Ipswich look a better side without Tyrone Mings - Five things we learned in the Football League

  • Ipswich appear to be coping well with the sale of star player Tyrone Mings to Bournemouth after they defeated Preston 2-1 on Saturday
  • Pre-season relegation favourites for League One Gillingham are defying the odds and currently sit top of the table 
  • Freddie Woodman, on loan at Crawley Town from Newcastle, is impressing and has his sights set on the Premier League

With the fourth round of games in the Football League done and dusted, Sportsmail's Joe Ridge takes a look a the five most important things we've learned from the Championship, League One and League Two. 

 

Tyrone who? 

Despite losing star man Tyrone Mings to Bournemouth for a club record fee earlier in the summer, Ipswich look a better side than the one which finished sixth in the Championship last season. Striker Brett Pitman and winger Ryan Fraser made the move in the opposite direction to Mings - the latter on loan - and both scored in the 2-1 win at Preston on Saturday to send Mick McCarthy's side top. Mings' direct replacement at left back, Jonas Knudsen, looks a fine player too. 

Ipswich's Ryan Fraser (right) celebrates scoring against Brentford at Griffin Park in the match on August 8

Ipswich's Ryan Fraser (right) celebrates scoring against Brentford at Griffin Park in the match on August 8

Stockley equaliser rescues point for Pompey

Portsmouth put in an early contender for comeback of the season against Morecambe on Saturday. After being three goals down within 38 minutes and reduced to 10 men after 72, substitute Jayden Stockley rescued a point for Paul Cook's side in the fifth minute of stoppage time at Fratton Park, maintaining their unbeaten start in League Two with a 3-3 draw.  

Gills exceeding expectations 

Pre-season relegation favourites Gillingham continue to surprise people in League One. Not long ago three divisions separated Wigan and the Gills but Saturday's 2-0 win over the Latics moved Justin Edinburgh's young side top of the third tier. Academy product Bradley Dack, 21, scored both goals to take his tally for the season to four from midfield. 

 

Billy looking Sharp in United return 

Billy Sharp is hoping it's third time lucky at Sheffield United and the opening goal in Saturday's 2-0 win for his beloved Blades over Blackpool may go a long way to making sure that is the case. Prolific at every other club he has been at, Sharp struggled in two previous spells at his hometown club but could flourish under Nigel Adkins again having made his name working for him at Scunthorpe. 

Sheffield United's Billy Sharp (left) tracks the run of Hull's Ryan France in the FA Cup match in 2009 

Sheffield United's Billy Sharp (left) tracks the run of Hull's Ryan France in the FA Cup match in 2009 

 

Woodman keeping it clean at Crawley

England youth international Freddie Woodman kept his second clean sheet in a week as Crawley won 3-0 away at Cambridge on Saturday. The 18-year-old goalkeeper, on loan from Newcastle until January, has his sights set on being a Premier League regular and on the evidence of his form in League Two so far he has every chance. 

Newcastle goalkeeper Freddie Woodman is currently impressing while on loan at Crawley Town

Newcastle goalkeeper Freddie Woodman is currently impressing while on loan at Crawley Town

 

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