Football's Weekly Roundup #4

Published on 1 October 2023 at 20:53

Another week gone and yet more drama across the English footballing pyramid. There were shocks from top to bottom as sides from up and down the country jostled for position.


So let's take a look at what went down shall we?


Premier League


In the top flight this week it was a historic day for Luton Town who scrapped their way to a first ever Premier League win with victory at Everton's Goodison Park. With Carlton Morris bagging his third goal of the season already for the Hatters could he spearhead an unlikely survival campaign? For Everton, that unwanted feeling of dread hangs over them again following a positive week.


Now from jubilation at the bottom to misery at the top as Manchester City made it back-to-back defeats against Wolves following on from their Carabao Cup exit to Newcastle in midweek. The loss of Rodri is truly proving a nightmare and with Arsenal on the horizon it could go from bad to worse for the treble winners.


On the flip side, Wolves' Pedro Neto looks back to his brilliant best with an excellent driving run forcing the opener off of Ruben Dias. Should this continue, Neto could prove vital in the fight for survival.


But all of this pales in comparison to the drama we witnessed in North London as Spurs saw off a spirited Liverpool side to win by two goals to one courtesy of some interesting calls from the officials. We seriously urge you to watch the highlights of this one.


With defeats for Manchester United, and a thumping for Brighton at the hands of Aston Villa it truly was a weekend of shocks.


Player of the Week - Ollie Watkins (Aston Villa)


The Premier League Player of the Week this time out has to be Aston Villa forward Ollie Watkins who netted a hat trick and topped it off with an assist as his side hit Brighton for six at Villa Park. The Englishman was a constant threat and produced some stunning finishes against Roberto De Zerbi's side.



Once again the Championship was fraught with goals with eight separate games producing three or more goals. 


The weekend kicked off in Sheffield as Sunderland put three past the home side to leave them rooted to the bottom of the league with just two points and no wins after the opening nine fixtures. Pressure continues to mount on boss Xisco Muñoz, how long will he remain in charge?


And on Saturday the goals continued to flow. Southampton ended their own poor run of form with an impressive victory at home to Leeds United, whilst on the flip side Preston's unbeaten run came crashing down with a four-nil battering at home to West Brom.


The goals kept coming at Watford too as an open game ended in a three-two victory for Michael Carrick's resurgent Middlesbrough side, making it three wins on the spin for the North Eastern side.


And on Sunday, Leicester reaffirmed their title credentials by putting four past Blackburn in their own back yard. It's a fourth defeat in five games for the Lancashire outfit who continue to slide down the table.


Player of the Week - Riley McGree (Middlesbrough)


With two early goals at Vicarage Road, Middlesbrough's Riley McGree is our player of the week this weekend. After some key departures in the summer, the Australian has become a talisman for Michael Carrick's side and could prove crucial in any potential charge up the table.

League One 


In League One, Cheltenham's horrific start continued with an away defeat to mid table Lincoln City. That's one point from the opening ten matches now for the Robins who are still somehow yet to score in the league. Things are not going to plan in the South West.


Now onto a more positive as both Portsmouth and Oxford continued their impressive form with away victories at Wigan and Stevenage respectively. It was a big win for Oxford, beating the third placed side to cement themselves and Portsmouth as early promotion favourites.


In Fleetwood, the home side got their first win of the season at home to 16th placed Leyton Orient following a goal from Jack Marriott. Late on both sides were reduced to ten men following an incident just outside the Fleetwood box.


Meanwhile, pre-season title contenders Barnsley made it two defeats in the last three with a one-nil loss at home to Blackpool. A result such as this leaves the Yorkshire outfit just outside the playoff spots in seventh and with some work to do in order to fulfil expectations.


Player of the Week - Jack Marriott (Fleetwood Town)


Our player of the week this time round is Jack Marriott of Fleetwood town. The Englishman's second half strike was enough to earn his side their first win of the season and lift them just one point away from safety at this early stage of the season. An incredibly important goal and enough to earn him the accolade of player of the week.

League Two


In League Two, true to form, it was raining goals this weekend, with three goal haul a regular occurrence across the league.


Atop the table, Notts County tasted defeat for the first time since the opening day with a loss at Colchester following an incredible scoreline of five-four. Inspire of a late red card for goalscorer Cameron McGeehan and only 34% possession, the home side held on to secure an impressive victory over the title contenders.


And benefitting from that downfall were Crawley Town who's three-nil win at home to bottom feeders Sutton United put them level on points with the midlands outfit. On opposing ends of the spectrum, defeat for the away side leaves them cut adrift at the bottom of the table and winless since the opening day. Things are looking bleak in Surrey.


Meanwhile, a draw for Mansfield maintained their run as the only unbeaten side in all competitions across the top four divisions of English football. Nigel Clough has really got them ticking and will be hoping this early season form can turn into a consistent challenge for the playoffs or better.


Player of the Week - Arthur Read (Colchester United)


And finally, our league two player of the week this week is Arthuer Read of Colchester who bagged a brace to help his side to shock victory at home to league leaders Notts County. It was the midfielders first goals of the season and who better to get them against? A truly excellent performance.

That's all for this weekly roundup, we'll catch you on the next one as we continue to take stock of the highs and lows of English football.


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Ben Watts

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