Sky Blues snatch point from U's

BY foxsports • March 13, 2013

Leeds manager Neil Warnock is not giving up on the play-offs, despite seeing his side drop two more points in a 1-1 draw with relegation battlers Peterborough.

Teenage defender Sam Byram pounced in the 57th minute to cancel out Dwight Gayle's early opener at Elland Road.

Leeds are five points adrift of sixth-placed Nottingham Forest with nine games to go but Warnock still expects a "rollercoaster" run-in.

"I think anything's bridgeable in this league," he said.

"I'm pleased that at Leicester and Palace we showed we can go away and win games now.

"I know we didn't win those games, but in the past we've never looked like winning and we've been more positive since the FA Cup win at Birmingham.

"Every game we don't win at home is a missed opportunity. Same when we lost to Cardiff.

"But there's nine games left. I think we can win away from home now, which I didn't think we could before this latest run of games.

"So if you get a point away and a win at home everything changes.

"I won't be diverted from the nine games that are left.

"It's going to be a rollercoaster. We'll be criticised one week and praised the next.

"We've just got to get on with it, overcome the injuries and we've got to be brave, you've got to be brave when you play at Elland Road."

The visitors deservedly took the lead after 34 minutes when a curling cross from the left by Will Hayhurst was turned into his own net by County youngster Haydn Hollis.

Notts were unlucky not to level with what was their first attempt on goal after 43 minutes when substitute Curtis Thompson was denied by goalkeeper Declan Rudd after being put through by Neal Bishop. Jeff Hughes followed up with a clever lob which landed on top of the crossbar.

Preston's Stuart Beavon then found himself clean through on goal as Grayson's side broke away seconds before half-time but his strike was blocked by County keeper Bartosz Bialkowski.

Substitute Yoann Arquin should have equalised in the 61st minute but he was thwarted by a fine save by Rudd before North End skipper John Welsh missed a chance to seal all three points as he finished tamely when through after 84 minutes but one goal proved enough.

Paul McCallum's third-minute opener on his home debut had given the Shots an early lead but the Brewers responded just before half-time through Robbie Weir.

And despite the attentions of three home defenders, Symes got away a perfectly-placed volley from the edge of the box after 65 minutes to fire Burton to a 2-1 victory and up into second place in League Two.

The Shots made the perfect start when McCallum fired home, the West Ham loanee converting from a narrow angle on the left.

Burton appeared stunned by the early strike and both Lionel Ainsworth and McCallum were a constant danger in the first half-hour.

However, on the stroke of half-time the Brewers drew level as Weir volleyed through a crowd of bodies after Zander Diamond had headed the ball back into the danger area.

That goal gave Burton the momentum and midway through the second half Symes brought down Anthony O'Connor's ball forward before hitting a stunning left-footed volley on the turn for the winner.

The striker, on-loan from Millwall, seized on a poorly-executed backpass from Dan Butler and coolly slotted the ball past goalkeeper Simon Eastwood from 12 yards out for his first league goal in Orient colours.

The win keeps their faint play-off hopes alive but it was a far from convincing performance.

In as lively encounter, the visitors had the better of the first-half exchanges and Jed Wallace twice came close to scoring.

Within three minutes of the kick-off, he sent in a shot that O's keeper Jamie Jones grabbed at the second attempt. Wallace then saw his shot from 10 yards out saved by Jones' foot.

Orient's only chance of the opening period fell to Lee Cook six minutes before the break. His shot from 20 yards had Eastwood at full stretch to deny the winger.

After falling behind Pompey kept pushing forward but against a resilient home defence, the nearest they came was through David Connolly.

The striker angled his shot across Jones but substitute Elliot Omozusi was well-placed to clear the ball over the crossbar.

The visitors took the lead in the 25th minute when Junior Brown's right-wing cross to the far post found the unmarked Parkin and he volleyed home.

Stanley could have equalised immediately after as James Beattie played in a superb cross but Francis Jeffers just could not connect from four yards out.

Fleetwood, who had gone five games without a win which had seen them drop out of the top seven, were denied a second in the first half when goalkeeper Paul Rachubka kept out David Ball's goalbound effort with his legs.

However the Cod Army doubled their lead after 62 minutes when burly striker Parkin was put clean through by Ball and, with only Rachubka to beat, stroked the ball home.

Number three came when Parkin flicked Shaun Beeley's cross into the back of the net at the near post after 70 minutes, while Jean-Michel Fontaine hit the crossbar in injury time.

Stanley's Rommy Boco and James Gray forced late saves out of Fleetwood 'keeper Scott Davies but the Reds have now not scored for three games.

Gavin Massey gave the visitors the lead just before half-time and Michael Smith extended their lead midway through the second half.

Substitute Callum Wilson quickly got the Sky Blues back into the game before captain Carl Baker levelled things up in injury time.

Coventry had three good chances in the first nine minutes - the pick of the bunch falling to Cody McDonald but the striker fired against the post after holding off a two defenders.

Colchester grew in confidence as the first half went on and they took the lead in the 39th minute through Massey, who latched onto a loose ball in the box and struck home from 12 yards.

The home side were on top at the start of the second half but, just the like the first half, were left to rue missed chances.

In the 72nd minute, struggling Colchester thought they had sealed the win when Clinton Morrison flicked on a looping ball and Smith calmly finished underneath goalkeeper Joe Murphy.

Sub Wilson reduced the deficit in the 77th minute with a great run and finish and then Baker fired home a free-kick in injury time to earn a point for his new manager.


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