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Midweek action: Five things you may have missed

22 October 2020

78 goals were scored across the EFL as the midweek action did not disappoint. With the league tables starting to take shape, records were broken and unbeaten runs were halted. Here are five things you may have missed.

1. Huddersfield looking comfortable under Carlos Corberan 
Huddersfield Town made it ten points from a possible twelve with victory over Derby County on Tuesday night, as their recent good form in the Championship continued. Playing with a vibrancy and energy that appeared to be lacking last season, Carlos Corberan looks to have instilled confidence into his side. Juninho Bacuna scored the only goal of the game - and the 1,000th goal at the John Smith’s Stadium, and what a goal it was too, Bacuna finishing well after a neat exchange of passing. The win puts the Terriers in 8th place in the table. 
2. Ivan Toney enjoying life in the Championship 
New Brentford man Ivan Toney scored twice for the third consecutive game as Brentford recorded an impressive victory over Sheffield Wednesday. The striker has adapted to life in the Championship seamlessly and has now scored seven goals in his past four appearances as the Bees move up to 7th place in the table. Toney slotted home the opening goal inside the first ten minutes and despite the Owls levelling, Brentford’s attacking football caused problems for the home side, and Toney headed in for his second to secure the three points for the Bees. 
3. Ipswich finally beaten 
Previously unbeaten Ipswich Town were shocked in South Yorkshire by Doncaster Rovers, with a devastating defeat to Darren Moore’s side, who came from behind to take all three points at the Keepmoat Stadium. Prior to their visit to Doncaster, the visitors were not only unbeaten and top of the table, but they had also only conceded twice in League One. They went ahead in the opening quarter of an hour too, but Rovers got their equaliser on the half hour mark and from there looked the more threatening of the two sides. Goals from Cameron John, captain Ben Whitman (2) and Fejiri Okenabirhie saw the home side run out 4-1 winners, moving up to 6th in the table. 
4. Sunderland defence standing firm 
One team that do remain unbeaten in League One is Phil Parkinson’s Sunderland, as they look to seal promotion back to the Championship this campaign. Their unbeaten run was extended on Tuesday night with victory over Crewe Alexandra at the Stadium of Light, courtesy of a Charlie Wyke header. The 1-0 victory means that Sunderland goalkeeper Lee Burge can still take pride in boasting the best defensive record in the country so far this season, having still not conceded in open play. 
5. Cheltenham enjoying best start to an EFL season 
Cheltenham Town are showing no signs of a Play-Off hangover having missed out on promotion last season, with Michael Duff’s side sitting third in the League Two table. Victory over Scunthorpe United earlier this week came through a Reuben Reid penalty as the Robins’ fine form continued. Duff’s side now have 15 points from their opening seven games, meaning this is their best-ever start to an EFL campaign. 
Around the grounds, the search for Barrow's first win in the Football League since 1972 goes on following a 3-3 draw with Bolton, Cambridge United and Newport County continued their good form with victories on Tuesday night and Lincoln City recorded an impressive win over Plymouth Argyle to keep the pressure on the top two in League One. 
In the Championship, Bristol City's unbeaten run came to an end following defeat to Middlesbrough, leaving Reading the only unbeaten side in the EFL so far.  

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