(Writers Note: Apologies about the Award’s tardiness, illness has struck this week but better late than never! The Weekend Awards will be back in their regular Monday slot on the 12th)
You wanted goals? Well the Football League will give you some. It was a little unfair that the big brothers in the Premier League had so much fun last weekend, so the 72 league teams decided this weekend that we will be the ones to score the goals.
Lots of them, too.
Here’s your award winners from this goalfest of a weekend.
FANS OF THE WEEKEND: Burnley
Sometimes it can be pretty difficult to get fans to away games on a Friday night but fair play to this Lancashire lot, plenty of Burnley fans made the trip to Yorkshire to watch their side take on Rotherham.
They were rewarded for their loyalty, with Andre Gray and Sam Vokes scoring in a 2-1 win for Sean Dyche’s high flyers and they were also treated to a peach of a goal from Grant Ward for the hosts.
Credit to the Claret and Blue fans, they came out for their team and they certainly look like contenders in the Championship again with a solid squad and a good captain at the helm.
GOAL OF THE WEEKEND: Sammy Moore – Leyton Orient
Two Orient winners in two weeks? It must be a bias but it really isn’t, Sammy Moore scored an absolutely wonderful goal this weekend that should not go unnoticed.
The 28-year-old had a solid game and scored earlier on in the afternoon, which must have given him the confidence to strike an absolute belter from 30-yards out. The midfielder turned in space and sent off a heat-seeking missile that only knew that the very top right hand corner was it’s destination.
There were some real quality goals this weekend but this one almost looks fake when you watch it back. Ridiculous technique and not a bad way to score your second goal for your club.
MOMENT OF THE WEEKEND: Gordon Greer miss
It’s acceptable to miss the goal, even if it’s from yards out, but from literally inches out? Not an ideal situation.
With Brighton level at 1-1 against Cardiff, the Seagulls had a chance to steal the three points in the final minutes but Gordon Greer couldn’t quite connect with a pass he seemed destined to stick in the back of the net. Unfortunately, he couldn’t quite get a good contact and watched on as it agonisingly went wide.
The defender just needed to grow a little more. Although, where the ball ended up hitting, it might have been a little inappropriate to do so.
GAME OF THE WEEKEND: Dagenham and Redbridge 3-4 Mansfield Town
There were almost too many games that could have won this award this week and narrowing it down from the shortlist of six games was really tough. However, we love a comeback.
And my oh my, this was some comeback from Mansfield Town. After going ahead early, the Stags were pegged back signficantly by Dagenham and Redbridge, who put three past them in quick succession.
Mansfield got back into things in the second half before two goals in the last 10 minutes finally put the North Nottinghamshire side back into the lead and on the bus home with a 4-3 win. A cracking result for one of the surprise teams in League Two this season, they’ve already won more away games than the entirety of last season.
YOUNG PLAYER OF THE WEEKEND: Demarai Gray – Birmingham City
It’s not a surprise that this young lad is being looked at by some big Premier League clubs because Demarai Gray put in an excellent performance against Leed United on Saturday.
He was a consistent menace, especially in the first half, testing the Leeds backline at will and seemingly causing havoc whenever the ball was at his feet. He took his goal well and brought others into play, whilst also being a counter attacking threat throughout.
A special performance for a potentially special player, he certainly has a bright future ahead of him and Blues fans will want to get every little bit they can out of him while they can enjoy it.
PLAYER OF THE WEEKEND: Jon Taylor – Peterborough United
Taylor had a really solid game for a Peterborough side that needed that extra little push to see off Millwall this weekend.
The 23-year-old was cructial right from the word go, his initial shot rebounded off the post for Lee Angol to put his side in-front before the Liverpudlian scored his first to double his side’s advantage. Then, when it came to the crunch, Taylor was there to put in Posh’s fifth goal in the final 10 minutes to finally kill off their London visitors.
A really solid performance as Peterborough are looking to kick on under new management in League One, more performances like this for him and their other promising young crop of talent, and they’ll be sailing up the league.
TEAM OF THE WEEKEND: Wolverhampton Wanderers
Plenty of teams put in solid performances this week but one of the real stand-outs were Wolves, who really put Huddersfield to the sword.
Kevin MacDonald put his side in front, with the attacking midfielder looking much better after signing a new deal, before Benik Afobe scored a tidy brace to earn his side the three points. It could have been even better, had Adam Le Fondre earned a deserved penalty rather than a yellow card but it doesn’t sour the performance.
Two wins in a week really puts Kenny Jackett’s men back in the spotlight and in a tight Championship yet again, getting back in form early on will be vital to anyone’s promotion push.