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Tuesday, 23 October 2012

The View Outside The Premier League: Middlesbrough enjoy another away day and Bournemouth down Tranmere


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Saturday proved to be one of strange results in the Championship, as most of the frontrunners fluffed their lines. But Middlesbrough once again demonstrated their talent for getting a result playing away from the Riverside.

Their 1-0 win at Brighton delivered a fourth successive away win for Tony Mowbray's team in the manager's 100th game in charge. A great reward for Boro fans making such a long trip, but their joy will be tinged with a little concern.

Last season Boro were great on their travels but mediocre at home and it cost them. In 2012/13 they are more solid at the Riverside but the two teams sitting in the automatic promotion places - Leicester and Cardiff - each have 100% home records - and three more points than Boro.

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Fans at Underhill were treated to the sight of Dutch legend Edgar Davids pulling on a Barnet shirt - and the 39-year-old found himself on the winning side after his new team dumped four goals past Northampton on Friday night. The result was in sharp contrast to ther four goals Barnet let in last weekend.

Because of their dreadful start Barnet remain at the foot of the table but it's remarkable what one win can do. Now there's speculation about whether Davids - who took the captain's armband - intends to play the full season.

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Burnley lifted morale after the departure of Eddie Howe by beating Lancashire rivals Blackpool at Turf Moor. Ironically, Tangerines boss  Ian Holloway had been linked to the vacancy at bitter rivals Blackburn Rovers.

Both of the East Lancashire clubs are looking for a new manager but there is a contrast between the towns. All the talk in Burnley is about bringing in a new boss who has past connections to the club while the assumption is that Blackburn will be throwing their net far and wide.

Though big signing Jordan Rhodes scored again on Saturday, Rovers were held to a draw at Derby. They sit 10th in the table and Steve Kean's departure has slowed momentum again; it's difficult to see why Venky's started the campaign with Kean but having done so, forcing him out early also lacks sense.

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Eddie Howe's reappearance at Bournemouth certainly had the desired effect as the Cherries ended Tranmere's unbeaten start to the campaign. Last week Rovers had been sorely tested by Yeovil and this time there was no way back for Ronnie Moore's side.

This sorely needed win took Bournemouth to 18th and their next assignment is the long trip to Carlisle, who sit just above them in the table. With Howe taking over the reins again the Cherries will seek to emulate last season's 11th place finish. This win was all the more praiseworthy because the league leaders had been in front at the break.

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The weekend saw the final qualifying round of the FA Cup and a whole bunch of ex-League sides were trying to get back into the hat for the First Round.

Kidderminster Harriers ended Grimsby's hopes by winning 4-2 in Cleethorpes; Macclesfield were only sent back to non-league in May but maintained their positive opening to the campaign by seeing off Marine.

The dream of a contest between FC United of Manchester and Manchester United will have to wait for another year as Hereford made sure there would be no repeat of FC's heroics two seasons ago.

The Cup draw paired Hereford with local rivals Shrewsbury Town and brought together the two clubs most associated with Shrews boss Graham Turner, who had 15 years in the Bulls dugout.

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