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Although Fleetwood could only draw last Saturday, it was another good day for Chris Long who scored for a third successive game, although it wasn’t quite such a good day for Alex Whitmore whose Morecambe side took a hammering and he was shown a straight red card.

Long was getting some really positive comments from Fleetwood boss Uwe Rösler after his first two appearances, neither of which brought a goal, but he’s since scored against Southend, Coventry and now Charlton. This latest one was another shot from outside the box in just the fifth minute in a game where Fleetwood twice led but had to settle for a point in a 2-2 draw.

A third goal in three games for Chris Long

A third goal in three games for Chris Long

Facing him was Fredrik Ulvestad, who was making his Charlton debut. In what was only his third start in English league football, Fredrik was given a warning by his Charlton boss Russell Slade. “It’s his first game in League One, first for Charlton, so it’s difficult,” Slade said, adding: “I thought he did some things very well. He got caught for the second goal with the ball and gave it away cheaply in the defending third. He’ll have to learn from that and I’m sure he will.”

Another Burnley player making a debut for a new club on loan was Lukas Jutkiewicz. He was named as a substitute for Birmingham but replaced Clayton Donaldson after 65 minutes in their 1-0 win at Fulham; Donaldson had scored the only goal from the penalty spot.

Blues’ boss Gary Rowett was pleased with him. “I think Lukas Jutkiewicz showed coming onto the pitch that he’ll give us different aspects,” Rowett said. “I was really pleased with him.”

Back in League One, Danny Lafferty got another ninety minutes in for Sheffield United in their 3-2 win at Wimbledon while Dan Agyei was a late substitute for Coventry in their 1-1 draw at Millwall where former Claret Marvin Sordell opened his Sky Blues account.

Coventry boss Tony Mowbray heaped praise on Sordell. “I think Marvin Sordell can score lots of goals this year, but he needs to believe in himself more really,” Mowbray said. “I watch him in training , he has got great speed and strength and two wonderful feet.

“Yesterday I showed him a lot of his career goals to show him how talented he is. Today he scored a wonder goal for us, a brilliant strike.”

Having been used as a substitute last week, Tom Anderson was in the starting line up for Chesterfield at Oldham and helped them to a clean sheet in a 0-0 draw. Surprisingly, Cameron Dummigan, who was sold to Oldham on transfer deadline day, was an unused sub.

Josh Ginnelly is still waiting for his first League One action for Walsall. They were beaten 2-0 at Northampton, for whom Matt Taylor scored for a second successive week, but Ginnelly wasn’t in the match day squad.

It was a bad day for Morecambe. They were beaten 5-1 at home by Doncaster and just to make matters worse, Whitmore will now serve a three match ban after being sent off six minutes from the end by referee Ollie Yates. The only positive from our point of view was Ntumba Massanka coming on as a substitute to make his Morecambe debut.

Over in Germany, Rouwen Hennings might still be waiting for his first Fortuna Dusseldorf goal but he played his part in their 1-1 home draw against Greuther Fürth, getting an assist twelve minutes from the end for Oliver Fink’s equaliser.

The media would have you think that there was only one game in Scotland over the weekend but that was not the case. In the same Scottish Premiership as the Glasgow derby, Kilmarnock earned a point from a 1-1 draw at Dens Park against Dundee. Luke Hendrie played the entire game while George Green came on as a late substitute.

It was a substitute role for Jamie Thomas too at Ayr. They beat Morton 2-1 but he wasn’t called upon.

Finally, it was a clean sheet for Tony Aghayere at Colne. They won 1-0 at Ossett Albion to go seventh in Evo-Stik First Division North.

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