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EFL League One & Two clubs vote to end seasons early

Football League One and Two seasons have both been ended early after a vote by all clubs on Tuesday.

Both tables will be settled on points per game, while promotion, relegation and the play-offs all remain.

Coventry and Rotherham have been promoted from League one, While Wycombe leapfrog Peterborough into the play-off places.

Swindon have been crowned League Two champions, but ongoing disciplinary matters mean it is not yet certain who will get relegated into the National League.

Currently, Stevenage are rooted at the bottom of the table, but they could be reprieved after Macclesfield Town were handed a fresh EFL misconduct charge at the beginning of the month.

Macclesfield, who sit three points above Stevenage, have already had 11 points deducted for previous rule breaches this season and have a further suspended two-point penalty hanging over them if they transgress again.

Both votes were passed with an overwhelming majority, according to the EFL. No dates have yet been confirmed for the League One play-offs, but the schedule for the Division Two play-offs has been decided with Colchester entertaining Exeter on Thursday 18th June and Northampton facing Cheltenham on the same day in the first legs. The second legs for all four sides will be on Monday 22nd June, with the Final played at Wembley on Monday 29th June.

Clubs in League One had previously been divided over whether to finish the season or not. Initial talks were put on hold when at least six sides said they wanted to continue the campaign.

However, the new regulations proposed by the EFL board and approved by the 71 clubs on Tuesday, meant just over half of the teams in any division needed to agree on ending the season early.

With the decision of points per game decided by the board, it has thrown up one major change to the League One table, with Wycombe who originally were in eighth placed replacing sixth placed Peterborough United in the play-offs.

After the conclusion of the season, the next few months are going to be a very anxious time for clubs in League One and Two. Many of whom are going to find themselves financially very insecure.

 

Carabao Cup: Round One Draw Announced

The Carabao Cup Round One draw was made on Thursday evening from Morrisons, Colindale, North West London.

There were two stand out ties from the draw with AFC Wimbledon playing MK Dons, while newly-promoted Salford City will face Leeds United.

The draw was conducted by two former England internationals in John Barnes and Ray Parlour and was split into two regions – North and South.

Huddersfield Town, the hightest-ranked team in the Northern Section, will face Lincoln City while the highest ranked Southern side, West Bromwich Albion, will face Millwall.

Every club from Sky Bet League One and League Two enter the Carabao Cup in Round One, along with 22 Championship clubs.

Only Cardiff City and Fulham – who finished 18th and 19th respectively in the Premier League last season, will enter in Round Two, alongside the clubs from the Premier League, not in European competitions.

The first round matches are scheduled to take place week commencing Monday 12thAugust, with the final due to take place on March 1, 2020.

Full Round One Draw can be seen below:

North Draw

Tranmere Rovers v Hull City

Grimsby Town v Doncaster Rovers

Wigan Athletic v Stoke City

Port Vale v Burton Albion

Nottingham Forest v Fleetwood Town

Bradford City v Preston North End

Blackpool v Macclesfield Town

Blackburn Rovers v Oldham Athletic

Mansfield Town v Morecambe

Accrington Stanley v Sunderland

Scunthorpe United v Derby County

Rochdale v Bolton Wanderers

Huddersfield Town v Lincoln City

Middlesbrough v Crewe Alexandra

Shrewsbury Town v Rotherham United

Sheffield Wednesday v Bury

Salford City v Leeds United

Barnsley v Carlisle United

South Draw

Colchester United v Swindon Town

AFC Wimbledon v MK Dons

Oxford United v Peterborough United

Queens Park Rangers v Bristol City

Plymouth Argyle v Leyton Orient

Wycombe Wanderers v Reading

Charlton Athletic v Forest Green Rovers

Gillingham v Newport County

Stevenage v Southend United

Luton Town v Ipswich Town

Walsall v Crawley Town

Bristol Rovers v Cheltenham Town

Brentford v Cambridge United

Coventry City v Exeter City

Swansea City v Northampton Town

Will Pompey See Off Posh

Portsmouth, can take another step closer to automatic promotion tomorrow evening when they entertain Darren Ferguson’s Peterborough United, in front of a packed Fratton Park.

As things currently stand, Pompey sit 3rd, with one game in hand on the two teams above them, namely Barnsley and Luton respectively, both of who have 91 points having played 45 games each, while Portsmouths game against Peterborough is their game in hand and as things stand, need to beat the posh, to stand any chance of sneaking one of the two automatic promotion spots.

Portsmouth are currently on a good run at this time, having found form at just the right time, that being the business end of the season, while both Luton and Barnsley, who previously had been on strong, excellent runs and were looking untouchable, suddenly had blips, at just the wrong time.

A packed Fratton Park, which has been sold out for all remaining home games, since their checkatrade trophy final win, will be cheering on the boys in blue, fully believing that automatic promotion will happen.

Portsmouth play a 4~2~3~1 formation, which has proved successful this season, after initially starting with a diamond 4~4~2, which exposed some flaws, due to its narrowness in the set up, while the 4~2~3~1 offers a chance for Wingers to get forward and cross into the box for the centre forward to ideally score goals.

The pompey central strikers have been varied this season, with Oli Hawkins and Omar Bogle, their loan signing from Cardiff filling the role with varying degrees of success, in that goals have come, though surprisingly, or not depending on which way you look at it, James Vaughan, yes he of Everton fame and currently on load from Wigan, filled the role on Saturday in their draw at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light.

Kenny Jackett, sensing that experience was probably crucial at this time of the season, opted for Vaughan, ahead of the other two preferred strikers and it will be interesting to see who gets the nod against Peterborough, tomorrow night, though it is thought that he may opt to go with Bogle, who at least will be in the match day squad, having recovered from a swollen knee.

Peterborough, for their part, have been more organised under Darren Ferguson and are slowly proving hard to beat playing a similar formation to Portsmouth, they have no fresh injury concerns with George Cooper a doubt having twisted a knee on Saturday.

Peterborough, need the points as much as Pompey do, for their own playoff hopes, which at this time are slim and sees them 4 points behind Doncaster, but with 2 games still to play.

Either way it will be an interesting evening at Fratton Park ahead of the final game of the season on Saturday.

Posh Appoint Darren Ferguson on 3 year Deal

Peterborough United have today confirmed, the appointment of Darren Ferguson and his Assistant Gavin Strachan, son of manager Gordon Strachan, as their new management team on 3 year contracts.

Though this is new, the appointment is the 3rd Time that Ferguson has taken charge at Peterborough and the Owners of the club have stated

“It was vitally important that we appointed a manager that we can trust and who understands our core philosophies as a club. The style of play, production of young players and taking on young and hungry talent and developing those players is what Peterborough United is renowned for and in the last 18 months we have veered away from that.

Ferguson’s previous times in charge at Peterborough have seen the club enjoy good success and it seems, that though he has stepped away from the club before, quite possibly, it is his spiritual home.

Appointed as Interim boss in December, results haven’t been kind so far for him and his team, with the Posh lying 17th in the current form table with 4 defeats from their last 6, which is not ideal form for their current position.

However, Ferguson will want the team to be organised, efficient and hopefully thrust Peterborough back to winning ways fairly quickly, so though they are not enjoying the best of fortunes now, that will not last long.

As Darragh MacAnthony Stated

Both Stewart and Jason have loved working with Darren and although the results on the pitch have not been anywhere near where we would have liked, it is not about the current form, it is about the long-term aspirations of this football club.

Can Peterbrough push their way out of their poor form under Ferguson’s tutelage or will they continue on their downward spiral?

Will the Dons,see off the Posh

Now for older readers of this post, it might well evoke memories of the day at Wembley when top coin John Motsons phrase

The crazy gang have beaten the Culture Club

 

Well it might not be the culture club tonight, but it is the Posh of Peterborough United who visit the Cherry Red Records Stadium, to play AFC Wimbledon in a EFL league 1 Fixture,  a resurgent AFC Wimbledon it must be said, who have not experienced the season they were hoping for and are currently showing how strong they are by propping up the rest of League 1

Since the appointment of Wally Downes in December last year, what was looking an increasingly lost cause, given AFC Wimbledon’s league posistion then and number of points adrift, the team has become galvanised and more solid defensively, moving away from a 4-4-2 to a 3-5-2 formation, which is a formation some say is better suited and more flexible for football needs

One look at the current League One table shows, AFC Wimbledon, still bottom of the league, with 33 points and a minus 23 goal difference, while Peterborough United lie 7th with 55 points and a goal difference of plus 6

So given that scenario, the betsters might well be saying that the odds favour Peterborough, who have recently had a managerial change, with Darren Ferguson taking charge from Steve Evans. Darren Ferguson’s teams are usually well organised, efficient and can be hard to break down

But when you compare the current form of both teams, then a very different story emerges

AFC Wimbledon are 7th, with a plus 1 Goal difference and 10 points from a possible 18

Peterborough United are 17th with a minus 3 goal difference and 6 points.

The team news going into tonight’s match is that AFC Wimbledon, have a fully fit squad, which will bear some resemblance to the last match against Doncaster, to choose from, as well as potential returnees from injury in the shape of Kwesi Appiah ( who has also earned a call up to Ghana’s squad for the Africa cup of nations) Dylan Connolly and quite possibly the experienced Rod McDonald

Wally Downe’s has stressed before he is loath to change a winning team unless he has to, so these guys will be useful additions to have on the bench, if required

Peterborough could hand a recall to striker Ivan Toney, who was available after suspension, but only made the bench for their previous match, but they are without, both Siriki Dembele and Josh Knight who are injured.

The stats also make further interesting reading when you consider

Each of the two meetings between AFC Wimbledon and Peterborough at Kingsmeadow have ended level – drawing 2-2 last season & while that result wouldn’t be a disaster for AFC Wimbledon, it would be a set back for sure as a win puts them right back in the mix to stay up

Peterborough are unbeaten in their last four games against Wimbledon (W1 D3) since a 1-0 loss at home in October 2016.

AFC Wimbledon boss Wally Downes, while in charge of Brentford,  has never beaten Peterborough  losing three and drawing two of five meetings in all competitions between September 2002 and January 2004.

However Wimbledon are a unique history making club, with excellent firsts, so that record could well change tonight

Perhaps the most interesting stat of all is this though Under Darren Ferguson, Peterborough have lost eight of their last nine matches played on a Tuesday in all competitions, drawing the other 2-2 with Bristol Rovers in January.

Either way, it promises to be a good match, which kicks off at 7.45pm