League 1 match timelines: 12 Sep 2015

Here are the match timelines for the seventh round of League 1 fixtures. There’s a full explanation of these here and you can access all the previous ones by selecting “VISUALISATIONS > TIMELINES” from the menu.

Summary

First of all, here are all the timelines side-by-side with the same vertical scale for ease of comparison. You can click on this to bring up a larger version:

 

L1 week 7

Individual matches

2015-09-12 Barnsley Swindon

Justice looks to have been served here, with the home side creating the better chances and offering the more consistent threat, even if the margin of victory was slightly flattering. Swindon created little of import until the final 10 minutes, by which time Barnsley had scored five times – mostly at the right end.2015-09-12 Burton Rochdale

Burton’s impressive debut season in the third tier continued here with a comfortable-looking win. Their half time lead appeared deserved and they could have had another as Rochdale were restricted to a handful of low-quality chances and barely threatened at all in the second half.2015-09-12 Chesterfield Colchester

Chesterfield will have been happier with the points being shared here, having been significantly out-created by their visitors. Colchester fired in shots regularly throughout this encounter – and continued to do so despite falling 3-1 behind with 15 minutes left – while their hosts created almost nothing in the 40 minutes between their first and second goals.2015-09-12 Crewe Millwall

Crewe look to have been unfortunate not to have taken a point here, but failed to convert two close-range chances in quick succession (which form that big leap at around the 55 minute mark) that could have changed the outcome of this game. Those efforts punctuated a sustained spell of Millwall pressure which eventually led to them regaining the lead.2015-09-12 Fleetwood Bradford

Both sides scored with their first chances of the match here but neither was able to add a second that their efforts over the remainder of the match could easily have generated. Fleetwood will have been the happier to see the match end level as Bradford had the better of the second half despite a late rally by the home side.2015-09-12 Gillingham Blackpool

The actual and expected goals finished pretty close together here, with Gillingham holding onto top spot with a deserved victory. Having ended the first half in the ascendancy, the home side shot themselves in the foot with an own goal at the start of the second half that looked to have stirred Blackpool into life. Despite their chances becoming fewer and further between as the game wore on, they eventually found a winner.2015-09-12 Oldham Peterborough

The first Football League side to sack their manager this season became responsible for the third to lose his job, as the margin of this defeat prompted Oldham to dispense with Darren Kelly’s services. While the scoreline didn’t necessarily reflect the underlying chances and the home side actually took the largest share of this game’s 40 shots (23 to 17), their efforts were less dangerous than Peterborough’s on average. With the game looking pretty even after an hour, the visitors rattled in a series of good chances to put the game beyond Oldham’s reach.
2015-09-12 Port Vale Wigan

Vale edged a close-run contest with a winner at the death here, although having been 2-0 up they will probably feel that this was justified. Wigan had created the better chances in a relatively poor first half yet still went in behind at the break and took a while to get going in the second period, which may ultimately have cost them a point.2015-09-12 Scunthorpe Coventry

Scunthorpe made this victory look surprisingly easy, having kept high-flying (and free-scoring) Coventry quiet until the game’s final stages. For all their dominance, the hosts failed to carve out any gilt-edged chances and looked to have run out of steam themselves not long into the second half, before netting their most promising chance of the game late on.2015-09-12 Sheff Utd Bury

It’s hard not to feel sorry for Sheffield United here, with Bury creating three goals from chances barely sufficient for one and the Blades doing the opposite. A pretty flat first half was soon forgotten after a second period which more than made up for it, with the home side levelling the game from the spot but failing to convert their other promising chances, leaving the Shakers to snatch all three points.
2015-09-12 Southend Shrewsbury

An incredibly one-sided first half, in which Southend failed to muster a single effort on goal despite playing in front of their own fans, was followed by a second in which they started brightly but then faded after conceding the game’s only goal. Visitors Shrewsbury’ play had merited their winner and despite offering little themselves thereafter they look to have deserved the points overall.
2015-09-12 Walsall Doncaster

Walsall kept pace with leaders Gillingham after finding another gear on the hour mark here. After starting the more purposefully the Saddlers had failed to trouble managerless Doncaster’s defence for 45 minutes, but then suddenly something clicked and they dominated the remainder of the match.