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Five things we learned from the EFL weekend action

3 October 2022

It's time to recap the EFL weekend action. Here are five talking points from across the three divisions...

Burton battle back

Burton Albion got off the mark at the Pirelli Stadium in Sky Bet League One, edging Forest Green Rovers 3-2 as Victor Adeboyejo took home the match ball, wrapping up his hat-trick in extra-time.

The Brewers picked up a first home league win of the season. Adeboyejo, who signed for Burton in the summer, opened the scoring in the sixth minute of the game but two goals from the Gloucestershire visitors in the second half gave them the upper hand.

But, with the hosts down to 10 men following the dismissal of Tom Hamer, the striker levelled proceedings in the final 10 minutes of the contest before completing his treble with a 92nd minute winner.

Exiles shock league leaders

In Sky Bet League Two, Newport County surprised leaders Leyton Orient to inflict a first defeat of the season upon the table topping O’s.

The Exiles, who sit 16th in the standings, established a 2-0 lead in the first period as Will Evans opened the scoring before Omar Bogle notched his sixth goal of the season from the penalty spot.

Aaron Drinan halved the deficit for Orient in the second half but it was nothing more than a consolation for Orient.

A five-goal thriller

There was a five-goal thriller at Portman Road as Ipswich Town returned to winning ways with the visit of highflyers Portsmouth.

The Tractor Boys struck first through former Pompey man Marcus Harness, netting against his ex-employers, but Colby Bishop equalised for the visitors.

All the action came in a six-minute spell in the second half when Ipswich restored their lead through Freddie Ladapo, only for Bishop to make it 2-2. However, the hosts responded almost immediately as Wes Burns sealed a 3-2 victory for second-placed Ipswich, whilst Portsmouth slip to fourth in League One.

Scoring streaks

The race for the Sky Bet Championship’s Golden Boot looks to be a close one this year, as the goals keep coming.

For Sheffield United forward Oli McBurnie, it’s now five in his last six outings. The Scotland international made the score sheet in the Blades’ 1-1 draw with Birmingham City as McBurnie continues his scoring streak.

Meanwhile, Norwich City’s Teemu Pukki, who finished the 2018/19 season as the division’s leading marksman, made it four goals in as many appearances as the Canaries beat Blackpool 1-0.

Winning starts

There was joy in the dugout for newly appointed Derby County boss Paul Warne. The Rams recorded their first victory away from home of the 2022/23 campaign when James Collins bagged both goals in a 2-0 triumph over Cambridge United.


And Slaven Bilic was pleased to see Watford cruise to a 4-0 win over Stoke City in the Championship, after the 54-year-old was appointed as the new Hornets manager last week.

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