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Round-up: Matchday 27

13 January 2018

None of the divisional leaders could pick up maximum points on a full matchday schedule in the EFL. Here's the review...

Derby County continued their stunning run of form with a resounding 3-0 success at Birmingham City, with Johnny Russell, Matej Vydra and Andreas Weimann on target for the Rams.

That put Gary Rowett's men back up to second, after Cardiff City had ousted them earlier in the day. Four second-half goals saw the Bluebirds past bottom club Sunderland, who were reduced to 10 men when a goal down.

There was no joy for leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers, but they still have a healthy 10-point lead at the top of the division after drawing 0-0 at Barnsley.

Aston Villa won the day's evening kick-off, climbing to fourth at the expense of Bristol City, who were sunk by James Maddison's solitary strike for Norwich City at Ashton Gate.

Sheffield United's 0-0 draw in Friday's Steel City derby saw them go sixth, and that's where they stay after 10-man Leeds United were beaten by Bersant Celina's sensational strike for Ipswich Town.

Fulham leapfrogged Middlesbrough into eight spot following Ollie Norwood's last-gasp penalty at the Riverside, and Preston North End complete the top 10 after salvaging a point at Millwall.

Brentford's brilliant home form continued with a straightforward 2-0 defeat of Bolton Wanderers, making it 13 unbeaten at Griffin Park for the Bees. That's not the case for Burton Albion, who are 10 without a win at the Pirelli after a 3-1 loss against Queens Park Rangers.

There was one other goalless draw to report, and that came at the KCOM Stadium where Hull City and Reading couldn't be separated.

Wigan Athletic were held to a goalless draw by Peterborough United, but still increased their lead at the top of Sky Bet League One.

Despite the Latics just picking up a point, nearest challengers Shrewsbury Town lost 3-1 at Blackburn Rovers, who closed the gap between themselves and the Shrews to just two points. Charlie Mulgrew scored twice for the men from Ewood Park.

The two sides below Rovers also dropped points, with Scunthorpe United sharing the spoils at Portsmouth, and Bradford City undone at Valley Parade by lowly Northampton Town, who registered their second league win in a row.

Pompey's draw against the Iron enabled Charlton Athletic to return to the top six, and they did so thanks to Mark Marshall's second-half winner against bottom side Bury.

January signing Paddy Madden got off the mark for Fleetwood Town to help them past an out-of-sorts Southend United, and their 2-1 scoreline was mirrored by Walsall, who just did enough to overpower Oxford United.

Plymouth Argyle's unbeaten stretched to eight games with a 1-1 draw at Doncaster Rovers, and that was the result at Boundary Park where Oldham Athletic and Rotherham United shared the points.

There were two more stalemates with Blackpool versus Bristol Rovers, and Milton Keynes Dons' home fixture with AFC Wimbledon, finishing goalless.

As with League One, neither of the top two managed to pick up maximum points on Matchday 27, with the chasing pack taking advantage as best as they could.

Luton were upset by struggling Chesterfield, who registered a 2-0 home victory thanks to first-half goals from Joe Rowley and Jak McCourt.

Notts County, meanwhile, shared four goals in an entertaining affair at Sincil Bank. Lee Frecklington netted on his Imps return, but Jorge Grant rescued a point for the second-placed Magpies.

Accrington Stanley are up to third thanks to a 2-0 win at Cheltenham Town, but they're closely followed by Wycombe Wanderers and Exeter City, who overcame Colchester United and Coventry City respectively.

Mansfield Town were held to a 0-0 draw at Cambridge United and hold the final play-off place, but they are joined on 44 points after Luke Norris' eventful goal saw the Robins past Forest Green Rovers.

An Enzio Boldewijn brace saw Crawley Town past Barnet, while Newport County continued where they left off in the FA Cup last weekend, Frank Nouble netting the winner in a 2-1 success at Grimsby Town.

Carlisle United edged past Crewe Alexandra by a goal to nil, and the spoils were shared in fixtures at the Globe Arena and Vale Park, both with 1-1 scorelines.


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