Here’s a look at some of the latest news in our division this evening.
- Sunderland have taken a strong U21 side to Grimsby this evening, FOUR first team squad players are set to appear. Jack Rodwell, Donald Love, Callum McManaman and Brendan Galloway are all in the squad although none of them have played much first team football in recent months. With the senior squad having a rest from action during the international break it means a tough match for the Cods.
- It’s been splashed all over the news this afternoon, but former Imps target Ricky Miller has been charged with assaulting a police officer. The charge, which looks set to end his Posh career already, comes in relation to an incident at a shopping centre at 10am on Sunday. The striker, banned for the start of the season after biting an opponent, is accused of failing to give a sample of his breath before allegedly assaulting the officer.
- Crewe boss David Artell has accused his side of inconsistency ahead of their clash with the Imps this weekend. After knocking League One side Rotherham out of the FA Cup at the weekend the Railwaymen were beaten 4-2 at Port Vale in their final Checkatrade Trophy group game. Artell said “When we are good, we are very good. We seem to raise our game and play well against the better teams if you like. We played well to beat Notts County and we did the same in the second half to knock Rotherham out of the FA Cup.” Quite what this means for City I don’t know.
- A stay at Mansfield Town could be taken literally very soon as they plan to build a hotel at the ground. John Radford, Stags owner and chairman, said he is planning to submit plans for a “high quality” 108-bedroom hotel and has spoken to a global hotel brand which he hopes to work with. The hotel would be attached to the South Stand at the club’s One Call stadium, and with Mansfield being such a high-quality destination I imagine it will be a roaring success.
- Pierce Bird might have scored Lincoln’s first goal in 300-odd minutes last night, but Kevin Nolan was quick to praise the youngster. “I thought he did really well,” Nolan told former Echo reporter Leigh Curtis. “He was with three lads who have had a lot of experience, he won a lot of headers and did everything right.” He then hinted at a move out on loan; “It’s the next step for him now and we have to make sure we keep working hard. He has to learn the game and make sure he stays around us if he does go out on loan.
- The Checkatrade Trophy clash between Peterborough and Cambridge brought disorder to the gentile streets of the University city last night. A smoke bomb was let off in a pub, causing it to be evacuated as Posh paid a visit. A spokesperson for Cambridgeshire Constabulary said: “At about 6.20pm yesterday (7 November) a smoke grenade was set off at the Grain and Hop Store in Regent Terrace, Cambridge, causing the premises to be evacuated. “Officers were already in attendance due to the football match between Cambridge United and Peterborough United. They prevented disorder and escorted away fans to the stadium.”
- Steve Evans might be on his way out of Mansfield as reports north of the border link him with a move to Dundee United. Newspapers in Scotland were reporting that Evans was a late entrant to the race with bookmaker Bet Victor quoting him fifth favourite at 14/1. He has been linked with the job before, two years ago after leaving Rotherham United when he said: “I am a proud Scot and returning to manage in the Scottish Premiership is definitely something that would interest me.” It is unclear if Dundee have more money than sense.