Skip to main content Skip to site footer

Six talking points from The Football League weekend

30 November 2015

Changes at the summit, dream debuts and goals aplenty – here are six of the major talking points from The Football League weekend.

Unbeatable Brighton & Hove Albion

Brighton stretched their unbeaten run to 18 games after beating Birmingham City 2-1 at the Amex Stadium. The Seagulls took the lead through Solomon March, but went into the break level after Jon Toral equalised for the Blues.

However, just two minutes into the second half, Bobby Zamora popped up in the box to put Brighton into the lead. The game ended 2-1 and Chris Hughton's side now sit back on top of the Sky Bet Championship with 38 points.

Speaking after the game, manager Hughton told “It was certainly a very entertaining performance. There was a little period when it was perhaps a bit too end-to-end and we certainly needed to get that extra goal.

“We were up against a very good team in Birmingham. They played very well on the counter attack with good pace and good organisation. It showed us what you need to have to get a result in this division.”

Dream debut for Oliver McBurnie

Newport County striker Oliver McBurnie had a debut to remember after scoring a hat-trick for his new club as they beat Luton Town 3-0. The 19-year-old signed for the Exiles on Thursday and quickly made an impact, scoring all of his side's goals.

Read more: Debut delight for Newport County's hat-trick hero Oliver McBurnie

McBurnie came on as a second-half substitute, and was on the scoresheet just five minutes later. The win was Newport's first at home for eight months, and it moves them seven points clear of the Sky Bet League 2 drop zone.

Still hasn't sunk in yet, can't stop smiling! Thanks for all the messages??

— R.S (@oli_mcburnie) November 28, 2015
McBurnie wasn't the only hat-trick hero at the weekend – Chris Whelpdale hit a treble for Stevenage in their 4-3 win over Morecambe, while Peterborough United's Conor Washington took home the matchball after another emphatic success.

Bradford's defence is finally breached

It took more than 670 minutes of football, but Bradford's defence finally shipped a goal at the weekend.

The Bantams lost 2-1 to Walsall, ending their run of seven games without conceding. The result was also the first time Phil Parkinson's men had lost since going down 2-1 to Barnsley in October – a run of 10 matches unbeaten.

Speaking after the game, Parkinson believed his side deserved all three points.

“I think we can count ourselves very unlucky not to have claimed at least something from this game. At 1-1, there should have only been on winner, and it should have been us,” he told

“There is a feeling of a bit of injustice but we move on and now turn our attentions to Chesham United in the FA Cup next Sunday. It is horrible to lose – the lads are very disappointed – but we've had a great run and the league remains very tight.”

David Wagner still chasing first win as Huddersfield Town boss

David Wagner took plenty of positives from last week's defeat to Sheffield Wednesday, but the new Huddersfield manager watched his side lose again at the weekend.

Wagner took over at the Terriers from Chris Powell but hasn't been able to turn things around as of yet, with a 2-0 defeat to Middlesbrough the latest result. Again, Wagner was impressed with what he saw, feeling his side deserved more from the game.

“I was very pleased with how we played this game, especially in the first half. The result is ridiculous, but the way our team played was another step in the right direction,” Wagner told the club's website.

"You could see which team today was better, which team was more active with and without the ball and which team was able to create more chances. That was my team and I’m very proud.”

Huddersfield currently find themselves in 22nd with 15 points, but a win against Birmingham City in their next fixture could see Wagner's side move out of the relegation places.

Honours even at the top of Sky Bet League 2

Oxford United, Plymouth Argyle and Northampton Town now all sit on 40 points at the top of Sky Bet League 2 after the weekend's action.

Plymouth went into Matchday 20 two points ahead of both the Cobblers and the U's, but could only manage a draw against Dagenham & Redbridge.

Meanwhile, Northampton beat Yeovil Town 2-0 at Sixfields and Oxford managed to slip past Hartlepool United, winning 1-0 – that result putting Michael Appleton's men top of the pile on goal difference.

Three teams led #League2 today, but it's @OUFCOfficial who sit top of the pile! The table now looks like this...

— Sky Bet League 2 (@SkyBetLeague2) November 28, 2015
A treble of big wins in Sky Bet League 1

Peterborough United, Burton Albion and Swindon Town all managed big wins this weekend, scoring 13 goals between them.

Swindon hammered Chesterfield 4-0, which led to the Spireites parting company with manager Dean Saunders over the weekend.

Read more: Chesterfield part company with Dean Saunders  

Peterborough also beat Scunthorpe 4-0, and Burton Albion made home advantage count to see off Colchester United 5-1, despite going a goal down after four minutes.

The Posh continue to lead The Football League's scoring charts, while Burton smashed their season's scoring record, having not managed to net more than two in a League match previously.

RESULT OF THE DAY: An emphatic win for @theposhofficial over @SUFCOfficial puts them into the top six of

— The Football League (@football_league) November 28, 2015

Advertisement block