With Bolton Wanderers and Bristol City getting the EFL weekend under way on Friday night, 35 fixtures were played on Saturday to complete Matchday 30. Here’s the round-up…
Wolverhampton Wanderers maintained their 11-point lead at the top of the Sky Bet Championship table thanks to a comfortable 3-0 home victory over Sheffield United, who had ‘keeper Simon Moore sent off in the second-half.
Derby County remain second after they won by the same scoreline against Brentford at Pride Park. Cameron Jerome grabbed his first goal for the club after Tom Huddlestone opened the scoring then, as proceedings moved towards their conclusion, Matej Vydra added a third.
The Rams’ cushion to Aston Villa remains just one point though, that’s because Steve Bruce’s team got the better of Burton Albion in an entertaining encounter at Villa Park.
Neil Warnock’s Cardiff City kept themselves within touching distance of the top two also, as they comprehensively swept aside Leeds United on the road.
Strikes from Lucas Piazon and Stefan Johansen saw Fulham defeat Nottingham Forest to go above Bristol City and into fifth place.
At Deepdale, Preston North End came from behind to get the better of Hull City, who had initially taken the lead through Jarrod Bowen.
Jota bagged a brace for Birmingham City in their 3-1 success at the expense of Sheffield Wednesday — the goals were the Spaniard’s first and second for the Blues.
Ipswich Town and Millwall both won 2-0 away from home, with the Tractor Boys triumphing against Sunderland and the Lions taking three points at Reading.
1-0 wins came the way of Norwich City and Queens Park Rangers, as they negotiated the respective challenges of Middlesbrough and Barnsley.
First-half goals from Will Grigg and Nick Powell were enough for League One leaders Wigan Athletic to pick up three more points, in a 2-0 triumph over Gillingham at the DW Stadium.
Shrewsbury Town are second after winning at Bristol Rovers. Their victory was far more dramatic though, with substitute Alex Rodman netting an 88th-minute winner for the Shrews.
Derek Adams’ Plymouth Argyle team earned the EFL Result of the Day award, that’s after they won 2-0 on home turf against Blackburn Rovers.
#EFL Result of the Day: A superb home showing from @Only1Argyle saw them take all three points.— EFL (@EFL) February 3, 2018
They got the better of third-placed @Rovers at Home Park. pic.twitter.com/lyodD5S0S8
A five-goal thriller between Fleetwood Town and Scunthorpe United was eventually settled by Ivan Toney’s 78th-minute free-kick, as the Iron prevailed in a game where their opponents had fought back from 2-0 down in to level matters, despite being reduced to 10 men inside the first-half.
Rotherham United are up to fifth following their routine 2-0 home win at the expense of AFC Wimbledon — Michael Smith and David Ball got the goals for the Millers.
There was a dramatic finish at the Valley, with Ryan Ledson scoring late to give Oxford United a 3-2 victory over Charlton Athletic.
Richie Wellens saw his Oldham Athletic players secure a crucial three points with a 2-1 success against Bradford City, who have now lost their last five successive League One matches.
Rochdale, Southend United and Walsall all won by 1-0 margins on Matchday 30. Dale and the Shrimpers both won on their travels at Northampton Town and Peterborough United respectively, while the Saddlers got the better of Milton Keynes Dons at the Banks's Stadium.
Bury grabbed a point from a game that looked to be going the way of Blackpool, with George Miller cancelling out Sean Longstaff’s earlier strike.
Harry Cornick scored the only goal of the game as Luton Town defeated Exeter City to stay eight points clear at the top of League Two.
Wycombe Wanderers remain second in the table, and the Chairboys made sure they stayed there with a late comeback victory against Carlisle United, who succumbed to Marcus Bean’s 96th-minute strike.
Also winning late on were Crawley Town, whose trip to Chesterfield was made all the sweeter thanks to a stoppage-time goal from Lewis Young.
Two goals from Elliot Hewitt helped Notts County get back to winning ways, as the Magpies comfortably beat Crewe Alexandra at Meadow Lane.
It was plain sailing for Mansfield Town, with Steve Evans’ team getting three goals and three points from their home encounter against Barnet.
Behind them in fifth are Accrington Stanley, who came from 2-0 down to prevail 3-2 at home to Stevenage. Sean McConville picked up the EFL Star of the Day award for his integral role in the comeback, as he got the ball rolling before completing the turnaround 12 minutes from time.
#EFL Star of the Day: 🌟@ASFCofficial were trailing @StevenageFC 2-0, but two goals from Sean McConville helped them turn things around! 🙌 pic.twitter.com/f6eeWh5qSt— EFL (@EFL) February 3, 2018
A 10-man Swindon Town looked to have held on to what would have been an excellent win at Lincoln City but, the Imps had other ideas, with Michael Bostwick ensuring the points were shared.
Forest Green Rovers moved out of the League relegation zone thanks to a 2-1 triumph over Coventry City, with Colchester United also securing three points — they won 2-0 on home turf at the expense of Newport County.
That would be the result at Huish Park too, as Yeovil Town’s Nathan Smith and Alex Smith both scored to condemn Cambridge United to a third consecutive loss.
Elsewhere, Grimsby Town and Cheltenham Town couldn’t be separated, which was the case at Vale Park, with Port Vale and Morecambe playing out a goalless draw.