Sara exposes weak spot in Rangers

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Anyone seeking cracks in the domestic invincibility of Rangers needed to look no further than Dens Park where the Scottish champions were held to a 1-1 draw by Dundee.

Anyone seeking cracks in the domestic invincibility of Rangers needed to look no further than Dens Park where the Scottish champions were held to a 1-1 draw by Dundee.

Limbering up for Tuesday's Champions' League match against Sturm Graz at Ibrox, Rangers welcomed Michael Mols back to their starting line-up, 10 months after he injured cruciate ligaments against Bayern Munich. Dundee, with six players sent off in seven matches this season, had containment in mind and started with just Fabian Caballero up front, inviting Rangers to attack and counter-attacking when they could.

The Glasgow side consequently had most of the early pressure, but when the best chance fell to Billy Dodds after Scott Wilson and Lorenzo Amoruso set him up, his shot on the turn flew went inches wide. Five minutes before the break Dodds headed van Bronckhorst's cross wide but Neil McCann put Rangers ahead early in the second half. It was not the prelude to a procession, however, and Dundee levelled through Juan Sara.

In the Nationwide First Division, Watford went top and Bolton Wanderers second as they continued unbeaten starts to the season with away wins at Portsmouth and Huddersfield Town respectively.

At 0-0, Watford were twice saved by the woodwork and Espen Baardsen had to make several saves, but once their other close-season signing from Spurs, Allan Nielsen, put them ahead in the 27th minute they looked certain winners. Two minutes before half-time, a low Tom Mooney shot made it 2-0 and Heidar Helguson added a third just before the hour. Nigel Quashie's strike was no more than a consolation goal for Pompey. It ended 3-1.

At the McAlpine Stadium, Wanderers made up for the embarrassing Worthington Cup exit at the hands of Third Division Macclesfield to win 3-2, stretching The Terriers' run of consecutive home defeats to seven. Kevin Gallen, returning to the home side's attack after a hamstring injury, twice went close in the opening 15 minutes. But it was Martin Smith who gave Huddersfield the lead two minutes into the second half.

Dean Holdsworth equalised four minutes later and the substitute Michael Ricketts put Bolton ahead on 70 minutes. Six minutes later Jon Dyson equalised but Ricketts wasn't finished and scored almost straight from the kick-off.

Sheffield United are still without an away point after their 1-0 defeat at Birmingham City. A clumsy tackle on Peter Ndlovu by George Santos gave Martin O'Connor the chance to convert a 10th-minute penalty.

Tranmere Rovers scored their first away league goal of the season when a Wayne Allison header equalised Carl Robinson's strike for Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux. Eight minutes from time the Wolves captain, Kevin Muscat, was sent off after hauling down substitute Stuart Barlow who scored Rovers' winner from the penalty spot.

The promoted Burnley's promising acclimatisation to the First Division continued with a 1-0 over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park, Graham Branch the scorer.

Sheffield Wednesday and Wimbledon, two relegated sides without a win between them, met at Hillsborough. The Londoners fashioned the better chances in the first half-hour, scored five minutes into the second half. Cue familiar Owls defensive collapse. John Hartson and Jason Euell scored two each as the Dons won 5-0. Again familiarly, Wednesday were booed off.

At the bottom, Norwich are still without a win following their 0-0 draw at Crewe but Grimsby got off the mark by beating Gillingham 1-0 at Blundell Park, Steve Livingstone heading in after 70 seconds.

The Second Division leaders Walsall lost their 100 per cent record when Bury beat them 2-0 at Gigg Lane. Chesterfield went to the top of the Third Division by beating the previous leaders Cheltenham Town 1-0.

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