The weekend that was: ten nuggets from this weekend’s EFL action (1st & 2nd October 2022)

The weekend that was: ten nuggets from this weekend’s EFL action (1st & 2nd October 2022)

#1 Championship leaders Sheffield United were held to a 1-1 draw by Birmingham City. The Blades had won their previous four home league games, but Oli McBurnie’s fifth goal in his last six games was cancelled out by Troy Deeney’s strike.

#2 For the third time in their last four games, Burnley dropped points from a winning position. Vincent Kompany’s men drew 1-1 with Cardiff City. Despite drawing six of their opening 11 league games, the Clarets are 4th in the Championship.

#3 It may only be the start of October, but Preston North End have already had six goalless draws. After their 0-0 draw against Sunderland, Ryan Lowe’s side have scored three goals and conceded four goals in 11 league games.

#4 Coventry City’s victory over Middlesbrough means that Hartlepool are now the only EFL team yet to register a league win this season. The Sky Blues are just four points behind Boro with three games in hand.

#5 On Friday night, Hull City fell to their fifth successive defeat – just a matter of hours after the club parted company with Shota Arveladze. The Tigers lost 2-0 at home to Nathan Jones’ resurgent Luton Town.

#6 It’s official – all 72 teams in the EFL have now lost a league game in 22/23. Portsmouth fell to a 3-2 defeat against Ipswich Town (who had been unbeaten until they lost to Plymouth last weekend), while League Two leaders Leyton Orient suffered a shock 2-1 reverse at home to Newport.

#7 A James Collins’ brace fired Derby to their first away win of the season in Paul Warne’s first game in charge. The Rams had failed to score in any of their first four away games.

#8 No goals at home all season and then three come along all at once… Victor Adeboyejo’s hattrick helped Dino Maamria’s Burton Albion beat fellow strugglers Forest Green Rovers 3-2 at the Pirelli Stadium.

#9 Tranmere Rovers secured their third consecutive 1-0 victory after Josh Hawkes’ goal was enough to see off Barrow. Quite incredibly, 18 of Rovers’ last 19 league wins have been accompanied by a clean sheet.

#10 Finally, Gillingham’s third league goal of the season gave them a 1-0 win over Sutton United at Priestfield. The Gills’ three goals have helped them earn ten points from 11 games, which equates to 3.33 points per goal. This figure can only be bettered by Preston, who have earned a staggering 4.33 points per goal!

(Photo Creds – Alex Taylor)