Date: 11th December 2011 at 11:40am
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This week I want to start the round up with a warning to Billy Kee. No matter what people in the game offer you to move on from Burton next summer, you will be forever cursed to see out your playing days sat on a comfortable bench somewhere watching the action, rarely getting a chance to participate. Want proof? Read on?.

The Championship saw Derby in action at home to a Bristol City side that has been on a bit of a run under new manager Derek McInnes. Derby came from behind, securing a 2-1 win, but once again poor old Adam Legzdins and Jake Buxton were the two ugly kids at a wedding reception, with neither being invited to step onto the dance floor by their manager.

Former loanee Lee Camp saw out the full match for Forest once more, this time as they succumbed to a 1-0 home defeat to Crystal Palace. With ex-Brewer Steve Cotterill at the helm the plan of action was that Forest would start climbing the table. Unfortunately for City Ground regulars it seems that someone has turned the table upside down as the club now finds itself firmly in the relegation places. Pompey fans were roundly celebrating when he left Fratton Park to move back up to the East Midlands and many in the press called them crazy. You`d maybe think the Pompey regulars actually had a point and it is going to take more than “we should have won the game” sound bites to turn Forests’ season around.

Talking of managers, Neil Warnock took his QPR side up to Anfield for their Premier League clash and would you know it, those cheeky, loveable Scousers sneaked it with a 1-0 win courtesy of a Mr Suarez. Only appropriate hand gestures were on display this time around. Say what you like about Warnock as a person, but you can`t deny he is doing a half-decent job up there in the rarefied air that is the top tier of English football.

Getting back to on-pitch matters, there were no more ex-Brewer sightings in the Championship, but former Burton resident Craig Davies got himself a brace for Barnsley but, alas, after leading 2-0 at home to Ipswich Town they somewhat lost the plot and conceded five second-half goals to Ipswich Town. Having had a somewhat nomadic career to date, Craig has now seemingly found his feet in the game what with a good season last time around at Chesterfield and now having moved up into the Championship.

Dropping down into League 1, there was mixed news for our old boys plying their trade at this level. Now then Billy, remember what I said at the start about sitting on the bench? Here`s another salutary lesson for you as Bury crashed to a 4-1 defeat at Colchester and sitting on the bench watching the entire match was our Shaun. It doesn`t seem to be getting any better for him, does it?

Artur Krysiak seems to have cemented himself into the Exeter side, but a fat lot of good it did him yesterday as the Grecians went down to a 3-0 defeat at Leyton Orient. Talking of former loanees, Scott Malone played out the first sixty-seven minutes of Bournemouth`s very impressive 1-0 win at Huddersfield.

Finally in that division, Robin Shroot played the full match for Stevenage in their 0-0 draw at Preston that saw Stevenage go two points clear into a very creditable eleventh place.

Back in the world of proper football, Greg saw out the match as an unused substitute for Aldershot, watching on from afar as they beat Shrewsbury 1-0. James Collins managed to eclipse Greg slightly by getting a run out as a second-half substitute for the Shrews. Meanwhile down at Sixfields, Lee Bell played the full game for Crewe in their 1-1 draw with Northampton. This marked the first game in charge at the Cobblers for Aidy Boothroyd, which is just typical. After leaking goals in the same manner that my wife`s car leaks oil and water, Northampton go and get themselves a new manager just as the Boxing Day clash with the Brewers is looming. You`ve got to hope that their “new manager syndrome” has worn out by 26th December and that Northampton reverts to type when Burton roll into town.

Incidentally, Lewis Young, who seemed to be a permanent fixture in the Northampton sides picked by former manager Gary Johnson, was nowhere to be seen in the Cobblers line up yesterday. Strange that.

A busy day for Russ Penn down at Whaddon Road/The Abbey Business Stadium yesterday as he scored the second goal for the Robins as they beat table-topping Southend United 3-0. He also got himself booked and was substituted late on, but I bet he isn`t complaining as Cheltenham find themselves safely in third place.

Matt Duke got the best seats in the house to see his Bradford City side draw 1-1 at home with Plymouth, whilst Bryan Hughes played the full ninety for Accrington Stanley in their 2-0 away win against the fast fading Wombles. For those who blinked and missed it, Bryan`s BAFC career amounted to the first fifty-six minutes of the home game against Shrewsbury Town almost a year ago. He was substituted for Aaron and such was the shame he felt, he upped and left, playing a few games for Grimsby Town and the mighty Íþróttabandalag Vestmannaeyja, before pitching up in Accrington asking for a game.

Also in League 2, both Guy Branston and Steve Kabba were injured and missed out on their respective games for Rotherham and Barnet. Barnet in fact played on Friday night, going down 1-0 away to Torquay and Rotherham won 3-2 at Hereford with a late(ish) winner. Copycats!

Down into non-league and Kris Taylor played at right-back for Darlington in their FA Trophy defeat at Grimsby, which was a bit of a shame as Darlington are the current holders of the trophy. Well, that reign lasted ninety minutes for them.

The Mansfield Town former loan triumvirate of Adam Murray, Nialle Rodney and Shane Redmond were all in the squad for their 2-1 Trophy defeat at Droylesden, and Lee Morris set up the first and Richard Walker scored the second as Solihull Moors drew 2-2 at York City. Colwyn Bay lost their Trophy match 3-1 at home to Lincoln City, so Jon Newby can concentrate on the league now. He`ll have to do it without former Pirelli terrace villain Lee McEvilly, who was sent off in the 18th minute for a blatant elbow on the Imps Francis Laurent. No surprise there then?.

So that is about all I have time and space for this week, but I have to finish with my “obscure ex-player fact”, the focus of which this week is on Romuald Boco. After playing a handful of games for Burton in the 2009/2010 season, and looking like he could be a useful right back, Romuald moved back to old club Sligo Rovers, before moving East. To Shanghai East Asia to be exact. He is now playing regularly for them at their 56,000 capacity Shanghai Stadium and if reports from the press today are true will be facing the likes of Nicolas Anelka next season.

I wonder if he ever stops to think of his time spent at the Pirelli?