Unpredictable results prove anyone really can beat anyone else
Managers are on a pretty safe bet when they come out with the "anyone can beat anyone in this league" line during the first dozen games of the season. After all, reliable form is seldom established during August and September, with a few surprise fast-starters and rebuilt squads are still getting to know each other.
When Portsmouth manager Guy Whittingham gave that quote in the build-up to today's game against Torquay United at Plainmoor, he was not only trying to nip any over-confidence in his own camp in the bud – he was telling the truth.
Tuesday night's results in League Two were not only extraordinary, but they continued a chaotic pattern in recent weeks.
Of the top 11 clubs, the only team to win was Rochdale, and they had to come from 2-0 down at home to one-from-bottom Northampton Town to win 3-2 and oust Chesterfield from first place.
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Fleetwood Town, Morecambe, Southend United and Wimbledon all lost, while Chesterfield, Exeter City, Oxford United, Mansfield Town and Newport County had to settle for draws.
Chesterfield – what has happened to them? They were charging happily along until local rivals Mansfield turned up last month and won 1-0 in the shadow of the crooked spire. Three up at Morecambe, the Spireites then lost 4-3 at the Globe Arena, and a wretched run continued this week when they had to come from two-down to scramble a 2-2 draw against York City at whatever Chesterfield's new ground is called these days.
Oxford and Exeter drew 0-0 at the Kassam Stadium, which was not exactly a disaster for either club.
But Oxford, strong promotion fancies for many, had lost 2-0 at home to Southend and then hung on for a 0-0 draw at bottom club Accrington Stanley last Saturday.
The Grecians have been going far better than many expected during pre-season, but they were defeated 3-0 at home by Hartlepool United the other week, before responding with a 4-0 thumping of Scunthorpe United last weekend.
How did Scunthorpe fare after that rout? Why, they only went and won 1-0 at Fleetwood on Tuesday, and the big-spending 'Cod Army' have been playing as well as anyone of late.
Morecambe, who have once again been the early surprise packets in the division, lost 3-0 at Cheltenham Town, while Southend, who had been moving smoothly up the table under Phil Brown, had a man sent off and went down 1-0 to Dagenham and Redbridge at Roots Hall.
It was a truly crazy set of results.
Of course, Torquay's current slump leaves them under growing pressure against Pompey at Plainmoor, but what about Bristol Rovers and Northampton?
Rovers just cannot get going after an encouraging finish under John Ward at the end of last season. They became the first team to lose to Accrington on Tuesday night, and they now have to face Chesterfield at the Memorial.
The Cobblers have lost eight of their first 13 games under Aidy Boothroyd heading into this afternoon's visit from improving Cheltenham.
Thinking of dropping into the bookies today? Well, you would be mad to have more than a pint and a packet of crisps on anything in League Two. Might even be better to have a go at the National Lottery!