Oldham Athletic 0 Charlton Athletic 2
And it was on for 13 minutes this afternoon when Millwall and Swindon were level at the New Den and inconceivably Bristol Rovers were one-up at Elland Road. Leeds were down to 10-men and it looked again if the pressure was going to get too much and they were about to implode but two goals in five minutes secured them promotion in front of 38,000. Around about the same time with us now two goals to the good Millwall also scored twice to lead Swindon. They eventually won 3-2.
Meanwhile down in the West Country Exeter beat Huddersfield despite going behind early, a result that kept Huddersfield in 6th and sent Gillingham down. Tranmere will also spend another season in the third tier after beating Stockport. John Barnes oversaw a disastrous spell in charge up until the end of November but it was the club physio Les Parry who kept Rovers up. A lesson to all money-bags chairmen everywhere.
Back to us then and we did what we had to do at Boundary Park and won to continue our nice little vein of form. It was the first time we have scored more than a solitary goal for a while and by all accounts Bailey put wide of an open goal to make it three, but the travelling 1,300 Addicks sounded like they enjoyed it and it was a comfortable win.
Because of Swindon's defeat we jumped above them to gain home advantage in the 2nd leg of the play-off semi final. In fact we occupied 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th during the 90 minutes but we avoid Millwall and go to the County Ground on Friday when I will be in Mexico
Today for 13 minutes after Bristol Rovers took the lead I felt all of my breath squeeze out of me and my heart was racing sat in front of the computer. Heavens, it's only the beginning!