Football Shorts: Chesterfield vs. Bradford City

Read via Chesterfield FC’s matchday programme

Plymouth Argyle
Plymouth Argyle boss Derek Adams saw his side gift Cambridge United a late 2-1 victory on Saturday and laid the blame on an unsuspecting culprit – an outbreak of algae on the Home Park pitch.

Argyle defender Peter Hartley lost his footing on 86 minutes which allowed Luke Berry to steal winner, prompting Adams to bemoan the state of the surface at the 17,000 seater stadium.

“It has an algae on the pitch, it has to be treated and hopefully that will be sorted in the week,” he said. “That is the reason [for Hartley’s slip].”

Plymouth chief executive Martyn Starnes has also acknowledged the issue, and reassured supporters that the problem is being dealt with.

He told BBC Sport: “We’ve got to get some equipment on there to try to break the algae up and put some winter seed in to try to take over the growth of the grass.

“It really is astonishing how scientific these pitches are nowadays.

“It’ll be ready for the next game – whether we’ll see a tangible improvement by then is doubtful as it takes some time, but the pitch will be playable by the time Yeovil come on Boxing Day.

AFC Wimbledon
AFC Wimbledon have gone a step closer to returning to their spiritual home of Plough Lane after planning permission was granted for a joint stadium and housing development.

Merton Council accepted an application lodged by Galliard Homes – those behind the building and development of the Emirates [Arsenal] and Upton Park [West Ham] – in association with AFC Wimbledon Football Club.

The Dons are expected to call a 20,000 seater stadium, with an initial 11,000 capacity, their new home on completion of the project in 2019.

The development on an existing racing track will see the ground set alongside three new apartment buildings to be built to the south, east and north of the football stadium in a series of linked contemporary buildings rising from six to 10 storeys high.

Carlisle United
Carlisle United will play their first home game of 2016 at Blackburn Rovers’s Ewood Park, over 100 miles away from their Brunton Park home.

The Football League sanctioned the move in the wake of Storm Desmond which devastated the region with floods and left thousands without power earlier this month.

Rovers are the second club to have accommodated Carlisle after Preston North End agreed to stage the Cumbrians’ fixture with Notts County at Deepdale on 19 December.

Carlisle are now in talks with other clubs about the December 28 game against Hartlepool and the January 9 FA Cup tie against Yeovil.

Stevenage
Stevenage fans will not have believed their eyes when they saw a goal scored from their own half for the second time this season on Saturday.

Jerome Okimo matched the feat of his goalkeeper Jesse Joronen when the defender launched a free kick from the back which sailed into the back of the net with the help of the wind.

Okimo’s first ever senior goal will be one that AFC Wimbled ‘keeper Ben Wilson will want to forget, just as was the case when Joronen scored against Wycombe earlier this season.

Stevenage boss Teddy Sheringham said: “It was a little bit unfortunate on their behalf, how we got the second goal, but we felt it was coming from the possession we had and the pressure we put on them.

“The goalkeeper has made a real hash of it – he won’t want to see it again. It was very fortuitous for us and we’ll take it.”

Port Vale
Port Vale chairman Norman Smurthwaite has put the club up for sale after becoming disillusioned with the side’s performances.

Smurthwaite, who first became involved with Vale in 2012, took the decision to up sticks after their 2-0 defeat at Exeter City in the FA Cup second round.

In a passionate interview with BBC Radio Stoke, he said: “Officially from today [Monday], the club is up for sale.”

“I just feel I’ve let the club down because I’ve tried to do everything myself, which meant cutting costs to put every available penny onto the pitch.

“Clearly that must be wrong because yesterday, if the players had put the same amount of effort into playing as I do to finding the way to pay them every month, we’d have knocked that club for six.”

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