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