In the second round of Championship matches there were routs, clangers and the continuation of some worrying form.
Here are four talking points from Saturday's games:
The 22 goals that Matej Vydra scored for Watford last season played a huge part in them reaching the play-off final. That the 21-year-old Czech forward is no longer at Vicarage Road may have suggested something of a come-down this season. But in Troy Deeney, the Hornets have a striker every bit as prolific as their former loanee.
Against Bournemouth, Watford laid out their credentials for all to see. Their 6-1 win came courtesy of two goals from imposing defender Gabriele Angella, one from Lewis McGugan, and the first hat-trick of his career for Deeney, including a strike of outstanding quality from outside the box.
It is early days, but if they have learnt from last season, Gianfranco Zola’s side may go one better this time round. Although to do so, keeping Deeney is an absolute must.
Forest continue to soar
Nottingham Forest are many fans’ tip for promotion, and they have started this season as if that is a very real possibility. Three wins from three is a great start for Billy Davies’ side, and continues their fine form from the end of last season.
But while Watford swept aside their opponents, Forest showed they could scrap, edging a match against Blackburn that only the most enamoured of fans would call enjoyable. End-to-end it may have been, but with few clear-cut chances it was a mistake that ultimately prompted the breakthrough.
Rovers ‘keeper Jake Kean dropped a clanger (and the ball), enabling Darius Henderson to steer a marvellous effort into an unguarded net.
Wednesday continue to falter
Having been unlucky to lose their opening game against QPR, Sheffield Wednesday were then embarrassed by Rotherham in the League Cup. As a result, Saturday’s match against Burnley took on added importance for Dave Jones and his side.
But despite being tipped by some to struggle, the Clarets scored two quick goals that proved to be enough, securing a 2-1 win that continued their fine start to the season and condemned the Owls to a hat-trick of defeats.
Jones’ side travel to Leeds United next weekend, knowing that the longer it takes for that first victory to arrive, the more pressure there will be on both the club and their manager.
Yeovil prove they won’t be push-overs
Glance at any of the end-of-season predictions that have been written in recent weeks and Yeovil would have invariably been near the bottom. I was guilty of this as much as anyone. And yet Gary Johnson’s side started the season with two 1-0 wins, and were unlucky to be on the opposite end of the same score-line against Birmingham City yesterday.
Were it not for some outstanding goalkeeping from the away side’s Darren Randolph, Yeovil would have prolonged their unbeaten start to the season. That the winning strike was an own-goal from Yeovil’s Danny Seaborne meant it was a day of if onlys for the Glovers.
As it was, they pushed Birmingham every step of the way, their fans coming out in force to see the fairy-tale continue.
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