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Six talking points from Matchday 8 of The Football League

21 September 2015

The latest round of Football League matches saw three teams record their first wins of the season, crucial penalty saves made and a player score twice in a minute.

The season starts here

It was a good weekend for Blackburn Rovers, Rotherham Untied and Crewe Alexandra, who all picked up their long-awaited first victories of the 2015/16 campaign.

Blackburn, who had shown promise against Fulham and Queens Park Rangers in their previous two fixtures, finally earned a result to match with a 3-0 win over Charlton Athletic at Ewood Park.

Rotherham's wasn't quite as straightforward, but was equally as important, as a Matthew Connolly own goal in the third minute of second-half stoppage time saw the Millers to a 2-1 triumph against 10-man Cardiff City.

Read more: Rotherham United manager Steve Evans - “We were fantastic”

In Sky Bet League 1, Crewe shook off their tag of the division's only winless team by beating Shrewsbury Town 1-0 courtesy of Adam King's second-minute strike.

Out on their own – Newport County

There is now only one side from the 72 competing in The Football League yet to secure three points this term - Sky Bet League 2's Newport County.

The Exiles have lost six of their opening eight games this season, but did manage to avoid a seventh defeat at the weekend, in a goalless stalemate at Dagenham & Redbridge.

Jamie Jones sinks Gillingham

Gillingham's undefeated run in Sky Bet League 1 came to an end at the hands of Colchester United on Saturday, with U's goalkeeper Jamie Jones pivotal to their first loss of the season.

The 26-year-old stopper – on loan from Preston North End – saved a penalty in midweek as Tony Humes' men triumphed away at Sheffield United, and he was at it again on Matchday 8, denying Cody McDonald to ensure a 2-1 success.

Another great win today! The lads was top draw from front to back!! What a noise when i saved another pen today 🔊🙌🏻 3 outa 4 aint bad😃 #ColU

— Jamie Jones (@jamie1jones) September 19, 2015
Two come along at once

After more than 900 minutes without a win, stretching back to last season, Huddersfield Town have recorded two in 180. That was thanks to a 2-1 result against Charlton in midweek, which was followed up with a rousing 4-1 victory at home to Bolton Wanderers on Saturday. 

Fantastic feeling to get back to back wins and to get our first home win of the season 💪🏻⚽️ #htafc

— Jason Davidson (@jasondavidson29) September 19, 2015
Bolton had taken the lead early on, but the Terriers hit four in 43 minutes either side of half-time through Emyr Huws (2), Mustapha Carayol and Joel Lynch.

Burton hit new heights

With six wins from eight games on their maiden Sky Bet League 1 venture, Burton Albion top the standings in the latest events of a remarkable 12 months for the club.

Having won the Sky Bet League 2 title last season, the Brewers are operating at the highest level in their history, and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink's men have shown no fear in their approach to the challenge.

Their latest triumph came at Swindon Town, where they picked up three points for the first ever time, to send them to the summit.

Read more: It was a good away day performance – Burton Albion skipper John Mousinho

Josh Windass

Accrington Stanley are now six unbeaten in Sky Bet League 2, and just one loss all season sees them sitting pretty in sixth in the table, four points adrift of leaders Leyton Orient.

Their standing was made even more impressive by the fact John Coleman's side hadn't scored more than one goal in a game prior to the weekend, but that all changed courtesy of a 4-2 success against Exeter City.

Their most notable goal contribution came from Josh Windass who, remarkably, netted twice in a minute to fire the home team into a 2-0 lead. Stanley's other two strikes also came in quick succession, as Piero Mingoia and Billy Kee hit twice in as many minutes to wrap up their latest victory.

2 goals 3 points . Happy Saturday everyone 👏🏻👏🏻

— Josh Windass (@windass101) September 19, 2015

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