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Matchday 28: Review

There were some magnificent results up and down the country, here's our review of matchday 28.

13 January 2019

Leeds United strengthened their grip on top spot in the Sky Bet Championship with a 2-0 win over Derby County at Elland Road on Friday night, goals from Kemar Roofe and Jack Harrison giving Marcelo Bielsa’s side a pivotal three points.

Norwich City dropped out of the automatic promotion places as they could only draw with West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns. That left the door open for Sheffield United who duly took the offer to overtake them into second place with a 1-0 win over Queens Park Rangers.

Tony Pulis’ Middlesbrough kept hold of fifth position with a 2-1 win over Birmingham City, meanwhile Bristol City came from a goal down against Bolton Wanderers to win 2-1, and put themselves within two points of the Play-Offs.

Hull City made it six wins in a row in the Championship with an impressive 3-0 victory over Sheffield Wednesday, two goals from December’s Player of the Month, Jarrod Bowen, set the Tigers well on their way to another three points.

It was not to be the dream start that Nathan Jones would have wanted, as his Stoke City side were beaten 3-1 by Brentford at Griffin Park, Wigan Athletic also scored three at home, they recorded a dominant win over Aston Villa.

There were vital wins for Ipswich Town and Reading, with Royals manager Jose Gomes getting his first win since being appointed in December 2018, Preston North End and Swansea City had to share the points as they drew 1-1 at Deepdale.

The late game in the Championship saw Blackburn Rovers travel to Millwall looking to lift themselves up to 14th in the league standings, and that is exactly what they did, a goal apiece from Joe Nuttall and Adam Armstrong gave the Lancashire outfit a 2-0 win at The Den. 

There was a dramatic fight-back at Adams Park as Wycombe Wanderers came from 2-0 down to win 3-2 in the dying moments of the second-half.

Two goals from Paris Cowan-Hall and one from Curtis Thompson saw them walk away with the three points, after strikes from John Marquis and Tommy Rowe initially saw Doncaster Rovers hold the lead after 70 minutes.

There were another two five-goal thrillers in Sky Bet League One, the first coming at the Pirelli Stadium as Gillingham saw off Burton Albion, and Plymouth Argyle managed to escape with all three points at Roots Hall, where Southend United nearly nicked a point after being three-nil down.

Barnsley and Charlton Athletic are matching each other stride for stride in the league standings, both sides ran out 3-0 victors over Bradford City and Shrewsbury Town respectively.

League leaders Portsmouth suffered a surprise 1-0 defeat at home to Blackpool, striker Chris Long scored six minutes into his debut to move the Tangerines to ninth in the League One standings.

The afternoon’s big game saw managerless Luton Town walk away from the Stadium of Light with a point after holding Sunderland to a 1-1 draw, Coventry City and bottom side AFC Wimbledon also had to share the points.

Steve Evans’ Peterborough United got back to winning ways with a 2-1 victory over Rochdale at the ABAX Stadium; elsewhere, Oxford United battled back from two goals down to claim a priceless point at Fleetwood Town, as they continue their fight against relegation.

Scunthorpe United lifted themselves to 15th in the table after defeating Walsall by two goals to one, they are on a four-match winning run in League One, the longest ongoing streak in the league.

There was only one goalless game in the division, that came at the Wham Stadium, between Accrington Stanley and Bristol Rovers. 

There’s only one place to start in Sky Bet League Two and that is at Gigg Lane, a top-of-the-table clash saw a thriller unfold in Greater Manchester as Bury came back from 3-1 down to win in dramatic fashion against MK Dons.

Dominic Telford, Danny Mayor and Nicky Adams will be Shakers heroes for the day after notching to secure a priceless win, which saw them leapfrog their opponents into second place.

Crewe Alexandra also left it late to secure all three points as they ran out 3-2 winners over Newport County, Colchester United and Northampton Town also scored three with no reply against Port Vale and Carlisle United respectively.

Down the bottom of the table there were big wins for Macclesfield Town, Cambridge United and Yeovil Town as they all continue their fight against relegation from the division.

Top-of-the-table Lincoln City had an afternoon to forget as they had two men sent off in their 2-2 draw at Swindon Town, the Imps also led two-nil in the game before a double from Michael Doughty stole a point away from Danny Cowley’s side.

Tranmere Rovers added another three points to their Play-Off push as they saw off Cheltenham Town by three goals to one; elsewhere, Stevenage were 2-1 winners against Crawley Town at the Lamex Stadium.

Exeter City and Morecambe, and Oldham Athletic and Forest Green Rovers, had a quiet day as their games finished in a goalless draw. 

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