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

16 September 2019

It was another thrilling weekend across the EFL's three divisions! Below, we've rounded up some of the big stories from the Sky Bet Championship, League One and League Two...

1. Alex Doyle becomes first Salford City Academy player to play in the EFL

It might not have been a weekend to remember for Salford City as they lost 2-0 to Cheltenham Town at the Peninsula Stadium, but it was an historic day for the Ammies despite the result.

Seventeen-year-old midfielder Alex Doyle came on as a 28th-minute substitution, replacing the injured Richie Towell, thus becoming the club’s first academy player to play in the EFL.

A player to keep an eye out for!  

2. Bellingham steals the show for Birmingham once again

Sticking with youth, a certain 16-year-old by the name of Jude Bellingham was amongst the goals once again for Pep Clotet’s Birmingham City.

The midfielder - who burst onto the scene last month with his late winner against Stoke City at St Andrew’s - was at it again at the weekend as his sweeping, right-footed effort found the bottom left corner of Dillon Phillips’ goal. 

Two goals in two games for Bellingham - will he be able to bag his third in as many games against Preston North End next weekend?

3. Peterborough United hit Rochdale for six

The Posh have been superb in recent weeks, carding four wins in their last five games, but Saturday’s 6-0 demolition of Rochdale was by far their most impressive performance of the season so far.

Darren Ferguson’s men may have started the season in less than convincing fashion, but the Sky Bet League One outfit now find themselves occupying the final spot in the Play-Off places.

August’s Player of the Month, Marcus Maddison, was on the scoresheet twice on Saturday, with striker Ivan Toney adding three as well, and club-record signing Mo Eisa also notching.

4. Two new managers locked horns at the John Smith’s Stadium

It was a start of a new era at Huddersfield Town and Sheffield Wednesday, as Danny Cowley and Garry Monk took charge of their new teams for the first time.

It would be a nightmare start for the Cowley brothers but a perfect one for Monk as he saw his side score two headers either side of half time. 

The first came from Steven Fletcher, the other from Sam Winnall – a solid foundation to build on for the former Birmingham City boss.

5. Scunthorpe United register first win in Sky Bet League Two

It was a long time coming but certainly worth the wait, as Scunthorpe United recorded their first win in Sky Bet League Two after eight attempts.

Goals from Jamie Proctor, Kevin van Veen and Matty Lund were enough to see off Morecambe at Glanford Park.

The Iron leapfrogged Stevenage into 23rd position, but still find themselves in the dreaded drop zone by two points. 

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