Hat-tricks, home hoodoos and horror misses – 5 EFL talking points from Tuesday

It was another busy evening of action across the Championship, League One and League Two and here are some of the main talking points

Andreas Weimann helped Bristol City to a much-needed victory at Reading

Pearson’s lucky 13

Prior to tonight, Bristol City were woefully out of form and had gone 12 league games without tasting victory.

You had to go back to mid-March for their last three-point haul, a 3-0 win over Birmingham. That long drought had put boss Nigel Pearson under slight pressure from the returning fans on the Ashton Gate terraces.

But tonight it was proved to be lucky 13, with the Robins finally ending their poor run thanks to an entertaining 3-2 victory at Reading.

They were well worth the win too, springing into a 2-0 lead after barely 15 minutes and holding their own to fight off a Royals comeback.

Pearson will be hoping this result can now be the catalyst for a more favourable string of results.

Away quirks

Last season saw plenty of away wins across most divisions, as the effect of empty stadiums evened out the home advantage often afforded to teams.

Of course, fans are thankfully now back in stadiums and have been in full voice since the season began.

So it was quite strange to see that of tonight’s seven Championship matches, five of them featured away wins. Luton, Coventry, Fulham, Stoke and Bristol City all sealed vital victories to silence home fans.

Huddersfield Town were the sole home winners in the Championship tonight

Tonight’s results are also eye-raising when you consider there were just six away wins combined in the first two rounds of Championship fixtures.

It will be intriguing to see if tomorrow’s five games in the second tier follow a similar pattern.

Boot on the other foot for Posh

Saturday saw Peterborough bring Harrison Burrows and Siriki Dembele off the bench, with both scoring stoppage time goals in a dramatic home win over Derby.

Tonight they were rewarded by being handed starting berths against Mick McCarthy’s Cardiff City – and once again they came up with the goods.

Again, their strikes were within a few minutes of each other. This time they netted just after the restart, to give Posh a healthy two-goal buffer.

Aden Flint celebrates one of his two goals for Cardiff against Peterborough

Tonight though, the shoe was on the other foot and it was Peterborough’s turn to suffer stoppage time heartache.

Giant defender Aden Flint notched twice in the dyeing stages, his second coming in the 96th minute, to prolong Peterborough’s long, long wait for back-to-back Championship wins.

The last time they did so was way back in March 2013.

Bonne’s miss proves crucial

In a clip that has understandably gone viral since it went on Twitter, Macauley Bonne was guilty of a pretty extraordinary miss for Ipswich in their game at Cheltenham Town.

The forward clipped the ball over the home stopper Owen Evans and had the goal at his mercy. However, he then inexplicably hit an airshot but even worse, he had a second bite of the cherry – and also fluffed that!

The horror miss came with the Tractor Boys 1-0 up but unfortunately for Bonne, it did prove to be costly.

Cheltenham turned the game on its head after the restart and sealed a 2-1 win – their first win since promotion – to continue the below-par start for Paul Cook’s heavily-fancied side.

Cook’s perfect treble

It’s been a lean few years for Bradford City but there’s plenty of expectation and excitement in his particular corner of West Yorkshire this year.

Derek Adams’ appointment was widely welcomed and with Valley Parade once again welcoming big crowds back, the feeling is something special could be on the horizon.

Andy Cook hit a perfect treble for Bradford City

For the vast majority of the 14,257 inside the ground tonight for the visit of Stevenage, they certainly enjoyed Andy Cook’s contribution.

The forward hit a ‘perfect’ hat-trick. Cook nodded home early on before tapping in a rebound after a botched penalty by colleague Lee Angol and then dinking the ball home for his third.

And all that before half-time!

Cook was well worth his standing ovation towards the end of the game as the unbeaten Bantams toasted a 4-1 win.

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