Life in League One is well and truly underway as the division’s new boys start to shake up the established order, and whether they are parachuting down from the Championship or rocketing up from League Two, the newest additions to an already fiercely competitive cluster of clubs haven’t wasted any time making their mark.
Two victories either side of a hard-earned draw away at Colchester has left Sheffield Wednesday at the right end of the table and manager Andy Irvine will be ecstatic with his squad’s timely reaction to their recent demotion. Having edged out an ever improving Brighton and Hove Albion unit, the Owls take on Hartlepool in their next outing before entertaining Notts County at Hillsborough – games which will identify any fault in Wednesday’s title credentials.
Peterborough’s slightly erratic start to the campaign saw them thump three past Bristol Rovers before buckling to Bournemouth in a 5-1 mauling – only to fight back from two down against Huddersfield to run out eventual 4-2 winners. Nevertheless, Gary Johnson certainly has the Posh firing on all cylinders and with Aaron Mclean leading the line, will satisfy any fans appetite for free flowing attacking football. With three goals in as many games Mclean has laid down a marker to the division’s top marksmen, and added a real edge in the race to claim this term’s Golden Boot.
One free-scoring forward who won’t be challenging for the coveted title is ex-Bournemouth hero Brett Pitman, who recently signed for Championship outfit Bristol City. Almost unbelievably though, the Cherries do not seem to miss the prolific striker who launched them to the dizzying heights of League One just last season. Despite a single-goal defeat to Charlton in their opening fixture and crashing out of the League Cup to local rivals Southampton, Bournemouth are taking the division by storm. After exquisitely disposing of title contenders Peterborough, Eddie Howe’s south coast hotshots comprehensively saw off Tranmere to remove any notion that the League Two champions could be seen as ‘an easy three points.’
Plymouth Argyle have made a steady start to life under Peter Reid, but haven’t been able to capitalise fully on their 1-0 smash and grab victory over Saints on the opening day. Still, the squad needs time to gel under a new manager and Reid will have been thrilled to snatch a point from Carlisle as he attempts to mastermind the Pilgrims return to the Holy Land. With games coming thick and fast – and across many a competition – fans will soon discover where their club’s priorities lie, and although a decent cup run is not only enormous in terms of morale and finance, undesirable fixture congestion can see a team’s prospects evaporate all too quickly.