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Weekend action: five things you may have missed

18 October 2020

The return of the Sky Bet Championship provided plenty of late drama, with League One and League Two continuing to provide entertainment up and down the country.

Here are five things you may have missed from the weekend action. 
1. Debut victory for Chris Hughton 
Joe Lolley’s injury-time strike earned Nottingham Forest victory over in-form Blackburn Rovers, as new boss Chris Hughton kicked off his era at the club with three points in dramatic fashion. After four straight league defeats, Forest looked set to earn a first Championship point this season, but Lolley secured all three with a heavily-deflected strike after cutting in from the right flank. 
The win lifts the Reds up to 20th in the table heading into the midweek fixtures. A much-needed three points. 
2. Reading and Bristol City’s perfect records halted 
Both Reading and Bristol City boasted perfect records heading into matchday five in the Championship, but Reading were kept at bay by Neil Warnock’s Middlesbrough as the game ended goalless. 
Bristol City were leading 2-1 in injury time against Barnsley at Oakwell, and the Robins looked set to continue their winning run, until Michael Sollbauer was fouled inside the area, as Barnsley were awarded a last-minute penalty. The Tykes had to wait eight minutes to take it as Sollbauer left the field on a stretcher, but in the 102nd minute Cauley Woodrow calmly stepped up and converted the penalty into the top corner, ending City’s 100% record in the EFL. 
3. Ipswich Town remain unbeaten in League One  
In-form Gwion Edwards kept his scoring run going as Ipswich maintained their spot at the top of Sky Bet League One with a win over Accrington Stanley. Midfielder Edwards' fifth goal of the season helped continue the Tractor Boys’ unbeaten start to the season, with Freddie Sears also netting with a neat finish from a tight angle, as Stanley dropped out of the top six and Ipswich made it five wins from their opening six, sitting pretty at the top of the table. 
4. Five-star Cambridge 
In League Two, Cambridge United are leading the way and it was another weekend to remember for them as they continued their impressive start to the 2020/21 campaign. Mark Bonner’s side put five past 10-man Scunthorpe United in an emphatic victory that sent them to the top of the table. Paul Mullin continued his red-hot form, scoring twice from the penalty spot, taking his tally to seven for the season, from just six games. The win made it victory number four in their first six matches. 
5. Home Park comforts for Plymouth Argyle
Plymouth Argyle are enjoying life back in League One, as Ryan Lowe’s side made it 11 unbeaten at Home Park on Saturday with victory over nearly-promoted Northampton Town. Powerhouse striker Frank Nouble opened the scoring for the hosts, powering home a header from a delightful Conor Grant cross. Keith Curle’s side levelled through Ricky Korboa, but Kell Watts was there in the dying moments for Lowe's side, to volley home at the far post from a George Cooper corner, clinching victory for the Pilgrims. The win lifts the Pilgrims up to 6th place in the table, with 11 points from their opening six games. 
Around the grounds, Doncaster Rovers continued their impressive record at Fratton Park - a 1-0 win over Pompey ensured they’re still unbeaten in Portsmouth since 2011. Huddersfield Town secured an impressive 2-1 win over promotion-hopefuls Swansea City making it seven points from a possible nine, Crawley Town shocked then League Two-leaders Morecambe with a 4-0 victory, and despite defeat against Millwall, Wycombe Wanderers recorded their first-ever Sky Bet Championship goal. History made. 

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