Saturday's Valley opponents, Dagenham & Redbridge, were held at home by Exeter City last night as they played their catch-up match. The point lifts the Daggers one place off the bottom but they will be disappointed to have shared the points with the Grecians. Paul Benson must we worth a first-goal flutter on Saturday.
In the Carling Cup, Brentford pulled off a famous win at home by knocking Everton out on penalties. We visit the Bees in just under two weeks and I was hoping we would catch them when they still aren't firing too well at Griffin Park. Charlie MacDonald managed to miss a penalty in normal time which would have given them a more impressive 2-1 victory, but they did it in the end and will now have another cup fixture to contend with.
At the New Den Millwall slipped out of the same competition with a second successive home defeat, this time to Ipswich. Two first-half goals were enough for Town and Millwall now face something of a test of confidence. Their next two games are away at QPR and Cardiff which could see the Lions drop below halfway in the Championship which would look far more realistic than their early season form appeared to indicate.
With Palace also on the road at Derby and Cardiff in the next two matches, I am hoping all three of us will be much more closely grouped between top of League One and bottom of the Championship. The current inequity nags away at the sub-conscience and the sooner it's remedied, obviously the better. In the meantime, a visitor from another Galaxy would get completely the wrong impression, lest they actually visited a league game at each of the south London clubs.