The weekend that was: ten nuggets from this weekend’s EFL action (29th & 30th October 2022)

The weekend that was: ten nuggets from this weekend’s EFL action (29th & 30th October 2022)

#1 Championship leaders Burnley made it four wins in their last five games with victory over Reading. Goals from the Belgian duo Manuel Benson and Anass Zaroury saw the Clarets come from behind to win 2-1 at Turf Moor.

#2 Burnley’s rivals Blackburn Rovers are second after they racked up their fourth win in a row. In the top four divisions, only Plymouth Argyle and Leyton Orient (12) have won more league games than Rovers (11) this season.

#3 Watford recorded back-to-back victories for the first time in 18 months after they beat Wigan Athletic 1-0 at the DW Stadium. Just don’t tell Claudio Ranieri, Roy Hodgson and Rob Edwards…

#4 If West Brom and Middlesbrough fans were hoping for an immediate ‘new manager bounce’, Saturday’s events will have left them feeling rather disappointed. Carlos Corberan’s Albion lost 2-0 to Sheffield United, while Michael Carrick’s Boro took the lead against Preston before succumbing to a 2-1 defeat.

#5 In League One, Ipswich must have thought that they were heading to the top of the league when they were 2-0 up and then 4-2 up against Charlton, however: the Addicks scored in the 95th and the 98th minute to draw the game 4-4. Four goals in injury time? You couldn’t write it, could you?

#6 David McGoldrick netted his first career hattrick as Derby beat Bristol Rovers 4-2 in Paul Warne’s first home win as Rams boss. McGoldrick, who made his professional debut for Notts County in January 2004, has scored over 100 goals in a career that’s seen him play in each of the top four tiers of English football.

#7 MK Dons’ 0-0 draw at Cheltenham won’t live long in the memory for many, but it will for Dean Lewington. The 38-year-old defender marked his 900th career appearance with a clean sheet. Lewington played his first Football League game for Wimbledon against Sheffield Wednesday in 2003.

#8 In League Two, leaders Leyton Orient beat Salford City 1-0 thanks to Paul Smyth’s first half strike. Orient extended their lead at the top to three points after Stevenage were held at Colchester.

#9 Swindon Town are up to 4th after they beat Mansfield 5-2 at Field Mill. Scott Lindsey’s Robins have now won seven of their last ten league games.

#10 Finally, Hartlepool came from behind to beat Grimsby 2-1; a result which saw them move off the bottom of the league at Colchester’s expense.

(Photo Creds – Alex Taylor)