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Five stories from the weekend's action

6 December 2020

During a weekend that featured endless drama in the Sky Bet Championship, League One and League Two, there were plenty of talking points in the EFL once again.

Rainbow Laces

As part of the EFL’s ‘Not Today or Any Day’ anti-discrimination campaign, EFL Clubs across the country united in their support of LGBT inclusivity to raise awareness of Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces campaign this weekend

Rainbow corner flags and substitution boards were used by Clubs at their selected fixture to highlight their continued support for LGBT fans, players and staff across the game. Rainbow captain’s armbands and laces were also used by players.

Clubs also highlighted the important work they do within this area to continue to provide an inclusive and welcoming environment for all.

 

Nine goal thriller in favour of Port Vale against bogey team Bolton

Bolton were looking to extend their five match winning streak – and against a team that had lost their last five, it’s fair to say they were strong favourites.

Looking at the history books also looked like the odds of a win were stacked in Wanderers favour. They had lost just once in 32 games against the visitors.

But few could have predicted what happened next, as Port Vale racked up six goals in 62 minutes, eventually securing a 6-3 win.

In fact, it was the Trotters’ heaviest ever defeat at the University of Bolton Stadium. Some way to end a baron run for the Valiants.

Battle of the Sky Bet Championship’s top marksmen

The first 2000 Brentford fans to watch a game at their new stadium witnessed a cracker.

Much of the build-up centred on the match-up between the Championship's top scorers Adam Armstrong and Ivan Toney who had racked up 27 goals between them prior to kick-off.

Toney was the only one to get on the scoresheet from the penalty spot - a goal which drew him level with Armstrong.

But the 10 men of Blackburn had the last laugh as Jacob Davenport rescued a point three minutes from time, as the match ended two apiece.

 

Johnson jumps in to Sunderland job

Just hours before their match against Wigan Athletic, Sunderland announced they appointed their new manager.

Former Bristol City boss Lee Johnson stepped straight in to the deep-end and was in the dug-out for the Black Cats match against the Latics.

But it wasn’t the dream start he would have been hoping for. A 1-0 defeat seeing Sunderland slump to ninth and extend their winless run to seven games.

 

Norwich leave it late again!

When Josh Windass put Sheffield Wednesday in front on the hour mark at Carrow Road, it looked as if the 2000 home fans seeing their side for the first time in nine months would also see their side knocked off top spot.

But the Canaries turned the match around in the last 10 minutes, with teenage substitute Josh Martin grabbing his first senior goal before full-back Max Aarons fired in the winner.

It was Aarons first goal for almost two years and a result which ensured they stayed a point clear of both Bournemouth and Reading, who both recorded convincing victories on Friday night and Saturday lunchtime respectively.


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