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Round-up: Midweek EFL action

13 February 2018

Tuesday night's EFL fixtures saw plenty of movement across the board, and there was even a change at the top in Sky Bet League One. Here's the round-up...

There were just two encounters in the Championship, with Cardiff City hosting Bolton Wanderers and Derby County travelling to Sheffield Wednesday.

The first of those clashes had all of its scoring in a 10-minute period just before the break, as Armand Traore and Sean Morrison scored the goals which would ultimately earn Cardiff a 2-0 triumph against the Trotters.

That was the same scoreline at Hillsborough, where a double from Wednesday striker Lucas Joao saw off Gary Rowett's Rams.

Following Wigan Athletic’s 2-0 home loss at the hands of Blackpool, Shrewsbury Town took full advantage by beating Fleetwood Town, with Nathan Thomas grabbing a late goal to earn Paul Hurst’s side a 2-1 victory.

Blackburn Rovers remain third, but they’re level on points with the second-placed Latics, after a brace from Adam Armstrong saw them get the better of Portsmouth at Fratton Park.

It’s now five wins on the bounce for Rotherham United, who climbed to fourth following a 3-1 triumph on home soil against Oxford United. Anthony Forde, Richie Towell and Michael Smith got the goals for the Millers.

Scunthorpe United dropped to fifth, although they did come from behind twice to earn themselves a share of the points at Peterborough United.

Simon Grayson began his tenure at Bradford City with a 1-1 draw against Charlton Athletic on the road. After Josh Magennis had given the Addicks a first-half lead, the Bantams stayed in the game, and equalised with 10 minutes left on the clock, courtesy of substitute Tyrell Robinson’s header.

Continuing to move up the standings are Plymouth Argyle, whose fourth successive League One win took them to eighth, dispatching AFC Wimbledon 4-2.

Chris Lines won the game in some style for Bristol Rovers against Rochdale, with a 25-yard drive settling a five-goal thriller between the two teams.

At Sixfields, Josh Parker and Tom Eaves both scored as Gillingham defeated Northampton Town 2-1 to move to 12th.

Walsall’s Joe Edwards scored two quickfire first-half goals to set the Saddlers on their way to a routine home win over Doncaster Rovers, while Oldham Athletic edged out Milton Keynes Dons thanks to Anthony’s Gerrard’s goal, five minutes prior to half-time.

Nothing could separate Bury and Southend United, as the two teams played out a 0-0 draw to bring an end to Chris Powell’s 100 per cent start as Shrimpers boss.

Following the postponement of Port Vale’s meeting with Exeter City, 10 fixtures were contested in League Two.

Table-toppers Luton Town emphatically swept aside Crawley Town, with James Collins netting a brace against his former club.

Behind the Hatters remain Accrington Stanley, who racked up a fourth consecutive victory, as John Coleman’s team prevailed at home to Crewe Alexandra — Kayden Jackson scored the only goal of the game.

Wycombe Wanderers produced another late show at Adams Park to once again take all three points. It wasn't quite as deep into proceedings as that recent triumph over Carlisle United but still, Adebayo Akinfenwa’s 89th-minute header against Swindon Town brought with it joy for the home faithful.

Two Jon Stead goals were enough for a Notts County side that bounced back from Saturday’s loss to Barnet by ensuring Carlisle left Meadow Lane empty-handed.

Alfie Potter stole the show at the One Call Stadium with a hat-trick for Mansfield Town in their 5-0 beating of Newport County.

Danny Cowley’s Lincoln City outfit moved back into the play-off places with a narrow win against Cheltenham Town, as Neal Eardley struck just before the break.

Coventry City succumbed to Mikael Mandron’s winner late in the game at the Weston Homes Community Stadium, where they lost out to Colchester United, who now sit level on points with the Sky Blues in the table.

Terrific spirit was shown by Cambridge United at Chesterfield, with the visitors levelling twice, ahead of winning the game in the 95th minute through Harrison Dunk.

Impressive wins also came the way of Forest Green Rovers and Yeovil Town, who saw off Stevenage and Barnet respectively.

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