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Simon Grayson's verdict on the weekend action

28 September 2020

There was plenty for Simon Grayson to get his teeth into after matchday three across the EFL's three divisions!

Speaking as a pundit on EFL on Quest, the experienced coach discussed what was another entertaining weekend of fixtures that featured some big results.

On Blackburn Rovers' fine start to the season... 

“I’ve been reading Tony [Mowbray's] comments saying he’s been delighted with how they’ve played and that someone was going to get a thumping. Last week it happened and again today.

“Derby couldn’t live with them; every time Blackburn went forward it looked like they were going to score.

“They’ve got legs in the team, energy and lads that can do stuff out of nothing - it’s been a good start for them.” 

On Reading's three wins from three...

“He [Veljko Paunovic] has hit the ground running, the players must have been entrusted with him very quickly in terms of his ideas and his beliefs and to start the season with three victories is just fantastic.

“He’s looked like he’s got the best out of [Lucas] Joao because he’s scoring the goals now as well, and it looks as though things could be happening again for Reading.” 

On Dominic Samuel's second Gillingham debut...

“Dominic Samuel signed again from Blackburn and scored four minutes into his debut, not a bad way to start! It was a good set-piece from them and they kept the ball alive. He was in the right place at the right time. 

“And for the second one he fires it across the keeper, a great result for Gillingham.” 

On the red card that turned the game in Stoke's favour at Preston...

“There are two players going for a 50/50. Tom Barkhuizen slipped and just stepped into Morgan Fox. He’s not that type of player, he’s not gone in and gone over the top. I think he was seriously unfortunate here to be sent off.

“The red card made it really difficult for Preston after that.” 

On Hull City's solid start... 

“Hull deserve a bit of credit because a lot of Clubs would have kept Grant McCann after the run they had last year, but they’ve stuck with him and made some good signings.” 

On Lee Novak’s double for Bradford City against Stevenage...

“Lee Novak, I was with him at Huddersfield, and he gets across the defender well for his first goal, catching the defender sleeping. For the second, it’s a case of right place right time.” 

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