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True sportsman: Ian Harte

True sportsman: Ian Harte

In these cynical times of players trying to get each other sent off, Sportsmail salutes Reading’s Ian Harte (left).

Having seen Derby defender Shaun Barker lunge in on Shane Long while already on a booking, Harte persuaded referee Darren Deadman not to issue Barker with a second yellow card

Scout’s corner — Shaun Harrad

There are many players who wish they could boast as many England caps as the Burton Albion striker. The 26-year-old has represented his country 10 times — all for England C, the non-league national side. It would have been more, except that the hard-running forward’s goals took him and Burton into the Football League in 2009, thereby erasing his eligibility. He has since made a seamless transition with 32 goals in a season-and-a-half of League football. How much higher can he go? There may be a few clubs willing to find out in January’s transfer window. Sportsmail valuation: £400,000.

Good time to score

Assem and Ehab Allam have promised manager Nigel Pearson money for a new striker. The news seems to have reached Jay Simpson (left), given his response in the 2-0 win over Bristol City. His two goals were his first in 16 games since signing from Arsenal.

The long road home

It wasn’t just travelling fans who were frustrated by late postponements. Chesterfield’s team coach set off for Gillingham on Friday. Their game was called off late on Saturday morning, so back they went, leaving at midday and not getting home until midnight. The 189-mile journey would normally take around three hours and 20 minutes.

Needs respect: Grant Holt

Needs respect: Grant Holt

Grant him some respect

Popular opinion has it that Grant Holt (above) is little more than a lumbering forward made for the lower leagues after a nomadic career with stops at nine clubs, including Workington, Rochdale and Shrewsbury. Perhaps it is time to re-evaluate the 29-year-old whose two goals in Norwich’s 2-1 win at Coventry made it nine in 21 Championship games this season.

Quote of the day

‘You hope matches at places like Port Vale are scheduled for midweek. It’s a lot to ask players to perform at their best after three-and-ahalf hours of travel. Financially we are not able to stay the night before, so when the game is rescheduled we can travel up in the afternoon, split the journey up, and the players will arrive fresher.’ Barnet boss Mark Stimson (above) believes the snow has helped his side.

Forest on fire

They may have started the season slowly, but Nottingham Forest are beginning to find form. A 3-0 canter past Crystal Palace at the City Ground means Billy Davies’ men boast the only unbeaten home record in the Championship.

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