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Review: EFL Matchday 6

2 September 2018

After a weekend packed with drama and great goals, here's a round-up of what happened across the EFL on Matchday 6.

Sheffield United moved up to third in the Sky Bet Championship table with the biggest win of the day on Saturday. Chris Wilder's side raced into a comfortable lead, before eventually recording a 4-1 victory over Aston Villa.

First-half goals from Jack O'Connell, Mark Duffy and Oliver Norwood set the Blades up for victory, with skipper Billy Sharp adding a fourth shortly into the second period. Anwar El Ghazi netted a consolation for the Villans, who slip to 12th in the table.

With the top two, Leeds United and Middlesbrough, having played out a scoreless draw on Friday night, the teams beneath them had a chance to close the gap and all four play-off positions had new occupants by the close of the weekend.

Brentford, Derby County and Swansea City all recorded 2-1 victories with late winners, the latter in the most spectacular of fashions.

Having been reduced to 10 men five minutes into their trip to the New Den after Courtney Baker-Richardson was dismissed on his Championship debut, Millwall eventually made the breakthrough just after the hour mark through Murray Wallace, but the Swans responded through substitute Kyle Naughton to set up an incredible finale. Not content to hold on for a point, Oli McBurnie finished off a neat counter-attack with five minutes to go for what had seemed for the large part, an unlikely win.

Brentford beat Nottingham Forest thanks to Ollie Watkins' goal six minutes from time; Matty Cash had cancelled out Lewis Macleod's first-half injury time opener.

There were two minutes to go when Florian Jozefzoon scored the winner as the Rams triumphed at Hull City. Martyn Waghorn had put them in front from the spot midway through the first half before Todd Kane responded for the hosts, eight minutes into the second period.

On Sunday, Bristol City jumped ahead of Swansea into sixth position after dispatching Blackburn Rovers 4-1 with a clinical second-half performance. After going into the dressing room at half-time on level terms, goals from Marley Watkins, Famara Diedhiou and Marlon Pack secured their first win on home soil this term.

Ipswich Town hosted neighbours, Norwich City, on Sunday too. Gwion Edwards had given the hosts a 1-0 lead, but that was soon cancelled out by Moritz Leitner to make it 11 East Anglian derbies without defeat for the Canaries.

Championship Matchday 6 results

John Marquis' goal for Doncaster Rovers five minutes before the break put Sky Bet League One leaders Peterborough United's unbeaten start to the season on the line in Grant McCann's return to the Abax Stadium. Posh hit back via the head of Ryan Tafazolli after 58 minutes and while they had to surrender their 100 per cent start to the campaign, they stay top with a point by virtue of their goal difference.

Kenny Jackett's Portsmouth are breathing down their necks in second, having also won five and drew one. They triumphed in the Dockyard Derby with a 3-0 win over Plymouth Argyle courtesy of a goal in each half from Ronan Curtis and one from Jamal Lowe sandwiched in between. The defeat leaves the Pilgrims winless and bottom of League One after six matches.

Barnsley, Sunderland and Walsall also preserved their unbeaten starts to the season – the latter two with draws at home to Oxford United and Blackpool respectively. Two more goals from Kieffer Moore proved the difference at Oakwell as the Tykes beat Gillingham 2-1 to move into third place.

Fleetwood Town complete the top six after Joey Barton oversaw his first win at Highbury Stadium as the Cod Army extended their unbeaten run to five games with a 2-1 win over Bradford City. Ashley Hunter scored the winner three minutes into the second half.

League One Matchday 6 results

Like Peterborough and Portsmouth in Sky Bet League One, Lincoln City have also taken 16 points from the available 18 in their opening six matches to lead the way in League Two.

Lee Frecklington, John Akinde and an own goal from Troy Brown did the damage at St James Park as the Imps avenged their play-off semi-final exit at the hands of Exeter City back in May with a fine 3-0 win.

Newport County climbed to second in the table and three points off the pace of Lincoln with a 2-1 win at Port Vale. Scot Bennett set the Exiles on their way to three points and despite Tom Pope equalising with a club record 56th goal at Vale Park they weren't to be denied. Left-back Dan Butler conjured up a winner for Mike Flynn's side at the start of the second half.

Milton Keynes Dons dropped to third after being held to a 1-1 draw by Swindon Town, and, as was the case in Championship, all the play-off positions changed hands.

Colchester United, Yeovil Town, Oldham Athletic and Forest Green Rovers all won – the Latics aside, all claimed three points on the road. Mansfield Town, the only other team in the top half to win, sit eighth on goal difference.

Forest Green Rovers' victory came at Meadow Lane and defeat left Notts County rooted to the foot of the EFL. Harry Kewell who was appointed to replace Kevin Nolan earlier this week, watched on from the stands before officially taking charge on Sunday.

League Two Matchday 6 results

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