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Round-up: Matchday 26

2 January 2018

The year 2018 is up and running! Here's a round-up of the EFL action on Matchday 26...

Aston Villa were the only team among the top seven to win on New Year’s Day, seeing off Bristol City with a stunning 5-0 win, sending them up to fifth in the Championship.

Second-placed Derby County were held to a 1-1 draw against Sheffield United, a game which saw the division’s two top scorers — Matej Vydra and Leon Clarke — grab a goal apiece.

Cardiff City let a one-goal lead slip at Loftus Road, slipping to a fourth straight defeat, while Leeds United and Nottingham Forest drew blanks at Elland Road.

Tony Pulis claimed his first win as Middlesbrough boss, seeing his side come out on top in a five-goal thriller at Deepdale, while managerless Sheffield Wednesday were humbled at Hillsborough, losing 3-0 against Burton Albion.

Gary Madine continued his good form in front of goal with a superb set-piece winner for Bolton Wanderers against Hull City, while Norwich City and Barnsley recorded narrow wins to complete the New Year’s Day action.

Matchday 26 was then concluded on Tuesday night, as Birmingham City, Fulham and Wolverhampton Wanderers all earned victories.

At Molineux, Championship leaders Wolves eased to a 3-0 success against Brentford, to extend their lead at the summit to 12 points.

Steve Cotterill's Blues side recorded a 2-0 away win at Reading, while Ryan Sessegnon and Aboubakar Kamara hit doubles for the Cottagers in a thrilling comeback triumph over Ipswich Town.

Wigan Athletic recorded a sixth successive clean sheet, kicking off 2018 with a 1-0 win at Northampton Town to keep them at the top of League One.

Shrewsbury Town edged past Oldham Athletic to keep the pressure on the league leaders, with Shaun Whalley settling matters at the New Meadow.

Blackburn Rovers remain third despite being held to a 1-1 draw at Rotherham United, but they are joined on 49 points by Scunthorpe United, who snatched three points late on against struggling Bury.

Bradford City came from behind to register a 2-1 win at Fleetwood Town and are just a point further back, while there’s now a seven-point drop to Portsmouth in the sixth and final play-off place, after they fell to defeat at Bristol Rovers by the same scoreline.

Both Gillingham and Blackpool registered 2-1 victories too, winning away at Charlton Athletic and Rochdale respectively.

Oxford United and AFC Wimbledon registered the day’s biggest wins. The U’s defeated Milton Keynes Dons 3-1, while the latter registered a 2-0 home success versus Southend United.

Plymouth Argyle made it six undefeated with a 1-0 win over Walsall, while a late Ben Whiteman goal salvaged a point for Doncaster Rovers at Peterborough United.


Luton Town maintained their four-point lead at the top of Sky Bet League Two, ending Lincoln City’s seven-game undefeated streak in an entertaining affair.

An early red card for Hatters defender Alan Sheehan and an Imps goal had the hosts in trouble, but Harry Anderson’s dismissal midway through the first half evened things out, and Nathan Jones’ side ran out 4-2 winners.

Notts County kept their unbeaten home record up with three points against Port Vale, courtesy of Jon Stead’s strike, while Coventry City moved into the top three after a 1-0 win against Chesterfield.

Matt Bloomfield celebrated reaching 400 EFL appearances with a goal in Wycombe Wanderers’ 2-1 win at Forest Green Rovers, a result which sent the Chairboys up to fourth.

A Kane Hemmings brace helped Mansfield Town past Carlisle United, and the Stags are now sixth, a point clear of Exeter City who went down 2-1 at Newport County.

Stevenage were the day’s big winners, putting four past Cheltenham Town, while Crawley Town, Crewe Alexandra and Swindon Town also picked up maximum points.

Colchester United drew 0-0 with Cambridge United, while the game between Accrington Stanley and Morecambe was postponed due to heavy rain.

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