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Review: Matchday 15

25 October 2018

It was another action packed matchday across the EFL on Tuesday & Wednesday with drama across all three leagues as comebacks and turnarounds were at the centre of it all

In the Sky Bet Championship, Derby County made it back-to-back victories against their fellow promotion rivals with a one-sided three points against West Bromwich Albion. Jack Marriott opened the scoring for the Rams, with Tom Lawrence, Harry Wilson and Scott Malone ensuring Frank Lampard's side rose to fifth place in the table.

Leeds United reclaimed top spot in the Championship with a victory over bottom Club Ipswich Town at Elland Road. Kemar Roofe set Marcelo Bielsa's side on their way, before a collector's item from Scott Malone confirmed the win.

One of the most entertaining fixtures of midweek came from Deepdale, as Preston continued their good run of form. Three goals to the good inside of 30 minutes, Brentford rallied to come within one of the hosts, but Callum Robinson's strike ten minutes after the hour mark proved to be enough to earn a 4-3 victory.

On Tuesday evening, Jordan Rhodes scored his first two goals in ten games to cap a remarkable comeback at Carrow Road. The Canaries were 1-0 down at the break but Rhodes’ brace was enough to give Norwich their eighth win in 11 games, sending the Canaries up to 4th place in the table, albeit for one night only. 

Sheffield United were moments away from going back to top of the league as Middlesbrough were held to a 0-0 draw at the Riverside Stadium, but a goal from Joe Allen with minutes remaining meant it was another frustrating night for the Blades.

The other big comeback in the league saw Swansea come from behind to beat a Blackburn Rovers side whose excellent record on a Tuesday finally ends. Goals from Conor Roberts and Bersant Celina secured the turnaround for the Welsh outfit.

Elsewhere in the league, Wigan Athletic couldn't break their London hoodoo in a dramatic game at The Den. Winning 1-0, they missed the chance to make it 2-0 from the spot and minutes later Millwall drew level. It was the spark the home side needed as they grabbed two goals late on to take all three points and condemn Wigan to their 11th defeat in London since they last won in the capital, way back in August 2004.  

Meanwhile, QPR’s resurgence under Steve McClaren continued as they comfortably beat Sheffield Wednesday 3-0 and they moved up to 13th. Birmingham won again at St. Andrews against Reading 2-1 and are now unbeaten in ten games.  


In Sky Bet League One, Luton Town remain unbeaten at home after hammering Accrington Stanley 4-1 at Kenilworth Road largely thanks to a hat-trick from red hot striker, Danny Hylton. The win moved The Hatters in to sixth place and with it in to the play off places.  

Peterborough United got back to winning ways at London Road and remain in second thanks to a Rhys Bennett goal early in the second half. It was enough to hold on for all three points and they closed the gap on Portsmouth’s lead at the top to just four points, after Pompey failed to beat Burton Albion, drawing 2-2 at Fratton Park.  

Meanwhile, Sunderland had to work hard for their three points at the Keepmoat Stadium. Under the cosh for large sections of the first half, Doncaster Rovers missed some good chances and could have taken the lead on a number of occasions, but it was Sunderland's summer signing Chris Maguire, who is establishing himself as one of the Wearsiders new heroes, who scored the only goal to move the Black Cats up to within a point of the automatic play-off places.  

Coventry secured back to back away wins as they came away 4-2 winners against Bradford City at Valley Parade. Their victory means they move up to 8th in the table and sit just a point outside the top six.  Elsewhere, Adebayo Akinfenwa was back amongst the goals as Wycombe Wanderers moved up to 14th - comfortably beating Rochdale 3-0 at Adams Park.  


In Sky Bet League Two, Keith Curle continued to work his magic with Northampton as they defeated Macclesfield Town 5-0 away at Moss Rose. After their early struggles, Curle has seen the Cobblers win three of their last four matches and with their win on Tuesday, they moved up to 18th in the standings.  

Top of the table Lincoln City had to settle for a point at home to Carlisle United who ended their recent run of defeats against the Imps. The home side had to twice come from behind in a fascinating game at Sincil Bank.  

Exeter were unable to capitalise on Lincoln’s slip up and they had to wait until the 79th minute to score at the Broadfield Stadium as they could only draw 1-1 with Crawley Town who continued their good form.  

It meant that MK Dons’ 2-1 victory over Notts County at Stadium MK was enough to move them above Exeter in the table thanks to Rhys Healey’s 69th minute winner. Elsewhere there was a 3-1 win for Forest Green against Tranmere and Oldham bounced back from their weekend defeat to see off ten man Cheltenham 2-0. 

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