This season, Prostate Cancer UK is the official charity of the
Football League. To celebrate, each week
footballer-turned-journalist Adrian Clarke - who played for
Arsenal, Rotherham, Southend, Carlisle and Stevenage - is rounding
up the best performances by No9s in the Football League, in
recognition of the fact that prostate
cancer affects one in nine men. In week eight (Saturday 6
October), he lauds the breaking of a seven-month duck, a fiery week
for a south coast hitman and a full showcase of talent at Port
Super sub: Aaron McLean (left) celebrates his winner at Hillsborough. Photo courtesy of Action Images
Aaron McLean -
Seven months without a league goal must have felt like seven years
to a striker of Aaron McLean's quality, so the Hull No9 can sleep
easy this week after breaking his duck with a valuable winner for
his side at Hillsborough. Having patiently sat through 75 minutes
of goalless action on the bench, it took less than 120 seconds for
McLean to banish his demons, and the striker displayed no sign of
nerves. Running on to a headed flick-on, McLean controlled neatly,
composed himself and then drilled a fierce right-footed strike into
the far bottom corner to break Sheffield Wednesday hearts, while no
doubt causing his own to race a little faster.
Did you know?
The Tigers striker's uncle is reggae singer Bitty McLean, who shot
to fame in the early 90s with three top-10 hits, including the No2
smash It Keeps Rainin' (Tears From My Eyes).
For the second successive week, No9s
scored eight per cent of the Championship's total number of 61
League One star
Izale McLeod -
McLeod made his name by scoring 60 times for MK Dons in three
seasons between 2004 and 2007, and he came back to haunt his former
employers on Saturday. The 27-year-old Brummie was on fire right
from the start on his return to stadium:mk, winning Pompey a
penalty inside two minutes. The spot-kick was missed, but just two
minutes later McLeod was at it again, weaving his way past three
defenders before slotting home a precise side-footed effort into
the bottom corner. It was a goal that earned the south coast
strugglers a deserved point, and followed a winning performance at
Yeovil in midweek, when McLeod lashed home a terrific shot to help
Pompey take all three points.
Did you know?
McLeod enjoyed a 17-minute appearance for England Under-21s
alongside the likes of Glen Johnson and James Milner in February
2006, coming on as a substitute for Wayne Routledge in a 3-1 win
No9s bagged eight strikes last week,
amounting to an impressive 14 per cent of League One's
League Two star
Jennison Myrie-Williams -
A top-class No9 not only scores goals but provides them too, and
this week Port Vale's enigmatic wide man displayed his full
repertoire. With the Valiants trailing at home to Dagenham &
Redbridge on Tuesday night, Myrie-Williams smashed home a
75th-minute equaliser to keep Micky Adams' side in the top three.
Four days later in Exeter, it was the 24-year-old's wingplay that
caught the eye. Myrie-Williams skipped past his marker before
sprinting down the right flank, waltzing past two more challenges
and whipping in a cross that was headed home by top scorer Tom
Pope. He's clearly a player with plenty in his locker.
Did you know?
Myrie-Williams is a self-confessed Deal Or No Deal fanatic, and
spends as many afternoons as he can engrossed in Noel Edmonds'
Seven strikes from a total of
61 means No9s scored 11 per cent of League Two's goals last
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