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Six talking points from The Football League weekend

19 October 2015

Changes at the top, late drama and goals galore - we pick out some of the highlights from the latest round of Football League action.

The real deal?
After three consecutive draws in the Sky Bet Championship, many would have been wondering if this was the beginning of the end with regard to Brighton & Hove Albion's lightning start to the season.

But Chris Hughton's side soon put that theory to bed again at the weekend, going onto win 2-1 away at Leeds United. The Whites – who were celebrating their 96th birthday on Saturday – conceded late on to Bobby Zamora's first goal back in a Seagulls shirt – and their top-of-the-table, undefeated status continues.

It was also the club’s first win in the month of October in five seasons, since 2010/11.

FT: The 2-1 win at Leeds is Albion's first win in October since 2010. It also means Albion are four points clear at top. #LUFC 1 #BHAFC 2

— BHAFC (@OfficialBHAFC) October 17, 2015
Pressley off the mark

After a narrow loss to former club Coventry City in his first game as Fleetwood Town boss, Steven Pressley emphatically recorded his first win with his new side on Saturday.

The Cod Army moved out of the Sky Bet League 1 relegation zone following an eight-game winless run, after disposing of then-leaders Burton Albion 4-0.

Bobby Grant struck twice, while Jamie Proctor and Ash Hunter also got on the scoresheet to cap a stellar weekend for Pressley and Fleetwood.

RESULT OF THE DAY: @ftfc beat @burtonalbionfc 4-0 for Steven Pressley's first win since taking over at the club.

— The Football League (@football_league) October 17, 2015
South coast duo take advantage

Plymouth Argyle and Portsmouth continue to head the Sky Bet League 2 table, after their latest victories on Matchday 13.

Reuben Reid hit his fourth goal in as many games as the Pilgrims beat Accrington Stanley 1-0 - their fourth triumph in succession - while Matt Tubbs struck his sixth of the season as Pompey edged Newport County by the same scoreline.

The three points proved even more crucial when close challengers Oxford United, Mansfield Town, Leyton Orient, Stanley and Wycombe Wanderers all failed to win.

No change at the top of @SkyBetLeague2 tonight. @Only1Argyle still occupy first place.

— The Football League (@football_league) October 17, 2015
Back in business

The last month has been a real test of the newly-promoted Sky Bet Championship side's credentials. And, after seven successive games without victory, which included five defeats on the spin, MK Dons finally have something to cheers about, following a 3-0 win over Blackburn Rovers.

Karl Robinson's side were rampant against the 10-men of Rovers, with Ben Reeves at the double and Simon Church netting in a convincing triumph.

Delighted with the 3 points and a goal to cap off an amazing

— simon church (@churchy18) October 17, 2015
On Friday, Bristol City also recorded a long-awaited three points, winning at home for the first time this term to beat Nottingham Forest 2-0.

Gills lead the way

There are new leaders at the summit of Sky Bet League 1 after 13 rounds, Gillingham, after their 1-0 win at Crewe Alexandra.

But the story of the day was the downfall of the other contenders, after second-placed Walsall were beaten at home by Chesterfield and former leaders Burton Albion were thumped 4-0 by Fleetwood Town.
Favourable results for the Gills means they now lead the way by two points.

We have new leaders in @SkyBetLeague1! @TheGillsFC go top after defeats for @burtonalbionfc and @WFCOfficial.

— The Football League (@football_league) October 17, 2015
Rovers leave it late - again

Late winners have been an ongoing theme in Bristol Rovers' first season back in The Football League – and they were at it yet again on Saturday.

The Pirates earned their third victory on the bounce in the process, courtesy of Matty Taylor's goal in the eighth minute of stoppage time against Mansfield.

GOAL: @mansfieldtownfc 1-2 @Official_BRFC (@matthewtaylor69 - 90+)

— Bristol Rovers (@Official_BRFC) October 17, 2015
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