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‘Keeper On Target
Stevenage number one Jesse Joronen joined the exclusive club of goal-scoring ‘keepers in Boro’s 2-1 win over Wycombe Wanderers at the Lamex Stadium.
Joronen caught out his opposite number with a long punt forward to partner on-loan Spireite Armand Gnanduillet on the scoresheet.
Stevenage boss Teddy Sheringham was delighted with his side’s first win in eight games and singled out Gnanduillet for praise.
He told the Hertfordshire Mercury: “Armand held the ball up. We saw that we needed that type of player to hold the ball up in those sort of areas. It’s a massive difference when you are keeping the ball up the other end of the field. It takes the pressure off the defenders.
“When we looked at getting players in I looked at his footage. I knew he could score goals like that – that’s not a fluke. He gets himself in areas like that and he can score in those areas. Let’s have plenty more than that.”
A Family Affair
It was a family affair at Vale Park on Saturday when goalkeeping brothers Jak and Ben Alnwick were opposing numbers in the clash between Port Vale and Peterborough.
The SkyBet League One tie saw the siblings face each other for the first time in their careers, and, despite a 1-1 draw, Peterborough’s Ben marginally came out on top with a fine penalty save to deny Michael O’Connor.
The performances of the Geordie duo saw Vale boss Rob Page laud them with praise after the match.
Speaking to the Stoke Sentinel, he said: “The pair of them are outstanding. To have two fantastic keepers in the family is so unusual. The two of them were talking at the top of the stairs and I have congratulated them both of them on their performance.”
Fan Turns Official
A bizarre weekend of fixtures throughout the Football League saw an extraordinary substitution after a refereeing casualty at Newport County.
Former Spireite bosses went head to head as Paul Cook’s Portsmouth travelled to Rodney Parade to face John Sheridan’s County, but it was the officials who made the first change of the game at half time.
Referee James Adcock fell victim to injury forcing fourth official Wayne Barratt to take his place, and, without an official in reserve, staff at Rodney Parade launched an appeal to find a qualified official to slot in on the sidelines.
Up stepped Portsmouth fan Mike Hurdle, a Fratton Park season-ticket holder and leading engineering technician in the Navy.
“I went to watch a game of football and ended up being part of the game,” Hurdle told the Portsmouth News. “But it was brilliant.
“We were giving the ref a bit of stick for getting injured and then they put the call out over the tannoy for a qualified referee.
“We thought it was a joke but I spoke to a steward and they told me it was serious so I told them I was a referee.
“Then I took my coat off to reveal my Pompey shirt. The ref looked at it and said ‘you can’t wear that out there’. So they gave me a top and jacket but I was okay wearing jeans and trainers.
“I walked out on to the pitch and the Newport fans were giving me grief. But I was standing near the dugout and I felt 10-feet tall.”
Whirlwind at Elland Road
An ignominious day at Elland Road on Monday saw Leeds United name Steve Evans as their sixth manager in 18 months.
Owner Massimo Cellino saw the Whites’ two wins in 11 Championship games this season as just reason to axe Evans’ predecessor Uwe Rösler, just 12 games into his reign at the club.
And on the same day Cellino was banned for the rest of this season from being an owner or director of the club, following his conviction for tax evasion in Italy.
The league said Cellino is banned following receipt of the written judgment on an offence by a judge in Cagliari. He was found guilty in June and fined €40,000 (£28,400) for non-payment of VAT on a Range Rover, which he imported into his native Italy.
The league’s owners’ and directors’ test, which was first introduced in 2004 as the fit and proper person test, prohibits a person from owning 30% or more of a club’s shares or being involved in running it at executive level if they have been convicted of a criminal offence that involves dishonesty.