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13 November 2017

Lewis McGugan 'still waking up'

Northampton Town manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink believes Lewis McGugan is "coming out of hibernation" after the midfielder has sat out for 17-months.

McGugan, joined the League One side in October from Sheffield Wednesday, where he played his last game back in May 2016.

The former Watford man, who played under Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink while at Nottingham Forest, made his fourth Cobblers appearance on Saturday.

"Lewis has got quality. He's still coming out of hibernation, but we know that he's got quality and he has that confidence to do something."

Northampton's victory at Oxford extended their unbeaten run to six matches and lifted them out of the League One drop-zone.

Curtis Nelson could miss the rest of the season

Nelson, was carried off on a stretcher before half-time in Oxford's 2-1 to by Northampton on Saturday.

Manager Pep Clotet revealed further tests and scans will take place beyond his initial assessments Nelson received following the game at the Kassam Stadium.

Clotet: "I think it affected a lot of the game. To be forced to substitute your captain, an important player, has a big impact."

Oxford have gone four games without a win in league and cup, including a first-round exit to League Two Port Vale in the FA Cup, but are just three points off the play-off places in League One.

Four goals in 16 minutes

Brett Pitman scored twice to help Portsmouth to victory over Blackpool at Bloomfield Road in a game which produced four goals in the final 16 minutes.

Viv Solomon-Otabor came close for Blackpool, who were put up for sale by owners the Oyston family this week, after 50 minutes cutting in from the left and firing a low shot inches wide.

Two minutes later, though, it was Portsmouth who took the lead. Lowe's deflected shot was well saved by Ryan Allsop, but the ball dropped to Pitman who slotted into the empty net.

Blackpool equalised in the 74th minute when substitute Dolly Menga, making his debut, picked out an inch-perfect cross for Solomon-Otabor to score from four yards.

But their lead lasted just six minutes. Keeper Allsop was unlucky again, making a superb save to deny Pitman but the ball broke to Close who stroked in expertly from 12 yards.

On 82 minutes the game turned again as the Seasiders equalised for a second time when Hawkins headed into his own net.

Remarkably Portsmouth grabbed their winner just four minutes later when Pitman was left unmarked at the far post.

Cody McDonald scores first AFC Wimbledon goal

Cody McDonald's first league goal for AFC Wimbledon earned a draw for the League One strugglers against Peterborough in an exciting encounter.

The point was not enough to lift the Dons out of the relegation zone, although the division's lowest scorers have now reached double figures in goals for the season after 18 games.

They got off to a sensational start by taking the lead after just 36 seconds, as Lyle Taylor struck into the bottom corner from the edge of the area.

But Peterborough recovered from the early setback to turn the game around.

The equaliser arrived in the 26th minute when Dons defender Barry Fuller and Posh forward Danny Lloyd challenged for a free-kick in the area and the ball, which appeared to glance off the head of both players, looped over keeper George Long before going in off the far post.

The visitors then took the lead 12 minutes later when Marcus Maddison slotted home from the penalty spot after he was bundled over by Tom Soares.

Their advantage did not last until half-time, however, as Deji Oshilaja's long ball caught the visiting defence napping, allowing McDonald to go through and loft the ball over Jonathan Bond.

Blackpool put up for sale

The Oyston family have put the League One club up for sale after a 31-year ownership.

The decision comes after they lost a High Court battle with former club president Valeri Belokon and were ordered to buy him out for £31m.

The Oystons, who have owned the club since 1986, were alleged to have shown unfair prejudice against shareholders which they denied.

They have said they will appeal against certain aspects of the court ruling.

Both the club itself and the properties division that owns their Bloomfield Road stadium are up for sale.
"Expressions of interest should be made to an independent nominee, appointed by the Football Club," a statement said.

In the meantime, lawyers have been instructed to seek leave to appeal against "elements" of the court judgement.

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