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Matchday 27: Review

5 January 2019

With it being the FA Cup Third Round, Sky Bet League One and Sky Bet League Two took centre stage on EFL Matchday 27.

And what a day it was for Burton, as Marcus Harness fired in a hat-trick as Albion eased to a 4-0 victory against Rochdale.

Harness had only netted once for the club before the trip to Rochdale. The Burton academy product also had a hand in the other goal, teeing up Liam Boyce for his goal. 

In the big match at The Valley Reece James' second-half own goal cancelled Luke O'Nien's early opener as Charlton came from behind to draw 1-1 with Sunderland.

The Black Cats did make the perfect start. James' second-minute cross picked out O'Nien at the back post and he volleyed past Dillon Phillips.

Meanwhile at Glanford Park, Scunthorpe scored twice in seven second-half minutes to secure a 2-1 victory over Coventry City and climb out of the League One relegation zone.

Bury moved up in to the Sky Bet League Two automatic promotion places as Nicky Maynard scored his 10th League Two goal of the season to secure all three points at struggling Yeovil.

Maynard's first-half winner came when Jay O'Shea collected the ball on the edge of the box and found Will Aimson before his low cross was flicked in by the striker.

The biggest goal-fest of the day came at Colchester, as Harry Pell's penalty rescued a point for United in a 3-3 draw with Notts County.

Colchester took an eighth-minute lead through Sammie Szmodics. 

Jon Stead then scored a 16th-minute equaliser for Notts County before three minutes later Dan Jones put the Magpies ahead.

Things got even better for County after 32 minutes when Kristian Dennis fired home.

The hosts pulled a goal back in first-half stoppage-time through Mikael Mandron.

Pell then salvaged a point for Colchester from the penalty spot in the 67th minute.

Carlisle United ended 10-man Mansfield's 17-game unbeaten run with a 3-2 win in their first match since John Sheridan's resignation.

An injury-time penalty from Chris Porter gave Crewe a share of the points at Morecambe.

Goals from David Amoo and Jevani Brown saw Cambridge earn a 2-0 win against Stevenage.

And Ollie Palmer scored the only goal as Crawley beat Cheltenham to begin the year with two successive wins.


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