Sky Bet EFL talking points: Swansea flying high in Championship, more misery for Stoke and hope for Bolton

The two from the Championship did match at Elland Road on Saturday, although five games in was too premature to call it a promotion battle.
Leeds were expected to be there or thereabouts this season, but Swansea were a bit more of a surprise package so far. They had 13 points heading into the game, however it was the Swans who ended clear on top of the table the afternoon to secure a 1-0 win.
Leeds could have dominated possession and the number of shots (21 to seven), however it had been telling they’d three on target to Swansea’s two. It has been a fantasy beginning.
“It’s is the perfect result, a clean sheet away from home along with scoring one,” he explained. “It is a fantastic return. I’m not likely to be reserved, however there are 40 games left.
“I really feel like we’ve played 30 already! It is a great beginning. A tally that is good so far, no. But we need to keep moving, keep working and prepare for the next game.”
However, if Swansea have been a bit of a surprise package that say about Charlton?
At Reading on Saturday to move over Leeds and to instant Lee Bowyers’s side won 2-0. They’ve picked up 14 points from their games so far.
The most notable thing about this side Bowyer has assembled, however, is how he quickly turned them to an unit and has cobbled it together. Five of the starting 11 joined in the summer, and a few of these are young loanees who arrived in early August.
“They’re daring,” said Bowyer. “They are in that place at the moment and they are in that zone where they feel they’re going to win each game, and I make them believe they can win every match.”
There’s no surprises which Bowyer has been connected with the managerial vacancy at Huddersfield. With having picked up a single point up to now this season, they, along with Stoke, stay suspended in the base of the desk.
Huddersfield sacked their boss Jan Siewert after only 3 games without any kind of strategy to replace him, losing three because under caretaker boss Mark Hudson. On Saturday they took the lead but ended the afternoon with a 2-1 undo.
Of concern is going to function as the lack of target threat besides Karlan Grant, who’s scored four of their five goals this season and eight of the 15 league goals at 2019. No one else has scored more than a lone goal for Huddersfield. Grant has to be wondering whether leaving Charlton in January was such a good idea in the end.
There is Stoke, who also took the lead Saturday at Birmingham, but were hit by 2 goals in just three minutes at St Andrew’s to. The winner came from 16-year-old Jude Bellingham, scoring his first goal for the club.
“We have to change our fortune we were the better side upwards until we scored, we struck the post and we seemed to drop all control of the match,” said beleaguered boss Nathan Jones. “Apart from Preston and Leeds we’ve probably been the better side in every game but we’ve got no points for this.
“The chairman will observe exactly the very exact same as me because he’s an educated guy but you can’t continue like that – you can’t continue losing games. We have to change the momentum. But what’s going to us at the minute and that’s the frustrating thing.”
750 Bolton supporters made the long journey to Gillingham just to observe the fact they have a club to encourage, although it is not an thrashing at a row would be greeted with such a warm response by a bunch of fans.
In the very first game as the takeover which rescued them from possible oblivion, with no goal yet to their title and the young side of Bolton had been hauled to be abandoned bottom of this Sky Bet League One table conceding 17.
But things are looking up. A manager was appointed at Keith Hill on Saturday and they are hoping to earn a raft of new signings on Deadline Day. There is hope on the horizon although they are still unlikely to remain up this season. What Bury lovers would provide for some of the.
“The history books may show a 5-0 win for Gillingham, however any Bolton Wanderers fan in attendance will probably realise that the insignificance of this score line when compared to the bigger picture,” Bolton fan and blogger Tom Jenkins told Sky Sports.
“There has been a genuine atmosphere of positivity amongst the travelling fans who were both relieved and delighted to have the ability to see their team play a game of football, something we didn’t think would be possible earlier in this week. Something that isn’t possible for fans of Bury. There are better times ahead both on and off the pitch and also despite all the uncertainty, the future is looking a whole lot, considerably more glowing for Wanderers.”
Brian substituted last time to Hill as caretaker manager to rescue Rochdale but he quickly made a massive impression to be given the occupation indefinitely.
The club seem to be making strides in a style sense , at least beneath him. The very first goal in their 3-0 win at Southend and it was not a one-off . It’s the third time this season that one of their goals has comprised at least 10 passes, although no other team in League One has done so.
Barry-Murphy was abandoned praising their”amazing” attacking play that earned them another win of the season. They therefore also so are off pushing for promotion and sit 10th at the table, but obscurity are a good look of battling against the drop, after back-to-back campaigns.
Scunthorpe had the opportunity to climb from the bottom of the Football League on Saturday because they hosted on Carlisle – another side who’d suffered a poor start to the season – but another 1-0 defeat left them just a single stage so far.
Paul Hurst was that the guy who was supposed to reconstruct them as of yet but it has never worked out. His time at Scunthorpe and Ipswich implies he’s won only one of the last 20 games in charge. It is currently starting to attract down him.
“It is very frustrating that again I’m discussing a defeat,” he explained. “I feel as though I’ve done something wrong somewhere – if it’s in a previous lifetime or that one. Apart from getting on the scoresheet, that’s the part admittedly the players place a great deal in and couldn’t have done more.
“I really don’t think we’ll dominate a match like that again all season concerning nullifying the opposition and creating the chances that we did ourselves. However, it is not really happening for us at the moment and we are left scratching our heads at what we can do in order to attempt and alter that.”

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