Gulls share points with Shrimpers

BY foxsports • March 16, 2013

Arsene Wenger hailed the spirit of his players after following up their midweek win in Munich with victory over Swansea.

Second-half goals from Nacho Monreal and Gervinho gave the Gunners a 2-0 win at the Liberty Stadium and closed the gap on Chelsea in fourth to leave Wenger feeling proud of his players.

"We know on the fixtures that this was one of the difficult games we had still to play," Wenger told Sky Sports.

"But we really wanted the win today and we kept going. The fact that our left-back scored the goal inside the box shows that we had the spirit, the desire and are up for the fight.

"I'm very proud of the players because they have given a lot at Bayern Munich on Wednesday, come home, travelled straight away and won again away from home. It's never easy to do that.

"Winning a big game like that (against Bayern), of course, improves your confidence even if it is a frustration to go out. We were up for a battle in Munich and it certainly helped."

The introduction of substitutes Aaron Ramsey and Gervinho also seemed to spur the Gunners to victory with the breakthrough coming soon after, before both men combined for the second goal.

"They had a good impact because we were starting to become a little bit tired," added Wenger.

"But overall I think the team just kept going. I think it was the team that really wanted it today that have won the game.

"We've not always had that belief that you need at this level but the players were determined to give absolutely everything."

Chris Brown's 10th goal of the season had given Brian Flynn's side the lead but Jed Wallace struck with 15 minutes to go for lowly Pompey.

Sheffield United could not capitalise on the surprise result at the Keepmoat Stadium as they were steamrollered 4-0 by a rampant Stevenage side.

The Blades were heavy favourites to beat out-of-form Stevenage but a Dani Lopez hat-trick and a Lucas Akins effort gave Gary Smith's side the win.

It was Brentford who took full advantage of Doncaster's draw and Sheffield United's loss as a 93rd-minute Sam Saunders penalty secured a 1-0 win over Preston at Griffin Park and saw them move into second spot.

The game looked set to end in a goalless draw before Saunders was fouled by John Mousinho deep into added time.

Bournemouth moved up to fourth after a tight 1-0 win at 21st-placed Oldham.

Brett Pitman's 12th of the season sealed the three points but Oldham missed a late penalty when Jose Baxter attempted a clever finish that was easily saved by Cherries goalkeeper Ryan Allsop.

Bottom side Bury lost 2-1 at home to 10-man Colchester, who had George Porter sent off after just four minutes.

Craig Fagan then put Bury ahead 25 minutes into the game but were behind just five minutes later as Michael Smith and Clinton Morrison turned the game in Colchester's favour.

Walsall scored twice in the 90th minute to rescue a point at home to Crawley.

Jamie Paterson and Will Grigg struck late for Walsall after goals from Jamie Proctor and Paul Hayes had looked like being enough for Crawley to take the win.

Cody McDonald scored the only goal as Coventry beat relegation candidates Hartlepool at the Ricoh Arena and a 3-0 defeat at MK Dons saw Tranmere drop out of the play-off places.

Dean Lewington, Stephen Gleeson and Darren Potter gave Karl Robinson a good result at stadium:mk whilst Leyton Orient hammered 10-man Carlisle, running out 4-1 victors at the Matchroom Stadium.

Romain Vincelot and Shaun Batt put the hosts 2-0 ahead before Carlisle goalkeeper Mark Gillespie was dismissed, with Kevin Lisbie scoring the resulting penalty.

Matt Robson grabbed a consolation for the visitors, with Dean Cox adding the fourth for Orient.

Crewe and Shrewsbury took a share of the spoils following a 1-1 draw at Gresty Road with Luke Summerfield equalising Byron Moore's opener whilst Dean Leacock's 81st-minute goal was enough for Notts County to beat Scunthorpe.

The midfielder tapped home from close range to cancel out Freddy Eastwood's early opener for the Shrimpers.

And that earned the Gulls a precious share of the spoils in their fight against relegation and left Southend six points off the play-off places.

Southend were initially on top at Roots Hall and went in front after just nine minutes when Ben Reeves picked out Eastwood on the right flank.

He then cut inside and fired a fine left-footed shot in to the bottom left-hand corner of the net for his first goal since November.

Southend failed to build on the goal though and Torquay started to get back in to the game with Lee Mansell and Jordan Chapell both being denied by Shrimpers goalkeeper Daniel Bentley.

But the visitors equalised in the 45th minute when Chapell's drilled cross picked out Labadie and he tapped the ball home.

The Shrimpers had the better chances during a quiet second half but both Reeves and Kevan Hurst had shots saved by the legs of Michael Poke.


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