Thumbs down from Macari
Lou MacariI, Swindon’s manager when they established the record for the highest number of points in a season 13 years ago, has no hesitation in giving the thumbs down on the chances of Sunderland or Fulham creating another milestone.
Macari, whose Swindon team amassed a total of 102 points in winning the old Fourth Division title in 1986, admits that his negative stance canada goose coat 1000 calorie is influenced partly by personal pride. He is particularly proud of the fact that Swindon achieved their buy canada goose jacketedmonton feat following a poor start to the season in which they lost five and drew one of their opening eight matches.
‘We just worked harder in training and everything suddenly clicked into place,’ he recalls. ‘From that point, we were unstoppable.’ So much so that the final gap between Swindon and second-placed Chester was 18 points.
Sunderland and Fulham, too, appear to be in a class of their own. However, Macari, now assistant manager at Sheffield United, argues: ‘The fact they have greater individual skill than we did might not count for as much as people might think.
‘When we were in the Fourth Division all the clubs were in the same financial boat, so it all boiled down to fitness and organisation. The secret of our succes was simply that we were fitter than the other sides. We did not out-play teams, we out-powered them. This was what enabled us best price canada goose parka to be so consistent. It is great to be able to buy quality players, as Sunderland and Fulham have done, but the downside concerns what happens when you are in situations where you are not allowed to use your skill.
‘The biggest disadvantage for Sunderland and Fulham is that , because of their financial power and glamorous image, they are the sides that everyone most wants to beat. It was different with average price of canada goose jacket Swindon. Although we were at the top of the table, we were perceived as just another canada goose coat 1000 calorie diets Fourth Division team.’
Despite all this, though, Sunderland and Fulham continue to pile up the points. As with Sunderland, Fulham only needed one goal to register their seventh successive home victory, best canada goose jacket at the expense of Lincoln. The visitors’ attempts to stifle Kevin Keegan’s troops were undermined by a Geoff Horsfield goal just before half-time.
With Preston drawing 1-1 at Gillingham, Fulham stretched their Second Division lead to six points.
Bolton, humbled by Crewe last week, made the day’s most stirring comeback to get a point at Swindon.
Ipswich also made a good comeback at home to Tranmere. In the first half, Tranmere were much the best, but though they created a number of scoring chances, they failed to find the right finishing touch. Ipswich then made them pay for their missed scoring opportunities with a goal from defender Manuel Thetis.
Sheffield United kept their play-off hopes alive with a 3-0 win over Watford. best canada goose jacket style The visitors, who have never won at Bramall Lane, conceded a Paul Devlin goal against the run of play after 38 minutes. There was an element of luck about the strike, which took a deflection off a Watford defender, and best ideas about canada goose outlet on pinterest United capitalised on it with further goals from Lee Morrisand Ian Hamilton.
It was typical of Watford’s luck that when they got the ball in the net themselves, through a banana shot buy canada goose parka ottawa by Nigel Gibbs, it was disallowed on the grounds that it has had best price canada goose parka initially curled out of play.
The highest First Division scorers were Birmingham, who came from behind to beat Portsmouth 4-1. Their turning point came when substitute Nicky Forster replaced Paul Furlong at half-time. The transfer-listed Forster was only on the field for four minutes when he put ahead. Then, although he raced clear and had only Portsmouth’s keeper to beat, he unselfishly gave Dele Adebola the simple chance of making it 3-1.
Two players were sent off at QPR – the home team’s Karl Ready and then Wolves’s Mark Atkins. A minute after Atkins had been shown the red card, Wolves’s Steve Sedgley scored the only goal.