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Six talking points from Matchday 12 in The Football League

12 October 2015

Changes at the top, unhappy managerial debuts and Morecambe’s danger man now boasts an English football record - Matchday 12 across Sky Bet League 1 and Sky Bet League 2 was action-packed.

Debut delight for Kinsella at Walsall

After prevailing in their top-of-the-table clash with Burton Albion at the weekend, Walsall are back at the top of Sky Bet League 1.

Defender Liam Kinsella made his League debut for the Saddlers, and struck their first in a 2-0 win, with striker Tom Bradshaw also hitting his ninth goal in all competitions this season.

What a game, thanks for all the fans for there support, buzzing to get my first career goal... and going top of the league ❤⚽

— liam kinsella (@kins1996) October 10, 2015
Hot streaks maintained in Sky Bet League 2

The 2015/16 Sky Bet League 2 campaign certainly isn't falling short of entertainment and competitiveness, with the top eight now separated by just five points.

The top five - Plymouth, Portsmouth, Oxford, Mansfield and Accrington Stanley - all won again on Matchday 12 and, collectively, they've lost just four in 30 League games.

Plymouth stayed top after beating Notts County, Oxford recorded a fourth straight win in all competitions, and fifth-placed Stanley bounced back from their first defeat in 10 matches to beat Barnet.

Here's the updated @SkyBetLeague2 table, with @Only1Argyle back at the summit...

— The Football League (@football_league) October 11, 2015
Tough start for new managers

Matchday 12 saw two new permanent managers take charge of their first games.

In the Fleetwood Town dugout, it was Steven Pressley who took on his old side Coventry City at Highbury, but they were defeated 1-0 by his former employers.

It was a painful way to lose it for the Cod Army too, as a last-gasp own goal by Richard Wood resigned them to a fifth loss on the bounce.

STEVEN PRESSLEY: “I don’t want the hard luck story to be the case at this Club. I want us to get what we deserve." #codarmy

— Fleetwood Town FC (@ftfc) October 10, 2015
After being officially appointed as Oldham Athletic manager in midweek, David Dunn also oversaw a loss against Scunthorpe United. It was the Latics' first in five games - following four draws - but they are winless in their last 10.

Morecambe's Jamie Devitt tops the stats

Morecambe now boast the player with the most assists in the top-four tiers of English football after the weekend.

Midfielder Jamie Devitt teed up his eighth league goal of the season in their 3-2 win over Carlisle United - a tally that hasn't been matched so far this term.

8 - Morecambe's Jamie Devitt has recorded his 8th league assist of the season; more than any player in the top four tiers. Architect.

— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 10, 2015
Bury denied a seventh straight win

Just two points behind leaders Walsall in Sky Bet League 1 are Bury, who've been the division’s in-form team of late.

They remain unbeaten in The League since mid-August, but saw their six-game winning streak ended on Saturday, following a 2-2 draw with Wigan Athletic, in which they squandered a two-goal lead.

Home comforts at last

With three wins, three draws and six losses to their name, it's been a tough start to life in Sky Bet League 2 for Crawley Town.

But the Reds are finally off the mark at home this season, after they bounced back to defeat 10-man Leyton Orient 3-2.

They'd also scored just one goal in front of their own supporters prior to Saturday, but strikes from Roarie Deacon, Mitch Hancox and Simon Walton gave them plenty to cheer about this time around.

Great 3 points today from the lads @crawleytown and buzzing to have scored my 1st Snr goal! ⚽️👌🏻

— Mitch Hancox (@MjHancox) October 10, 2015
Read more: Sky Bet League 1: Matchday 12 review

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