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Sky Bet Championship: five things you may have missed

The Sky Bet Championship took centre stage at the weekend...

11 November 2019

With Sky Bet League One and League Two Clubs participating in the FA Cup First Round, it was left to the Sky Bet Championship to provide the weekend's drama and, as usual, it delivered.

From the City Ground in Saturday's early kick-off to the Cardiff City Stadium on Sunday afternoon, there was plenty to digest as the thrills and spills continued. 

Here are just five stories you may have missed from the weekend's action...

1. A weekend to remember

Across the country, EFL Clubs, players and fans continued to pay their respects to the sacrifices made by the Armed Forces community, with a range of tributes throughout the weekend. From the DW Stadium to Loftus Road, Clubs undertook a period of activity before their respective fixtures to mark Armistice Day on Monday 11 November, with many auctioning worn matchday shirts for the Royal British Legion. By visiting @EFL on Twitter, you can see some of the matchday activity that has taken place.

2. The perfect birthday present...

Nottingham Forest manager Sabri Lamouchi celebrated his 48th birthday in style on Saturday, as his side claimed three big points and the local bragging rights with victory over rivals Derby County at the City Ground. Ultimately, the icing on the cake was a second-half strike from Lewis Grabban, who's now scored 80 goals in the Sky Bet Championship since the start of the 2013/14 season. Forest's promotion charge is well and truly alive.

3. The O'Neill effect

Stoke City's new manager, Michael O'Neill, couldn't have wished for a better start to life as Potters boss at the weekend. Four goals and three points away from home represented an excellent afternoon for the Staffordshire side, who saw off Barnsley 4-2 at Oakwell to leapfrog their opponents in the standings. It means Stoke are now just three points from safety, and they'll be hoping this is the start of a positive run of results.

4. Late drama up and down the country

Millwall left it very, very late to secure victory over London rivals Charlton Athletic on Saturday afternoon, sealing maximum points in second-half injury time, thanks to Matt Smith's header. Meanwhile, at Hillsborough, Sheffield Wednesday scored two late goals and looked to be heading for a win against Swansea City, only for Ben Wilmot to pop up with a 94th-minute equaliser. Overall, 33 goals were scored across 11 games on Saturday alone!

5. The Baggies win yet again

West Bromwich Albion came through a potentially tricky test at Hull City to remain top of the table, with Jake Livermore's strike proving to be the difference as the Baggies moved onto 33 points with 16 games played. It also means they're still the only Championship side yet to lose on a Saturday this season (P11, W7, D4, L0). The tough fixtures will continue, with Sheffield Wednesday, Bristol City, Preston North End and Swansea City on the way in the coming weeks.


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