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Five things you may have missed from the EFL’s weekend action

26 August 2019

After a quick turnaround from the weekend, there were more thrilling results across the EFL midweek. Below, we’ve rounded up some of the standout stories from the Sky Bet Championship, League One and League Two.

1. Barnsley finally beaten at Oakwell 
 
Before this weekend Daniel Stendel’s side were 28 league games unbeaten at Oakwell, an impressive record, but they were stopped in their tracks on Saturday by the side that beat them to the League One title last season. Luton Town scored three first-half goals as they cruised to victory at Oakwell, with Mallik Wilks’ goal only a consolation for the South Yorkshire side. Despite remaining in the bottom half of the table, only five sides have scored more than the Hatters’ eight so far in the Championship this season. 
 
2. First hat-trick for Maguire
 
Sunderland’s Chris Maguire scored his first ever hat-trick in the EFL this weekend as Jack Ross’ side beat AFC Wimbledon 3-1. It was Maguire’s 239th appearance, but his contribution lifted Sunderland up to fourth in the Sky Bet League One table.
 
3. Wycombe leave it late again 
 
Just as it looked as though Southend United would get their first win of the season, Wycombe Wanderers recovered from 3-1 down to win 4-3 in an Adams Park classic. With six minutes of injury time to play in the second half, in typical Wycombe fashion they turned the game around, Scott Kashket the hero who followed Anthony Stewart’s 89th minute equaliser with a 92nd minute winner. For the second weekend in a row Adams Park saw a late comeback to ensure all three points for Gareth Ainsworth’s side.  
 
4. Youngsters shine through 
 
Youngsters played their part in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday, as Phillip Cocu awarded debuts to promising Derby County academy products Jason Knight and Lee Buchanan at Pride Park. Lee Buchanan made the headlines earlier in the month as he scored the Rams’ winner in Round One of the Carabao Cup, becoming their youngest player to score in the competition since Will Hughes. Both players played their part in a 1-1 draw with West Brom yesterday receiving praise for their performances. 
 
5. Swansea's best start to a season since 1978
 
Swansea City's Steve Cooper is having no problems adjusting to management in the Sky Bet Championship, continuing his impressive start with a 3-0 win at home to Birmingham City on Sunday. The Swans ran riot in the second half at the Liberty Stadium to take all three points, leaving them joint top of the Championship and leading goalscorers. It is their best start to a league season since 1978. 

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