The weekend that was: ten nuggets from this weekend’s EFL action (17th & 18th September 2022)

The weekend that was: ten nuggets from this weekend’s EFL action (17th & 18th September 2022)

#1 Sheffield United made it four wins (and four clean sheets) in a row with a 2-0 victory over Preston North End. In addition to being top of the league, the Blades are now the joint-top scorers in the Championship and they also boast the second best defensive record, having conceded one more goal than North End.

#2 Norwich’s winning run came to an end as they drew 1-1 with the Championship’s draw specialists, West Brom. The Baggies have drawn seven of their opening ten league games, winning one and losing two.

#3 Managerless Huddersfield beat Cardiff City 1-0 at the John Smith’s Stadium. A combination of Jordan Rhodes’ 94th goal for the club and Lee Nicholls 16th career penalty save was enough to give the Terriers their second win of the campaign.

#4 It’s been quite the week for Coventry’s Gus Hamer. The Brazilian scored a spectacular equaliser against Luton on Wednesday night, but the midfield maestro followed it up by receiving his second red card of the campaign against Birmingham on Saturday. The Sky Blues haven’t won a competitive game in any competition since their last trip to St Andrews on 15th April.

#5 In League One, four was the magic number as the two games between the top four saw four goals shared equally. Sheffield Wednesday fought back from 2-0 down to salvage a point against Ipswich, while Portsmouth scored a 93rd-minute equaliser to prevent Plymouth from taking all three points in the ‘Dockyard Derby’.

#6 Bolton wracked up their fourth win in a row at the expense of Peterborough, who have now lost their last six games in all competitions.

#7 Burton Albion secured their first victory (and first clean sheet!) of the season as they beat Exeter City 2-0 at St James Park. Fellow strugglers Morecambe also claimed their first league win of 22/23 with a 2-1 victory over Forest Green.

#8 In League Two, Leyton Orient made it eight wins from their opening nine games with a 1-0 victory at home to Walsall. For a bit of context, Forest Green, who flew out of the traps in the fourth tier last season, only won six of their opening nine games on their way to clinching the League Two title…

#9 Sam Hoskins became the first player in the EFL to reach double figures for league goals this season. Hoskins scored Northampton’s second and third goals in their 3-0 win against Rochdale. Now he just needs to catch and overtake Erling Haaland!

#10 Finally, yesterday (or ‘Sacking Sunday’ as we’re now calling it!) saw Steve Morison, Wayne Brown and Paul Hartley all relieved of their duties. After a squad overhaul in the summer, Morison leaves Cardiff 18th in the Championship, while Colchester and Hartlepool are 21st and 23rd in League Two.

(Photo Creds – Alex Taylor)