Five talking points from the EFL weekend: Wigan in wonderland, and Coventry continue hot streak

After another week of twists, turns, shocks and upsets, we take a look at five talking points from all the latest EFL action.

Now a good chunk of the way through the season, the table is starting to resemble the positions that teams will likely be fighting for come the end of the season.

However, the EFL typically surprises us each and every week, and after the latest round of action we're taking a look at five key talking points from around the divisions.

Could Coventry compete?

Coventry City, understandably, started the season with modest expectations.

Having been a League Two club as recently as 2018, the squad and club have come a very long way in a short space of time, so after a relatively comfortable survival last season, it was all about steady progress up the table.

That remains true to a point, but the opening nine games - from which the Sky Blues have accrued 19 points, leaving them third - offer hope that Mark Robins' side could, and maybe should, be a bit more optimistic.

The Midlanders' fine form continued with a 3-0 victory over Peterborough on Friday night, as Viktor Gyokeres maintained his excellent individual form with a brace, making the Swede the Championship's joint-top goalscorer.

Meanwhile, at the other end Simon Moore has proved an inspired acquisition, with the former Sheffield United goalkeeper keeping four clean sheets in nine games, along with some eye-catching saves.

Swansea stirring from their slumber?

Swansea's difficult start to the season was hardly surprising, given the chaotic nature of the summer.

Russ Martin was only appointed head coach in the week leading up to the opening day and, leaving him without a pre-season to impose his methods, and his side have looked uncomfortable when playing out from the back - the Swans finished August in 19th.

The subsequent rise to 17th hardly looks mesmeric on paper, but the four-game unbeaten run holds plenty of positives. In particular their performance against Hull stood out, in which the South Wales outfit drew 0-0 but could easily have won by three goals on another day.

There have been signs recently that the front three of nimble operator Jamie Paterson, powerful creator Oliver Ntcham and finisher Joel Piroe are starting to forge an understanding, and the trio found some success in the 1-0 victory over Huddersfield.

Wigan in wonderland

When Talal Al Hammad took over as chairman in the summer, the mood around Wigan lifted massively. Finally somebody who cared about soccer success, paired with the finances to improve the infrastructure of the club took charge. 

Wigan have certainly benefited from his arrival, and brought in a number of summer reinforcements. But ironically, two of Wigan's star performers this season have been players who were already established at the club - Will Keane and Callum Lang.

Keane came through the ranks at Manchester United as a centre-forward but, with the Latics signing strikers Charlie Wyke and Stephen Humphrys, the 28-year-old has had to embrace a deeper role where he has shown some creative qualities, as well as being top goalscorer with four.

Callum Lang is also enjoying his best season to date with the west Lancashire club and, after both assisting and being assisted by Wyke in the 2-0 win over Cheltenham, looks set for a lively campaign on the right of the attacking quartet.

Having been a valuable assistant to Paul Cook in previous roles, Wigan boss Leam Richardson is finally getting the credit he deserves.

Crucial win for Cotterill's Shrewsbury

Shrewsbury secured their second league win of the season on Saturday, coming from behind to beat AFC Wimbledon 2-1.

Steve Cotterill favoured the pairing of hold-up striker Ryan Bowman alongside target man Sam Cosgrove in his 3-4-1-2 system. However, both forwards struggled to make an impact, as he looked to utilise the quality of delivery from wing-backs Elliott Bennett and Luke Leahy.

When Daniel Udoh came on, though, he brought a different dimension to this Shrews side, with his willingness to run in behind and occupy defenders directly. The former Telford hotshot deserved his goal.

Sutton settling in

Home wins for Sutton United in the Football League are much like London buses - you wait 123 years for one, then three come along at once. 

The Amber & Chocolates recorded the most emphatic victory from their short time in the EFL, thrashing Carlisle 4-0 on Saturday.

Matt Gray's side deployed an aggressive 4-4-2, and benefited from direct wide play, rarely hesitating to get the ball forward early.

With David Ajiboye out wide forcing opposing full-backs deeper and the two strikers, Donovan Wilson and Richie Bennett, occupying centre-backs, space opens up for goalscoring midfielders.

One of them is Alistair Smith, who bagged a brace last time out through his positional play and well-timed runs from the edge of the box. 

Smith did not get much of a look-in at Mansfield, but he has found a home at Gander Green Lane. On early evidence, Sutton United have found one in the EFL.

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