 2-0 victory at Roots Hall.
Barnet were also 2-0 winners, at home to Fleetwood, thanks to a goal in each half from Mark Byrne and Luke Gambin at Underhill.
It all meant Aldershot and York, not in action on Tuesday night, slipped into the relegation places.
At the other end of the table, league leaders Gillingham had to come from behind to draw 1-1 at Rochdale, Danny Kedwell's 56th-minute header cancelling out George Donnelly's opener at Spotland.
Capital One Cup finalists Bradford boosted their hopes of getting into the play-offs with a 1-0 win at home to Wycombe, Garry Thompson the scorer after seven minutes at Valley Parade.