Dean Smith’s men picked up from where they left off before the international break with a 1-0 victory over Millwall at Griffin Park on Saturday. Heading into the game unbeaten in four in the league, a single Romaine Sawyers goal, and some heroics from Daniel Bentley in goal, was enough to extend that run to five and earn a first home win of the season.
Lewis Macleod stepped back onto a football pitch for the first time in nearly a year as Brentford B took on Exeter City at Jersey Road on Tuesday. The game ended in a 0-0 draw but Lewis was able to complete an hour on his return from a serious knee-injury.
The B Team did pick up a first win in five as Joe Hardy’s hat-trick set Kevin O’Connor’s side on their way to victory over Manchester City on Saturday morning. Herson Alves and Bradley Clayton grabbed the other two goals as The Bees won 5-2 at the Etihad Campus.
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Steve Cotterill’s first game in charge of Birmingham City ended in a 1-0 victory over Championship leaders Cardiff City on Friday night. Che Adams scored the only goal as Blues climbed out of the relegation zone with the three points. Their place in the bottom three was filled by Burton Albion after their stalemate at Bristol City.
Wolverhampton Wanderers are the new league leaders following their 2-0 victory at home to Aston Villa, overtaking Cardiff City, while Sheffield United consolidated third spot with a win over Ipswich Town. Bristol City, Preston North End, and Leeds United all failed to win but remain in the top six. Elsewhere there were victories for Derby County, Reading, and Bolton Wanderers.
The line-up for next summer’s FIFA World Cup is nearing completion after the final round of qualifiers in Europe, South America, North America, and Asia. Hosts Russia will be joined by Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, England, Egypt, France, Germany, Iceland, Iran, Japan, Mexico, Nigeria, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, South Korea, Spain and Uruguay.
Switzerland, Italy, Denmark, Croatia, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Sweden and Greece will Play-Off for the final four European qualifying places next month. Peru and New Zealand and Honduras and Australia also have Play-Off dates next month to confirm two more places. The final three places from African qualifying will also be resolved in November with Tunisia, Morocco and Senegal currently in pole position to make it to Russia next summer.
With domestic leagues returning after the international break, Barcelona dropped their first points of the season following a 1-1 draw at Atletico Madrid. However, they still lead La Liga by four points after eight games. In Germany, Borussia Dortmund’s lead is just two points after they were beaten at home by RB Leipzig. Napoli have the last remaining 100 per cent record in Italy thanks to a win at Roma while PSG continue to top Ligue 1.