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EFL matchday review: 8-10 March

11 March 2019

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

Norwich City 1-0 Swansea City

Playing earlier than your title rivals can sometimes bare heavy on questionable mentalities, but that cannot be said for the impressive Canaries on Friday night.

Daniel Farke’s side came away with all three points thanks to a stunning strike from Emiliano Buendia, who’s now been directly involved in eight goals in his last nine Championship appearances.

Sheffield United 2-0 Rotherham United 

Chris Wilder’s Blades knew they had to win to keep the pressure on league leaders Norwich, and did so with a 2-0 victory over Yorkshire rivals Rotherham United.

Two tidy finishes from Jack O’Connell and Mark Duffy respectively, temporarily gave United second place before Leeds United had a chance to respond.

Bristol City 0-1 Leeds United 

And respond is what the Whites did, a 9th-minute strike from Patrick Bamford - the striker’s fourth in five games - was enough to seal all three points.

With Bristol City dropping points at home, they opened the door for Derby County to regain the final Play-Off spot in the Championship. Lee Johnson’s side are now winless in their last four league games.

Blackburn Rovers 0-1 Preston North End

Derby day in Lancashire belonged to Preston North End after Daniel Johnson’s first-half strike.

With that win, the Lilywhites’ boss Alex Neil maintained his 100 per cent managerial winning record over Rovers, having won all four games he’s managed against them.

Reading 3-2 Wigan Athletic

Reading clinched three points in dramatic style at the Madejski Stadium. Heading into the 88th minute of the game, the Royals were 2-1 down to the Latics.

Fast forward nine minutes, and it was fever pitch; goals from Mo Barrow and Yakou Meite sent Jose Gomes’ side three points clear of the relegation zone.

Bolton Wanderers 2-1 Millwall

The Trotters boosted their survival hopes with an important win over Millwall at the University of Bolton Stadium, their first home win of 2019.

Times are tough for the Lions, however, who find themselves only one point outside of the drop zone. They will be thankful that Rotherham United did not pick up any points up on the road.

Barnsley 2-0 Accrington Stanley

Daniel Stendel’s Barnsley side strengthened their hold on second place in Sky Bet League One with a clinical 2-0 victory over Accrington Stanley at Oakwell.

The Tykes remain 22 games unbeaten on home soil in the league, truly highlighting the wonderful job the German has done since his arrival in the summer.

Charlton Athletic 2-1 Portsmouth 

The late game in League One came at The Valley in front of the Sky Sports cameras, and saw the Addicks pick up their third win a row against Pompey - the first time they have won three in a row since October 1999.

Goals from Joe Aribo and Lyle Taylor either side of Ronan Curtis’ header, saw the hosts record a huge win over the Checkatrade Trophy finalists.

Wycombe Wanderers 1-1 Sunderland 

The other Checkatrade Trophy finalist, Sunderland, will either see this as a point gained or two points dropped.

A last-gasp goal from Duncan Watmore set fireworks off at Adams Park in more ways than one, with three players being shown a red card in the final moments of the game.

Black Cats defender Tom Flanagan is yet to end on the losing side in League One, playing 24 games without defeat.

AFC Wimbledon 2-0 Doncaster Rovers

A huge result at the bottom of League One came at the Cherry Red Records Stadium, as AFC Wimbledon recorded their second win in as many home games against Doncaster Rovers.

A goal apiece for Steve Seddon and Shane McLoughlin gave Wally Downes’ side a fighting chance of surviving relegation from League One.

Bradford City 3-1 Peterborough United 

Gary Bowyer tasted victory in his first game as Bradford City manager, as his side romped to a 3-1 win over Peterborough United at Valley Parade.

Three goals in 18 second-half minutes compounded more misery on Posh boss Darren Ferguson, who has ended up on the losing side on five of his last six league trips to Bradford.

Rochdale 2-1 Shrewsbury Town

Rochdale got their first win since parting ways with former boss Keith Hill earlier on in the month.

Goals from Kgosi Ntlhe and Jim McNulty were enough to hand the Dale all three points despite a late consolation from Salop’s Greg Docherty.

Lincoln City 1-0 Yeovil Town

The Imps kicked off the Sky Bet League Two action with a solid 1-0 win over struggling Yeovil Town at Sincil Bank.

Mark O’Hara’s 69th-minute strike was enough to claim all three points and extend Lincoln’s impressive unbeaten run in League Two.

Stevenage 0-1 Bury

As wins go, they don’t get more dramatic than a 95th-minute goal away from home.

Nicky Maynard became Bury’s hero with that late strike, which kept the pressure on league leaders Lincoln City.

Macclesfield Town 1-3 MK Dons 

Travelling to one of the teams in the relegation zone can often be a difficult task for any team. Despite being a goal down early on, the Dons turned it around to win 3-1 at Moss Rose.

Goals from David Wheeler, Callum Brittain and Kieran Agard sent Paul Tisdale’s side back into the third automatic promotion place at the expense of Mansfield Town.

Port Vale 2-1 Mansfield Town

It was a day to remember for Port Vale manager John Askey as he got his first win as Valiants boss since joining the club back in February

Ricky Miller scored his first brace in English football, while a vital penalty miss from Nicky Ajose in the opening half of the game came back to haunt the Stags at full-time.

Morecambe 3-0 Forest Green Rovers

A 3-0 victory for Morecambe came as a much-welcomed result to ease worries of relegation from Sky Bet League Two.

The Shrimps are now eight points clear of the drop zone after an impressive performance against promotion-chasing Forest Green Rovers at the Globe Arena.

Cheltenham Town 4-1 Notts County

Notts County suffered a real blow to their survival hopes, with this heavy away defeat keeping them rooted to the foot of the table.

A rampant Cheltenham Town did not give the Magpies a moment’s rest at Whaddon Road, as they ran out comfortable 4-1 winners.


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