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Six talking points from Match Round 2 of The Football League

17 August 2015

The second weekend of Football League action saw records dashed, hat-tricks scored, long-awaited victories and some seismic scorelines.

Mowbray magic working at Coventry?

Last season it was all about maintaining Sky Bet League 1 status for Coventry City, but this term they've come racing out of the blocks.

After a 2-0 opening day victory against Wigan Athletic, the Sky Blues backed it up with another convincing display when they thumped Millwall 4-0 at The Den.

An Adam Armstrong brace, as well as goals from Ruben Lameiras and Jim O'Brien sealed an emphatic win, and Tony Mowbray's men lead the Sky Bet League 1 pack in these early stages.

Unbelievable 4-0 win away to Millwall! Lads were excellent and so were the fans! Buzzing to have got…

— AdamArma (@AdamArma9) August 16, 2015
Jabo Ibehre knows where the goal is

Carlisle United may only have two points to show for their efforts after Match Round 2, but manager Keith Curle will be delighted with the goal return of his new striker Jabo Ibehre.

The 32-year-old former Colchester United, Oldham Athletic and Barnsley forward netted a hat-trick in the 4-4 draw with Cambridge United, taking his tally to six for the season, after he scored three across the previous weekend's opening league fixture and the midweek Capital One Cup triumph against Chesterfield.

Thank you all for u support today it was electric... Movingeasy x

— Jabo Ibehre (@Ibehre) August 15, 2015
Tough to beat - Burnley and Cardiff City

It's now two draws from two Sky Bet Championship outings for Burnley and Cardiff City, but considering they have both come from behind in each of their opening fixtures, managers Sean Dyche and Russell Slade will be pleased with their undefeated starts.

In Match Round 1, Burnley struck late to earn a 1-1 draw with Leeds United, as did Cardiff, who earned the same scoreline through Craig Noone at home to Fulham.

This time around, Dyche's Clarets twice came from behind to draw 2-2 with Birmingham City at Turf Moor, while Slade's Bluebirds fought back from 2-0 down to steal a point at Queens Park Rangers.

Scott Malone was the hero for Cardiff with a late stunner, which can be viewed on Football League Tonight, via Demand 5.

Delighted to get me first Cardiff City goal last night !! Great performance form everyone thought that was the least we deserved !!

— Scott Malone (@ScottyMalone28) August 16, 2015
Shrimps put hoodoo to bed

Morecambe finally laid to rest an unwanted record against Accrington Stanley by securing a 1-0 victory - their first ever Football League win over their Lancashire rivals.

The hosts had failed on 16 previous occasions to beat Stanley in The League, but a solitary Aaron Wildig goal finally brought an end to their hoodoo on Saturday.

Walsall end Daniel Bentley's clean sheet run

Southend United goalkeeper Daniel Bentley broke a club record at the back-end of last season, recording 12 consecutive clean sheets in The League at Roots Hall.

But the Blues' first home game in Sky Bet League 1 saw that run end, as Walsall put two past the 22-year-old stopper, with Tom Bradshaw and Sam Mantom collecting the goals.

Read more: “It was a pleasure to watch” – Dean Smith on Walsall win against Southend United

Brighton flying high

It's been a dream start to the new season for Brighton & Hove Albion. No sooner did they record an opening night victory against Nottingham Forest than they backed it up with a late 2-1 win at Fulham in Match Round 2.
The triumph, which saw summer signing Tomer Hemed net the winning penalty in second-half stoppage time, sent the Seagulls to the summit of the Sky Bet Championship, where they are out on their own with a 100 per cent start to the season.

Great performance for all the team Happy for my bro tomer. First goal . Another 3 points. Looking forward for the next game.

— Beram Kayal (@beramangela) August 15, 2015
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