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Season Review: December

We reach Christmas in our latest review

15 May 2017

With Christmas now on the horizon Town were by no means looking to dish out early presents as they kept two more clean sheets at the start of December.

Town’s first game of the month was their second round FA Cup tie with Fleetwood and they came close to advancing to the second round, but neither side could find the all-important winner meaning Town would now face Fleetwood four times in just over a month. Town would go onto lose the replay 3-2 ten days later when they threw away a two goal lead as Adam El-Abd was sent off for the second time this season.

In the League, Town faced the tricky trip to Millwall and a first half goal from Louis Dodds meant that Town earned their first win at the Den for 54 years. They followed that up with a fine 2-0 win over Bristol Rovers as the in-form Dodds got on the scoresheet before Ian Black scored from the spot to give Town all-three points and drag them off the foot of the League One table.

The Christmas period always looked tricky on paper as they faced trips to high-flying Bolton Wanderers and Rochdale, and so it proved to be. Two goals in the space for five first half minutes from David Wheater made things difficult at Bolton and matters were made more difficult when referee David Webb failed to give a blantant penalty. Junior Brown gave Town hope, but they were unable to find a late equaliser.

It was a similar story at Rochdale when more controversial refereeing decisions appeared to cost Town at least a point. Rochdale took an early lead through Ian Henderson, but it was Dale’s second goal which proved controversial as the ball appeared to be kicked out of Jayson Leutwiler’s hands before Steven Davies finished from an offside position. Ivan Toney scored his final goal for Town as a late consolation before he returned to parent club Newcastle.

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