FL72 Review: Garry Birtles reflects on the Football League weekend

Every Monday night, the Sky Sports experts will review the weekend's Football League action on FL72. Check out Garry Birtles' thoughts on the latest round of fixtures...

Last Updated: 20/11/13 3:14pm

Wolves soak up the pressure

GARRY SAYS: Notts County had no fear of Wolves after doing particularly well against them in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy a few weeks ago, winning the game on penalties. The performance on that night was pretty good. You've got to take advantage of a team like Wolves if they are second best, but Wolves are in excellent form overall and they soaked up the pressure and got the goal through Ethan Ebanks-Landell. Wolves have been doing that all season - they have been particularly good at that in the league - and they are now top of the table. Before the season I picked Wolves, Peterborough and Sheffield United to be challenging; two out of the three are up there and unfortunately Sheffield United aren't. You can see why Wolves are up there and Kenny Jackett has got them up for it. It would have been very easy for them to feel sorry for themselves after being relegated but they've knuckled down and done the hard work.

The O's suffer second defeat of the season

GARRY SAYS: Preston have just come into the picture very quietly. They've started relatively slowly but I think Simon Grayson has done a magnificent job there so far; he's got them up for it and they've moved in to contention. It is sometimes good to come out the pack and gradually work your way up the league. If you'd have told Orient boss Russell Slade at the start of the season that he would be going in to the back end of November having only lost two games and in second place, he'd have snapped your hand off. They responded to the first defeat particularly well so let's see if they respond to this one.

Brentford hit five past Crewe

GARRY SAYS: You know Uwe Rosler is quality; he was a quality player and to go in to management at a lower level and do what he's doing is fantastic. To get the reaction from the players he's getting when it wasn't going particularly well is excellent to see. Clayton Donaldson is looking very dangerous; the manager obviously trusts him to play out on the right but he's on the move all the time and expecting things to happen and that's why he gets goals. Thank goodness the Brentford players told Rosler they don't like the rotation system; if you tell players they're tired, they'll believe it. You want to play games as a player, I certainly did, and it's now paying dividends for Brentford.

A six-goal thriller between Bradford and Coventry

GARRY SAYS: What an offering both teams served up for us! They both went hammer and tong and there was some great strike play from both sets of strikers. Coventry's front two of Leon Clarke and Callum Wilson are the kind of partnership that wins you leagues or gets you into play-offs. If you look in the Championship, Danny Ings and Sam Vokes from Burnley are the same as this pair - every time they go out they look like they're going to score, they're hungry to score and they enjoy scoring, enjoy being out there and playing football and not being rotated. That's important.

Chesterfield continue good run

GARRY SAYS: Torquay are having a really tough time down at the bottom and Chesterfield have started the season well. There's been a lot of fluctuation at the top of League Two, teams have been top and can't maintain it - Chesterfield being one of them. Chesterfield have won three games this week and it makes a difference when you've got those games coming at you very quickly; if you win the first one that momentum takes you in to the next two and the confidence rises. They've been a little bit on their haunches because their good start has petered out a bit but three wins on the trot gives you that boost.