The weekend that was: ten nuggets from this weekend’s EFL action (20th & 21st August 2022)

The weekend that was: ten nuggets from this weekend’s EFL action (20th & 21st August 2022)

#1 Sheffield United moved to the top of the Championship with a 3-0 win over the previous leaders, Blackburn Rovers. A brace from Iliman Ndiaye and a freekick from Ollie Norwood consigned Rovers to their second 3-0 reverse of the week. The Blades have now taken 39 points from 16 regular season Championship games at Bramall Lane in 2022.

#2 There’s ‘keeping it tight’ and then there’s Preston North End. On Saturday, Ryan Lowe’s side became the first team in Championship history to keep five clean sheets in their first five games of the season. Unfortunately for North End, they’ve only scored one goal in the league this season – despite having 23 shots on target.

#3 Six games, three draws, three defeats. Chris Wilder’s Middlesbrough, who were one of the pre-season favourites for promotion, are still yet to win this season. On Saturday, Boro lost 1-0 at Reading; a result which saw the Royals climb up to 3rd.

#4 After nine months out, Charlie Wyke returned to help 10-man Wigan Athletic secure an impressive 1-0 victory over Birmingham City at St. Andrew’s. Wyke, who suffered a heart attack in training last November, provided the assist for Nathan Broadhead’s winner.

#5 League One leaders Ipswich Town made it four league wins in a row with a 3-0 win at Shrewsbury. In Kieran McKenna’s 28 league games in charge of the Tractor Boys, they have kept 16 clean sheets and conceded just 14 goals.

#6 A week and a half after losing 7-0 at home to Exeter in the Carabao Cup, Cheltenham Town went to Exeter and won 1-0. Dan N’Lundulu’s second half strike was enough to give Wade Elliott his first competitive win as Cheltenham head coach.

#7 Burton’s miserable start to the season continued as they lost 2-0 at home to newly-promoted Port Vale. The Brewers are bottom of League One having conceded 14 goals in their five league games.

#8 In League Two, Richie Wellen’s Leyton Orient continue to march on. Orient replaced Salford City at the top of the league after the Ammies lost 2-1 to Doncaster Rovers and the O’s beat Colchester United 3-1 at the JobServe Community Stadium.

#9 No player in the top four tiers of English football has scored more league goals this season than Sam Hoskins. Hoskins scored his sixth and seventh goals of the campaign to salvage a point for Northampton against Crewe Alexandra.

#10 Finally, despite parting company with Robbie Stockdale on Thursday, it was more of the same for Rochdale who succumbed to a 3-0 defeat against Swindon Town. Dale are the only side in the EFL who are yet to register a single point.

(Photo Creds – Alex Taylor)