Stunning strikes, keeper c**k-ups & a slaloming streaker
FFT.com's Gregg Davies casts an eye over the weekend just gone...
Kaka? ÃÂ£100 million? No no, weÃ¢ÂÂll have none of that poppycock in the Football League.
The sweetest of left-footed volleys from the Welshman Ã¢ÂÂ who's being linked with a ÃÂ£5m move to West Ham or Stoke this month Ã¢ÂÂ wasn't all that dissimilar to his Wembley wonder-strike which beat Barnsley in last season's FA Cup semi-final.
And like at Wembley, the goal would deservedly have been enough to secure victory for Dave JonesÃ¢ÂÂ side had it not been for that pesky Lee Bowyer eÃ¢ÂÂ on loan from the Hammers Ã¢ÂÂ cracking home an equaliser deep into added time at St. Andrews.
Another new incumbent fared better at Carrow Road, where Norwich battered Barnsley. Canaries legend Bryan Gunn, the man overseeing affairs as caretaker manager, is clearly a natural at the half-time team-talk malarkey, what with his charges planting four into the TykesÃ¢ÂÂ onion bag after the break.
Gunn: Been there, done that
After 54 minutes the ex-Woking stopper was desperately seeking a hole to leap into, having seen a fluffed kick end up in his own net via Matt Jarvis Ã¢ÂÂ and this after the Brazilian glove-man had completely missed Michael KightlyÃ¢ÂÂs cross, with Neill Collins mopping up from close range.
But Basso redeemed himself admirably soon after, denying Sylvain Ebanks-Blake with a flying one-handed stop. And it proved the catalyst for CityÃ¢ÂÂs revival, as Dele Adebola and Nicky Maynard netted to rescue a point for last seasonÃ¢ÂÂs play-off finalists.
League 1's finest comeback came at Carlisle (with a shout out to bottom side Crewe, who twice came from behind to beat Scunthorpe 3-2). Trailing 2-0 to second-placed MK Dons at half-time, the Cumbrians came out all guns blazing and triumphed 3-2 with Joe Anyinsah hogging the glory after his effort deflected up and over despairing Dons keeper Willy Gueret.
However, the division's remarkable result came at Edgar Street.
Second-bottom Hereford, the division's lowest scorers, had been battered 4-0 by Oldham at Boundary Park back in October in a performance described by the Bulls' manager, chairman, director of football and all round head honcho Graham Turner as mÃ¢ÂÂamongst the worst performances that I can remember in a long time."
So a whiff of revenge was in the air as his side rattled four past the Latics by half-time, adding a fifth for good measure after the break.
Edgar Street became the 91st of the current 92 league grounds graced by Oldham loanee Dean Windass, according to the wily old fella himself.
And although he wonÃ¢ÂÂt be keen to set foot on HerefordÃ¢ÂÂs hallowed turf again, it wonÃ¢ÂÂt be one the soon-to-be-40-year-old forgets in a hurry.
ThatÃ¢ÂÂs because of the portly streaker who galloped the full length of the pitch towards the end of proceedings, slaloming his way past a string of stewards before being brought down in front of the travelling Athletic fans, who finally had something to cheer about.
Edgar Street (portly invader not pictured)
Having won just two of their previous 23 league outings, Town traipsed to table-topping Wycombe, seven clear of the rest having tasted defeat just once all season.
But we end on a sour note (or an amusing one, depending whether youÃ¢ÂÂre a Brentford fan).
His comeback lasted just eight minutes, being discharged again Ã¢ÂÂ perhaps rather harshly on closer inspection Ã¢ÂÂ for leading with his arm in an aerial challenge.
The referee who sent him off this time? Stuart Attwell. Yes, him.
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