The weekend that was: ten nuggets from this weekend’s EFL action (13th & 14th August 2022)

The weekend that was: ten nuggets from this weekend’s EFL action (13th & 14th August 2022)

#1 It may only be just over two weeks since the EFL season began, but there are only two teams who can boast a 100% league record. Jon Dahl Tomasson’s Blackburn Rovers made it four wins from four games in all competitions with a 2-1 win against West Brom, while Richie Wellens’ Leyton Orient made it three League Two wins on the bounce (without conceding) by beating Mansfield 1-0.

#2 Norwich City are bottom of the Championship after their 2-1 reverse against Hull City. All three goals were scored by players from South America. Unfortunately for the Canaries, Óscar Estupiñán bagged a brace, while Marcelino Nuñez could only score one, rather spectacular, free kick.

#3 Cometh the hour, cometh the man. Seny Dieng became the first goalkeeper in QPR’s history to score in a competitive game, as his delightful header salvaged a point for the R’s at Sunderland. Dieng followed up his goal with a fantastic save to deny Ross Stewart moments later.

#4 You’ve all seen Paulo Di Canio’s volley against Wimbledon, but how about Brad Potts’ effort against Luton? Potts’ sensational strike was enough to give Ryan Lowe’s men their first league win of the season. It really was a goal worthy of winning any game!

#5 Ipswich Town moved to the top of League One with a 3-0 win at home to MK Dons. Liam Manning’s Dons, on the other hand, are bottom of the league having lost their first three games without scoring.

#6 Cheltenham and Rochdale are the only other sides who are yet to register a point in the EFL this season. With a full round of midweek fixtures on the horizon, all three sides will be looking to get off the mark sooner rather than later.

#7 A hattrick from Davis Keillor-Dunn wasn’t enough to give Burton Albion their first victory of the season. The Brewers led 3-0 after 50 minutes, but Accrington Stanley salvaged a 4-4 draw thanks to late goals from Josh Woods and Rosaire Longelo. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s side have now conceded 13 goals in their opening four games of the new campaign.

#8 Brandon Thomas-Asante is the only player in the EFL to have registered five direct goal involvements (3G + 2A) in the league this season. BTA provided an assist before scoring twice in the Ammies’ 3-0 win over Crewe.

#9 Both Stockport County and Grimsby Town secured their first wins since returning to the EFL on Saturday. County beat Colchester United 1-0 at Edgeley Park, while Grimsby beat Rochdale 1-0 at the Crown Oil Arena.

#10 Finally, Saturday was a landmark day for Sunny Singh Gill. Sunny became the first referee of South Asian heritage to officiate a Football League game since his Dad, Jarnail Singh, retired from league refereeing over a decade ago.

(Photo Creds – Alex Taylor)

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