Five talking points from the EFL weekend including Ravel Morrison's resurgence under Rooney

EFL pundit Gab Sutton has his say on the action from the weekend, including Morrison's brace against Barnsley and Millwall's winning streak.

When it comes to a player not reaching his potential, Ravel Morrison is up there at the top of the list. A player once regarded as "the most talented player to emerge from Manchester United" by Sir Alex Ferguson, Morrison has certainly fallen short of expectations.

Unfortunately for Morrison, he didn't have the maturity, the resources, the background nor influences to truly maximize his natural ability, which is something the midfielder has taken time to make peace with.

Under Wayne Rooney, however, the 29-year-old looks in a better headspace and is focused on making the most of the here-and-now, helping Derby in their battle to beat the drop in the Championship.

Morrison was named man-of-the-match in a 2-0 win over Barnsley on the weekend after bagging both goals. Who knows - it may not be too late to build a Premier League career.

Millwall on the March?

Millwall have won five games in a row in the Championship

Gary Rowett's side have won their last five league games, with opposition including QPR and Sheffield United, to boost their play-off prospects.

The Lions are solid and well-drilled, with a back-three of Dan Ballard, Jake Cooper and Murray Wallace giving little away, but Jed Wallace's return from injury has perhaps been the biggest factor in their run of form.

The lively, creative forward has not been quite at his best previously this season, and spent some time on the sidelines through injury, but now looks close to the dazzling form we saw from him in 2017/18, 2019/20 and 2020/21.

With Wallace at his best, and Tyler Burey coming in to bring fresh pace and youthful exuberance to the attack, Millwall have a chance.

Portsmouth hit four past Stanley with 10 men

Portsmouth FC

Portsmouth have taken 16 points from the last 18 available, and each of the six games in that period has represented a different challenge.

Positive, front-foot game management was required to secure a 2-1 victory over Burton, and after an awkward first half against Doncaster, Pompey eventually found their rhythm and ended up 4-0 winners.

After that, Danny Cowley's side showed resolve to not only overturn an early deficit at Shrewsbury but persist to break down 10-men with a late Louis Thompson goal, then even greater resolve to come back from three down at half time to Fleetwood and secure a point in injury time.

Again, Portsmouth conceded early on against Oxford but won 3-2 to keep their play-off rivals within touching distance, then beat Accrington Stanley 4-0 last time out - playing 69 minutes with 10-men.

Cynics will say Pompey need to make life easier for themselves by not getting into these awkward situations in the first place, but the mentality of this team is outstanding and the current crop look as though they can overcome any hurdle that comes their way.

MK Dons open up the race for automatic promotion

Scott Twine, MK Dons

Talking of teams that have just won with 10-men, MK Dons came from behind to do so at Rotherham last time out.

Things looked bleak for Liam Manning's side when Daniel Harvie was sent off for a push on Cheo Ogbene, even more so when Dan Barlaser blasted home the resultant spot-kick.

The Buckinghamshire outfit, though, are more resilient and adaptable under Manning's guidance, as they proved when Harry Darling guided Dean Lewington's delivery into the far corner, before Mo Eisa tucked away a counter instigated by David Kasumu.

After having a man sent off, most teams believe it's impossible to press efficiently, and so withdraw into their defensive third in hope they can hold out for long enough to prompt a chaotic finale.

MK, however, still had the audacity to press intelligently at the right moments, with the introduction of Kasumu proving crucial to the turnaround - the 22-year-old looks every inch a Manning player and could help them challenge Wigan and Rotherham for automatic promotion.

Sutton into the top three

Enzio Boldewijn, Sutton United

Moving into the automatic promotion positions of a division they have never played in before this March is not a bad way for Sutton United to celebrate their 124-year anniversary.

After last week's 4-1 victory over Scunthorpe, the Amber & Chocolates secured back-to-back wins by seeing off Rochdale 3-0, thanks to a first half brace from wide man Enzio Boldewijn.

His physicality proved too much to handle, and with plenty of quality to boot, Boldewijn is starting to show the form he hinted at in previous spells with Crawley and Notts County, while producing the work rate required to fit into Matt Gray's 4-4-2.

If Boldewijn can finish the season strongly, then perhaps Sutton can dream of an unthinkable second promotion in succession!

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