Gone in 39 seconds - and other EFL stories you might have missed

From BBC - August 12, 2017

The second Saturday of the EFL season produced plenty of talking points after the big scorelines and memorable moments of the opening weekend.

There was a very early sending off and a quick-fire hat-trick, plus another tough day for former Premier League champions adjusting to a new division.

BBC Sport rounds up the stories you might have missed from Saturday's action.

A very early bath for Kalas

Fulham centre-back Tomas Kalas and Reading's Madejski Stadium clearly do not get on.

The Chelsea loanee found himself at fault when the two sides met in May's Championship play-off semi-final second leg when his handball conceded what proved to be the decisive penalty for the Royals.

Less than three months later, the Czech Republic international was back in Berkshire looking to make amends and inspire his side to a first win of the campaign.

But, within 39 seconds of kick-off, he was sent off.

A foul on Reading striker Mo Barrow when the 24-year-old was the last man was enough evidence for referee Simon Hooper to show him a straight red.

But Kalac's team-mates battled back despite playing most of the game with 10 men as former Reading loanee Lucas Piazon popped up with a late equaliser in the 1-1 draw.

Title favourites Villa downed in South Wales

Steve Bruce's Aston Villa, led by captain John Terry, have been many pundits' tip for the Championship title this season, but two games in, they are still searching for a win.

A ruthless Cardiff City beat the visitors 3-0, with Nathaniel Mendez-Laing netting in each half alongside Junior Hoilett's strike on the hour.

"It really, really is awful," Bruce told BBC WM of his side's performance after the game.

"It's the same old 'Go away from home, do not do the basics against a big physical team'. Once we do not score and we have conceded again, we ca not respond in the right manner.

"We have to look at each and every one of ourselves. That simply was not good enough."

For boyhood Birmingham City fan Mendez-Laing, scoring against their arch-rivals was no doubt a happy feeling. The 25-year-old now has three goals in two games for his new club after making the switch from Rochdale over the summer.

For Cardiff manager Neil Warnock, celebrating 50 years in football this season, his Bluebirds are off to a perfect start with two wins in two games.

Blackburn still pointless in third tier

The Premier League has been marking its 25th anniversary this week, but one of the teams to win the title will be giving that little thought as their search for a first point of the campaign continues.

Blackburn Rovers, top-flight champions in 1994-95, started life in League One last weekend with a 2-1 defeat by Southend United and there was little comfort at home for Tony Mowbray's side when they hosted Doncaster Rovers.

These two sides were two divisions apart last season, but it was the team promoted from League Two in May who dominated at Ewood Park, winning 3-1.

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