The weekend that was: ten nuggets from this weekend’s EFL action (27th & 28th August 2022)

The weekend that was: ten nuggets from this weekend’s EFL action (27th & 28th August 2022)

#1 Despite being one of the favourites for relegation, Reading moved to the top of the Championship after securing their third win (and third clean sheet) in a row. The Royals beat Millwall 1-0 at The Den thanks to a debut goal from Naby Sarr.

#2 Hull’s Colombian striker Óscar Estupiñán scored his first career hattrick in the Tigers’ 3-2 win over Coventry City. Estupiñán has now scored seven goals in the Championship this season despite only having 13 efforts on goal.

#3 Another week, another goalless draw for Preston. North End’s six league games this season have seen 157 shots and 36 shots on target, but only one goal.

#4 Alex Neil was at Ewood Park to see Stoke City pick up their first away win of the season. Lewis Baker’s goal moved Neil’s new side within one point of his former charges, Sunderland, who lost 1-0 at home to Norwich.

#5 In League One, Portsmouth moved to the top of the league after they racked up their fourth league win in a row at Port Vale. Previous leaders Ipswich were held at home by Barnsley.

#6 Sometimes goals are like London buses – you wait ages for one and then two come along at once. That proved to be the case for Will Grigg, who ended a 19-game goal drought by bagging a brace in MK Dons’ 4-0 win at Morecambe.

#7 Unfortunately for Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Burton’s defensive problems show no sign of abating. The Brewers lost 4-3 to Cambridge United; taking their tally of goals conceded this season to 20.

#8 With five wins and one draw in their opening six games, no team in the EFL has made a better start to the season than League Two leaders Leyton Orient. Richie Wellens side beat strugglers Hartlepool 4-2 on Saturday.

#9 Stevenage’s defeat at Salford was a momentous one. All 72 EFL teams have now lost a game in league or cup this season. It only took 31 days!

#10 Finally, Rochdale secured their first point of the season after they drew 1-1 with Crawley Town. After West Ham’s win on Sunday, every team in the top four tiers of English football now has at least one point on the board.

(Photo Creds – Ben Watts)

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