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Five things you may have missed from the weekend's action

29 October 2019

Another weekend of football has passed us by, but here at some moments from the action you may have missed.

1) PNE pick up bragging rights in derby day comeback

Preston North End fans might have wished they'd stayed at home as rivals Blackburn Rovers took a 2-0 lead into the dressing room with them in Saturday’s Lancashire derby. 

An own goal by goalkeeper Declan Rudd and a smart finish from Sam Gallagher sent the travelling support into an early frenzy at Deepdale, but no one would have predicted what was about to unfold in the second period.

Two goals from Tom Barkhuizen and a penalty from Daniel Johnson sent PNE on their way to an unlikely win, lifting themselves into second spot in the league standings.


2) Eoin Doyle goes top of the goal-scoring charts in the EFL

Fellow Sky Bet League Two side Bradford City may well be kicking themselves for letting striker Eoin Doyle join Swindon Town in the summer.

The 31-year-old has been in red hot form this campaign which has seen him notch 13 goals in league action, six more than his closest competitor, and he was bang at it again at the weekend.

Doyle picked up another three goals on Saturday as Richie Wellens’ Swindon Town netted four goals without reply against Crawley Town.


3) Wycombe go level on points with top spot

There has been much discussion in recent weeks about where Gareth Ainsworth might end up if he decides to leave Wycombe Wanderers any time soon, but the thought hasn’t crossed his mind.

The 46-year-old stated that “there is something special happening here” after passing up on the chance to manage Sunderland AFC earlier this month, and with the impending takeover he could have a point.

The Chairboys were 1-0 winners against Rotherham United at the ASSEAL New York Stadium on Saturday, moving up to second in the League One table after Peterborough United faltered at home to Coventry City.

Only Ipswich Town sit above them on goal difference in the league standings.


4) Rowett kicks off Millwall reign with three points

Gary Rowett returned to the dugouts on Saturday in charge of Sky Bet Championship side Millwall, taking over from Neil Harris who parted company with the club just a few weeks ago.

The Lions welcomed Stoke City to the Den, Rowett’s old employers, and it turned out to be the perfect start for the new man as his side came out better in a 2-0 win.

Goals from Ben Thompson and Jed Wallace were enough to secure all three points and lift Rowett’s boys up to 15th in the table.


5) Jim Bentley steps down after eight-years in charge at Morecambe

It was an emotional day for Jim Bentley as he decided that it was the right time to bring to an end more than 17-years worth of work to an end at Morecambe.

Bentley, joined the Shrimps in 2002 after signing from Telford United and it turned out to be one of the best decisions he ever made, making more than 300 appearances during his playing days.

At the end of the 2010/11 season, he was appointed as player-manager but chose to hang up his boots to concentrate on life as a manager. Without a penny to spend, during his tenure, Bentley kept Morecambe in the Football League during his eight-year stint in the hot-seat.

After handing in his resignation on Monday, he wasn’t out of a job for long as he accepted the managerial position at Vanarama National League side, AFC Fylde.

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