Football Round-Up: Hapless Barlow is in the red

AFTER securing one princely point from the last 15, Liverpool finally managed a win but if there is a harder way to go aboutit we don't want to know. Struggling to find form and rhythm at home against even lowlier Oldham, the Reds had a Robbie Fowler goal disallowed then fell behind to Darren Beckford's strike. Three minutes from time Fowler struck again, legitimately, and Andy Barlow, for whom the word hapless seems far too limp, put through his own goal in the 90th minute.

AN abundance of last gasp Premiership equalisers yesterday with pride of place going to Mr Vinnie Jones. The thriller at Hillsborough twice swung Sheffield Wednesday's way but, typically, Wimbledon twice fought back. Chris Waddle and Ryan Jones both gave the Owls the lead, the second time with only six minutes remaining. Gary Blissett hit the Dons' first before their Jones squared matters with a minute left.

LATE levellers at Highfield Road and the County Ground woke up the patrons dozing through dullish games in the pleasant autumnal sun. Phil Babb scored late for Coventry against Southampton; Shaun Taylor did similar business for Swindon against Everton but they still haven't won in the Premiership.

Aston Villa, meanwhile, warmed up for their UEFA Cup tie against Deportivo La Coruna of Spain with a visit to the less exotic surroundings of West Ham, and drew 0-0.

IN SCOTLAND, Premier leaders Hibernian, limbering up for next week's League Cup final against Rangers by entertaining the other half of the Old Firm, looked to have the points wrapped up through Gareth Evans' goal. But Celtic's Gerry Creaney forced a draw with a fierce shot five minutes from time to maintain coach Frank Connor's unbeaten stewardship. Aberdeen and Kilmarnock drew 1-1, which allowed Motherwell, 1-0 winners over bottom club Dundee, to move into second place.

SPEAKING of Celtic, if First Division Stoke City manager Lou Macari does take over at Parkhead this week, he will look back on yesterday's match against Grimsby with mixed feelings. 'Farewell To The Potteries', like one of Arnold Bennett's duller narratives, was a scrappy affair with Thorvaldur Orlygsson's winning goal, a comically deflected shot, typifying the game. However, the fans' support must have warmed him.

NEVER again will Millwall sell a player to Bolton. Managed by former Lions' boss Bruce Rioch, Wanderers' goalkeeper Keith Branagan (ex-Lions) pulled a muscle in the warm-up and was replaced by Aidan Davison (ex-Lions) who watched as striker John McGinlay (ex-Lions) scored two first-half goals to set Wanderers on their way to welcome a 4-0 win.

PAUL FURLONG, the Watford striker, was sent off for the second time in three games yesterday after apparently striking Birmingham's Paul Peschisolido at St Andrews. Danny Wallace, Brum's (very) recent signing from Manchester United, scored their late winner.

HERE'S a law and order solution neither Lord Justice Woolf nor Home Secretary Michael Howard thought of. James Lawrence, who three months ago finished 26 months at Her Majesty's Pleasure for robbery, has been signed by Sunderland until the end of the season. Nine months with Terry Butcher should sort him out.

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Tradewind Recruitment: English Teacher

Negotiable: Tradewind Recruitment: My client is an excellent, large partially ...

Tradewind Recruitment: Science Teacher

£90 - £140 per day: Tradewind Recruitment: I am currently working in partnersh...

Tradewind Recruitment: Year 3 Primary Teacher

£100 - £150 per day: Tradewind Recruitment: Year 3 Teacher Birmingham Jan 2015...

Ashdown Group: Lead Web Developer (ASP.NET, C#) - City of London

£45000 - £50000 per annum + Excellent benefits: Ashdown Group: Lead Web Develo...

Day In a Page

Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee