Football: Sheron persistence rewarded

THEY WILL be talking play-off places at Queen's Park Rangers soon if the present run of results - five wins and a draw in seven games - goes on much longer. The 3-2 win over Port Vale, achieved thanks to Mike Sheron's precise 88th-minute finish, lifted them four more places away from the First Division basement, continuing the fine November form which had won Gerry Francis the divisional Manager of the Month award.

Rangers recovered from an early Martin Foyle goal to lead Vale 2-1, thanks to Danny Maddix and a Stuart Talbot own-goal, only for the former Ranger, Simon Barker, to equalise for Vale 12 minutes from the end. Then came Sheron's strike. Francis was not overly impressed with his team. "Port Vale made it very hard for us, playing only one up and packing the midfield. I had to get [the substitute] Rob Steiner on and go with three up as Vale weren't going to try and attack us. In the end we deserved to win but we made hard work of it."

Looking out of sorts on a poor pitch which did not impress Peter Reid, the Sunderland manager, the Nationwide First Division leaders none the less got the better of Stockport County, once, at the Stadium of Light. Carlo Nash in the County goal could not hold Michael Bridges 30th-minute drive, leaving Nicky Summerbee with a simple tap-in. It ended 1-0.

Third-placed Watford drew 0-0 with Barnsley at Vicarage Road, while Wolves and Bolton Wanderers also shared the spoils at Molineux. Bob Taylor gave the visitors the lead but Neil Emblen equalised 18 minutes from time.

Benny Lennartsson was able to celebrate a first win as the manager of Bristol City after a 2-0 win over Sheffield United at Ashton Gate, and Bury's quick midweek trip to St Lucia paid dividends when they beat West Brom 2-0.

Perhaps Tranmere should consider a visit to sunny climes. They lost 2- 1 at home to Grimsby. "I am speechless really," John Aldridge, their manager, said. "It's demoralising and must be the same for the fans."

Marcus Stewart scored a hat-trick as Huddersfield Town maintained the only unbeaten home record in the First Division with a 4-0 thrashing of Crystal Palace.

In Scotland, the plight of the Aberdeen manager, Alex Miller, worsened after the Dons were beaten 4-0 at Kilmarnock, who are now headily level on points with Rangers at the top of the Premiership. "I don't think it was a lack of fight from us," Miller said, "but there is no confidence in the team."

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

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

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Recruitment Genius: Clinical Lead / RGN

£40000 - £42000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...

Recruitment Genius: IT Sales Consultant

£35000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This IT support company has a n...

Recruitment Genius: Works Engineer

Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: A works engineer is required in a progressive ...

Recruitment Genius: Trainee Hire Manager - Tool Hire

£21000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Our client is seeking someone w...

Day In a Page

Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

How Isis profits from destruction of antiquities

Robert Fisk on the terrorist group's manipulation of the market to increase the price of artefacts
King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

Academic claims King Arthur was real - and reveals where he lived

Dr Andrew Breeze says the legendary figure did exist – but was a general, not a king
10 best PS4 games

10 best PS4 games

Can’t wait for the new round of blockbusters due out this autumn? We played through last year’s offering
Migrant crisis: UN official Philippe Douste-Blazy reveals the harrowing sights he encountered among refugees arriving on Lampedusa

‘Can we really just turn away?’

Dead bodies, men drowning, women miscarrying – a senior UN figure on the horrors he has witnessed among migrants arriving on Lampedusa, and urges politicians not to underestimate our caring nature
Nine of Syria and Iraq's 10 world heritage sites are in danger as Isis ravages centuries of history

Nine of Syria and Iraq's 10 world heritage sites are in danger...

... and not just because of Isis vandalism
Girl on a Plane: An exclusive extract of the novelisation inspired by the 1970 Palestinian fighters hijack

Girl on a Plane

An exclusive extract of the novelisation inspired by the 1970 Palestinian fighters hijack
Why Frederick Forsyth's spying days could spell disaster for today's journalists

Why Frederick Forsyth's spying days could spell disaster for today's journalists

The author of 'The Day of the Jackal' has revealed he spied for MI6 while a foreign correspondent
Markus Persson: If being that rich is so bad, why not just give it all away?

That's a bit rich

The billionaire inventor of computer game Minecraft says he is bored, lonely and isolated by his vast wealth. If it’s that bad, says Simon Kelner, why not just give it all away?
Euro 2016: Chris Coleman on course to end half a century of hurt for Wales

Coleman on course to end half a century of hurt for Wales

Wales last qualified for major tournament in 1958 but after several near misses the current crop can book place at Euro 2016 and end all the indifference
Rugby World Cup 2015: The tournament's forgotten XV

Forgotten XV of the rugby World Cup

Now the squads are out, Chris Hewett picks a side of stars who missed the cut
A groundbreaking study of 'Britain's Atlantis' long buried at the bottom of the North Sea could revolutionise how we see our prehistoric past

Britain's Atlantis

Scientific study beneath North Sea could revolutionise how we see the past
The Queen has 'done and said nothing that anybody will remember,' says Starkey

The Queen has 'done and said nothing that anybody will remember'

David Starkey's assessment
Oliver Sacks said his life has been 'an enormous privilege and adventure'

'An enormous privilege and adventure'

Oliver Sacks writing about his life
'Gibraltar is British, and it is going to stay British forever'

'Gibraltar is British, and it is going to stay British forever'

The Rock's Chief Minister hits back at Spanish government's 'lies'
Britain is still addicted to 'dirty coal'

Britain still addicted to 'dirty' coal

Biggest energy suppliers are more dependent on fossil fuel than a decade ago