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Sky Bet EFL: Matchday round-up

Posted: Sat 18 Mar 2017
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Zach Clough celebrates opening the scoring for Nottingham Forest

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Sky Bet Championship leaders Newcastle United were held away at Birmingham City, but maintained top spot after Leeds United beat Brighton & Hove Albion in the late kick-off.

Chris Wood was at the double for Leeds, scoring his 23rd and 24th league goals of the season to deny Brighton a return to the summit.

The Sky Bet Championship action kicked off with two local derbies at lunchtime, with Blackburn Rovers hosting Preston North End and Nottingham Forest taking on Derby County - where managers Mark Warburton and Gary Rowett took charge for the first time.

Both games finished up 2-2, with Aiden McGeady rescuing a late point for Preston, while Daniel Pinillos also secured a draw in stoppage time for Forest.

An eight-goal thriller at the Pirelli Stadium went the way of Brentford, as Burton dropped to 21st and within a place of the relegation zone, while Wolverhampton Wanderers moved five points clear of the drop with a 3-1 victory at Play-Off chasing Fulham.

There were also wins for Norwich City, Cardiff City, Queens Park Rangers and Aston Villa on Matchday 38.

Sky Bet Championship Matchday 38 results

Friday 17th March 2017

Bristol City 4-0 Huddersfield Town
Sheffield Wednesday 0-2 Reading

Saturday 18th March 2017

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

Standings: Click here to see the Sky Bet Championship table

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Bolton Wanderers moved back up to second place in the Sky Bet League One standings following their 2-1 defeat of Northampton Town.

The Trotters returned to the automatic promotion places after Fleetwood Town dropped points for the second weekend running, this time to AFC Wimbledon.

Bradford City also jumped to fourth after beating Swindon Town and Scunthorpe United fell at Oxford United.

Millwall’s goalless draw with Bury saw them drop out of the Play-Off places and replaced by Southend United, who edged Walsall 3-2. Bristol rovers also stayed in touch with the top six after triumphing 2-1 at home to Chesterfield.

Elsewhere, leaders Sheffield United, Milton Keynes Dons and Rochdale all recorded three points.   

Sky Bet League One Matchday 39 results

Friday 17th March 2017

Port Vale 2-1 Shrewsbury Town

Saturday 18th March 2017

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

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

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Frontrunners Doncaster Rovers and Plymouth Argyle took another big step towards promotion from Sky Bet League Two with wins against Leyton Orient and Morecambe.

Below them, Stevenage cut the gap to the automatic places to four points after beating third-placed Portsmouth 3-0 at the Lamex Stadium.

Luton Town remain fifth after their 1-1 draw with Exeter City, but Carlisle United have dropped to sixth after defeat at Mansfield Town - who move to within three points of the Play-Offs.

Blackpool and Wycombe Wanderers, two other top-seven chasing sides, also won, at Hartlepool United and Newport County respectively, and Crewe Alexandra dented Colchester United’s hopes of finishing in the Play-Offs - beating the U’s 2-0.

On Sunday, Notts County defeated Barnet 1-0 despite having a man sent off after just 11 minutes. Mark Yeates was the man dismissed early on, but the Magpies overcame their numerical disadvantage courtesy of Matt Tootle's second-half strike.

Sky Bet League Two Matchday 38 results

Saturday 18th March 2017

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

Sunday 19th March 2017

Notts County 1-0 Barnet  

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