Shortly after earning his first call-up to the England under-21s squad, Charlie Patino marked the occasion with his third assist in four games for Swansea City on Saturday.
However, after Patino slid the ball through for Liam Cullen to open the scoring against Bristol City, Michael Duff’s side were beaten 2-1 courtesy of second-half strikes from Mark Sykes and Sam Bell. It’s been a disappointing start to the Championship season for the Swans, who are 22nd with just two points and still looking for their first win.
In the Premier League, Nuno Tavares made his Nottingham Forest debut by coming on in the 72nd minute of their surprise 1-0 win against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Anthony Elanga scored the game's only goal in the 48th minute and Steve Cooper’s side held on despite having just 23 percent of possession. With two wins from four, Forest go into the international break in the top half of the division.
It was a busy week for Cardiff City goalkeeper Alex Runarsson. Tuesday night saw the Bluebirds win 3-1 at Birmingham City in the second round of the Carabao Cup, with Alex making a fantastic save from a Juninho Bacuna free-kick.
On Saturday, Cardiff travelled to Ipswich Town and, despite going 2-0 up courtesy of Aaron Ramsey and Joe Ralls, the Tractor Boys came from behind to win 3-2 thanks to goals from Nathan Broadhead and Freddie Ladapo, with Alex playing the full 90 minutes. With four points from five games, Cardiff are 19th in the Championship.
Over in La Liga, Kieran Tierney made his debut during Real Sociedad’s eventful 5-3 win at home to Granada. Securing their first win of the season, Real are eighth in Spain’s top-flight and remain unbeaten so far.
There was a late cameo for Marquinhos in France as Nantes secured an impressive 1-1 draw at home to Marseille. The Brazilian came on in the 91st minute after Ismaila Sarr had opened the scoring for the visitors and Nantes went down to 10 men following a red card for Bastien Meupiyou. Nevertheless, Mostafa Mohamed pulled one back to earn a point and go 15th in Ligue 1.
Returning to the Championship, Brooke Norton-Cuffy played 76 minutes of Millwall’s 1-1 draw away to Birmingham City on Saturday. Kevin Nisbet gave the Lions the lead and Scott Hogan missed a penalty for Birmingham, but Jay Stansfield equalised to rescue a point. Millwall are now 12th in the Championship with seven points from five games.
In League One, Derby Country were beaten 2-1 at Bolton Wanderers on Saturday, Tyreece John-Jules coming on in the 75th minute for the Rams. Derby have now won three and lost three and sit 10th in the table with nine points. Things have started worse though for Nathan Butler-Oyedeji's Cheltenham Town, who came on in the 64th minute of their 2-0 defeat at home to Barnsley on Saturday, a result that leaves the winless Cherries at the bottom of League One.
In the division below, Colchester United are 22nd following Saturday’s 1-0 loss away to Walsall. Mauro Bandeira came on in the 72nd minute for the U's but Isaac Hutchinson’s goal was the difference on the day.
In non-league, Billy Vigar played 90 minutes of Eastbourne Borough’s 2-1 win at home to Weston-super-Mare on Saturday. Eastbourne are now 18th in the National League South with seven points from seven games.
Making his debut for Leatherhead, Brian Okonkwo impressed with a clean sheet in Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Horsham in the first leg of the first qualifying round for the FA Cup. The second leg takes place in Horsham on Tuesday at 7.45pm.
In the Barclays Women’s Championship, Araya Dennis came off the bench and scored on her debut for Crystal Palace in Sunday’s 2-1 win away to Birmingham City, the day after her dual-registration was announced. The Eagles have had a solid start to the season, and sit third in the league with four points from two games.
Katie Reid, Michelle Agyemang and Laila Harbert were all involved for Watford on Sunday as they lost 3-2 away to London City Lionesses.
Agyemang played the first 40 minutes while Harbert came on in the 56th. Reid featured for the full 90 as Watford fell to ninth in the Championship.
On Sunday, Ruby Doe came off the bench for Ipswich Town as they put seven past Plymouth Argyle. With two wins from two, Ipswich are second in the Women’s Premier League Premier Division South, level on points with Portsmouth, Rugby Borough and Hashtag United.