Here are five talking points from the EFL weekend round-up!
Clarets keep up local record
A fifth consecutive victory over rivals Blackburn Rovers saw Burnley take the bragging rights in the Lancashire derby on Sunday afternoon. The Clarets returned to the top of the Sky Bet Championship standings with a 3-0 victory over Blackburn.
All the action came in the second half when Ashley Barnes bagged a brace with a goal from Anass Zaroury sandwiched in between as Turf Moor erupted.
Burnley, who were without a win in the local standoff in 11 meetings prior to 2014, with their last win coming in 1979, have stamped their authority on the fixture in recent years, having not gone head-to-head with Rovers since 2017 but it was a win to remember this weekend.
First league trebles
Millwall’s record summer signing Zian Flemming is proving to be a find for the Lions, as the Dutchman notched his first-ever league hat-trick in a 4-2 triumph over Preston North End to fire the Club back into the Play-Off places heading into the World Cup break.
Flemming now has eight goals to his name this season and has quickly found his feet in the Championship. The 24-year-old was on a treble within 16 minutes, putting Millwall 2-0 up before the Lilywhites clawed it back to 2-2, but he completed his hat-trick in the second half with this effort.
It wouldn’t be a weekend in Sky Bet League One without some late drama and Exeter City and Fleetwood Town produced just that in their respective fixtures.
The Grecians grabbed a last-gasp winner against Peterborough United. Exeter found themselves 2-1 down with less than 10 minutes left on the watch but Sam Nombe levelled with five minutes remaining before Jevani Brown made it 3-2 in extra-time.
And Fleetwood’s Shaun Rooney was the hero in a 2-2 draw with Bristol Rovers. The defender found the back of the net either side of the break, coming up with the equaliser in the 99th minute for the visitors to rescue a point.
Hiding in sight
There were some impressive strikes on display in Sky Bet League Two, but it was Danny Rose’s 79th minute winner for Stevenage to edge Hartlepool United 1-0 that drew attention in a pantomime-style skit.
The attacker snuck up behind Pools keeper Ben Killip, who didn’t notice Rose lurking behind him in the net before rolling the ball out, to score the only goal of the game as Boro returned to winning ways on home soil.
Elsewhere. in League One, Burton Albion and Charlton Athletic shared the spoils in a hard-fought six-goal thriller at the Pirelli Stadium. It finished 3-3 as the Brewers and the Addicks delivered the entertainment factor, with the two teams tousling it out for a point.
Charlton struck first through Charlie Kirk who doubled the visitors’ advantage with 36 minutes played, but Burton fought back to make it 2-2 as the interval approached; Terry Taylor and Tom Hamer made the score-sheet for the hosts.
Burton flipped the game on its head when they took the lead for the first time through the in-form Victor Adeboyejo after the restart but Jesurun Rak-Sakyi restored parity at 3-3 for the South Londoners.