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Six talking points from Matchday 4 in The Football League

24 August 2015

Matchday 4 in The Football League was, as ever, full of storylines, with goals aplenty and much-needed first wins registered.

Four in a row

It now reads four draws from four Sky Bet Championship games played for Derby County and Leeds United.

Derby's latest came at St Andrew's on Friday night, when they fought back from a goal down to finish 1-1 with Birmingham City, courtesy of a Johnny Russell equaliser.

Leeds shared the spoils with Sheffield Wednesday, meaning they've now drawn their last six games in all competitions.

And, as if by fate, the pair meet at the iPro Stadium in the lunchtime kick-off this coming Saturday, when something could finally give in their respective pursuits of victory.

Read more: Birmingham City and Derby County battle out pulsating draw

Saddlers on a roll

Walsall's unbeaten start to the campaign continued as they ousted Coventry City 2-1 at Banks's Stadium.

The win moved the Saddlers to joint-top of Sky Bet League 1, and meant they inflicted a first defeat of the season on the Sky Blues.

Tom Bradshaw was on target once more in the win, meaning the Welshman's humble target of five goals for the year has already been met.

Goal 4 vs Southend 15/8/15 and Goal 5 vs Coventry 22/8/15 ⚽️🙌🏼🔥

— Tom Bradshaw (@tombradshaw92) August 23, 2015
Unstoppable O's

Leyton Orient are now the only side in The Football League with a 100 per cent win rate in 2015/16, after they clinched their fourth victory of the season against Newport County.

They are also the highest scorers in England's top four divisions with 11, but were made to work for their latest three-point haul, after Newport had cancelled out a two-goal first-half deficit.

Paul McCallum and Jay Simpson had put Orient 2-0 to the good inside seven minutes at Rodney Parade, before Scott Boden and Mark Byrne pulled the Exiles level before the break. But Dean Cox's goal was enough to restore the lead on the hour mark, and maintain the O's perfect start.

Get in 3 points

— dean cox (@dean_7cox) August 22, 2015
Off the mark, on the mark

It was a weekend of firsts across the Sky Bet Championship, as three sides all registered their eagerly-awaited first wins.

Bristol City, Burnley and Cardiff City were the teams that did, beating Middlesbrough, Brentford and Wolverhampton Wanderers respectively.

Saturday also saw Bolton Wanderers net their first goal for 126 days going back to the end of last season, as Stephen Dobbie struck a late equaliser in a 1-1 draw with Nottingham Forest.

Read more: Stephen Dobbie delighted to net Bolton Wanderers' first goal of the season

Goals, goals, goals - Fleetwood Town

Fleetwood Town's 4-0 thrashing of Colchester United at Highbury means it's now an impressive eight goals scored in their last two games.

The Cod Army disposed of the U's through strikes from Jimmy Ryan, David Ball, Jamie Proctor and Jamille Matt, just days after a 4-3 triumph over Bury, when Conor McLaughlin, Tyler Hornby-Forbes, Proctor and Antoni Sarcevic were all on target.

As well as the eight-goal haul, Fleetwood have also had eight different names on target already this season, which will please manager Graham Alexander.

Read more: Jimmy Ryan praises Fleetwood Town’s attacking ability

Bird to the rescue

Yeovil Town finally registered their first points of the season after beating Luton Town 3-2 at Huish Park.

The Glovers had fallen 2-0 behind after just 19 minutes as Craig Mackail-Smith and Paul Benson set Luton on their way, but Stephen Arthurworrey's strike just before half-time gave Yeovil hope, and two goals from Ryan Bird after the break cemented the points.

Great win yesterday, we go again Saturday 💪🏼👊🏻⚽️💚 #Glovers#Goals

— Ryan Bird (@Ryan7Bird) August 23, 2015
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