5 talking points from the weekend

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Tom Pope secured Bury’s fifth straight win

1. Pressure is building at Wigan
Manager Gary Caldwell felt WIGAN were the better team in Friday night’s Lancashire derby at Preston but the fact remains they lost 1-0 – and haven’t won in seven. Cardiff’s win at Rotherham on Saturday then saw them leapfrog Wigan, leaving Latics bottom of the Championship. They can climb straight off it as they host Wolves tomorrow night and although the visitors have won their last two in the Championship, Caldwell feels a Wigan victory is just round the corner. He said: “We look over the games with the players and there isn’t a lot going wrong, it is small things we need to fix and when we do that I believe we’ll go on a run, we’ll win games and see where that will take us.”

2. Bury go just a point off the League One summit
BURY left it late to clinch a 2-1 win over Chesterfield but it was no more than they deserved having played some excellent football early on. Zeli Ismail shone and opened the scoring with his first goal since joining from Wolves in the summer before Bolton loanee Tom Walker crossed for Tom Pope to head an 87th-minute winner. That made it five straight victories for the Shakers and sent them second – above Bolton after their 0-0 draw with Bradford. And striker Pope reckons they can stay up there. “Bury have had some difficult times but with the chairman we’ve got, the gaffer and his staff, and this group of players, this club’s ready to go to the next level. I really believe that,” he said. “Even though we’ve had injuries recently, we’ve still had players who’ve come in and kept their shirt, so I don’t see why this can’t be a very successful season.” They visit MK Dons tomorrow night.

3. Rochdale claim the EFL’s win of the day
ROCHDALE finally claimed their first League One last week and they only went and followed it up with a 3-2 victory at Millwall. The Lions hadn’t lost at home in the league since February and that looked set to continue when they hit straight back from a Callum Camps opener to lead 2-1 after 18 minutes. But Calvin Andrew headed home from Joe Bunney’s 67th-minute free-kick before Ian Henderson held his nerve to convert a stoppage-time penalty. The EFL even picked it as their result of the day on Twitter. Another win in tomorrow night’s derby at home to Bolton could send Dale into the top half and they will be confident as although Wanderers are third, they haven’t won in six.

4. Stockport County snatch bragging rights
CURZON ASHTON thought they were on course for a much-needed derby win against STOCKPORT COUNTY after Niall Cummins headed a 67th-minute opener from Connor Hampson’s left-wing cross. But sub Sam Minihan headed County level on 83 minutes before Curzon failed to clear Danny Lloyd’s stoppage-time corner and Michael Clarke fired home from close range to win it 2-1 and make it four wins from six. That late fightback was a huge morale boost before the Hatters host joint-leaders AFC Fylde tomorrow night and despite being denied a first league win in five, there was plenty of cause for optimism for Curzon before their derby at FC United.

5. Double hat-trick for Trafford’s Aaron Burns
Aaron Burns stole the show as TRAFFORD romped to their third straight win in the Evo-Stik North. Not only did Trafford chalk up a 6-0 victory at home to Goole AFC but Burns scored all six to send Tom Baker’s up to sixth in the table. The 28-year-old striker, who joined from Ashton United last December, also set a club record for most goals in a game, surpassing the five scored by Chris McDonagh (last season), Shelton Payne (2013) and Michael Oates (2012). The former FC United, Altrincham and Droylsden man struck twice before half-time and added a 65th-minute penalty before claiming his second hat-trick in a 12-minute spell late on.