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Five stories from the weekend's action

9 November 2020

The Sky Bet Championship took centre stage in the EFL this weekend. Here are five stories from the action.

1. Clubs pay their respects ahead of Remembrance Sunday

The EFL and its Clubs are proud to be supporting The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal 2020 as we mark 75 years since the end of World War II.

Clubs paid various tributes before kick-off to pay their respects to the sacrifices made by the Armed Forces community, past and present.



2. League leaders slump

It's still early in the season and Reading still lead the table.

But Stoke City's 3-0 victory at the Madejski Stadium on Saturday lunchtime was their third defeat on the bounce. 

However, it is testamanet to how well they have started and how tightly contested the Sky Bet Championship is once again, that they sit top by one point over Watford and Norwich City. 


3. Stoke resolute as Michael O'Neil celebrates a year in charge

They say that clean sheets are what keep managers and defenders happiest.

And, as mentioned a 3-0 win against the league leaders - their ninth clean sheet of the season, will have been more than pleasing for Stoke City boss Michael O'Neil, especially on the eve of significant milestone. 

The former Northern Ireland manager took charge of the Potters a year ago - and it's been a successful one considering where they were when he began.



4. The greatest header ever?

When thinking of great headers, you may think a great defensive clearance or a bullet header in to the back of the net at the near post. 

But Coventry City's Gustavo Hamer took great header to another level. 

As the ball was cleared out of the box, the former Netherlands youth international met the ball with ferocious power over the head of England goalkeeper Ben Foster and in to he goal - all from 25 yards out!

Have a look yourself below and decide whether you have seen a better header!


5. Armstrong double downs QPR

Blackburn Rovers' Adam Armstrong is in the form of his life.

The Rovers forward is on 11 goals already for the season - the highest in the league.

Armstrong is also averaging three shots on target per match this season, the most in the EFL and double the amount of Ivan Toney and Dominic Solanke who are next in the rankings for the Sky Bet Championship. 

His two goals against QPR also helped Blackburn to a 3-1 win and in to the top half of the table. 


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