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Five things you may have missed from the EFL this weekend

22 August 2022

What a weekend it was across the EFL!

Here are five things you may have missed...

Wyke makes Latics return

Wigan Athletic forward Charlie Wyke made his first appearance for the Latics since November when the 29-year-old suffered a cardiac arrest, keeping him out of action for nine months.

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The number nine, who described his cameo as “emotional” after a “crazy period”, came off the bench in the 70th minute to set up Nathan Broadhead who netted the winning goal in a 1-0 win over Birmingham City. And that assist marked his return to the first-team in the league after turning out in friendly fixtures in pre-season.

Unbeaten runs still going

There are a select handful of teams still unbeaten this season, and among those in the Sky Bet Championship are second-placed Watford, Preston North End, and newly promoted Rotherham United and Wigan Athletic.

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Just three teams are yet to taste defeat in Sky Bet League One; leaders Ipswich Town, Portsmouth in third and Accrington Stanley. And Leyton Orient, who took the top spot this weekend, Stevenage, Northampton Town and Doncaster Rovers – all occupying a top five birth – are unconquered in Sky Bet League Two.

Owls midfielder marks milestone

Liam Palmer marked his 350th appearance for Sheffield Wednesday with a goal as Darren Moore’s side beat Bolton Wanderers 2-0 in League One.

The Owls veteran, who has spent the entirety of his career in South Yorkshire, ticked off the landmark, after inking his first professional contract with his boyhood Club over a decade ago in 2010.

Impressive entrances

At the Select Car Leasing Stadium, Reading midfielder Tyrese Fornah netted his first professional goal in style which turned out to the match-winner in a 1-0 victory over Middlesbrough. The Nottingham Forest loanee opened his account in the 28th minute, taking aim from outside the box with this strike.

Elsewhere, Doncaster Rovers youngster Kyle Hurst bagged a brace as Gary McSheffrey’s men turned it around against Salford City to put three points on the board in a 2-1 triumph on home soil.

Derby day delivers

The Lancashire derby had it all as Blackpool fought back from 3-1 down to earn a point against Burnley at Turf Moor.

The Clarets opened the scoring inside three minutes and by half-time Viktor Kompany’s men held a two-goal lead over their local rivals. But late in the second half, Shayne Lavery and Jerry Yates struck twice in two minutes to complete the turnaround for the Tangerines, with both sides seeing a player dismissed in the final 10 minutes.


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