It’s been another busy day of action across the Championship, League One and League Two – here’s five talking points from the day’s games
Past promotion campaigns for Fulham have mostly consisted of a bucketload of goals from Aleksandar Mitrovic seeing them over the line.
But this season the strikes could well be shared out more equally.
Granted, the Serb opened the scoring in their emphatic victory at Huddersfield this afternoon. But there were three other scorers also on the scoresheet for Marco Silva’s side in West Yorkshire.
Josh Onomah, Fabio Carvalho and Ivan Cavaleiro (twice) all notched against the Terriers. Harry Wilson, who netted last weekend, also threatened to add his name to the list prior to his sending-off.
Silva will be licking his lips with the amount of firepower at his disposal this season.
Cherries’ unlikely hero
Bournemouth have an unexpected goal machine on their hands.
But he’s not a centre-forward, winger or even an attacking midfielder.
Infact, Phillip Billing is more commonly known as a deep-lying or defensive midfielder. Which makes his recent form in front of goal all the more remarkable.
Billing’s second half strike sealed a hard-fought 2-1 win at Nottingham Forest for the Cherries and made it three goals in all three outings for the giant Dane.
Add that to the five goals he scored in his last 11 league outings of last term and Bournemouth suddenly have themselves an unlikely goal hero.
Dembele downs Derby
Peterborough’s late, late winner against Derby delivered some of the day’s most dramatic scenes in the EFL.
With the clock heading into 90 minutes, Posh trailed to Wayne Rooney’s side.
It was threatening to be a damp squib as home fans watched their side in Championship action for the first time in eight years. Jack Stretton scored what looked like it would be Derby’s winner in the 77th minute.
But the 11 minutes of stoppage time afforded the hosts plenty of time to get something – and they duly did.
When Harrison Burrows tapped in after the first minute of extra time had elapsed, the noise decibels inside London Road suddenly grew ten-fold.
And then when Dembele swept home it somehow got even louder. After a poor losing start away at Luton Town last week, that was just the tonic for Darren Ferguson, his players and their jubilant returning fans.
Goalfest is reward for Dons’ long wait
Wimbledon supporters were rewarded for a 30-year wait to return to Plough Lane.
The club’s brand spanking new £32million ground on the site of their spiritual home welcomed a capacity crowd for the first time.
And their side and Bolton served up a treat, with the spoils shared in a 3-3 belter.
The hosts took the lead in a topsy-turvy contest only for Wanderers to go 3-1 up just after the break.
But Mark Robinson’s side showed plenty of fighting spirit to salvage a point in front of a sell-out crowd. And the full-time reaction from those returning fans was certainly one to savour.
Battle of the rookies
Forest Green’s win at Walsall made it two wins from two for their new boss Rob Edwards.
Today’s match saw him pit his wits against another relative rookie in Saddlers’ chief Matt Taylor.
At 39, Taylor is only one year Edwards’ senior. Both have landed their respective roles following extensive time coaching youth football.
Edwards has held posts with Wolves and England whilst Taylor was previously at Spurs.
Of course, it’s extremely days for both in their respective jobs but they end the weekend with contrasting fortunes.
The 3-1 victory at the Banks’s Stadium means Rovers top League Two with six points from six – with Taylor’s side sitting bottom and yet to get off the mark.
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