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Round-up: Matchday 38

19 March 2018

A couple of fixtures were lost to the weather, but that didn’t have any impact on the entertainment value across the EFL on Matchday 38. Here’s the round-up…

At Molineux, Wolverhampton Wanderers recorded a comfortable 3-1 victory over Burton Albion, with Benik Afobe scoring twice for the hosts.

With Cardiff City's trip to Derby County postponed on Sunday afternoon, Wolves' now have a six-point lead over the second-placed Bluebirds.

Queens Park Rangers came from two goals down to take a point against Fulham, with Massimo Luongo and Pawel Wszolek cancelling out Tom Cairney and Lucas Piazon strikes.

The Cottagers did move above Aston Villa though, who succumbed to an Adam Le Fondre goal in Saturday's evening kick-off against Bolton Wanderers.

Milan Djuric settled matters at Ashton Gate, netting in the second half as Bristol City saw off Ipswich Town 1-0.

There was late drama at Elland Road where Sheffield Wednesday, who had been pegged back by Jay-Roy Grot's 86th-minute equaliser, had the last word. Atdhe Nuhiu scored the winner in stoppage time, completing a personal brace and securing the EFL Star of the Day award.

Millwall equalled a club record by picking up their sixth successive league away win. Barnsley became the latest side to fall short against the travelling Lions, with Lee Gregory and Ben Marshall finding the back of the net at Oakwell.

Garry Monk tasted victory for the first time as Birmingham City manager, as he watched his side sweep aside Hull City. The win saw the Blues take the EFL Result of the Day accolade.

Second-half goals from Sean Maguire and Callum Robinson gave Preston North End a 2-0 away win over Sunderland, who remain bottom of the table.

Norwich City prevailed in an entertaining encounter at Carrow Road, securing a first win in eight matches with a 3-2 win over Reading.

Elsewhere, there were draws between Brentford and Middlesbrough, and Sheffield United and Nottingham Forest.

With Blackburn Rovers' away fixture at Gillingham being postponed in the interests of spectator safety, Shrewsbury Town reduced the gap at the top of the table to two points, with a comeback victory at Scunthorpe United. They also climbed above Wigan Athletic, and into second spot.

Paul Warne's Rotherham United team recorded a comfortable 3-0 away win over Northampton Town. Michael Smith, David Ball and Richie Towell all scored for the Millers, who stay in fourth.

Graham Carey netted an 85th-minute penalty for Plymouth Argyle, who moved back into the League One Play-Off places with a 3-2 home triumph against Bristol Rovers.

The Pilgrims went above Peterborough United, who were beaten 2-1 by Oxford United, in a game where Rob Dickie bagged his first goal for the U's. One place behind Posh are Portsmouth, who had Brett Pitman to thank after his first-half brace sealed three points at Oldham Athletic.

It's back-to-back league victories for Milton Keynes Dons, thanks to a 2-1 success against bottom club Bury at Stadium MK.

The points were shared in a battle between two coastal clubs, with Blackpool and Southend United playing out a 1-1 draw. That was the score at Spotland too, between Rochdale and AFC Wimbledon.

Neither Charlton Athletic or Fleetwood Town could break the deadlock at the Valley, as the two sides contested a goalless affair.

Late respective finishes from Jordan Clark and Kayden Jackson saw Accrington Stanley get the better of Forest Green Rovers, and move three points clear at the top of League Two.

They were allowed to open up that gap after Luton Town were held to a 1-1 draw by Newport County at Rodney Parade.

Kane Hemmings dispatched a stoppage-time penalty to earn Mansfield Town a point at local rivals and fellow promotion chasers Notts County, who stay third.

Below Kevin Nolan's Magpies are Wycombe Wanderers, who returned to winning ways thanks to goals from Joe Jacobson and Luke O'Nien away at Barnet, who have since departed with boss Graham Westley, bringing in Martin Allen for a fifth spell at the club.

Coventry City maintained their spot in the Play-Offs after edging out Crewe Alexandra 2-1 away from home, with Mark Robins' men now sixth.

Lincoln City also climbed the table, after seeing off Grimsby Town 3-1 at a sold out Sincil Bank. Lee Frecklington, Matt Green and Scott Wharton were all on target to give the Imps bragging rights in Lincolnshire.

Morecambe produced a comeback to earn an important victory against Exeter City, who slipped out of the Play-Off places. Michael Rose struck in the 78th-minute to complete the turnaround and give the Shrimpers the win.

Phil Brown's first game in charge of Swindon Town ended with plenty of positives, as the Robins notched a 3-1 win at Cambridge United. Marc Richards grabbed the headlines again, firing home twice.

A goal from Alex Fisher was enough for Yeovil Town to prevail at Colchester United, who saw an early penalty saved by Stuart Nelson in the 1-0 reverse.

Two further games would finish level, with Crawley staging a second-half fightback to take a point at Carlisle United, and Cheltenham Town and Chesterfield drawing 1-1

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