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Down the line: Headlines from the football league

CHAMPIONSHIP

Rovers boss offers no defence for his tactics

DERBY 3-0 BLACKBURN

BOSS Tony Mowbray admitted he might have been too attack-minded after Blackburn missed the chance to go sixth with a 3-0 defeat at Derby. In Wayne Rooney’s absence through injury, Louie Sibley, 18, marked his first league start with a fine strike before Chris Martin netted twice. ‘We came believing we could hurt them with the striking options,’ said Mowbray. ‘I probably had too many attack-minded players on the pitch against their controlled build-up.’

LEAGUE ONE

Mikael is Light-headed following late leveller

MIKAEL MANDRON refused to gloat after his brace for Gillingham dented former club Sunderland’s promotion hopes in a 2-2 draw. His second equaliser was in the sixth minute of injury-time but Mandron said: ‘To score at the Stadium of Light feels really good. This place feels like home.’ Coventry are five points clear at the top after Matty Godden got the only goal of their 1-0 win at Ipswich.

LEAGUE TWO

Ollie greedy for goals after Grimsby victory

GRIMSBY boss Ian Holloway was thrilled to earn derby-day bragging rights with a 2-0 win at Scunthorpe. After Charles Vernam and Luke Waterfall scored the Mariners’ goals, Holloway said: ‘I wish I’d have got a third, fourth, fifth and sixth because it would have felt a lot better!’ Crewe replaced Swindon at the top after beating Stevenage 3-1, their eighth home victory in a row.