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Five stories from the EFL weekend action

26 September 2022

Here are five things you may have missed from this weekend's EFL action...

Late penalty heroics

Rochdale secured their first Sky Bet League Two win of the season to take their tally up to five points and move off the foot of the table, edging Colchester United 1-0 away from home.

Striker Devante Rodney successfully dispatched his spot-kick in the first period, but it was keeper Richard O’Donnell who saved the day for Dale late on.

The shot-stopper was called into action when the U’s were awarded a penalty of their own in stoppage time, but O’Donnell made the save to preserve the victory in a dramatic showdown.

Milestone appearance

On his 200th appearance for Peterborough United, Posh's Joe Ward capped off the milestone with a goal as Grant McCann’s side cruised to a 3-0 win over Port Vale in Sky Bet League One.

The 27-year-old, who joined the Club in January 2018 from non-league Woking, capped off a fine performance from eighth-placed Peterborough, building on Jonson Clarke-Harris’ first-half brace.

And it wasn’t a bad strike, either…

A new league leader 

Just one team remain unbeaten in League One following the conclusion of the weekend action. Portsmouth, who saw their fixture postponed as a result of the international break, still remain unconquered.

On Sunday afternoon, Plymouth Argyle came from behind to beat Ipswich Town 2-1 in an exciting encounter live on Sky Sports and shatter the Tractor Boys’ record. That victory saw the Pilgrims take top spot in League One, a point clear of Ipswich in second place.


Late drama

Elsewhere, in League Two, Mansfield Town made it back-to-back triumphs courtesy of some late drama in a 2-1 win over Crewe Alexandra. The Stags struck twice in the space of six minutes to turn the score-line on its head.

Courtney Baker-Richardson gave the Railwaymen the advantage in the 70th minute but Will Swan equalised for the visitors in the final minutes of normal time, before skipper Oliver Hawkins completed the comeback for Mansfield in the 93rd minute.


Set-piece specialists

Bradford City and AFC Wimbledon battled it out for the spoils at Valley Parade and, in the end, the two sides were forced to settle for a 2-2 draw.

Scott Banks found the back of the net inside the first five minutes for the Bantams with this stunning effort from a set-piece, and Ethan Chislett raised the bar with this free-kick in the second half for the Dons.

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