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Sky Bet EFL: Matchday round-up

Posted: Sat 11 Feb 2017
Author: Ryan Percival
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Emyr Huws celebrates scoring for Ipswich at Aston Villa

Newcastle United maintained their lead at the top of the Sky Bet Championship by beating Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0.

The pressure was on the Magpies in their Saturday evening kick-off after Brighton had briefly replaced them at the summit following their 4-1 victory at home to Burton.

But Rafa Benitez's men came up with the goods, with Aleksander Mitrovic's goal just before half-time proving enough for three points.

Huddersfield Town leapfrogged Reading into third courtesy of a 2-1 win at QPR, while Leeds suffered a home defeat at the hands of Cardiff.

That means sixth-placed Sheffield Wednesday are now only two points adrift of their Yorkshire rivals, following their Friday night success against Birmingham.

Norwich continued their fine form in style, hitting five against Nottingham Forest, while Derby and Bristol City shared six goals in a thrilling draw, which saw the eighth-placed Rams fight back from three goals down.

Some mid-table movement saw Ipswich up to 13th following a late victory at Aston Villa, and Preston notched a 4-2 victory over Brentford.

At the bottom, Rotherham and Blackburn shared a 1-1 draw.

Here are the Sky Bet Championship Matchday 31 results in full:

Friday 10th February 2017

Sheffield Wednesday 3-0 Birmingham City

Saturday 11th February 2017

Aston Villa 0-1 Ipswich Town
Brighton & Hove Albion 4-1 Burton Albion
Derby County 3-3 Bristol City
Fulham 3-2 Wigan Athletic
Leeds United 0-2 Cardiff City
Norwich City 5-1 Nottingham Forest
Preston North End 4-2 Brentford
Queens Park Rangers 1-2 Huddersfield Town
Reading 0-0 Barnsley
Rotherham United 1-1 Blackburn Rovers
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-1 Newcastle United

Standings: Click here to see the Sky Bet Championship table

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Sheffield United stretched their lead at the top of Sky Bet League One thanks to a late goal from Billy Sharp.

The front man struck his 20th goal of the season to earn the Blades a 1-0 win at Peterborough United, on a day that second-placed Scunthorpe United tasted a rare home defeat.

The Iron lost 1-0 to Shrewsbury Town - their first home defeat since 19th December 2015 - meaning Sheffield United are now five points clear at the top.

Third-placed Bolton moved within four points of Scunthorpe after beating Walsall 4-1, and Fleetwood lie fifth after drawing with Rochdale, who sit just outside the Play-Off places.

Bradford are also battling towards the top, sat fifth, and drew at Bristol Rovers, while Millwall climbed into the top seven courtesy of a 1-0 victory over eighth-placed Southend.

At the bottom, Coventry City lost to relegation rivals Oldham Athletic, who moved out of the bottom four.

Swindon Town dropped into the relegation zone following their 1-0 defeat to Bury, who are now 21st, on what was a significant day for the teams at the foot of the division.

Elsewhere, Northampton Town secured a morale-boosting 3-1 success over Chesterfield, and AFC Wimbledon left it late to grab a point against Charlton Athletic in a 1-1 draw.

Here are the Sky Bet League One Matchday 31 results in full:

Saturday 11th February 2017

AFC Wimbledon 1-1 Charlton Athletic
Bolton Wanderers 4-1 Walsall
Bristol Rovers 1-1 Bradford City
Bury 1-0 Swindon Town
Fleetwood Town 0-0 Rochdale
Gillingham 1-1 Port Vale
Millwall 1-0 Southend United
Northampton Town 3-1 Chesterfield
Oldham Athletic 3-2 Coventry City
Oxford United 1-0 Milton Keynes Dons
Peterborough United 0-1 Sheffield United
Scunthorpe United 0-1 Shrewsbury Town 

Standings: Click here to see the Sky Bet League One table

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It was Devon Derby delight for Plymouth Argyle as they beat rivals Exeter City 3-0.

That victory saw the Pilgrims close the gap to leaders Doncaster Rovers to three points, after Darren Ferguson’s men drew with rock-bottom Newport County on Friday night.

The defeat for Exeter, who had won seven games on the spin prior to their derby reverse, saw them fall fifth, with Luton Town going fourth courtesy of a 2-1 turnaround triumph at home to Crawley.

Nathan Jones’ side's victory was a significant one, with third-placed Carlisle losing 4-1 at the hands of Blackpool.

Steve Evans continues to work his magic at Mansfield Town and they moved into the Play-Offs by beating Hartlepool 4-0, while Stevenage are up to 10th following their victory over Play-Off rivals Wycombe.

Crewe Alexandra recorded one of the stand-out results of the day, hitting five without reply past Grimsby Town, and Kevin Ellison was at the double for Morecambe to see them to a 2-0 win over Cambridge.

Here’s a look at the Sky Bet League Two Matchday 30 results in full:

Friday 10th February 2017

Newport County 0-0 Doncaster Rovers

Saturday 11th February 2017

Carlisle United 1-4 Blackpool
Colchester United 2-1 Barnet
Crewe Alexandra 5-0 Grimsby Town
Luton Town 2-1 Crawley Town
Mansfield Town 4-0 Hartlepool United
Morecambe 2-0 Cambridge United
Notts County 2-1 Cheltenham Town
Plymouth Argyle 3-0 Exeter City
Portsmouth 2-0 Accrington Stanley
Stevenage 3-0 Wycombe Wanderers
Yeovil Town 1-1 Leyton Orient  

Standings: Click here to see the Sky Bet League Two table