Football's Weekly Roundup #2

Published on 20 August 2023 at 20:17

Welcome back to another instalment of football's weekly roundup, where we take a look at all the events of the previous week in English football.


Premier League


As per usual, kicking us off is the Premier League which saw four red cards across another weekend of thrilling action.


Manchester City once again laid out their title credentials with a victory, albeit a narrow one, over an upwardly mobile Newcastle side. 


Elsewhere, Ange Postecoglu's first home fixture in the Tottenham dugout ended spectacularly as they downed a meek Manchester United side by two goals, giving hope of a positive season.


Two sides severely lacking that crucial element of hope after this weekend though are Everton and Wolves who both conceded four goals and will be seriously concerned about the onrushing tide of relegation.


With Luton vs Burnley being postponed for logistical reasons and Arsenal yet to face Crystal Palace at the time of writing, Brighton sit atop the table whilst Everton bring up the rear.


Player of the Weekend - Bryan Mbeumo (Brentford)


Undoubtedly, the player of the weekend in game week two has to be Brentford's Bryan Mbeumo who netted two of three goals for the Bees to make it back-to-back victories in this particular West London derby. With Ivan Toney out for the remainder of the year, Mbeumo has stepped up massively and become his side's key attacking threat.




It was Ipswich Town who continued to write the headlines in the Championship this weekend with a victory over QPR making it three wins from three for the newly promoted side as they sit top of the table. 


Meanwhile, a first win of the season for Tony Mowbray's Sunderland side piled more misery onto Rotherham United who just can't seem to keep the goals out at the moment.


At the other end, Middlesbrough can't seem to score any, relying on a moment of sheer brilliance from youngster Hayden Hackney to get them past their former manager Neil Warnock and his Huddersfield Town.


Whilst it was disappointment for another of Warnock's former sides as Leeds failed to win again, making it just one point from their opening three fixtures. 


Player of the Weekend - Jobe Bellingham (Sunderland)


Whilst his older brother put in another excellent display for Spanish giants Real Madrid, the younger of the Bellingham's can certainly be proud of his work this weekend as he bagged a brace to earn the Black Cats their first points of the season. Recently signing from boyhood club Birmingham City, Bellingham will be hoping to follow in his brother's footsteps, and with performances like that who's to say he can't?


League One


Match-day four in League One saw the only remaining perfect records fall as Peterborough United and Bolton Wanderers succumbed to defeat.


In Yorkshire, early title contenders Barnsley made it two defeats on the spin, as a plucky Oxford United side put three past them. It was a result made even worse by victory for Derby County at home to Fleetwood Town, continuing an inconsistent season for the Rams.


Charlton Athletic were edged out in a close encounter against Port Vale, despite finding the back of the net twice. It's now three defeats on the spin for the Londoners who continue to slide down the table following a positive opening day.


Not all games were goal-tests however as three fixtures ended in a bore draw. In fact, in Portsmouth vs Cheltenham the most excited any fan got was Pompey supporter Julian Browning who found himself running the line for the final 35 minutes.


Player of the Weekend - Stephen Humphrys (Wigan Athletic)


It was a close contest this weekend in League One, with three players netting braces. However, we've given it to Wigan forward Stephen Humphrys who's first half goals gave his side a commanding lead over one of the divisions best teams.


League Two 


Once again the goals were truly flowing in League Two this weekend, as several sides found the back of the net on multiple occasions.


However, it was in the North of Wales where the drama hit its highest peak as Wrexham and Swindon played out an enthralling five-all draw. Four players netted twice as the home side bagged two stoppage time goals to rescue a point.


The result leaves Wrexham in 15th, incredibly having a goal difference of zero despite scoring 13 times themselves. Talk about Hollywood entertainment. 


At the other end of the spectrum Gillingham made it four wins on the trot despite scoring just four goals thus far this season; their stingy defence allowing them to sit atop the table on maximum points. 


Elsewhere, Colchester United remained the only side yet to pick up a point as they fell to defeat at the hands of second placed MK Dons.


Player of the Weekend - Callum Hendry (Salford City) 


Whilst there were some star performances in League Two this time out, the accolade of player of the weekend has to go to Salford's Callum Hendry who netted a hat trick edge his side past Tranmere Rovers and keep them in the early chasing pack.


That's it for our roundup this week. Join us again next Sunday where we'll be taking you through all the movers and shakers from English football's top four division.


Ben Watts

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