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Six talking points from Matchday 5 of The Football League

31 August 2015

Matchday 5 in The Football League was as eventful as ever, with comebacks, first wins and a large share of away victories on the agenda.

The away win

Matchday 5 saw no less than nine away wins across the Sky Bet Championship, with travelling fans in their thousands being treated to all three points.

Leeds United, Reading, Burnley, Queens Park Rangers, Brighton & Hove Albion, Birmingham City, Cardiff City, Fulham and Middlesbrough were all successful on the road, with Hull City and Wolverhampton Wanderers recording the only home triumphs of the weekend.

Great to go into the international break with a win against @MKDonsFC Another good performance from the team. #BCFC

— Jonathan Spector (@JSpector23) August 29, 2015
Burton Albion - like a duck to water

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and his Burton Albion side haven't taken long to adapt to life in Sky Bet League 1 following their promotion to the division last term.

As always, the jury was out on the league newcomers at the start of the season, but the Brewers have been the most impressive of them all, winning four of their opening five games.

Their latest came against Shrewsbury Town - who graduated from Sky Bet League 2 with them last season - as Mark Duffy snatched a last-gasp winner to send them joint-second in the standings.

Carlisle United - goals aplenty, wins not so

Carlisle United finally posted their first win in Sky Bet League 2 this season with a 3-2 result at Hartlepool United.

The Cumbrians have found victories hard to come by this term, but haven't necessarily been misfiring in front of goal.

In fact, only leaders Leyton Orient - who boast the only 100 per cent start in The Football League - have scored more in League 2 than Keith Curle's men, who have 10 on the board.

Their most prolific goalscorer has been Jabo Ibehre, who has already bagged a remarkable 9 goals in all competitions this season, and he added two more to his name in the victory over Pools.

Leeds United - worth the wait

Saturday finally saw Leeds United claim all three points for the first time this season as they won 2-1 away at Derby County.

The Whites had shared the spoils in each of their opening four Sky Bet Championship encounters, and also drew to Doncaster Rovers in 90 minutes of their Round 1 Capital One Cup tie.

But Uwe Rosler now has a first victory as Leeds boss to his name, after Chris Wood's emphatic late winner secured the points over winless Derby.

Great game and great performances from all the lads today! Good 3pts to end a tough period. Thanks to everyone that traveled!!

— Chris Wood (@officialcwood) August 29, 2015
Debut delight - Devante Cole

After securing the signature of Devante Cole from Manchester City on Friday, it didn't take Bradford City long to start reaping the rewards from their latest acquisition.

Just 24 hours after arriving, 20-year-old Cole came off the bench to earn Bradford their maiden win of the season – striking in the last minute against Port Vale – and mark the perfect start to his Valley Parade career.

Resilient Pompey 

Portsmouth have now taken four points from their last two Sky Bet League 2 encounters, but it could have been very different for Paul Cook's side.

Nine days ago, they came from 3-0 down to draw 3-3 with Morecambe, and Pompey were heading towards another draw with Luton Town on Matchday 5. However, striker Matt Tubbs fired late on to give them their third League win of the season, and a first victory at Luton since 1992.

massive win👊🏼 thought I'd give tubbsy a tap in👀😂

— Conor Chaplin (@ConorChaplin10) August 29, 2015
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