EFL: Stoke City score a penalty at last, Brentford beat Millwall in thriller

Lee Gregory
Lee Gregory scored Stoke's first league penalty since December

Stoke City finally scoring a penalty, a stunning comeback in the Championship and a perfect send off for Leyton Orient's interim boss were all part of another busy day in the EFL.

BBC Sport takes a look at five things you may have missed.

Fifth time lucky for Potters

When you're struggling near the foot of the table and goals are hard to come by, you've really got to take your chances when they're handed to you on a plate.

But, for Stoke City, sticking penalties in the back of the net had become something of a distant memory.

That finally changed on Saturday. Having missed their last four in the Championship, summer signing Lee Gregory made it fifth time lucky to wrap up a 2-0 win against Fulham - a result which moved them off of the bottom of the table.

It was in fact the first penalty the Potters have been awarded this campaign, having only scored two of their eight spot-kicks last season.

Maybe a bit of luck is finally swinging Nathan Jones' way?

Griffin Park hosts action-packed derby

Brentford are playing their final season at Griffin Park and the 115-year-old ground will not have seen many London derbies more dramatic than Saturday's visit of Millwall.

The Bees dominated the first half but spurned their chances, with Ollie Watkins having a penalty saved when the game was goalless.

The Lions went ahead on the stroke of half-time and, straight after Watkins had an equaliser ruled out for offside, made it 2-0 through a penalty of their own 10 minutes after the break.

But, the west Londoners had hope when Josh Dasilva found the bottom corner with six minutes remaining - and Bryan Mbeumo stuck one in the top corner via a deflection to level things up in the 88th minute.

Brentford players celebrate Ollie Wakins' late winner
Ollie Watkins netted his eighth league goal of the season in their victory over Millwall

Brentford continued to press and completed the turnaround in the fourth minute of added time when Mbeumo crossed for Watkins to tap in and complete the comeback.

Head coach Thomas Frank hailed his side's determination as they recorded just their second home win of the campaign.

"When you are 2-0 down with six minutes to go, to have that capacity, strength and character to turn it around is massive," the Dane said.

"Once we scored we had momentum and when you get that anything can happen - especially at Griffin Park.

Three is the magic number

From batsmen getting out in the 90s to snooker players missing the final black when a 147 beckons, sport is full success stories tainted by near misses.

You could say that's been the story of Fleetwood Town striker Paddy Madden's career in front of goal.

The 29-year-old, with more than 300 English Football League appearances to his name, has struck two goals in a match on 14 separate occasions but, somehow, never ended up walking away with the match ball.

Until Saturday, that is.

Paddy Madden
Madden left the field clutching the ball - and, presumably, hasn't let it out of his sight since

The former Yeovil Town and Scunthorpe United forward scored his first-ever league hat-trick in his side's 4-1 victory over Burton Albion - although he did have to wait until the 90th minute before eventually completing his treble.

"I just couldn't get over the line in recent years but, thankfully, today I've finally scored one," he said. "I'm over the moon."

Should Ross reconsider at resurgent O's?

Maybe Ross Embleton is having second thoughts?

Since he announced his decision to step down as Leyton Orient interim head coach and revert to his former role as assistant coach, the 37-year-old has guided his side to three wins and a draw in League Two.

"It seems a unique way to bow out," chief executive Matt Porter told BBC Sport after seeing Embleton's reign culminate in Saturday's thumping 4-0 away win over Grimsby.

"Normally going out on the back of a run like that is because you have been poached by a team from a higher level.

"It's just rewards for all the hard work he has put in."

Ross Embleton
"This management lark is easy after all"

Orient's stunning victory against the Mariners - their biggest of the season - means the on-looking boss-to-be Carl Fletcher will be inheriting a team just two points and five places off the play-offs.

Embleton, who took charge this season following the tragic death of Justin Edinburgh, told BBC London having "momentum" is a massive boost and they group wanted Fletcher to come into a team with confidence.

"The boys have done that," he added. "They have been outstanding in the past couple of weeks. I felt that result was one that has been coming for a little while.

"September was a real tough situation to be in but today's performance epitomises what the group is all about. We showed a real presence and showed that Orient are settled back in the Football League.

"It was extremely difficult circumstances but we have come through it and given everyone something to cheer about. We have given some stability and a feelgood factor back to the club."

Mpanzu scores in fourth different division

Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu (left)
Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu helped Luton end Bristol City's 10-game unbeaten league run

Luton midfielder Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu created Hatters history on Saturday with his curling strike against Bristol City.

That goal meant the 26-year-old had scored in four different divisions for the club, since arriving in 2014.

He has now netted in the National League, League Two, League One and the Championship over seven different campaigns.

Luton boss Graeme Jones told BBC Three Counties Radio: "He's responded, listened, understood and tried. It doesn't come overnight.

"You have to make errors in order to improve but he's got this wonderful nature that he'll listen. He'll try to do the right things.

"He doesn't always succeed but he keeps coming back, keeps wanting to learn and keeps wanting to listen, and he got rewarded today."