Fulham v Crystal Palace, Football League and more: clockwatch – live!

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Some half-time philosophising from Barry Edwards: “Aren’t pla..... Strap in.

Some half-time philosophising from Barry Edwards: “Aren’t players with beards or hairy barnets like Riedewald worried that their hair is going to be given offside by VAR?”

Bob Lewandowski has just completed a perfect hat-trick for Bayern Munich, who lead Frankfurt 3-0. Just the 10 league goals in four games for him this season, that’s all.

Your Scotland update comes from Simon McMahon: “After the big build-up, the St. Johnstone v Dundee United game is, predictably, the only one in the SPL without a goal at half-time. Elsewhere it’s Kilmarnock 0-1 Hibs and Motherwell 1-0 Ross County. In the Scottish Championship Raith Rovers are now 3-1 up at Queen of the South, and it’s Alloa 0-1 Dunfermline 1, and Inverness 0-0 Ayr.”

Half-times all round.

Championship

Bristol City 0-0 Swansea
Cardiff 0-1 Middlesbrough
Coventry 0-1 Blackburn
Huddersfield 1-0 Preston
Millwall 1-1 Barnsley
Norwich 1-1 Wycombe
QPR 0-0 Birmingham
Reading 1-0 Rotherham
Sheff Wed 0-0 Luton
Stoke 2-0 Brentford

League One

Gillingham 0-2 Fleetwood
Blackpool 0-0 Dons
Burton 0-0 Wimbledon
Doncaster 1-1 Crewe
Hull 1-0 Peterborough
Lincoln City 0-0 Ipswich
Northampton 0-0 Charlton
Shrewsbury 1-2 Rochdale
Sunderland 1-2 Portsmouth
Wigan 0-0 Plymouth

League Two

Barrow 1-1 Walsall
Bradford 0-2 Newport
Cambridge 0-0 Bolton
Cheltenham 0-0 Mansfield
Colchester 0-0 Harrogate
Grimsby 1-0 Carlisle
Morecambe 1-0 Forest Green
Oldham 0-2 Port Vale
Salford 0-0 Crawley
Stevenage 0-0 Leyton Orient
Tranmere 1-0 Southend

The ever-watchable Wilfried Zaha is putting in one of his best ever displays for Palace today – no exaggeration. His side look comfortable as Luka Milivojevic send a free-kick over the wall in the last act of the half. Jake Cooper heads in an immediate equaliser for Millwall.

Reading are leading Rotherham: Yakou Meite slots home after a delightful shimmy and cross from Ovie Ejaria, Mitchell Clark puts Port Vale two up at Oldham, and a screamer of a volley from Alex Mowatt gives Barnsley the lead at Millwall.

Meanwhile, Doncaster Rovers join the respectapalooza – yours for £27.99:

James McClean doubles Stoke’s lead against Brentford with a jammy deflected cross and Mallik Wilks puts Hull ahead against Peterborough, a lovely guided finish.

James McClean of Stoke City makes it 2-0 .
James McClean of Stoke City makes it 2-0 . Photograph: Richard Long/News Images/REX/Shutterstock

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A fast start at the Keepmoat, where Doncaster host Crewe – Josh Sims replying to Charlie Kirk to make it one apiece.

Unsurprisingly Ademola Lookman is Fulham’s brightest attacking hope against Palace. He’s been a livewire throughout the opening stages and now he scurries into the box and hits the inside of the post, the ball bouncing out to Mitrovic in front of goal, who can’t react quickly enough and can only shank his shot over. Great chance!

More aeronautical history, courtesy of Mammillaria Hahniana: “A plane spotter writes: The Spitfire is probably a cannon armed MK 1B. These did participate in the Battle of Britain although most Spits were browning armed MK1A version.”

John Marquis puts Portsmouth 2-1 up at Sunderland after some pitiful stuff from the hosts, who gift their opponents the ball on the edge of the box.

Fulham look in trouble against Palace, who look dangerous every time they get into their hosts’ half: Zaha forces a good save from a tight angle before heading a decent chance wide after good work from Townsend.

Shout out to Simon McMahon, who emails in with the following: “Hi Alex. Game of the day in Scotland comes from Perth, where visitors Dundee United start with Shankland, McNulty and Clark in attack. St. Johnstone’s Stevie May is in good form recently, so expect goals at McDiarmid Park. None so far, though. Elsewhere in the SPL, Kilmarnock host Hibs and Motherwell welcome Ross County. In the Scottish Championship, Hearts struggled to a 1-0 win at Arbroath last night, and today it’s Inverness v Ayr, and it’s already Queen of the South 1-2 Raith Rovers. Peterhead v Cove Rangers and Partick v Airdrie are the top games in Scottish League One, and in Scottish League Two, Queens Park have taken an early lead at home to Albion, and it’s Edinburgh City 0-0 Cowdenbeath.”

As a wise man once said, “Be careful, because there’s always someone ready to step into your shoes … and do your job better … than you … do it.”

And taking their lead from the Football League, Barcelona and Real Madrid have already traded a pair of goals! More here:

An slew of early goals in the Championship: Huddersfield are beating Preston thanks to Frazier Campbell, Adam Armstong gives Blackburn the lead from the spot against Coventry, who have had Michael Rose sent off, the evergreen Steven Fletcher has put Stoke ahead against Brentford, and Wycombe have equalise, Scott Kashket punishing a statuesque Norwich defence!

In League One,, Sunderland and Pompey are already a goal a piece. And just two goals in League Two: Newport and Port Vale are beating Bradford and Oldham respectively.

Goal! Fulham 0-1 Crystal Palace (Riedewald 8)

A long ball frees Wilfried Zaha, who beats Ola Aina with some great skill and gets a shot away from close range. Areola saves but Zaha latches on to the rebound, waits a beat, and plays in Jaïro Riedewald, who fires home. Your move, Scotty Parker.

Crystal Palace’s Jairo Riedewald slams home the Eagles’ opener.
Crystal Palace’s Jairo Riedewald slams home the Eagles’ opener. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Pool/Reuters

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Some thought’s on Hartlepool’s shirt:

Mary Waltz says: “In these dark days it never hurts to see a reminder of what is possible, although it is depressing to look at who we have in charge of our affairs and compare. Love the look of the Spitfire, a lovely reminder of what is possible, genius design combined with human bravery.”

A good pint … or is it? Adam Griffiths interjects: “Why haven’t Hartlepool used a picture of the Spitfire used in the Battle of Britain (the Mk 1)? Unless my ageing eyes deceive me, that’s the Mk 2 (introduced in 1941) adorning the shirts. I should probably get out more.”

And JR in Illinois rightly points out that “it’s a good thing for all involved that James McClean isn’t at Hartlepool”.

Meanwhile, in football, Teemu Pukki has put Norwich ahead and set Wycombe on track for a seventh defeat in seven.

In League One, Fleetwood have won 2-0 at 10-man Gillingham to leapfrog their opponents into 11th, and in the division below Exeter have won 3-1 against Scunthorpe, who are in trouble. Meanwhile, our man Jonathan Liew was at the London Stadium to witness Manchester City salvage an unconvincing draw against David Moyes’ formidable West Ham. Here’s his take on all that:

News reaches me that there is a game being played in Spain this afternoon. No more info as yet, but Barry Glendenning’s live blog will keep you informed:

By the way, I trust we have all seen Hartlepool’s commemorative Battle of Britain shirt? Thoughts?

In the Championship’s early kick-off, Watford’s attempt to go level on points with top-of-the-table Reading was going swimmingly … right up until the 95th minute, when Chris Mepham volleyed home to ensure Bournemouth left Vicarage Road with a 1-1 draw. Which means Reading could go four clear with a win over ailing Rotherham.

Chris Mepham (second left) gets a share of the spoils for Bournemouth.
Chris Mepham (second left) gets a share of the spoils for Bournemouth. Photograph: Marc Atkins/Getty Images

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Talking of Fulham v Crystal Palace (and who isn’t?), we all of course remember Pajtim Kasami’s ludicrous wonderstrike in that fixtures a few years back. The Guardian’s own Will Unwin spoke to the man himself about the goal earlier this year:

What’s the opposite of a bogey team? (Handkerchief team?) Whatever it is, that’s what West Ham are to Manchester City, who tend to wallop the Hammers with disdainful ease every time they meet. Not so today, though – it’s currently 1-1 at the London Stadium with 10 miunutes left. Follow it with Scott Murray here:

Preamble

Gather round! We’re in for another full-on Saturday afternoon of bizarro Covid-era football, with the sole top-flight kick-off offering chance for Fulham to generate some momentum in a London derby. They play host to Crystal Palace, and will go into a winnable game buoyed by the explosive debut of Ademola Lookman last week. Scott Parker’s side are far from the write-offs many would have you believe – but they will be keenly aware this is a good a chance as they’ll get to chalk up some vital points.

In the Championship, unbeaten Reading look to put some daylight between themselves and in-form Watford with the visit of Rotherham, while Barnsley and Wycombe both continue their search for a first win – the latter the only side in the country to have lost six from six, and yet still not bottom of the league. Maybe it’s their year.

For League One, a single top-of-the-table clash is not enough: this afternoon the top four play each other, Peterborough travelling to the KCom Stadium to face Hull and Ipswich going to Lincoln – as well as two of the bottom three facing off as Blackpool host MK Dons.

And in League Two, Southend, Barrow and Mansfield are all seeking an inaugural victory, while table-topping Cambridge United look to continue their momentum with the visit of Bolton.

All that – plus updates from Scotland, Europe and maybe even beyond. Strap in.

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