Football League: Five things you may have missed

Flooding
Bradford City's home game with Burton was postponed. This was the scene 17 miles away in Hebden Bridge

Boxing Day is traditionally one of the great days of the Football League calendar.

Sadly, 10 of the 35 games scheduled to take place fell foul to the bad weather that has afflicted large swathes of the country during the festive period.

BBC Sport rounds up the best bits from the action that did take place in the Championship, League One and League Two on Saturday.

The weather outside is frightful

Bury FC's Gigg Lane
The scene at Bury's Gigg Lane home, which had been set to see the Shakers host Barnsley, before the weather intervened

As mentioned above, it was a wet, rather than white, Christmas for much of the United Kingdom and the heavy rainfall took its toll.

One of the many games to go was Accrington's League Two clash with Carlisle.

Stanley have now had their last three home matches called off because of a waterlogged pitch, while the Cumbrians are currently having to play home games away from the city after Brunton Park was flooded by Storm Desmond.

The north of the country was the worst affected and huge credit to the groundstaff who battled against the elements to ensure not everyone had to stay home and watch The Great Escape. Again.

The spirit of the season

York City will have been more disappointed than most that their Boxing Day game against Northampton was postponed.

York City tweet

The Minstermen ended a run of 16 league games without a win when they beat Morecambe last Saturday.

However, while the Bootham Crescent regulars were forced to miss out on their pies and sausage rolls, the League Two strugglers made sure the food did not go to waste.

They tweeted to say that all all the food that could not be kept until their next home game would be donated to local charity Harrogate Homeless Project.

A great gesture.

The Simpsons' Christmas special

Bart Simpson
Bart Simpson - not on the scoresheet in the Football League on Boxing Day

It was a good day for the Simpsons in League Two.

Cambridge United boss Shaun Derry summoned forward Robbie Simpson from the substitutes' bench after 50 minutes of his side's game at Dagenham & Redbridge with the match finely balanced at 0-0.

Moments later, the former Huddersfield and Coventry man headed in with his first touch before later adding a second from a free-kick. Cambridge won 3-0.

Later in the day, namesake Jay - no relation - continued his excellent run of form with his 17th goal of the season as Leyton Orient beat fellow promotion hopefuls Portsmouth 3-2 in a feisty encounter at Brisbane Road.

O's assistant Andy Hessenthaler told BBC Radio London: "It was a terrific performance and the boys had to dig deep against a very good side.

"We showed good character and got the second goal just before half-time, which was perfect."

The power of no love

Jonson Clarke-Harris
Jonson Clarke-Harris (left) and Richie Smallwood celebrate after the former made it 4-0 to Rotherham

Managers often say that while certain players need an arm around the shoulders, others find a kick up the backside to be more beneficial.

It looks like we now know what kind of treatment Rotherham's players respond to.

Rotherham boss Neil Redfearn said he had been left with "substandard players" because of poor summer recruitment by Steve Evans following his side's 2-0 defeat by Huddersfield earlier in December.

With their manager's strong words still stinging in their ears, the Millers have now won their last two matches by an aggregate score of 6-0.

Saturday's 4-0 thumping of bottom-of-the-table Bolton, coupled with Bristol City's draw with Charlton, saw Rotherham move out of the Championship relegation places for the first time since October.

Redfearn told BBC Radio Sheffield: "Their understanding of the shape and the gameplan was spot on today.

"The game stretched in the second half and we have players who have the legs to get forward quickly.

"All we can do is concentrate on ourselves and keep doing the right things."

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss

You could forgive Walsall fans for feeling a sense of trepidation when Dean Smith left to join Brentford in November.

The Saddlers were fourth in League One when Smith ended his near five-year spell as boss at the Banks's Stadium.

However, since Smith's exit Walsall have won all three of their league games and now top the division after Saturday's 1-0 success at Millwall.

New boss Sean O'Driscoll, born and raised in nearby Wolverhampton, said on Sunday that he felt his new charges were "punching above their weight" after they moved up to second.

At this rate, the Saddlers could topple any of the division's heavyweights.

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