The first weekend of the 2014/15 League One season most certainly did not disappoint. Plenty of goals were scored, tackles were flying in left, right and centre and the refereeing was up to its usual standard. Here are three things we learned from Gameweek 1.
1. Promoted clubs aren’t going to go down without a fight
Of the four promoted teams, Fleetwood and Chesterfield got wins under their belts. Chesterfield’s success is especially impressive considering they had the toughest start of the lot, having to go to the home of last season’s losing playoff finalists Leyton Orient, but earned a well-deserved victory.
Fleetwood defeated Crewe Alexandra with the help of a dream debut by Jamie Proctor, who scored one goal and set up the other. If they can keep the striker fit and healthy they should cause problems for the bigger teams, especially at home.
The two other newly promoted sides, Rochdale and Scunthorpe, both lost but had many encouraging points to take away from their games, especially Rochdale as they kept Peterborough scoreless for over an hour. These results show that the new kids won’t be easy to beat, especially at home.
2. The unpredictability of the League
The opening weekend has already thrown up a couple of surprises. Sheffield United, who finished strongly last season, were able to keep hold of the majority of their squad and even add one or two very good signings over the summer. They seen as promotion favourites.
However, they lost 2-1 to Steve Cotterrill’s Bristol City. At home!
This was the first time Bristol City had won at Brammall Lane since 1957, 57 years ago. As stated earlier, Chesterfield beat Leyton Orient at Leyton Orient. The Spyrites had many chances to score against the O’s. Hitting the post and making Legzdins (O’s keeper) pull off some excellent saves. Clearly the Spyrites didn’t just go to Orient to make up the numbers.
To fully cement the unpredictability of League One, Barnsley, one of the relegated teams from the Championship and seen as promotion favourites, were defeated 1-0 at Oakwell by Crawley Town.
No matter which teams are seen as the ‘big’ teams and how small the ‘minnows’ appear to be, anything can happen come three o’clock on a Saturday.
3. Darius Henderson could be vital to the O’s campaign
His team may have lost their opening league game, but Henderson did score his first league goal. Henderson is an out and out centre forward who has scored 110 goals in 377 games thus far in his career. He has spent the majority of his career in the Championship and the Premier League (fleetingly), so over the next few months Henderson could be another vital source of goals, alongside David Mooney and Kevin Lisbie.
Henderson is excellent in the air, and very capable of utilising his 6 ft and 13 stone frame to its full potential. Not only is he an aerial threat, Henderson is also quite capable of using his feet and holding the ball up for the midfielders who are often pushing beyond him in support.
He should be able to provide a very good focal point for the O’s attack with his physical abilities, goal scoring and skill at this level of the football pyramid.
Jack McCann, Pundit Arena.