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Five big results from the weekend's EFL action

4 October 2020

During a weekend that featured endless drama in the Sky Bet Championship, League One and League Two, there were plenty of talking points in the EFL once again.

With Bristol City, Lincoln City and Newport County now sitting pretty at the top of the respective divisions, here are five big results you may have missed...

1. Norwich City 0-1 Derby County

'Form is temporary, class is permanent' is a saying uttered often when it comes to football, and it was one personified by a certain Wayne Rooney in Saturday's early kick-off. Having lost their first three games of the season, a trip to Norwich City may have been daunting for Derby County, but the much-improved Rams picked up a result which they will hope has the effect of kick-starting their campaign. Manchester United and England legend Rooney stepped up, three minutes from time, to curl home a free-kick and secure three vital Sky Bet Championship points for his side.

2. Reading 1-0 Watford

Reading have made a fine start to the season, and faced a real test of their form when promotion hopefuls Watford came to town on Saturday afternoon. Ultimately, despite pressure from the visitors in the second half in particular, it was striker George Puscas' effort which separated the sides and saw Reading keep pace with Bristol City at the top of the table by making it four wins from a possible four. If the Royals can keep it up, they may well have promotion ambitions of their own.

3. Blackpool 2-3 Lincoln City

This Sky Bet League One clash was one of real quality and, in the end, it was visitors Lincoln City who edged it to move to the summit of the standings. The turning point, no doubt, came six minutes from time when the hosts conceded a penalty for the second time in the match and were reduced to 10 men while leading 2-1. The spot-kick was converted by Jorge Grant, setting things up perfectly for young Lewis Montsma - who has made a fantastic start to the season - to score the winner from close range with just two minutes remaining. 

4. Burton Albion 2-4 Portsmouth

There was another rollercoaster clash in League One, this time at the Pirelli Stadium, where the final scoreline told only half the story. A hat-trick from former Burton Albion midfielder Marcus Harness saw Portsmouth claim their first league victory of the campaign, but the visitors were made to work hard for it after taking an early lead but going in 2-1 down at the break. While Harness was doing the damage, another former Burton man - Tom Naylor - had put them in front with an own goal, but Pompey came back strongly to pick up a much-needed win.

5. Harrogate Town 1-2 Bolton Wanderers

While Colchester United's dramatic 3-3 draw against Oldham Athletic was arguably the game of the day in Sky Bet League Two, Bolton Wanderers fans will be in no doubt about which result was the most important in the division on Saturday afternoon. In what was a first-ever meeting between the sides, the away side picked up a first win of the campaign, thanks in part to a first goal of the season from last year's League Two top scorer, Eoin Doyle. Ian Evatt & Co. will be hoping this is just the start of a long run.


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