The weekend that was: ten nuggets from this weekend’s EFL action (10th & 11th December 2022)

The weekend that was: ten nuggets from this weekend’s EFL action (10th & 11th December 2022)

#1 Vincent Kompany’s Burnley swept aside QPR to make it back to back 3-0 wins – albeit four weeks apart! Goals from Johann Berg Gudmundsson, Ian Maatsen and Nathan Tella consigned Rangers, who have since confirmed Neil Critchley as their new head coach, to their fifth defeat in their last six games.

#2 Ryan Lowe celebrated a year in charge of Preston North End on Wednesday. Lowe took North End from 19th to 13th last season. This season, he’s led them to 5th with four wins in their last five games; the most recent of which a 4-1 victory over Blackburn Rovers.

#3 Prior to the World Cup break, Coventry City were the form team in the Championship. Mark Robins’ Sky Blues had won their previous four games without conceding – that was until they lost 1-0 to Reading at the Select Car Leasing Stadium.

#4 When you’re the first African International to manage in the EFL, you don’t want to lose your first game in charge. Thankfully for Kolo Toure, that wasn’t the case. Kolo’s Wigan Athletic drew 1-1 against Millwall at The Den. Unfortunately, Rob Edwards’ first game in charge of his new club, Luton Town, was a 2-1 defeat at Middlesbrough.

#5 In League One, Ipswich moved to the top of the league with a 2-1 win at home to an out of form Peterborough. Conor Chaplin’s brace saw Town leapfrog Plymouth Argyle after the Green Army were held to a goalless draw at Cambridge.

#6 MK Dons’ 13th league defeat of the season proved to be the final straw for the powers that be as the club parted company with head coach Liam Manning on Sunday. The 37-year-old led MK to the brink of automatic promotion last season, however, they’re currently 23rd with 15 points from their opening 20 games.

#7 Despite struggling for much of the season, Forest Green moved to within one point of Cambridge in 20th after they beat Cheltenham 1-0 to make it back to back wins in League One. Myles Peart-Harris’ second half strike was enough to give the Nailsworth club the bragging rights in ‘El Glosico’.

#8 In League Two, Stevenage failed to take full advantage of Leyton Orient’s game at Crewe being postponed. Boro drew 0-0 with Mansfield; closing the gap on Orient to four points.

#9 When you make a 600-mile round trip to watch your team play on a Friday night in December, you deserve some kind of reward. Hartlepool’s 128 travelling fans got just that as Pools recorded their first away league win in just under nine months. Keith Curle’s side beat Matty Etherington’s Crawley 2-0 on a wintery night in West Sussex.

#10 Finally, nine games were called off in the EFL this weekend. You wait four weeks for a full slate and the British weather decides that it’s going to intervene!

(Photo Creds – Ben Watts)