Some things from the weekend ~ 19-11-12
Liverpool, Peterborough, Hartlepool, Port Vale
Premier League ~ Enrique's Liverpool thumbs up
Liverpool got their third win of the season with a 3-0 victory over Wigan Athletic at Anfield on Saturday. It took Brendan Rodgers' team until two minutes into the second half to break the deadlock, with Luis Suárez converting Raheem Sterling's cut-back. Nine minutes later it was 2-0, Suárez again the scorer. The Uruguayan has now scored ten of Liverpool's 17 league goals this season. José Enrique completed the scoring on 65 minutes, leaving Liverpool in 11th place, unbeaten in seven games.
Enrique was delighted with his goal and dedicated it to his unborn son Adrian: "To be honest, the first thing I wanted to do was put my thumb to my mouth, but then I didn't know what to do because I don't really score. But the most important thing is another three points. I am happy about my goal, but it's about the team. I think we are playing well this season, but we deserve more points. We have to keep playing like this because then I think the points will come."
Championship ~ Poor Posh hit bottom
Peterborough United slipped to the bottom of the Championship after losing 4-1 at home to Blackburn Rovers. Mauro Formica put the visitors ahead after just three minutes but from then on the game was all about Jordan Rhodes. The Scotland international headed in a Martin Olsson cross on 20 minutes before getting his second from a Rubén Rochina pass five minutes before the break. With 11 minutes to go Rhodes completed his ninth career hat-trick, rendering Lee Tomlin's excellent strike scant consolation for Peterborough. The Posh have now lost four games in a row.
Despite the result, Darren Ferguson praised his players' battling display: "All credit to my lads as they never went under. They kept looking for the ball and they kept pushing forward whenever possible. At half time I suppose people were thinking it might be five or six, but we kept going to the end. It was always going to be a tough game for us. Blackburn have a quality squad – they paid £8 million for a striker for a start – and once they scored early the game became very difficult."
League One ~ Hartlepool hammered at home
John Hughes's first game as Hartlepool United manager ended in a 5-0 defeat to Coventry City at Victoria Park. All the goals were scored in the second half, with Carl Baker beginning the rout with a 20-yard strike on 51 minutes. David McGoldrick converted a penally seven minutes later, before Baker got his second and Coventry's third a minute after that. Franck Moussa and Adam Barton rounded off Hartlepool's 13th league defeat of the season. They have only won one game so far and are bottom of the league with eight points, nine behind Shrewsbury Town and safety. They have also exited all the cup competitions in the first round.
"That was a real baptism of fire," Hughes admitted after the match. "The two things that disappointed me was how the heads went down after the first goal and obviously I'm gutted about the result; we're better than that and we have to show a bit of pride… We have to show more character, more fight, more togetherness to give us a foothold and give us the chance to go and sneak something. I understand it because of the position we're in but talk is cheap – we have to get galvanised. We are where we are so what do we do, roll over and die? I expect us to come out fighting."
League Two ~ Vale let victory slip away
Port Vale's winless run in the league was extended to five games as they threw away a two-goal lead at home to York City. Vale went in to half time 2-0 up thanks to a goal from Ryan Burge and a Jennison Myrie-Williams penalty. However, York came back in the second half; first Alex Rodman on 67 minutes before Jamie Reed levelled the scores with a minute to go. Despite the dropped points, Vale remain second in the table and the weekend was one to celebrate for their fans. A statue of club legend Roy Sproson, who made a record 837 starts for Vale, was finally unveiled before the game after first being planned 11 years ago. Paul Wildes and Norman Smurthwaite are also expected to complete their takeover of the club in time for the Bristol Rovers game on Tuesday night.
Goalscorer Burge is looking to that game on Tuesday to get over the disappointment of the weekend's draw: "We went two up and were looking comfortable, but we took our foot off the pedal, sat too deep and let them come on to us. That's the second time in two home games that we've let a two-goal lead slip and we've got to put it right. Luckily there's another game on Tuesday night and it can't come quickly enough. We'll have a look at the video, work out where we're going wrong and look to get back to winning ways."
Conference ~ Lowly Hyde stun Newport
Newport County were knocked off the top of the Conference Premier with a 3-1 defeat at home to relegation-threatened Hyde. The visitors took the lead through a Phil Jevons penalty on the half hour but were pulled back by a Christian Jolley goal ten minutes after the break. Despite this the league-leaders could not push on and it was Hyde who again went ahead with 15 minutes to go through Luke Ashworth. Scott Spencer made the victory – Hyde's fourth in five games – safe in injury time. Hyde now in 22nd place with 19 points, just two behind Cambridge United in 18th.
Newport boss Justin Edinburgh said: "Obviously we're disappointed to lose the game. For long periods we dominated and we had a lot of chances but it wasn't to be and we got punished at the other end. The scoreline doesn't reflect the game but we've certainly dropped more points. The goals we conceded we'll be disappointed with. We'll assess them, get back to the training ground and continue to work hard and we'll turn this mini slump around." Tom Hocking