Monday, February 11, 2008

Weekend Roundup

Queen of the South - Queens faced St. Johnstone at home, the club that was sitting right in front of them in the table. A win would keep their escape from the relegation spots going and close the gap on St. Johnstone who were 6 points ahead of them going into the weekend. An early first half goal and a pair of goals in the second bracketed around the lone St. Johnstone tally was enough for Queens to get a commanding win and continue their push up the table. They are now 11 points clear of the reglation places and within 3 points of 3rd place in the table.

Blackburn Rovers - Blackburn Rovers were up against it in this road match. Arsenal struck early and late, scoring in the 4th minute and in 2nd half stoppage time to seal the victory. The loss doesn't hurt their European hopes significantly, as they have a game in hand to be played against Liverpool, currently 5 points ahead and sitting in the one and only guarenteed UEFA Cup spot. A win in that game would vault them to within 2 points, with Manchester City and Aston Villa between them and Liverpool.

Tenerife - Tenerife left it until late to wrap up the victory over recently-moved Granada 74. A strike just before half led to some nervous defending until they were able to add a second in stoppage time and seal the deal. This win pushed them past Granada into 9th place in the table, and with most of the teams above them losing they are 4 points out of the final promotion spot at 3rd place. There are 6 teams to pass to get there though, so there is plenty of work to do.

Ebbsfleet United - In a match that could have helped both side's promotion hopes Ebbsfleet and Exeter had to settle for a 1-1 draw. It was Ebbsfleet taking the lead eraly, only to give it back 3 minutes after the break. Neither team was able to get the final shot they needed to grab the full 3 points and had to settle for the draw. This leaves Ebbsfleet in 8th place, 9 points out of the last promotion playoff spot with a game in hand.

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