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Round-up: Sky Bet EFL Matchday

14 October 2017

Following the latest round of EFL fixtures, we have new leaders at the top of each division. Here's our review...

Wolverhampton Wanderers took advantage of Cardiff City’s Friday night defeat to move to the top of the standings, a 2-0 win over Aston Villa sending Nuno's men two points clear.

Sheffield United overcame Ipswich Town courtesy of Chris Basham’s second-half goal to move level with the Bluebirds on 24 points, trailing only on goal difference.

At the opposite end of the table, bottom side Bolton Wanderers finally registered three points at the 12th time of asking, with Sammy Ameobi on target in a 2-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday.

Sunderland salvaged a point at home to Queens Park Rangers thanks to Aiden McGeady, but the Black Cats remain 23rd in the table, narrowly behind Burton Albion, who drew 0-0 at Bristol City on Friday.

There were late equalisers for Norwich City and Fulham, with Nelson Oliveira and Denis Odoi rescuing their respective sides against Hull City and Preston North End. The spoils were shared at Barnsley, too, who drew 2-2 with Middlesbrough in a game which produced three goals in the opening nine minutes.

Elsewhere, there were 1-0 wins for Reading and Brentford, with both sides benefitting from missed penalties. Leeds United’s Pablo Hernandez was denied from 12 yards against the Royals, and Lee Gregory failed to score from the spot in Millwall’s visit to Griffin Park.

On Sunday, Derby County hosted Nottingham Forest in the East Midlands derby, running out 2-0 winners over their rivals.

Matej Vydra had Pride Park rocking when he found the bottom corner after just 24 seconds, and the Rams were quickest out of the blocks in the second half too — David Nugent making sure of the points four minutes after the break.

Wigan Athletic moved to the top of Sky Bet League One following a convincing 3-0 win over Southend United.

Late goals from Nick Powell and Ivan Toney added the gloss after the Shrimpers had been reduced to 10 men on the hour-mark.

Shrewsbury Town may have slipped below the Latics on goal difference, but their unbeaten record was preserved after Shaun Whalley cancelled out Graham Carey’s strike for bottom side Plymouth Argyle.

Bradford City remain third despite a 3-1 loss at Bury, but Rotherham United closed the gap — Kieffer Moore hitting his 10th of the season in the Millers’ win over Scunthorpe United.

Charlton Athletic are now fifth after Tariqe Fosu’s goal saw them past Doncaster Rovers, with Oxford United next in line following a 1-0 win at Bristol Rovers — Alex Mowatt securing a third straight win for the U’s.

At the opposite end of the table, Queensy Menig’s last-gasp goal earned Richie Wellens a fourth straight victory as Oldham’s caretaker boss, while Gillingham won by the same scoreline courtesy of a solitary Lee Martin strike at Peterborough United.

Harry Forrester ended AFC Wimbledon’s goal drought, extending Northampton Town’s in the process and handing the Dons a first victory against the Cobblers.

Elsewhere, Portsmouth beat Milton Keynes Dons 2-0 thanks to an Oliver Hawkins double, while the spoils were shared in the matches at Fleetwood and Walsall.

Notts County returned to the Sky Bet League Two summit thanks to a 2-1 win over Barnet, with Shola Ameobi on target two days after his 36th birthday.

The Magpies replaced Exeter City at the top after they played out a goalless stalemate with Wycombe Wanderers, who were the EFL’s top scorers coming into Matchday 13.

However, they have been emphatically replaced by Luton Town, who fired seven past near-neighbours Stevenage at Kenilworth Road. Luke Berry hit a perfect hat-trick for the Hatters.

There was plenty of movement below them, with Accrington Stanley moving above Coventry City after Sean McConville’s first-half goal saw off the Sky Blues in Lancashire.

Newport County were another to climb above Mark Robins’ men, with Padraig Amond hitting two in a 4-0 win at Forest Green Rovers, a defeat which saw Rovers return to the bottom two.

That’s because Neil Aspin picked up his first win as Port Vale boss; Tom Pope another with a brace as the Valiants overcame Cheltenham Town. No such luck for Jack Lester and Chesterfield — the Spireites remain rooted to the bottom after losing 2-0 at home to Morecambe.

Swindon Town and Carlisle United were the other two to triumph on the road, with the Robins 3-1 winners at Mansfield Town and Keith Curle’s Cumbrians emerging victorious at Colchester United.

Elsewhere, Yeovil Town defeated Crewe Alexandra 2-0 at Huish Park, while there were two other 0-0 draws at Grimsby Town and Lincoln City.

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