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Six talking points from The Football League weekend

14 September 2015

Thirty six games, 110 goals - averaging over three per game - the Sky Bet Football League continued to provide stellar entertainment at the weekend.

Every game featured a goal, and every encounter produced plenty drama and discussion points.

Reading mean business

After an indifferent start to the new campaign, failing to produce a win in any of their first four games, Reading have come to life of late, hitting eight goals to take maximum points from their last two matches.

A 3-1 victory over Brentford set the tone for the Royals before the international break, and few could have predicted what was to come in their Friday night meeting with Ipswich Town.

A 5-1 demolition job was carried out at the Madejski Stadium, with Orlando Sa netting a hat-trick, Nick Blackman striking and Ollie Norwood hitting one of the goals of the weekend.

I really missed the wonderful feeling of scoring a hat-trick!!! ⚽️⚽️⚽️ @readingfc#readingfc adidasuk…

— Or(L)ando Sá (@ORLANDOSA10) September 12, 2015
Read more: Reading thump Ipswich Town 5-1 to secure first home victory since March

Peterborough United bounce back in style

After a fourth defeat of the season against Southend United last week, and the dismissal of manager Dave Robertson, the last 10 days have been far from smooth for Peterborough United.

But, under the stewardship of Grant McCann, Saturday couldn't have gone much better as they romped to a 5-1 success at Oldham Athletic. Braces from Lee Angol and Souleymane Coulibaly, as well as an Erhun Oztumer's goal, secured a convincing win and Oldham followed the Posh in dismissing their manager Darren Kelly after the game.

That's how we can play football!! All came together nicely today, Everyman giving everything for the next!! Next week now 🙌🏼 #3pts#madting

— Marcus Maddison (@MarcusMaddison7) September 12, 2015
Read more: Darren Kelly leaves Oldham Athletic
What could have been - Luton Town

Luton Town conceded another late goal that cost them a share of the points on Saturday, this time at Notts County, where they fell to a fourth Sky Bet League 2 defeat of the season.

The Hatters have surrendered a total of six points in the dying seconds of games so far this term, and they would be sitting in the top half of the table on 11 points if they had held on in all of them.

However, it reads five points and just one win from seven games for John Still's men, who, after running the Play-Off places so close last year, now sit 20th.

East Midlands joy - Derby County and Nottingham Forest

There's been little to shout about for both Derby County and Nottingham Forest fans so far this season, but Saturday finally delivered some solace for both.

Following four draws and a defeat, Derby picked up their long-awaited first triumph under Paul Clement, ousting Preston North End 2-1 at Deepdale.

There was similar joy on the road for Forest, who came from behind to take all three points at Queens Park Rangers through an Henri Lansbury penalty and Nelson Oliveira's 82nd-minute winner.

What a team performance ⚽️

— Henri Lansbury (@lansburyhenri) September 12, 2015
Bury just getting started?

Bury's opening five Sky Bet League 1 fixtures returned only the solitary point, but they've now recorded back-to-back wins on the road to rise in the standings.

Their 3-1 win over Sheffield United on Saturday has taken their unbeaten away streak to 15 games and, despite their winless opening five, they are still joint-top of the divisional scoring charts with 14 goals, leaving manager David Flitcroft with plenty of cause for optimism.

Too close to call

First to ninth in Sky Bet League 2 is now covered by just four points, making things interesting at this early stage of the season.
With Leyton Orient having set the pace, their lead has been cut to just a point from Plymouth Argyle and Portsmouth, while wins at the weekend for Morecambe, Exeter City, Mansfield Town and Carlisle United ensure the pack remains bunched after Matchday 7, and that the division's unpredictability remains intact.

The gap has closed at the top of #League2 - @Only1Argyle and @officialpompey now just a point behind @leytonorientfc.

— Sky Bet League 2 (@SkyBetLeague2) September 12, 2015
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