High-flyers win, Pompey stun Cov

Spain left-back Jordi Alba is to return to Barcelona after

suffering a hamstring injury in Friday’s World Cup qualifying draw

with Finland, his club have confirmed.

Alba will undergo tests on a right hamstring injury suffered in

the 1-1 draw, which is set to rule him out of Tuesday’s Group I

meeting with France in Madrid.

A Barcelona statement read: “Jordi Alba will return to Barcelona

to undergo tests by the club’s medical services after he picked up

an injury to his right hamstring during the Spain-Finland

match.

“Barcelona will reveal the extent of the player’s injury on

Sunday.”

Doncaster moved five points clear at the top after capitalising

on the postponed fixtures elsewhere.

The bad weather hit football matches across the country, with

four fixtures in the third tier postponed.

Shrewsbury’s meeting with Oldham, Crawley’s clash with Crewe and

Colchester’s meeting with MK Dons were all called off, with

Sheffield United’s fourth-versus-second clash against Brentford the

highest profile casualty of the weather.

Brian Flynn’s table-toppers capitalised on that at Scunthorpe,

where they ran out 3-2 victors.

David Mirfin’s own goal and an Iain Hume effort put Rovers two

goals ahead at Glanford Park, only for Mark Duffy to reduce the

deficit late in the first half.

Chris Brown netted Doncaster’s third minutes after the restart

and, despite a late Karl Hawley goal for the visitors, the visitors

held on for three points.

Swindon moved up to second in the standings on goal difference

after a 0-0 home draw with Notts County.

The Robins were one of three teams on 67 points along with

Brentford and Bournemouth, who reached that tally with a 4-1 home

defeat of Bury.

Brett Pitman put the Cherries ahead after eight minutes and,

after Andy Bishop had levelled, efforts from Matt Ritchie, Harry

Arter and Matt Tubbs secured victory.

Yeovil missed the chance to move into fifth after a stunning

late comeback by Carlisle.

The Glovers were 3-1 up as the match came to a close, courtesy

of Kevin Dawson, Paddy Madden and James Hayter goals.

However, Lee Miller netted his second of the afternoon in the

90th minute and then Luke Ayling put into his own goal in

stoppage-time to make it 3-3.

Elsewhere, Preston were held to a goalless draw at home to

Leyton Orient and bottom-placed Hartlepool drew 0-0 with

Walsall.

Portsmouth’s recent revival continued with a 2-0 win over

beleaguered Coventry, with Jed Wallace and Patrick Agyemang

grabbing the goals.

Promotion hopefuls Tranmere face Stevenage on Sunday should the

game get the go ahead.