Duane Holmes
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EFL Recap: Holmes Scores Again, Bindon Starts for Reading

Duane Holmes’ goal against Plymouth made it three scoring contributions on the bounce for the PNE man while Tyler Bindon returned for Reading after being sidelined for a minor injury.

Preston North End 2 – 1 Plymouth Argyle

Duane Holmes’ goal helped secure another win for Preston as they ended another match-week at the top of the Championship standings.

Duane Holmes got the hosts off to a flying start by converting debutant Liam Millar’s cross within the first 45 seconds. Millar, a Canadian international, then extended the lead with a pinpoint shot into the bottom corner after Argyle’s midfield lost possession.

An hour in, Ryan Hardie clawed a goal back with a well-executed move, and ten minutes later, Preston’s Brad Potts struck the post. This victory puts the Lilywhites back in the lead by one point at the summit of the Championship.

Holmes played the entire 90 minutes, and his goal marks contributions in three consecutive games. The former Huddersfield Town midfielder is on a roll and could prompt some questions about a potential USMNT call-up.

Reading 2 – 1 Bolton Wanderers

Tyler Bindon returned to the starting lineup for the Royals and healped seal another win. The 18-year-old has yet to lose a game whilst wearing the Reading shirt.

Bolton took the lead in the 20th minute as their top scorer, Dion Charles, confidently slotted in his sixth goal of the season.

However, Reading equalized through Charlie Savage’s goal 13 minutes from the final whistle and secured the victory with Caylon Vickers’ strike in the 86th minute.

To worsen Bolton’s situation, defender Eoin Toal received a second yellow card and was sent off in the fourth minute of stoppage time.

Bindon racked up another 90 minutes under his belt and is developing really well in League One. In his four appearances for the Blades, the 18-year-old has been a part of three clean sheets, with the team boasting a 100 percent win record, and allowed only one goal with him on the field.

Norwich City 1 – 0 Stoke City

Lynden Gooch made his full Stoke debut against a Josh Sargent-less Norwich in a narrow loss for his new team.

Jack Stacey broke a three-year goal drought to give the Canaries the lead just before halftime, calmly slotting the ball home from close range after some lackluster defending. Stacey’s 44th minute goal was enough for the three points.

Stoke City have now suffered three consecutive league defeats without managing to find the net in any of them, however it was always going to be difficult to score against this tough Norwich side.

Gooch played the entire 90 minutes for Stoke and hopes for better performances to solidify a starting spot for his new team.

Hull City 1-1 Coventry City

It was a quiet game for Haji Wright as he started once again for Coventry, but he was eventually taken off in the 75th minute.

In the 27th minute, Latibeaudiere capitalized on the generous marking from the home side, putting Coventry in the lead. Shortly after, USA international Wright missed a golden opportunity to make it 2-0 from close range.

Scott Twine forced a couple of sharp saves from Ben Wilson, guarding the Sky Blues’ goal. Out of Hull’s 18 attempts, only four found the mark, hinting at a potentially disappointing night.

However, Republic of Ireland striker Connolly scored a vital header, extending their undefeated streak since matchday one in the league.


Jonathan Tomkinson joined Bradford City on loan from Norwich and made his debut, coming on as a substitute against Grimsby Town on September 9th. However, the Canaries’ loanee did not feature in their most recent League Two match against Harrogate Town.

Josh Sargent underwent a successful ankle surgery, is facing three to four months on the sidelines.

Vaughn Covil, Daryl Dike, and Charlie Kelman all didn’t feature for their respective clubs.

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Abdul Abdullahi

University Student from Ohio. Massive soccer/football fan and love talking about the beautiful game. Covering anything Chelsea FC and Americans at home and abroad. At the start of his long journey taking one step at a time.

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