League 1 really does have an excellent array of attacking talent this year. The top 8 strikers in the division have all hit at least double figures and it would be a surprise if even one of them failed to break the twenty goal mark come the end of the season. And if the rest of the country didn’t know it already, they probably found out in what really was a ‘Super Sunday’. A six goal thriller at Valley Parade was made possible largely by the contributions of Bradford’s Nahki Wells who scored a hat-trick and Coventry’s Callum Wilson and Leon Clark each got on the scoresheet. Wells and Wilson in particular were terrific throughout the match and a credit to the division.
Ok, so The Kop end at Meadow Lane is never exactly full to the rafters but all credit to the Notts County fans and sang (and drummed) throughout the Wolves match on Saturday. A lot is said about attendances – especially by us – but not enough credit is always given to the fans who actually do bother to turn up. Shaun Derry’s side put on a good display and looked more solid at the back then they arguably ever did under Chris Kiwomya. Unfortunately for them, the fitness levels of an excellent Wolves squad showed towards the latter stages of the match and the Pies were undone by a first goal for Ethan Ebanks-Landell.
After winning just four out of their first 11 games of the season, it wouldn’t be unfair to say Brentford were suffering from a bit of a 2012/13 hangover. It wasn’t perhaps your, in bed for three days and call-in sick hangover, but it was a minor headache at the very least. But Uwe Rosler’s still managed to keep hold of the majority of the squad that came so close to reaching League 1 promotion last year and following their 5-0 victory against Crewe, they look like serious challengers once again. The Bees now sit top of the League 1 form guide, based on the last 6 games and there’s no reason why they can’t continue to threaten the likes of Wolves and Orient at the top.
There’s no doubting the exceptional job that Steve Evans has done at Rotherham United. After dropping back into League 1 from Crawley, Evans built a side that just wanted to score goals. Whilst he may be content with their start to life in League 1, he may be a little less happy with their consistency. In their last 10 games, The Millers have won three, drawn three and lost four and sit 20th in the current form guide. Whilst hitting the net hasn’t been a problem, scoring 24, Rotherham have also conceded 22, five more than Bradford who sit just one place above them in 7th. One thing is for sure however, Steve Evans’ men are good value to watch!