Ledley's Talking Points: New Eras, Historic Goals and a 10-Goal Thriller
7 Talking Points
Leeds and Bolton share a history of lost Premier League status and financial turmoil, but both will have different objectives for the season ahead. Leeds will look to build on just missing out on the play-offs last season with a top 6 finish this time, while newly promoted Bolton will be more focused on stability and survival. They met at the Macron Stadium yesterday, and a Chris Wood header sandwiched between a Kalvin Phillips double was too much for Bolton to answer for as it finished 3-2 to United.
Luton Town made an explosive start to the campaign, romping to an 8-2 victory over Yeovil at Kenilworth Road. Former Newcastle midfielder Rob Lee’s two sons Ollie and Elliot linked up to cap of a truly barmy game with the 10th goal of in the 98th minute. Luton are the league favourites for promotion, and bar failing to keep a clean sheet, it’s not hard to see why.
Forest Green Rovers scored their first ever Football League goal in a historic day at the New Lawn. Christian Doidge bagged a brace in the final four minutes of the first half to give Rovers a 2-0 lead, but some sloppy defensive play allowed Barnet to bag a share of the spoils with two second-half goals.
Aston Villa started the weekend as favourites from promotion from the Championship, but made an underwhelming start to the campaign with a draw against Hull. Gabby Agbonlahor got off the mark after just 7 minutes, arriving at the back post to get on the end of a low cross. But Jarrod Bowen equalised with his first senior goal - a volley on the hour mark – to earn a point for the Tigers.
Wolves won the battle of the big-spenders. There were two new managers and 13 debutants on the pitch, but it was Wolves who took the points thanks to a goal from Brazilian forward Leo Bonatini. Both sides will be hoping to challenge for promotion this season and Garry Monk insists his side will get better. Boro have now won just one of their last nine campaign openers.
Portsmouth welcomed in a new era with a dream start after beating 10-man Rochdale 2-0 at Fratton Park. A new owner, a new manager and a new captain in Michael Eisner, Kenny Jacket and former Bournemouth striker Brett Pitman, all left happy men with the latter scoring both goals to secure three points for Pompey.
Charlton Athletic got the better of Bristol Rovers at the Valley despite playing with 10 men for more than 84 minutes. Lee Novak was sent off for a first-half lunge on Stuart Sinclair, but Karl Robinson’s side won 1-0 courtesy of Patrick Bauer’s first-half header.
£250 heads to London in the opening week, as Abbeydazas tops the pile with a huge 30 points.
Manchester's very own Game of Throw-ins took gold in the team competition, collecting the £700 prize.
An adequate start for the Legends who finished 25th in the country with 80 points in the opening weekend. Robbie and Jermaine had a slightly shaky start, but Titus came good with an impressive 20 points.
Top 6 picked wins
Aberdeen (won 2-0)
Aston Villa (1-1)
Bradford (won 2-1)
Luton (won 8-2)
Pompey (won 2-0)
Top 6 picked draws
Bolton 2-3 Leeds United
Fulham 1-1 Norwich
Ipswich 1-0 Birmingham
Preston 1-0 Sheffield Wednesday
QPR 2-0 Reading
Wolves 1-0 Boro
Luton (6 goal margin) = 2 bonus points
Ayr Utd (4 goal margin) = 1 bonus point