VICTOR CHANDLER: Hoping those defensive lapses were just a blip

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Two points lost, despite trailing 3-2 at one stage, at Bramall Lane for the Blades and they remain two points behind leaders Tranmere in the table after Tuesday’s home draw with Crewe.

Seven goals in two home games and this time last week you would have put your house on the Blades picking up six points with that return. The hope is the defensive lapses against Crewe were only a blip and they will have a clean sheet at Brentford on Saturday.

The Bees themselves had a great win at promotion-rivals Swindon midweek and will get within one point of United with a win at Griffin Park; we find it hard at betvictor to split the sides with the hosts’ marginal favourites at 8/5 and the Blades 7/4 and the draw at 9/4. Danny Wilson’s side remain 5/2 favourites for the title with Brentford at 20/1.

Doncaster Rovers are up to fourth and if their home form mirrored their record on the road they would be clear having picked up 23 points from the 30 on offer on their travels.

They must aim for six points from their next two home games beginning with local rivals Scunthorpe at the weekend (Oldham on Tuesday) and the 10/11 on offer with betvictor against Scunny reflects their recent inadequacies at the Keepmoat.

Scunthorpe are currently next to bottom but have picked up 11 of their 16 points away from home; the visitors are 33/10 with the draw at 12/5. I think the 10/11 is the wrong price but can you trust Rovers at home?

Rovers are still 14s at betvictor for the title and 4/1 for promotion.

Six points from two home games is exactly what the doctor ordered for Chesterfield, giving Paul Cook back-to-back wins for the first time and something to build on as they make the long trip to Plymouth on Saturday.

The Pilgrims have lost six of their last seven and failed to hit the target in two away defeats during the last seven days.

Chesterfield are favourites at 6/4 for their third win on the spin with Plymouth 7/4 and the draw at 12/5; whilst the Spireites remain 40/1 for the title, the sevens for promotion is beginning to look tempting.

The Millers continue to frustrate and, having conceded a goal in the opening minute against Cheltenham, they were able to come back for a convincing 4-2 win yet when they score in the opening minute against relegation-threatened Wycombe midweek they fall away and lose 3-2.

This is a vital game for Rotherham; Exeter are 8/5 favourites with the Millers 7/4 and the draw 23/10. Rotherham remain 15/2 for the League Two title yet a win for Chesterfield and defeat for Rotherham and they will flip-flop in the table.

The recent wins for the Owls against Ipswich and Peterborough looked valuable but they are beginning to look critical after three subsequent defeats; Ross Barkley has returned to Everton and next up, Leicester.

Wednesday are 13/5 for the home win with Leicester 21/20 and the draw 5/2.

Great point for the Reds at Bolton and they face leaders Cardiff at Oakwell; Cardiff are 5/4 to return with the points with the Tykes 23/10 and the draw 12/5.

Cardiff have picked up 27 of their 34 points at home and have been beaten no less than five times away from home.

This is a game the Reds can win.

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