There was a generous smattering of games in League One on this dull international week, with the biggest match from a Notts point of view being at Broadhall Way, where play-off rivals Stevenage hosted automatic promotion chasers Huddersfield Town. With the Magpies winning at Rochdale, three points for the visitors would've seen a return to the top six for Keith Curle's side, something which looked likely when the Terriers raced into a two goal lead even in the absence of Jordan Rhodes, away with Scotland. The hosts rallied though and eventually equalised through substitute Robin Shroot - a result which convinced boss Gary Smith that it gives them a "mental edge" ahead of the upcoming play-off semi-final clash with Simon Grayson's side.
With Huddersfield dropping points, Wednesday night's game at Bramall Lane gave Sheffield United an opportunity to strengthen their grip on the second automatic promotion place against Scunthorpe United. They made heavy weather of it, but a late Stephen Quinn winner against the ten man visitors was enough to put Danny Wilson's side five points clear of third place and leave Scunthorpe in the bottom four. Elsewhere, Charlton Athletic continued to mock the rest of the league with the ease at which they're sauntering to the title, hammering Chesterfield 4-0 away from home, leaving the Spireites perilously close to being cut adrift at the bottom.
Otherwise there was two epic battles of mid-table nothingness, with Hartlepool United winning at out of form Bury and Oldham Athletic drawing with Colchester United in what must have been one of the least interesting football games of all times.
There was also good news for Notts chairman Ray Trew, whose title as the division's most trigger happy boss was snatched away by the king of premature sackings, Milan Mandaric. The mad Serbian was so enraged that his Sheffield Wednesday side could only beat their superior local rivals United 1-0 that he had no option but to dispense with Megson's services. NCM's favourite League One chairman, however, is without a doubt Bournemouth's Eddie Mitchell, who was charged by the FA after having a dru... (No - NCM Lawyers) row with Radio Five Live presenter Mark Chapman live on air. To be fair to Eddie, he was only trying to defend joint owner Maxim Demin's wife randomly appearing in the dressing room at half time during the weekend's defeat Milton Keynes to 'introduce herself to the players'. Cracking timing, that