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Five things you may have missed from the weekend's action

16 December 2019

There were thrills and spills across the EFL's three divisions at the weekend! Here are just a few of the big results and stories you may have missed...

1. Super sub fires West Bromwich Albion back to top spot

Charlie Austin is in red-hot form at the moment. 

He came off the bench to score two in the West Midlands derby at Birmingham City, a result which in the end fired the Baggies back to the top of the Sky Bet Championship. 

The striker has now scored in five consecutive league games (6 goals in total) for the first time since October 2012 – when scoring in seven consecutive Championship games for Burnley (13 goals in total).

 

2. Remember Jordan Rhodes?

Before Nottingham Forest v Sheffield Wednesday, Lewis Grabban or Steven Fletcher were the strikers expected to grab the headlines. 

Step up, Jordan Rhodes. The former Blackburn Rovers and Huddersfield Town goal machine, who went out on loan to Norwich City in their promotion winning campaign last season, scored a perfect hat-trick - all inside 37 minutes!

 

It was his first EFL hat-trick since March 2014 for Blackburn against Huddersfield.

Before the game he had not scored in his last 17 league games!

3. No stopping Wanderers?

Wycombe Wanderers have been relentless so far this season. 

They began the campaign with one of the lowest playing budgets in the division.

But they've now amassed 43 points after 20 games and are seven points clear of second-place Ipswich Town. In fact it's the most points they have ever earned after 20 games in an EFL season.

4. Eoin Doyle continues to shine

Winning both Manager and Player of the Month sometimes can sometimes be cursed going in to the following game. 

Not for Swindon Town's Richie Wellens and Eoin Doyle. 

Thanks to a 2-0 win at Oldham the Robins have now won seven straight matches in Sky Bet League Two. 

That form has been largely down to the form of Doyle. The on-loan striker from Bradford City has now scored in nine consecutive league games. He has also scored 12 goals since the start of October, more than any other player in the top four tiers of English Football.

5. Draws the most familiar scores

Sky Bet League Two on Saturday saw eight of the 12 games ending all square.

There have never been more draws on a single day in the fourth tier, with 16 sides also sharing the spoils in August 2005 and October 2007.

They do say Christmas is a time for sharing.

 

 


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