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Round-up: Sky Bet EFL Matchday 9

23 September 2017

It's been a goal-filled weekend in the EFL, and one which sees just one unbeaten record remain. Here's our Matchday 9 round-up...

Leeds United, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Cardiff City were all victorious, keeping things tied at the Sky Bet Championship summit.

The trio all won by the odd goal and move on to 20 points, with Leeds triumphing 3-2 in an entertaining affair against Ipswich Town at Elland Road.

Joe Ralls’ second-half penalty secured a 2-1 success at Sunderland for the Bluebirds, while a late show from Wolves was enough to beat Barnsley by the same scoreline.

Brentford finally registered their first three-point haul of 2017/18, easing to a 3-0 win at Bolton Wanderers — leaving the Trotters as the only team in the EFL seeking that elusive victory.

Aston Villa beat Nottingham Forest 2-1 in the evening game, with Albert Adomah on the scoresheet yet again for the Villans, and that was the last of the Saturday successes.

Six other games all saw the points shared, with the matches at Norwich City, Preston North End and Queens Park Rangers all finishing goalless, while it was a goal apiece at Derby County, Fulham and Reading.

On Sunday, the EFL action concluded with the first Steel City derby in five years, and it was Sheffield United who claimed the bragging rights with a thrilling 4-2 victory at Hillsborough.

John Fleck put the Blades 1-0 up with a superb early free-kick, an advantage which Leon Clarke soon extended. Gary Hooper and Lucas Joao brought things level, but Mark Duffy restored the lead and Clarke doubled his tally, ensuring maximum points for Chris Wilder's side.

Shrewsbury Town are now the EFL’s only unbeaten side, although they were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Blackburn Rovers on Matchday 9.

Peterborough United are the closest contenders after they came out on top in a five-goal thriller against Wigan Athletic - Jack Marriott’s late goal eventually settling matters at London Road.

The Latics slipped to fourth with the loss, replaced by Bradford City who defeated Northampton Town 1-0 courtesy of Tony McMahon’s first-half free-kick. Scunthorpe United moved fifth with a 2-0 win over Portsmouth, leapfrogging Blackpool, who lost 3-1 at Bristol Rovers and now sit sixth in the standings.

For the third time this season, Rotherham United hit five, and Kieffer Moore was at the double against Oldham Athletic to move to the top of the EFL scoring charts. Southend United were another side amongst the goals - they overcame 10-man Fleetwood Town by four goals to two at Highbury Stadium.

Gillingham were already two down against Rochdale before Tom Eaves’ dismissal, and the hosts added a third in a comfortable win at Spotland, and Doncaster Rovers mirrored that scoreline at Home Park where they eased past Plymouth Argyle.

The other matches saw Walsall win 2-1 at Oxford United, while Charlton Athletic and Bury shared the points after a 1-1 draw in the capital.

Notts County replaced Exeter City at the top of Sky Bet League Two after defeating Lincoln City, while the Grecians’ undefeated start to the season came to an end.

Kevin Nolan signed a new contract at Meadow Lane in the week, and he watched on as his team ran out 4-1 winners over the Imps. Exeter faced a tough assignment at Coventry City and, after avoiding defeat in their first eight games, they were finally undone, losing 2-0 at the Ricoh.

Danny Hylton’s second-half goal was enough for Luton to defeat Chesterfield and move third, despite the dismissal of Pelly Mpanzu-Ruddock. The Hatters climbed above Accrington Stanley, who were held to a 1-1 home draw with Cheltenham Town.

The afternoon’s big winners were Carlisle United, Danny Grainger scoring twice to put them on their way to a 5-0 rout of Crewe Alexandra, while Newport County also registered three points without conceding — Padraig Amond’s solitary strike sinking Grimsby Town.

The only other side to register a clean sheet were Swindon Town, who won at Forest Green Rovers on Friday night in front of the Sky Sports cameras.

The most common scoreline of the day was 2-1, one which favoured Crawley Town, Mansfield Town, Stevenage and Wycombe Wanderers — the latter of which were celebrating the five-year anniversary of Gareth Ainsworth’s reign. Their first goal was scored by Nathan Tyson, who found the net in a Chairboys shirt for the first time since September 2005.

The day’s other game saw managerless Port Vale draw 1-1 with Yeovil Town, a result which was enough for the Valiants to climb off the bottom of the table.

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