Coventry City were the stand out side on Matchday two as Adam Armstrong doubled his tally for the season with another two well taken goals. The Sky Blues now top the league with a goal difference of plus 6, and zero goals conceded leaving many supporters pondering whether a promotion charge is possible.
It was back to reality for Gillingham after their sensational 4-0 demolition of Sheffield United last time out. Influential midfielder Bradley Dack put the Gills in front away at Port Vale, but the relegation favourites levelled through Louis Dodds who lashed past Stuart Nelson from the edge of the box. As for last weeks victims. The Blades got their season up and running with a comfortable win over local rivals Chesterfield. Youngster Che Adams was the man to ignite the season, grasping both goals in a convincing display.
Rochdale are the only other side apart from Coventry to have a 100% record. They followed up last week’s home win against Peterborough with another 3 points away at Blackpool. After a dreary opening half Donal McDermott grabbed his second Dale goal after beating the offside trap. Mark Cullen missed a chance to level with 10 minutes left, leaving Ian Henderson with the chance to make the points safe.
Marcus Maddison’s double secured all three points, shaking off some recent criticism given to the former Newcastle youth product. Oldham Athletic also secured their first win of the season, Danny Philliskirk profiting from a direct back from the rearguard. The final team to collect their opening win after being held on match day one was Barnsley. Burton Albion controlled much of the game and it showed in the stats, 12 shots to the Tykes 3. But it’s goals that count, and Conor Hourihane was the man to win it, converting from the spot after Josh Scowen was brought down in the box.
Swindon Town’s impressive start was halted by an early goal by new addition Tom Pope. Leon Clarke missed the chance to double the lead from the spot, but Danny Mayor eventually made it 2-0 shortly after half time. Fabien Robert sparked the Robins comeback before Anton Rodgers curling free kick denied Bury their first League One victory.
Promotion hopefuls Bradford City were held to a draw infront of an 18,000 strong crowd at Valley Parade. Billy Clarke had given the Bantams the lead to minutes before the break but Tyrone Barnett rescued a point for the visitors.
Paddy Madden scored in each half to hand Scunthorpe all three points in a victory over Crewe. A header inside ten minutes and a low drill mid way through the second half was enough to give the Iron the win from a Alex side that lacked attacking bite.
Walsall crept into the top 6 after Tom Bradshaw and Sam Manton helped them to a satisfying victory over Southend. Bradshaw, who had scored his fist career hat-trick in midweek, netted the opener from 12 yards and the advantage was doubled shortly after the break. All this means Dean Smith’s men are now occupying a play off spot with 4 points.
Barnsley 1-0 Burton Albion
Blackpool 0-2 Rochdale
Bradford 1-1 Shrewsbury
Bury 2-2 Swindon
Millwall 0-4 Coventry
Oldham 1-0 Fleetwood
Peterborough 2-1 Colchester
Port Vale 1-1 Gillingham
Scunthorpe 2-0 Crewe
Sheffield United 2-0 Chesterfield
Southend 0-2 Walsall