The Football League was once again full of goals, shocks and storylines as many teams continued to defy the odds, some in better ways than others.
Bristol City went unbeaten in five games, Shrewsbury Town continued to be the pace-setters in League One, and Kevin Nolan’s revival of Notts County shows no signs of slowing down.
There were also a number of managerial exits as teams begin to grow impatient with the starts their sides have made. Harry Redknapp was the big talking point after leaving Birmingham City. However, Gary Caldwell also left Chesterfield while Michael Brown was relieved of his duties at Port Vale.
Football League Roundup: Week Seven
Villa Ruin the Barnsley Birthday Celebrations
A brace from Albert Adomah and Keinan Davis’ first senior goal gave Aston Villa a comfortable victory at Oakwell.
It was all set up to be a special evening for the Tykes as they were celebrating the 130th anniversary of the club. However, it took just 19 minutes for the visitors to take the lead. Adomah powered through the centre of the defence and after Adam Davies let the ball go through him, the Ghanaian winger tapped into the empty net.
Adomah then doubled the lead just before the break from the penalty spot. Davis drew a foul from Adam Jackson, and Adomah confidently placed in the spot-kick to give the Villains a more comfortable lead.
Despite dominating the possession, Barnsley found themselves further behind just ten minutes into the second half. Ahmed Elmohamady swung in a cross, and 19 year-old Davis rose highest to power in his first senior goal.
It was just a second win of the season for the visitors, who climb up to 13th, while Barnsley continue to struggle and find themselves just three points above the relegation zone.
Blackpool Fourth After Seventh Successive Home Win
Blackpool rose to fourth in the table thanks to Kyle Vassell’s double, ensuring that the Tangerines won their seventh successive home game and are now unbeaten since the opening day.
Vassell put the home side in front in some style after just six minutes. Turning away from the defender, he curled in a beauty from 25 yards that left Simon Eastwood in the Oxford goal with no chance.
From roughly the same distance, Callum Cooke then doubled the lead with just 15 minutes on the clock.
James Henry gave Oxford some late hope when he tapped in in the 90th minute, but deep into stoppage time Vassell scored his third of the season with a venomous free-kick.
Oxford, despite the loss, remain on course for a good season. They sit just three points outside the play-offs in ninth place.
Late Luton Double in Wycombe Win
Scott Cuthbert and James Collins were on target as Luton scored twice in the 90th minute to snatch a win at Wycombe.
Adebayo Akinfenwa put the hosts in front after 40 minutes by heading in Michael Harriman’s cross.
Luton were given a much earlier chance to level when Joe Jacobsen was penalised for pushing Danny Hylton. The striker got up to take the kick himself, but it was saved by Wycombe keeper Scott Brown.
Just as the clock ticked into the 90th minute, the Hatters were level. Luke Berry flicked on a cross, and Cuthbert was there to volley in past Brown.
Deep into stoppage time, Luton miraculously won the game. Harry Cornick’s cross was met by Collins, and his header went in off Wycombe midfielder Marcus Bean as he tried to hack the ball off the line.
In the Championship, Preston’s fightback against Birmingham meant that Harry Redknapp left the Blues in the relegation zone thanks to a 3-1 loss. Bristol City went one better than the Lilywhites, beating Derby County 4-1 at Ashton Gate.
Burton Albion were unexpectedly beat Fulham 2-1 in their game, while Wolves also won 2-1 away at Nottingham Forest.
Bolton remain without a win so far as they were brushed aside by Ipswich in a 2-0 win.
Brentford and Reading played out a 1-1 draw at Griffin Park. Cardiff and Hull also drew by the same score with Sheffield Wednesday and Sunderland respectively.
QPR twice lead at the Riverside against Middlesbrough, however in the end they were beaten 3-2.
Finally, Millwall and Norwich were both 1-0 victors. The Lions beat Leeds at home, while the Canaries took three points from Sheffield United and Bramall Lane.
In League One, AFC Wimbledon produced the biggest shock as Kwesi Appiah scored the only goal in an away win against Blackburn. Bradford were also 1-0 winners against Rotherham, and Gillingham needed just one to beat Charlton.
Gboly Ariyibi scored a double in an entertaining 3-2 win for MK Dons against Rochdale. Ryan Seager got the third late on to win it for the home side.
Late goals from Jamal Lowe and Brett Pitman made sure of Portsmouth’s win over Fleetwood; they won 4-1.
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink continued to turn around Northampton’s season as they picked up a point away at Southend. The Cobblers were 2-0 up, but the Shrimpers launched an impressive comeback.
Walsall held high-flying Peterborough to a 1-1 draw, and finally Wigan comfortably dispatched Bristol Rovers 3-0.
In League Two, Exeter remained at the top of the league thanks to a comfortable 3-0 win against Crewe. Swindon also scored three, but were made to work harder against Stevenage as they only ran out 3-2 winners.
Gary Caldwell left his position as Chesterfield manager as Mallik Wilks’ late goal condemned the Spirites to yet another defeat, this time against Accrington. They remain in the League Two relegation zone.
Shaun Miller’s late acrobatics rescued a point for Carlisle in their 1-1 draw with Barnet. Port Vale also drew 1-1 with Forest Green. It wasn’t enough to lift them off the foot of the table, and so manager Michael Brown left the club.
Cheltenham comfortably beat Colchester 3-1 thanks to Kevin Dawson’s double. Notts County also continued their fine form with just a single goal at Crawley from Jorge Grant.
Finally, Grimsby and Morecambe both won 2-1 in their games against Yeovil and Newport.
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