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EFL matchday review: 6-7 April

7 April 2019

Another weekend of fantastic football is over! Let's take a look at a few of the key results across the Sky Bet Championship, League One and League Two...

Norwich City 4-0 Queens Park Rangers

In Saturday's early kick-off, league leaders Norwich lay down a marker. Four goals and three points meant it was job done for the Canaries, and the result put pressure back on chasers Leeds United and Sheffield United.

Teemu Pukki continued his fine form, scoring twice, before picking up the Sky Bet Championship Player of the Season Award at the 2019 EFL Awards on Sunday evening. Daniel Farke's side are getting closer and closer to automatic promotion to the Premier League.

Birmingham City 1-0 Leeds United

As mentioned, the pressure was on for Leeds against a Birmingham side who have struggled of late, but it was the hosts who came out on top at St Andrew's, thanks to a goal from Blues' star striker Che Adams, who was among the nominees for Sky Bet Championship Player of the Season.

With Sheffield United winning by the same scoreline at Preston North End, it means Leeds now sit third in the standings, but there's certainly a long way to go yet.

Rotherham United 2-1 Nottingham Forest 

Rotherham picked up a much-needed three points on Saturday, seeing off Nottingham Forest to keep their hopes of survival alive. Michael Ihiekwe's second-half header proved decisive, earning the Millers their first victory over Forest in 23 attempts.

The result is damaging to Forest's hopes of securing a Play-Off place, especially with Derby County, Bristol City and Aston Villa all picking up points in their weekend matches.

Millwall 2-0 West Bromwich Albion

It was a similar story at The Den, as Millwall secured a vital win in their battle to avoid the drop, and in turn denting West Brom's hopes of automatic promotion. 

Ryan Tunnicliffe's first-half effort and an own goal from Albion defender Ahmed Hegazi ultimately earned the hosts maximum points - the result means they have moved up to 20th in the table, one point clear of the relegation zone.

Rochdale 1-2 Sunderland

After the disappointment of their Checkatrade Trophy Final defeat last weekend, Sunderland were keen to make sure it wasn’t back-to-back losses.

Thankfully for them, George Honeyman’s 89th-minute winner sent the Black Cats back up to the North East with three points.

Bradford City 0-1 Doncaster Rovers

Another big result on the road for Grant McCann’s side, who continue to hold onto that last Play-Off spot in Sky Bet League One.

Mallik Wilks’ 16th goal in all competitions gave Rovers the win, but things are not looking good for Gary Bowyer’s Bantams, who remain bottom.

Burton Albion 3-1 Barnsley

One of the most surprising results of the weekend in League One came at the Pirelli Stadium, as Burton Albion produced a wonderful performance against automatic promotion hopefuls Barnsley.

Goals from Jamie Allen, Liam Boyce and Marcus Harness lifted the Brewers to 10th in the table. 

Wycombe Wanderers 2-3 Portsmouth

A goal-fest at Adams Park saw the visitors walk away with three important points, which sets up the battle for the automatic promotion places quite nicely.

A double from Brett Pitman, alongside one from Jamal Lowe, helped keep the pressure on Sunderland and Barnsley above them.


MK Dons 0-2 Lincoln City

Lincoln City took an incredible 5,556 fans to Stadium MK on Saturday, hoping to see their team move ever closer to the Sky Bet League Two title.

A goal apiece from John Akinde and Bruno Andrade gave the Imps a memorable victory on the road.

Carlisle United 3-2 Bury

Bury’s form has dipped a little of late and Saturday’s 3-2 defeat to Carlisle United has not helped in their hunt for an automatic promotion spot.

The Shakers dropped out of the reckoning and have been overtaken by Mansfield Town. It’s five cup finals ahead for Ryan Lowe’s side now. 

Mansfield Town 1-0 Cambridge United

A solid 1-0 victory over Cambridge United saw the Stags return to the automatic promotion places in Sky Bet League Two.

With five games to go, David Flitcroft will be keen to ensure that his side do not slip up on the road to promotion.

Swindon Town 1-1 Yeovil Town

A 91st-minute equaliser from Adel Gafaiti prevented Yeovil Town from slipping into the relegation zone in Sky Bet League Two at the weekend.

It’s getting hot at the bottom as Macclesfield Town, Notts County and the Glovers battle it out for League Two survival.


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