League One and League Two's weekend beneficiaries

          EFL's winners & losers

          2021/10/13 15:35
          Alex Lawes

          With the Championship taking a break during the international window, Playmaker has this week replaced the EFL power rankings with the biggest winners and losers from the weekend in League One and League Two.

          LEAGUE ONE

          Winner: Plymouth Argyle

          Ryan Lowe has enjoyed an excellent start to his managerial career so far. Back-to-back League Two promotions with Bury and then Plymouth was followed up with an underwhelming campaign last season, though. Argyle collapsed in the second-half of the season and endured a truly miserable end to the season.

          Their form at the start of this campaign could not be more different to how they finished up in May. The Pilgrims sit top-of-the-table on 23 points from 12 games after their 2-1 win against Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s Burton Albion at the weekend. They truly did take advantage of the international break with several leading contenders in the third tier out of action. 

          Loser: Gillingham

          Steve Evans’ Gillingham were out of it before they were even in it at Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday. Second and seventh minute goals gave Wycombe a 2-0 lead that they would eventually cruise to holding on throughout the rest of the game. It leaves the Kent club in a lowly position in the table.

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          In 12 matches, Gillingham have won just two games and they sit just above the relegation zone in the third tier. All but one of the five teams below them have played fewer games as well with the relatively infamous Scottish boss, Evans, now coming under major pressure. 



          LEAGUE TWO

          Winner: Harrogate Town

          Four successive victories at the start of the season was seemingly helped by some postponed games due to COVID-19 but The Sulphurites have maintained their strong start to highlight this is a sustainable beginning for Simon Weaver. Weaver’s management of Harrogate has been exceptional and they now sit tucked inside the top three and the automatic promotion spots after a fairly chunky section of the season. 

          They hammered lowly and hapless Scunthorpe United by six goals to one at the weekend to close the gap on top-of-the-table Forest Green Rovers in the fourth tier.

          Loser: Carlisle United

          A heavy defeat away to Bristol Rovers at the weekend was followed by Carlisle United manager Chris Beech leaving the club. The Cumbrians’ announced that he left with no mention of mutual consent or sacking. It was a peculiarly short statement indicative of a side that has dramatically stalled since they were top-of-the-table on Christmas Day in 2020. They threw away a three goal lead at home to Bolton on Boxing Day and, since then, it really has gone downhill.

          United are yet to appoint their permanent replacement ahead of this weekend but whoever it is will, as an irritating cliché goes, have their work cut out. They sit two points above the bottom two and the League Two relegation places.


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