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Midweek action: Five things you may have missed!

23 October 2019

1. Doncaster Rovers hit Southend United for seven

Southend United appointed former Arsenal and England defender Sol Campbell as their new manager last night ahead of their game against Doncaster Rovers. The final result showed Campbell, who was watching on in the stands, that there is work to be done at Roots Hall.

The Shrimpers had Ethan Hamilton and Stephen McLaughlin sent off for two late challenges either side of half-time, but initially took the lead through an Isaac Hutchinson free-kick. Rovers responded with two of their own before the break.

A second-half mauling saw Darren Moore’s side notch five further goals in front of a shell-shocked home crowd, with Nathan Ralph adding insult to injury by putting through his own net to round off a 7-1 defeat.

2. Parky off the mark at home

New manager bounce may have taken a bit longer to come through for Phil Parkinson than he would have liked, after Sunderland AFC’s 1-0 loss to Wycombe Wanderers at the weekend.

But it was in full effect on Tuesday night as they beat Tranmere Rovers by five-goals-to-nil. The Black Cats moved up to sixth in the Sky Bet League One table with the three points, in turn going level with Doncaster Rovers and Oxford United who sit in the Play-Off spots as it stands.

Duncan Watmore kicked off the scoring before Chris Maguire and Lyden Gooch added one each before the break; Will Grigg and Luke O’Nien rounded off the scoring on a memorial night for Phil Parkinson.

3. Four first-half goals for Plymouth Argyle

Ryan Lowe and Plymouth Argyle knew that three points against Leyton Orient would take them within touching distance of the last Play-Off spot in Sky Bet League Two.

With that in mind, Argyle set Home Park alight and stunned Orient in the opening 45 minutes of their fixture - goals from Joel Grant, Zak Rudden, Callum McFadzean and on own goal from Joe Widdowson put Lowe’s side 4-0 up at the break.

And that’s how it ended up; they will be hoping for a similar score when they face rivals Exeter City in the Devon Derby on Saturday!

4. Wednesday move within a point of the automatic promotion places

It was an unusual and unsettling start to the season for Sheffield Wednesday as Steve Bruce opted to leave his managerial post for a job at Newcastle United. Garry Monk was the man chosen to take Wednesday to the next level and that is exactly what he has done.

The Owls are currently third in the Sky Bet Championship table after 13 games with impressive wins against Huddersfield Town and Middlesbrough to look back on.

A 1-0 win over Stoke City in midweek ensured that they sit just a point outside of the automatic promotion places, hot on the heels of Leeds United who could only draw at Preston North End. 

5. First hat-trick for Mitrovic

Unbelievably, Fulham striker Aleksander Mitrovic had never scored a club hat-trick at professional level before this week's fixtures. Fulham faced Luton Town at Craven Cottage and secured the three points thanks a brilliant individual scoring performance from the Serbian. 

The hat-trick puts Mitrovic's tally for the season up to 11, making him top goalscorer in the Championship as Fulham go within touching distance of the Play-Off places. 

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