LEAGUE ONE AND TWO ROUND-UP: Portsmouth hit for four by promotion rivals Hull while Tranmere adopt a ‘rock ‘n’ roll’ approach in play-off push
Sportsmail’s Tom Farmery gives the lowdown on all the action from League One and League Two as Portsmouth lose a crucial match and Tranmere channel their inner ‘rock ‘n’ roll’ approach.
It wasn’t long ago that Portsmouth boss Kenny Jackett was talking about the importance of central defender Jack Whatmough staying fit in the club’s push for promotion.
Jackett perhaps didn’t expect Whatmough, who has had interest from Premier League sides, to add to Pompey’s downfall against Hull. But the 24-year-old defender scored two own goals as his side were mauled 4-0 by the top-of-the-table Tigers.
Jackett refused to single Whatmough out, saying: ‘We didn’t have our usual energy and, fair play to Hull, it was their day. We must make sure we get back on track and not let this hurt morale.’
Portsmouth were battered 4-0 by top-of-the-table Hull in League One this weekend
Paul Lambert is on the brink at Ipswich following a disappointing home defeat against promotion rivals Peterborough.
Lambert’s side went down 1-0 and are now ninth, yet despite an awful display he bizarrely said:’I thought we were really good.’ A first-half Charlie Wyke strike secured Sunderland their first home league win since November, beating Shrewsbury Town 1-0 .
Tranmere have emerged as promotion candidates despite conceding as many goals – 28 – as they have scored.
Strikes by Danny Lloyd and James Vaughan were enough to beat Bolton 2-1 and move all-action Tranmere up to 10th — two points off the play-offs.
Manager Keith Hill said: ‘I am a true believer in that rock ‘n’ roll football, Klopp and Pep. I’ve been banging the drum for 14 years about this.’
Tranmere emerged as promotion candidates despite conceding as many as they have scored
Mark Cooper urged his Forest Green side to press on after a 1-0 victory over Leyton Orient ended a run of five winless games. Forest Green are level on points with leaders Cambridge and Cooper said: ‘We looked a bit more sturdy.’
Southend missed the chance to move off the bottom of the table and above Grimsby as they lost 1-0 to Mansfield.
Grimsby were beaten 3-0 by Lincolnshire rivals Scunthorpe and boss Paul Hurst said: ‘The players were lucky the fans weren’t here. I’m embarrassed.’