Rovers record first win of the season

CHAMPIONSHIP

  • YEOVIL TOWN 0 - 3 DERBY COUNTY
Gary Johnson changed Yeovil's shape to a 4-5-1 formation. Credit: PA

Goals from Johnny Russell, Craig Bryson and Chris Martin saw Derby inflict a third successive defeat on Yeovil at Huish Park.

The Rams recorded a second successive away victory in the Sky Bet Championship and left the Glovers with plenty of food for thought.

The visitors started brightly and came close to snatching an early lead in the second minute when Martin fired narrowly over debutant Wayne Hennessey's crossbar.

Derby threatened again moments later and should have scored a deserved opener when the lively Russell found space at the edge of the box, but his shot crept wide.

Yeovil manager Gary Johnson left regular strike duo Paddy Madden and James Hayter on the bench and deployed a midfield five in an attempt to contain the Rams.

However, his side struggled to seize the initiative for large periods and often found lone striker Michael Ngoo isolated in the final third.

As the half progressed Rams' midfield trio Jeff Hendrick, Craig Bryson and Will Hughes began to dictate proceedings with their movement and sharp interchanges causing increasing concern amongst Yeovil's rearguard.

That concern was compounded four minutes before the break when Richard Keogh found summer signing Russell, who peeled off his marker and expertly curled the ball past Hennessey from close range.

The visitors doubled their lead two minutes later after a scintillating move by Russell and Martin put through midfield talisman Bryson, who effortlessly slid the ball into the net.

A shellshocked Yeovil were left hanging on for half-time and should have found themselves 3-0 down at the break after Jamie Ward, who was restored by manager Nigel Clough into the Rams starting line-up, saw his right footed strike smartly saved by Hennessey.

The hosts brought on last season's League One golden boot winner Madden and new signing Andy Williams at the break but it was Derby again who looked the most threatening.

Despite an improved spell at the start of the second period, Yeovil's dismal day continued on 58 minutes when Ward's 25-yard strike was palmed away by Hennessey, only for the onrushing Martin to score his side's third goal.

The Somerset side, whose only league goal came courtesy of Ed Upson's late winner at Millwall on the opening day of the season, poured players forward at every attempt and came close to pulling a goal back when winger Liam Davis' ferocious effort was smartly pushed away by Lee Grant, before Williams saw a penalty appeal turned down by referee Keith Hill.

A flurry of corners followed as the hosts looked for a consolation, but the Rams defence held firm to cap off an impressive away performance.

I thought they started very brightly and we never handled that. They had a couple of bits of clever play that got them in.

We changed our shape and thought 4-5-1 was going to be more positive than it was, but unfortunately it didn't work out for us. Some players freeze a little bit and do things very well in training, but all of a sudden it doesn't happen on the pitch.

We gave it a go in the second half and put them under pressure, but the game was already won. The goals before half time were demoralising and we weren't quite good enough to get that goal back.

It's a hard division and there are teams who are much bigger than us but I hope our fans aren't too disheartened. I hope they go and enjoy their Sunday lunch and let me sort it out.

– Gary Johnson, Yeovil Town manager

LEAGUE ONE

  • MK DONS 2 - 2 BRISTOL CITY
Sam Baldock scored twice against his former club. Credit: Andrew Matthews/EMPICS Sport

Bristol City are still looking for their first league win of the season after throwing away the lead twice at MK Dons.

Captain Sam Baldock scored both goals against his former club, but the visitors were pegged back on each occasion.

Aden Flint almost put City ahead in the first half, but the big defender headed against the post. The deadlock was soon broken, when Bobby Reid played in Baldock who unleashed a powerful effort past goalkeeper David Martin.

The hosts drew level seven minutes into the second half when Luke Chadwick’s pass was clinically finished by Chelsea loanee Patrick Bamford.

Baldock restored City's lead in the 66th minute when he ran clear on to Frank Fielding's long punt.

But sub Samir Carruthers made it it 2-2 just three minutes later, firing a first-time shot into the top corner.

Shaun Williams almost won it for the home side in the closing stages, but his 25 yard free-kick struck a post.

  • SWINDON TOWN 2 - 2 GILLINGHAM
Swindon Town's Nathan Byrne scores their opening goal against Gillingham. Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

Swindon Town were also pegged back twice in Mark Cooper's first match as permanent manager.

The Robins went ahead in the 12th minute through ex-Tottenham man Nathan Byrne, who bundled home full-back Nathan Thompson's drilled cross.

The visitors were level five minutes later when Danny Kedwell headed in Chris Whelpdale's long throw.

Town regained the lead midway through the second half when Thompson got a goal to go with his assist - heading home Ryan Harley's cross.

But the Gills hit back with five minutes left on the clock when Cody McDonald beat the last man and slotted past Wes Foderingham.

Swindon's Nile Ranger wins a header in the 2-2 draw with Gillingham. Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

LEAGUE TWO

  • ACCRINGTON STANLEY 0 - 1 CHELTENHAM TOWN
Jason Taylor scored the only goal of the game as Cheltenham won 1-0 at Accrington Stanley. Credit: Joe Giddens/EMPICS Sport

Cheltenham Town bounced back after last week's disappointing home defeat to Plymouth Argyle to record their first league win of the season.

The only goal of the game was scored by Jason Taylor - his first goal for the Robins since his move from Rotherham.

The midfielder got on the end of a harshly awarded free kick in the 71st minute, and the ball found the back of the net via a deflection.

  • BRISTOL ROVERS 3 - 2 YORK CITY
David Clarkson scored twice in Bristol Rovers' first win of the season. Credit: Nick Potts / PA

Bristol Rovers recorded their first win of the season after an action-packed afternoon at the Memorial Stadium.

David Clarkson scored twice for the hosts in the first half. His first came after just three minutes when he volleyed Tom Allan's mishit clearance perfectly.

Another error gifted the Scot his second goal half an hour later. Goalkeeper Michael Ingham dropped a Michael Smith cross and the striker fired into the roof of the net from close range.

York reduced their arrears four minutes before the break when Ryan Jarvis tapped-in after Lee Brown had blocked sub Ryan Bowman's shot.

Bowman had been on the field for less than five minutes before he was sent-off after lashing out at Tom Parkes.

Despite the numerical disadvantage, York pulled the game back to 2-2 when Jarvis netted from the spot after a foul by Mark McChrystal.

But just two minutes later John-Joe O’Toole scored his first goal of the season to put Rovers back in front. A header back across goal from Alfie Santos was met by O’Toole at the far post, to give John Ward's men their first three points of the season.