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Sky Bet EFL: Matchday 11 Round-up

1 October 2017

Matchday 11 is complete, after three days of enthralling action. Here's the round-up...

Cardiff City maintained their place at the top of the division, although they were held to a goalless draw at home by Derby County.

Wolves are now their closest chasers after a 4-0 win away at Burton Albion. First-half goals from Diogo Jota, Romain Saiss and Ruben Vinegre set up a comfortable second period, before Leo Bonatini added the gloss to a fine away performance.

Sheffield United slipped to third when their hot streak came to an end at the City Ground. The Blades got off to a dream start through a John Lundstram goal, but Nottingham Forest fought back. Jason Cummings and Kieran Dowell scored, helping Mark Warburton’s men put an end to their three-match losing streak.

Bristol City made it nine matches unbeaten with another of Saturday's impressive away wins, defeating Ipswich Town 3-1 at Portman Road. That result took them to fifth, but they climbed another place on Sunday after Leeds United's 3-0 loss at Sheffield Wednesday took them beneath the Robins on goal difference.

Leonid Slutsky’s Hull City were five without a win heading into Matchday 11, but they got back on track in exemplary fashion. They hosted Birmingham City and ran riot, putting six past the Blues, watched by incoming boss Steve Cotterill.

Aston Villa moved within a point of the play-off places with a 1-0 home win against Bolton Wanderers. Fan-favourite Jonathan Kodjia was the man to score as the Villans made it four straight league wins.

Millwall suffered their second home loss of the season when Barnsley visited The Den on Saturday. The Tykes won 3-1 thanks to a double from Tom Bradshaw and a solitary strike from Mamadou Thiam.

At the bottom, Sunderland’s winless streak continued, although they did earn a point on the road at Preston North End. They sit two points from safety behind Burton and Brentford. The Bees earned a draw away at Middlesbrough thanks to goals from Yoann Barbet and Ollie Watkins.

In the weekend's evening kick-offs, Fulham defeated QPR at Loftus Road on Friday night, before Norwich City beat Reading 2-1 at the Madejski on Saturday.

Shrewsbury Town made it 11 matches unbeaten as Stefan Payne and Carlton Morris netted in a 2-0 win over in-form Scunthorpe United.

Wigan Athletic and Bradford City remain the closest challengers, both recording home successes by that very scoreline. Walsall fell short against the Latics, while Stuart McCall's Bantams overcame Yorkshire neighbours Doncaster Rovers.

Charlton Athletic pulled off an impressive away triumph, travelling to Fleetwood Town coming away with maximum points, courtesy of a perfect hat-trick from Tariqe Fosu.

In eighth place sit Rotherham United, who maintained their fine home form with a 1-0 win at home against Northampton Town – Kieffer Moore on target yet again. 

Managerless Oldham Athletic climbed away from the bottom four after they defeated Portsmouth, Eoin Doyle netting twice at Fratton Park.  

At the bottom, Plymouth Argyle remain rooted to the foot of the table, losing to Bristol Rovers, while Gillingham – one place better off – fell to a 1-0 defeat at Blackburn Rovers.

AFC Wimbledon were the only side in the bottom four to pick up a point, playing out a goalless draw with Rochdale.

Elsewhere, Oxford United defeated Peterborough United 4-1, Milton Keynes Dons beat Bury 2-0, and Southend United picked up three points at home to Blackpool.

Notts County remain top, but slipped to a derby day defeat against Mansfield Town on Saturday lunchtime. Danny Rose hit two in a fine showing from the Stags.

Exeter City moved level on points with the leaders thanks to a 4-1 victory against Morecambe, while Accrington Stanley kept in touch following a 1-0 win at bottom side Forest Green Rovers.

Coventry City won by the same scoreline at the Ricoh Arena against Crewe Alexandra; they remain fourth in the standings.

Luton Town, Stevenage, and Wycombe Wanderers make up the Play-Off places, and they all picked up three points against Newport County, Port Vale, and Barnet respectively.  

Mohamed Eisa netted a double for Cheltenham Town in their 2-0 win away at Chesterfield.

Elsewhere, Lincoln City and Grimsby Town shared a stalemate in another lunchtime kick-off, Carlisle United were victorious at Crawley and Swindon Town defeated Cambridge United 2-0.

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