The weekend that was: ten nuggets from this weekend’s EFL action (28th & 29th August 2021)

The weekend that was: ten nuggets from this weekend’s EFL action (28th & 29th August 2021)

#1 Fulham and West Brom have the most points in the EFL. The recently-relegated sides have amassed 13 points from their opening five games, with the Cottagers sitting on top of the Championship pile thanks to their +10 Goal Difference. Are they set for an immediate return to the Premier League?

#2 After already wracking up four assists, Huddersfield’s Sorba Thomas scored his first goal of the season (and his first EFL goal) in his side’s 4-0 win over Reading. Thomas joined the Terriers from National League side Boreham Wood in January.

#3 Where would Millwall be without Jed Wallace? The ex-Wolves man recorded a goal and an assist in the Lions 2-1 victory against Blackpool on Saturday, which takes him to a staggering 20 goal involvements since the start of last season.

#4 James Henry scored his 49th, 50th and 51st goals for Oxford United in their 3-1 win over Lincoln City. Not a bad way to bring up the half century!

#5 Shrewsbury’s first League One goal of the season was worth the wait. The Shrews’ 17-year-old forward, Tom Bloxham, scored a stunning bicycle-kick in their 2-1 win over Gillingham. Unsurprisingly, it was also Bloxham’s first senior goal.

#6 The only 100% record in the EFL went up in flames on Saturday as Port Vale beat Forest Green Rovers 2-0. All good things really do come to an end.

#7 Like Vale, Salford City recorded their first win of the season on Saturday. The Ammies beat Newport County 3-0 at the Peninsula Stadium. Despite currently sitting in 16th, Salford are actually 3rd in League Two for expected points (8.8). A sign of things to come, perhaps?

#8 Hartlepool have now won 17 of their last 20 home games. Pools beat Carlisle 2-1 to make it three wins from their opening four games on their return to League Two.

#9 Friday night marked the centenary of Rochdale’s first game in the Football League. Unfortunately, Dale couldn’t mark the occasion with a win, but they did recover from a rather comical Max Taylor own goal to earn a point against Colchester.

#10 Sutton’s 123 year wait for a home game in the EFL came to an end on Saturday, as Gander Green Lane played host to Oldham Athletic. Similar to Rochdale, the occasion couldn’t be marked with a victory. United were hit on the counter-attack late on, falling to a 2-1 defeat.