Debutants do the business for Pompey
At last, the League One season has rolled back into action after the summer break - and from penniless Portsmouth to the passionate Paulo Di Canio, this year’s campaign certainly has a lot to offer.
The story of the opening day was undoubtedly at Fratton Park, where the impoverished Portsmouth fielded an entire starting 11 of debutants in a South Coast derby with Bournemouth.
Yet for a welcome change it was Pompey’s performance on the pitch that did the talking. A promising display ultimately ended in a 1-1 draw, which given the circumstances is a pretty impressive result.
At the other end of the financial scale, cash rich Crawley Town started their bid to achieve a record breaking third successive promotion in convincing fashion, putting Scunthorpe to the sword by 3-0.
Promotion favourites Sheffield United and MK Dons also started the season with wins, seeing off Shrewsbury and Oldham 1-0 and 2-0 respectively.
It was a good day for French strikers as Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro grabbed a debut brace to help Tranmere defeat Leyton Orient 3-1 and Yoann Arquin scored the winner in Notts County’s 2-1 victory over Crewe.
Coventry began their acclimatisation to life in the lower leagues with a 1-1 draw away at Yeovil. The contest between Stevenage and Carlisle produced the same result.
There were some superb strikes at the Banks Stadium, where Walsall succumbed to a 3-0 defeat against newly relegated Doncaster.
David Cotterill’s lob from barely over the halfway line is well worth a watch, as is Kyle Bennett’s curling effort that sealed the result.
The clashes between Bury and Brentford, Hartlepool and Swindon and Preston and Colchester all finished goalless.
League One will return to action on Tuesday evening with Coventry v Sheffield United and Swindon v Crawley the pick of the fixtures.
By James Martin
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