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Review: EFL Matchday 9

22 September 2018

Another action-packed weekend of EFL action has come to a close, we've reviewed the action.

Leeds United's unbeaten run has come to an end. They fell to a 2-1 defeat at Elland Road against Birmingham City, managed by former boss Garry Monk. It was the Blues' first win of the season, and moved them up to 17th.

Middlesbrough couldn't take advantage of Leeds' slip up though. The Whites remain top after Boro were held to a 0-0 draw by Swansea City at the Riverside.

West Bromwich Albion moved into third place with a 2-0 win over Millwall at the Hawthorns - Dwight Gayle and Kieran Gibbs struck for the Baggies.

Sheffield United, Wigan Athletic, and Derby County make up the remainder of the Play-Off places and are tied on 16 points.

The Blades were 3-2 winners at home against Preston North End, but made hard work of it. They were 2-0 up with only minutes to play, then were pulled level, before David McGoldrick netted a late winner at Brammall Lane.  

Wigan played on Friday in front of the Sky Sports cameras and defeated Bristol City 1-0 thanks to Nick Powell header.

Derby County were a goal down at Pride Park within a minute, but were 3-1 up before half an hour against Brentford. That's how the scoreline stayed too as Frank Lampard's side ran out victorious.

Stoke City nearly salvaged a draw after a nightmare start against Blackburn Rovers, but could not complete their comeback. Rovers were 3-0 up just after half-time but allowed a late Potters onslaught. Saido Berahino and Tom Ince netted late for Gary Rowett's side, and the former missed a late penalty too as the hosts finished without a point and drop to 18th.

Elsewhere, Nottingham Forest were late winners over Rotherham United, and Reading moved out of the bottom three with a 3-0 win at home against Hull City.

In Saturday evening's televised action, Norwich City won 1-0 away at Queens Park Rangers.


The fixture between Barnsley and Burton Albion was postponed due to a medical emergency at Oakwell. The thoughts of the EFL are with those involved.

Peterborough United recovered from disappointing defeat last time out and return to top of Sky Bet League One on Matchday 9. Steve Evans' side travelled to Gillingham and continued their fine goalscoring form as they one 4-2 at Priestfield Stadium.

Posh moved back above Portsmouth thanks to an impressive Wycombe Wanderers performance at Fratton Park. Gareth Ainsworth's men had taken the lead but found themselves trailing after Gareth Evans and Brett Pitman fired in for Pompey. However, Joe Jacobsen net a late penalty to ensure a 2-2 draw.

Sunderland, Doncaster Rovers, and Walsall all sit closest to the top two on 18 points. The Blackcats were 4-1 winners at home to Rochdale. Josh Maja, the EFL Young Player of the Month, and Lyden Gooch netted a brace apiece. Doncaster, and John Marquis, kept up their fine form with a 2-1 win over Bradford City with Marquis netting both goals. Walsall travelled to the Kassam Stadium and left with all three points after a 2-1 victory.

Charlton Athletic made it four successive League One victories with a 2-1 win over struggling Plymouth Argyle at the Valley. Graham Carey's early strike had given Derek Adams' side the lead, but Karlan Ahearne-Grant netted a brace to give the Addicks all three points.

Bristol Rovers ended a run of five matches without a win with a 3-1 home victory over Coventry City. All three Gas goals came inside the first 25 minutes.

Lincoln City retained their three point advantage at the top of the division in dramatic style. The Imps needed a late winner from skipper Jason Shackell to complete their 2-1 win after being a goal down.

Exeter City and Newport County remain their closest challengers too. The Grecians were 3-1 winners at home over Cheltenham Town, while Newport recovered from heavy defeat last week with a 1-0 victory away at Tranmere.

Just three points separate fourth and 15th in League Two. Colchester United and Carlisle United sit fourth and fifth. The former drew 3-3 away at Oldham after leading 3-1. Sam Surridge netted his second brace in as many weeks for the Latics. The Cumbrians won 1-0 away at Bury despite being reduced to 10 men.

Forest Green Rovers' unbeaten start to the season continued with a 1-0 triumph at the New Lawn over Crawley Town. Mark Cooper's side are unbeaten in all competitions - a run of 12 games.

Yeovil Town made headlines last weekend with their 6-0 demolition of Newport County, but they couldn't back it up on Matchday 9. The Gloves hosted Swindon Town and were beaten 3-0.

At the bottom, Notts County moved about Macclesfield Town with a goalless draw at Sixfields against Northampton Town. The Silkman now prop up the division after falling to a 2-1 defeat at Morecambe.

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