Saturday 26th October

Nigel Clough made a winning start to life as manager of Sheffield United as his new charges beat Crewe Alexandra at Bramall Lane in Sky Bet League 1.

The former Burton Albion and Derby County boss was installed in his latest post on Wednesday, inheriting a team languishing in the relegation zone.

David Weir had found the task of rousing the side too taxing in his first job as a manager but Clough is an old hand and a 3-1 home victory was about as comfortable an opener as he could have had, lifting United out of the bottom four.

The Blades were two goals in front inside half an hour thanks to a pair of headers from young centre-back Harry Maguire and Ryan Flynn added a third goal after 55 minutes.

Max Clayton pulled one back for Crewe 12 minutes from the end but that was where their comeback ended, as the Railwaymen replaced their conquerors by sinking into the drop zone.

Setting a remarkable pace at the top of the league are Russell Slade's Leyton Orient, who responded to losing their first league game of the season in midweek by earning a 1-0 home win over Rotherham United.

Beaten by Coventry City on Tuesday, Orient had Kevin Lisbie to thank for their goal as he grabbed the decisive strike, finding the bottom right corner in the 29th minute.

Their lead stands at three points over Wolverhampton Wanderers, who climbed to third after a 2-1 win at Bradford City, and Peterborough United, who slipped up at Colchester United.

Wolves fell behind early at Bradford City when Raffaele De Vita netted for the Bantams but James Henry hauled them level in the 28th minute and Richard Stearman headed what proved to be the winner from Henry's cross five minutes.

Lee Tomlin's dismissal early in the second half hampered Peterborough at Colchester, and the home side capitalised as Macauley Bonne's header earned the mid-table U's a 1-0 win.

Bristol City's dire start to the season had seen them fail to win in 12 league games before going to Carlisle United, where their fortunes took a turn for the significantly better.

Former Arsenal and Ipswich Town forward Jay Emmanuel-Thomas netted a hat-trick in a 4-2 win, with Scott Wagstaff also on target for the Robins, who nudged up a place from the foot of the table. Carlisle's goals came from Sean O'Hanlon and Liam Noble.

Preston stand fourth after Iain Hume's 74th-minute effort gave them a 1-0 win at Notts County, while Brentford won by the same margin at home against Shrewsbury Town, bringing up a third straight victory as Marcello Trotta netted in the 16th minute.

Coventry continue to bound up the table, making light of their 10-point deduction. A 1-0 win at Walsall, secured by Franck Moussa's 54th-minute goal, lifted the Sky Blues to 13th, five points off the Play-Off zone.

Lowly Tranmere Rovers were 3-2 victors over Milton Keynes Dons at Prenton Park, thanks to two Ryan Lowe goals - the second a penalty - and one from James Rowe. Daniel Powell and Jason Banton had nudged MK Dons ahead at one stage, but the hosts came fighting back.

Carl Winchester and Danny Philliskirk earned Oldham Athletic a 2-1 home win over Swindon Town, whose reply was a James Tarkowski own goal. Gillingham lost 2-1 at Port Vale, despite taking an early lead through Danny Kedwell. Chris Robertson levelled early in the second half and Tom Pope headed the winner.

Stevenage beat Crawley Town 2-0 with goals from Peter Hartley and Michael Doughty.

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