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Six talking points from Matchday 9 in The Football League

28 September 2015

A debut to remember, seven wins in succession, new Sky Bet League 2 leaders, and a late show from Leyton Orient – there was no shortage of talking points from Matchday 9.

Debut delight gets Newport County off the mark

Newport County are finally off the mark in 2015/16, and it was a debut to remember for match-winner Tyler Blackwood.

The Queens Park Rangers striker only joined the Exiles on Thursday, on a one-month loan, and he scored a second-half winner to give The Football League's bottom side their first victory of the season, at the ninth attempt.

Great feeling to get a goal on my league debut, but more importantly to contribute towards the teams first win of the season! More to come!

— Tyler Blackwood (@Tblackwood17) September 26, 2015
Leon Clarke gets one over on former side

Players often rise to the challenge of playing against a former club and that was certainly the case for Leon Clarke on Saturday.

The Bury front man bagged two goals against his former employers Coventry City in Sky Bet League 1, to guide them to a 2-1 victory, which moved the Shakers up to fifth in the division.

Gaffer 'Leon's finishes were outstanding today! They were a mark of the top player that he is.' #buryfc

— Bury Football Club (@buryfcofficial) September 26, 2015
Seven on the spin

Middlesbrough have won their last seven games in all competitions after seeing off Leeds United 3-0, and that's a run they last achieved 20 years ago.

Aitor Karanka's Boro have got the better of Burton Albion and Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Capital One Cup, and Sheffield Wednesday, Milton Keynes Dons, Brentford, Nottingham Forest and now Leeds in the Sky Bet Championship.

Their latest victory lifted them to within one point of Brighton & Hove Albion at the summit of the Championship.

Read more: Aitor Karanka proud of Middlesbrough players

Portsmouth hit the summit

Portsmouth's promotion push gathered pace in Sky Bet League 2 on Saturday when they moved top of the division for the first time this season.

Pompey were 2-1 winners at Bristol Rovers courtesy of goals from Gareth Evans and Jayden Stockley, and it saw them overtake Leyton Orient, who could only draw at Northampton.

The result means Paul Cook's side remain unbeaten in Sky Bet League 2 after nine matches, with Brighton the only other Football League side still undefeated in 2015/16.

.@officialpompey are the new leaders of @SkyBetLeague2, and they are followed closely by @wwfcofficial. pic.twitter.com/FpZe6rkCbW

— The Football League (@football_league) September 26, 2015
Struggling to adapt?

The Sky Bet Championship hasn't been a happy hunting ground for the trio of teams promoted into the division last term, and they now find themselves occupying the bottom three places in the table.

Bristol City – last term's Sky Bet League 1 champions – prop up the division with six points, and MK Dons and Preston North End are directly above them on seven.

The Dons suffered their fifth successive defeat at the hands of Derby County on Saturday, while Preston drew with Wolves. The Robins also drew, sharing the points with Ipswich Town.

It's not over until...

Don't write Leyton Orient off – that's the message being passed on to our social media team after Saturday's drama at Sixfields in Sky Bet League 2.

Northampton Town, and our matchday staff, thought they had earned all three points with a 92nd-minute goal, but the O's hit back with virtually the last kick of the game, to snatch a draw.

Late winner for the Cobblers!! They've stolen it at home to @leytonorientfc. #League2https://t.co/aI5LUrGgQO

— Sky Bet League 2 (@SkyBetLeague2) September 26, 2015
And what a goal it was from Dean Cox...


This picture says it never give up Should of won that but we take he point and need to follow up Tuesday and Saturday pic.twitter.com/jkY5T71DJt

— dean cox (@dean_7cox) September 26, 2015
Read more: Sky Bet Championship - Matchday 9 review

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