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Five talking points from the EFL weekend fixture schedule

8 August 2022

Another matchday is done and dusted, and it was another weekend packed full of excitement on the pitch.

Here are five stories from the weekend action...

England hero returns home

A certain England international paid a visit to Loftus Road this weekend as Queens Park Rangers hosted Middlesbrough in the Sky Bet Championship, with the Hoops running out 3-2 winners on home soil.

And European Champion Chloe Kelly was in attendance in West London, with the Lionesses hero, who netted the match-winner in the Final at Wembley Stadium last month, receiving a warm welcome as she went back to where it all began at her hometown team. The striker was presented with a signed shirt before leading the teams out with the match ball.

Flying out of the blocks

Peterborough United now boast the only 100% record in Sky Bet League One as the Posh, who are sitting pretty at the summit, followed up victory over Cheltenham Town on the open day with a 3-0 win against Morecambe at the weekend. Grant McCann’s side have chalked up six points as it stands.

In League Two, Crewe Alexandra posted back-to-back League wins for the first time in 28 years. Alex Morris’ men cruised to a 3-0 triumph over Harrogate Town, having overcome Rochdale 2-1 the weekend prior. The Railwaymen last achieved successive victories to kick off the 1994/95 campaign against York City and Rotherham United.

Getting the party started

By the time Oxford United starlet Tyler Goodrham blew out his birthday candles on Sunday, the 19-year-old had all of his wishes come true. The midfielder, who spent last season on loan at non-league Slough Town, scored on his senior bow for the U’s and his introduction to the fold was timely, rippling the net in the 93rd minute in a 1-0 win over Cambridge United.

Meanwhile, there was a debut brace for Everton loanee Ellis Simms, who bagged either side of the break in Sunderland’s 3-2 victory over Bristol City. Sammie Szmodics opened the scoring for Blackburn Rovers as they breezed past Swansea City 3-0, and Jake Young opened his account for Bradford.

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League Two delivers

Perhaps the game of the day came from the Eco-Power Stadium where Doncaster Rovers came from behind to beat Sutton United 2-1 in extra-time. Rovers, who were trailing by a goal-to-nil as the Fourth Official’s board went up, struck twice in two minutes through George Miller and Kieran Agard in the dying moments of the game to snatch the points.

Elsewhere, Bradford City’s Andy Cook thought he had rescued a draw for the Bantams, making it 2-2 in the 95th minute, only for Barrow’s Josh Gordon to respond seconds later to win it 3-2 for the Bluebirds.

And there was a late winner for Stevenage, after Luke Norris’ spot-kick equalised for Boro against Stockport County, and Jamie Reid sealed a 2-1 win for Boro in the 95th minute.

Double points haul 

Michael Duff got his first win as Barnsley boss under his belt against none other than his ex-employers Cheltenham Town. And midfielder Luke Thomas, who came through the Robins’ ranks, netted the match-winner in a 1-0 victory for the South Yorkshire side.

Michael Flynn’s Rodney Parade homecoming ended in victory as Walsall edged Newport County 1-0. Mickey Demetriou’s own goal was the difference in a slender triumph for the Saddlers.

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