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Arglye’s Easter Nightmare
Plymouth boss Derek Adams has questioned the Football League’s scheduling after Argyle were handed a gruelling away fixture against Morecambe on Good Friday.
The Pilgrims’ squad and supporters were both hit by chaotic motorway congestion on the 660-mile round trip to the North West, which saw fans either arrive late at the Globe Arena or sadly miss the fixture entirely.
And even with kick-off delayed by 30 minutes, Adams bemoaned the inconvenience of the fixture for fans and players alike.
“We left at 12 o’clock (on Thursday) and didn’t reach the hotel until half-past eight at night,” he told the Plymouth Herald.
“Today (Friday) we had to leave the hotel early to try to get here. And some of our fans haven’t been able to come here to witness an away victory.”
It was a similar story elsewhere in League Two, as Carlisle United travelled to Yeovil town while Leyton Orient made the trip to Accrington Stanley.
“There isn’t any sense in it,” added Adams. “We all know that the roads are going to be busy. I think we could have all played closer to home over Easter.
“It would have made a lot of things easier. We had a delay to the kick-off because of the road conditions, and that has not helped anybody.
“They have to put it into the computer system,” commented Adams on the Football League’s organisation.
“That’s something that somebody might be able to do for next season.”
Darren Ferguson branded the Easter period ‘the worst we could’ve hoped for’ after two defeats left Doncaster Rovers firmly in the League One relegation zone.
A 4-1 Good Friday defeat at relegation-certainties Colchester United saw Ferguson deliver a scathing assessment of his side’s character before a narrow 1-0 defeat at home to fellow strugglers Blackpool left Doncaster four points from safety.
And with just one point from their last ten games, Ferguson and his side have it all to do to avoid slipping down to the fourth tier of English football.
“It was a must-win game and now we’re in a really difficult situation,” Ferguson told BBC Radio Sheffield.
“It’s the worst Easter we could’ve hoped for. We went into it hoping for two wins to get out of the bottom four but two defeats have really cemented out place in the bottom four.
“15 games without a win, it’s a horrendous record.”
Without a win since January 2, Ferguson would not be drawn on his future at the club, adding: “That’s not really something I’m going to discuss.”
Watch Out For Washington
Conor Washington capped a remarkable rise to professional football with a goal for Northern Ireland against Slovenia in an International friendly on Easter Monday.
Only four years ago the forward was juggling an astonishing goalscoring record for St Ives Town with a job as a postman when Justin Edinburgh secured his services for Newport County, in a deal worth £5,000 in late 2012.
The step up from ninth tear would see initial teething problems cured by promotion to League Two, at which point Washington climbed the ranks from fourth-choice striker to the main man at Rodney Parade with seven goals before Christmas.
Then-Peterborough United boss Darren Ferguson swooped for the striker’s talents in 2014 in a £200,000 move, and Washington would go on to score 27 goals in 82 appearances for the Posh.
QPR then decided to splash out £2.5m on the frontman in January, triggering a 20% sell-on fee windfall for Newport, and his Championship exploits have seen him called up by Michael O’Neill to the Northern Ireland squad.
In a far cry from his St Ives days in the United Counties League Premier Division, Washington looks to be in with a strong claim for a place on the plane to France for UEFA EURO 2016.
All Stations Go at Accy
Accrington Stanley boss John Coleman has urged his side to put everything into their fight for promotion to League One.
The Reds find themselves fourth in League Two with four wins in five on the back of a successful Easter weekend which yielded victories over Dagenham and Redbridge and Newport County respectively.
And Coleman believes that his side are capable of bridging the gap to the holy land of the automatic promotion places, which now stands at just one point.
“There’s going to be a lot of twists and turns between now and the end of the season and we just have to make sure we keep our foot on the gas and we keep going full throttle,” Coleman told the Lancashire Telegraph.
“There’s plenty of time to have a rest in the summer. There are tired legs but we go again.
“I just hope that we can maintain that form. We set ourselves high standards, sometimes it’s difficult to stick to them but if we can get anywhere near them we could be successful.”
Alexander’s Dream at Glanford Park
Newly-appointed Scunthorpe United manager Graham Alexander described his first match in charge at Glanford Park as ‘beyond dreams’ after the Iron hit Swindon Town for six.
Ex-Spireites Jordan Clarke and Conor Townsend were on the scoresheet as Scunthorpe earned their biggest league victory in more than 14 years, propelling them to 10th in League One.
“I wouldn’t have allowed myself to have dreamt it would have been like that. Reality always brings you back down to Earth,” Alexander told the Scunthorpe Telegraph after his managerial bow in East Yorkshire.
“It’s set the bar high for me and the players, but if we want to be a good team we have to extend standards and expectations. Maybe today will do that.
“I was really pleased with the players. They were fantastic from minute one and really put Swindon under pressure.
“We were clinical today and it was great to see a couple of different boys on the scoresheet.”