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Five talking points from the EFL weekend action

5 September 2022

With another matchday across the three divisions complete, here are five stories from the EFL weekend action...

Following in the footsteps

Fulham loanee Jay Stansfield made his bow for Exeter City, after signing for the Grecians on a season-long loan last week, in a 1-0 win over Milton Keynes Dons in Sky Bet League One, and it was a debut that has boss Matt Taylor “choked up”.

Twelve years after his father Adam Stansfield passed away of cancer, the 19-year-old returned to St James Park to take up the number nine jersey – retired in honour of his dad who made over 140 appearances for the Devon Club between 2006 and 2010.

Stansfield, who came through Exeter’s Academy before joining the Cottagers was introduced in the 79th minute to a standing ovation from the supporters.

The scoring centre-back

At 37-years-of-age, Rotherham United captain Richard Wood is showing no signs of slowing down. The defender bagged his fourth goal of the season in a 1-1 draw with Watford in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday.

The Millers did enjoy a Club record unbeaten start to the season before falling to defeat at the hands of Sunderland in midweek, but the skipper, whose career encompasses almost two decades in professional football, got the South Yorkshire side back on track to earn a point against the Hornets.

Orient train ploughs on

After Doncaster Rovers were beaten 3-1 by Mansfield Town, Leyton Orient are now the only unbeaten side remaining in Sky Bet League Two, seeing off Tranmere Rovers 2-0 on home soil.

The O’s are now three points clear of second-placed Stevenage at the top of the standings, with six wins in their last seven league outings – an impressive start to the campaign by Richie Wellens’ side.


Trotters mark anniversary fixture

Bolton Wanderers marked the 25th anniversary of the first competitive match at the University of Bolton Stadium with a 3-1 victory over Charlton Athletic to lift the Trotters to eighth in League One.

Goals from Conor Bradley, Kieran Lee and George Johnston secured maximum points for Ian Evatt’s men who came from behind against the Addicks.shutterstock_editorial_13360436aq.jpg

Birthday boy preserves record

It was a birthday to remember for Reading forward Lucas Joao who notched a brace in a 2-1 win over Stoke City. The Royals, now occupying third place, bounced back from a midweek loss to Sheffield United.

The Angola international, who turned 28 on Sunday, opened the scoring inside two minutes of kick-off, before doubling his tally from the spot in the second half as Reading retook the lead against the Potters, preserving the hosts’ perfect home record in the Championship.

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