Football round-up: Paul Dickov angry with ref over 'shambolic' call-off
Sunday 25 August 2013
Charlton's match against Doncaster at The Valley was abandoned at half-time yesterday after heavy rain in south-east London left the pitch unplayable.
Chris Powell's side, who are winless in the Championship this season, were trailing 3-1 when the referee, Lee Collins, ruled that the water-soaked surface was unfit for the remainder of the game.
Two goals from Chris Brown and one from Paul Keegan, who was then dismissed for two yellow-card offences just before the interval, put Doncaster 3-0 ahead after only 23 minutes.
As the rain lashed down, the match was suspended after 26 minutes and Doncaster players even helped the groundstaff attempt to clear the surface water.
When play resumed 30 minutes later, Simon Church, the Wales striker, struck Charlton's goal before the game was halted at the interval. Paul Dickov, Doncaster's manager, said: "I'm disappointed. We were playing some really good stuff, the way the referee has done it, it is shambolic. He could have let the game go on longer."
Vardy strike turns tide as Leicester banish the Blues
Leicester City scored three second-half goals to move up to second in the Championship with a dramatic 3-2 home win against Birmingham.
Matt Green's early goal had put the visitors in charge until the 78th minute when Leicester equalised through a fine strike by Jamie Vardy and the game turned. Andy King and David Nugent's late penalty sealed the comeback before Birmingham claimed a last-minute consolation from Chris Burke. Blackpool are top of the table after the substitute Tom Barkhuizen secured a 1-0 home win for Paul Ince's side against Reading.
No Lofthouse tribute win
Andrew Johnson's second-half strike lifted Queens Park Rangers up to third in the Championship with a 1-0 win at Bolton. Dougie Freedman's side are still seeking their first victory of the season after Johnson's close-range finish nine minutes after the break. Before the game, Bolton unveiled a statue of Nat Lofthouse, their former England striker who scored 255 times during his outstanding career with the club.
McCormack shows value
Ross McCormack demonstrated why he is a transfer target for Championship rivals by making one goal and scoring the winner in Leeds' 2-1 victory at Ipswich.
McCormack, subject of three failed bids from Middlesbrough, played a major part in Leeds' equaliser after they fell behind to a superb strike from David McGoldrick on 11 minutes.
The striker's speculative effort cannoned off Luke Chambers and into the path of Luke Varney, who made no mistake. McCormack stole the points for Brian McDermott's side four minutes after the break with a low shot past Scott Loach from 20 yards.
Rhodes kickstarts Rovers
Jordan Rhodes opened his account for the season as Blackburn thrashed 10-man Barnsley 5-2 at Ewood Park.
Chris Dagnall put the Tykes ahead but a straight red card for Jean-Yves M'voto moments later and Tom Cairney's equaliser from the resulting free-kick turned the game in favour of Blackburn. Rhodes struck his first on the half-hour and his second shortly afterwards before Josh King's tap-in put the game well beyond Barnsley.
David Flitcroft's side conceded again in the second half, from Todd Kane's first for Rovers, who celebrated their first win of the campaign. Tomasz Cywka's strike was a consolation.
Orient express on track
Leyton Orient maintained top spot and their 100 per cent start to the League One season with a 2-0 home victory over Crewe. Moses Odubajo and David Mooney scored in the first half. Peterborough are also yet to drop a point from four matches after an emphatic 5-0 win at Tranmere, who had Andrai Jones sent off for a professional foul. The run represents Peterborough's best start to a league season since 1961.
Bhoys battle back
Celtic fought back from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Inverness at Parkhead.
Aaron Doran and Richie Foran put the visitors in a commanding position but they were pegged back by Charlie Mulgrew and Adam Matthews.
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