In a weekend where goals were shared out for fun in the top division, the Football League have tried their best to keep up with their illustrious neighbours. They might not have as much glitz and they certainly do not match their spending power but trust us when we say, there’s always plenty of entertainment in The72.
Here’s this weekend’s award winners.
FANS OF THE WEEKEND: Sheffield Wednesday
What an excellent week for the Owls travelling faithful, with plenty going to watch their team win at St James’ Park and then another 1,700 of them making the trip down south to see them snatch victory at Griffin Park.
Sheffield Wednesday looked to have all three points after scoring a penalty with Brentford down to ten men but a second booking for Jeremy Helan and an Alan Judge equaliser put the game on a knife edge.
However, super sub Lucas Joao scored a late winner to make it a special September week for the blue side of Sheffield. A great result and a great following, hats off to anyone who made both long trips.
GOAL OF THE WEEKEND: Dean Cox – Leyton Orient
We all love a lovely free-kick and this effort from Dean Cox in the last milliseconds of the game against Northampton Town was one to truly behold.
The winger sized up the opportunity from about 25 yards out, put his foot through it and curled an effort into the very top corner to save his side a point. It was a great end to a game from a fantastic player who really should be playing a level or two higher/
Take nothing away from Leyton Orient, they know they have a pretty talented player within their midst and when he produces moments like this, it makes it all the better that he has not moved on to pastures new.
MOMENT OF THE WEEKEND: Scott Flinders’ mistake
If they still made blooper DVD’s (do they still make blooper DVD’s?), this would absolutely be on a goalkeeping montage.
We’ve all seen someone do it and it’s always more embarrassing when it’s an experienced head doing it. Poor Scott Flinders of York City, one of the best goalkeepers in League Two, fluffed a kick to allow Izale McLeod to score the winner.
It stings even more when it leads to a loss but Flinders will take this one on the chin and move on. He will get a lot of chat about it in the week but luckily it’s not a young player that it would weigh heavy upon.
GAME OF THE WEEKEND: MK Dons 1-3 Derby County
What a sensational second half in the Championship’s early kickoff as MK Dons really took the game to Derby, only to see Paul Clement’s side clinically steal the three points.
The Rams went ahead after the break through new signing Bradley Johnson but Josh Murphy deservedly drew the home side level on 60 minutes. They pushed for an equaliser, with Scott Carson having a cracking game, before Darren Bent broke their hearts in the final few minutes.
Carson almost punched the ball into his own goal late on but the Dons were killed off in the dying embers with Tom Ince stealing the ball off the defence to put the game to bed. A great finish, credit to both sides for not settling for a simple draw and making it an entertaining affair.
YOUNG PLAYER OF THE WEEKEND: Karlan Ahearne-Grant – Charlton Athletic
It’s always great to see a youngster get his first league goal for his club and it was really good to see Karlan Ahearne-Grant get off the mark for Charlton Athletic at the weekend.
He’s scored two in the League Cup already but the first league goal for any forward is very special. He remained composed in the box, finding a little space before placing the ball beyond the Cardiff City goalkeeper.
It did not lead to a win but the recently-turned 18-year-old will be delighted to be involved and could have a bright future ahead of him.
PLAYER OF THE WEEKEND: Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro – Shrewsbury Town
When you haven’t won in front of your home fans all season, you need someone to step up to the plate. Shrewsbury Town found their man this weekend in Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro, with his double earning his side the three points.
The first was a tidy finish under the Blackpool goalkeeper’s legs, the second was a great little shuttle run across the defensive line before lofting the ball over the on-rushing Colin Doyle.
A much needed win for Micky Mellon and he’ll be delighted that his team have finally started finidng the back of the net. They’ll need many more performances like Akpa Akpro’s in the upcoming weeks to steer will clear of relegation in League One.
TEAM OF THE WEEKEND: Fulham
This result came out of nowhere for some people but not for those at Craven Cottage, Fulham have been improving in recent weeks and hammered Queens Park Rangers in Friday’s evening game.
Goals from Moussa Dembele and Ben Pringle put Kit Symons’ men into the driving seat before a Ross McCormack double sealed a comfortable 4-0 victory. QPR’s misery was compounded two-fold, with Tjaronn Chery defining orders and heading to the tunnel before Charlie Austin was hauled off through injury.
That won’t affect Fulham one bit, who are just four points off third despite being in 13th position. It’s a tight Championship this year and more remarkable performances like this one can push Fulham into those playoff places.