Five talking points from the EFL this weekend: Blues striker rethink, Reading roll on and more...

The Championship rollercoaster is picking up pace, here are five things we learnt from the weekend’s EFL action.

Jutkiewicz and Deeney is not a pairing to start with

It has often been said that Lukas Jutkiewicz and Troy Deeney is a strike-pairing that would worry defences.

On the face of things, understandably so: Jutkiewicz is one of Birmingham's best signings in the previous decade, while Deeney has played regular Premier League football with Watford.

These are two good Championship strikers, so why wouldn't they make a good Championship strike-partnership?

The answer lies in the similarities not of their strengths, but of their weaknesses.

It would be inaccurate to say that Jutkiewicz and Deeney are the same types of strikers, when the former is much more of an aerial specialist while the latter is far better with the ball to feet.

However, neither will make a bold run off the other to stretch defences, meaning opposing centre-backs will find it much easier to keep the ball in front of them.

Scott Hogan may not still possess the pace he had as a young striker at Rochdale, but that tendency to gamble on forward space by running onto a flick-on or knockdown remains a fundamental aspect of his game, which is something Birmingham miss when Jutkiewicz and Deeney are the selected pairing.

After a 3-0 loss at Championship new boys Peterborough, Bowyer will need to choose between his two physical front-men.

Reading on a roll

Anyone who saw Reading's horrendous defending in the 4-0 loss at Huddersfield would have been amazed that the same group of players achieved a 2-1 victory at Fulham just three weeks later.

Had the Cottagers brought their shooting boots, it could have been defeat for Veljko Paunovic's side, but to put the result down to luck would do them a disservice.

Yes, rookie goalkeeper Luke Southwood had to produce an outstanding display with Rafael Cabral absent, but Michael Morrison was imperious at centre-back alongside midfielder by trade Josh Laurent, who deputised there superbly after Tom Holmes was forced off in the first half.

The game was won, though, by two moments of magic from Ovie Ejaria: the first a delightful, curling strike, the second a balletic touch following an exquisite one-two with John Swift, completed by a composed finish.

Early season troubles meant the Royals needed a big result to kick-start their season and back-to-back wins, including a shock victory at Craven Cottage, does the trick: now they need to follow this up.

Cambridge bounce back

After a 5-1 thumping by Lincoln, one could have been forgiven for thinking that Cambridge were in danger of sliding down the table.

What Saturday's 2-1 victory at Portsmouth proved, though, is that last week's debacle was an anomaly: Mark Bonner's side have conceded just five goals in the other six league games.

Key to the return to more solid foundations was the switch from 4-4-2, which left the U's wide open against Michael Appleton's side, to 4-5-1.

Midfielder Adam May came into the XI for target man Sam Smith, which not only secured the central areas but also allowed direct wide men Shilow Tracey and James Brophy to stay high up the pitch to pose a transitional threat.

Elsewhere, Lloyd Jones and Conor Masterson are forging one of the better centre-back pairings in the division at this early stage: underestimate them at your peril.

Newport set to motor?

Murmurings of discontent echoed from the Amber Army in last Tuesday's 1-0 home defeat to Northampton, but credit must go to Michael Flynn, the long-serving boss has made the alterations to get Newport back to winning ways.

In fact, Flynn made eight changes for the 2-1 victory over Walsall, with only Scot Bennett's absence being obviously enforced by injury: in fact, Priestley Farquharson, Robbie Willmott and Jake Cain, who started the previous game, did not even make the match-day squad.

With that, Flynn has sent out a very clear message in terms of what his standards are, leading to a fluid yet high-energy display: the speedy Dom Telford looks to be forging a strong strike-pairing with the more physical Alex Fisher, while new boy Aneurin Livermore looks a fine all-rounder in midfield.

If Newport can start to find some tactical consistency, they could ascend into promotion contention. But building on this result is essential.

Credit to Paul Cook in an emotional week

Sometimes football is secondary and that was the case for Paul Cook this weekend.

The Liverpudlian's father, Chris Cook, sadly passed away last week and the fact the Ipswich boss was willing to continue doing his job speaks volumes for his strength of character.

What's more, the Tractor Boys dug in for a 1-0 victory at Lincoln - their first league win of the season - thanks to Macauley Bonne's goal, with Cook travelling back to his home in the north-west to see his loved ones.

Family bereavement is always an extremely painful process that can affect people in many ways, and the football world stands by Cook at this difficult time.

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