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The weekend's big results

12 December 2020

It was a fantastic weekend of football in the EFL, with all 72 Clubs in action on Saturday.

Below, we've picked out just a handful of the biggest results, division by division...


Cardiff City 0-2 Swansea City

All eyes were on the early kick-off on Saturday, as Swansea City made the short trip to rivals Cardiff City, and the visitors made sure they wouldn't be going home empty-handed. Ultimately, a goal in either half from Jamal Lowe settled the contest against in-form Cardiff, who had Joe Ralls sent off after the break, securing a result which temporarily moved Swansea into the top two.

AFC Bournemouth 5-0 Huddersfield Town

AFC Bournemouth were Saturday's big winners in the Sky Bet Championship, putting in a five-star display to record a comfortable victory over Huddersfield Town on the south coast. Dominic Solanke scored twice and set up another as the Cherries went in 3-0 up at the break, and they picked up where they left off after half-time to ensure they remain hot on the heels of leaders Norwich City. 

Luton Town 3-0 Preston North End

Preston North End had taken a league-high 16 points away from home ahead of their trip to Luton Town, but the hosts set about making sure the Lilywhites didn't add to that tally in some style. Striker James Collins scored all three goals to condemn Alex Neil's side to defeat, and move Luton up to 11th in the table. With things as close as ever, the Hatters are now just five points off the Play-Offs.


Hull City 0-1 Shrewsbury Town

Arguably the biggest surprise of the weekend came at the KCOM Stadium, as league leaders Hull City suffered a 1-0 defeat to struggling Shrewsbury Town. It was Charlie Daniels' effort after 27 minutes that separated the sides and gave the visitors a first win in 11 league games, one which moves them to within two points of safety. Hull remain top, but it's getting closer and closer at both ends.

Lincoln City 0-4 Sunderland AFC

Sunderland AFC recorded a first win under new manager Lee Johnson on Saturday, and in some style too, putting four goals past high-flying Lincoln City on their travels. While the Black Cats were impressive in front of goal, they also restricted the hosts to just a single shot on target, something Sunderland fans will hope is a sign of things to come as they look to reignite their promotion push. 

Wigan Athletic 4-3 Accrington Stanley

A real rollercoaster of a game, but Wigan Athletic will only be interested in the result, as they claimed three important points on home soil in their first-ever league meeting with Accrington Stanley. The Latics took a 3-0 lead into the break after finding the net three times within the opening 32 minutes, but the visitors fought back after the break. Wigan scored a fourth and, despite another Stanley reply, claimed the victory to move off the bottom.


Carlisle United 4-0 Stevenage

Carlisle United continued their push for automatic promotion by seeing off 10-man Stevenage 4-0, in what is their biggest home win of the season so far. The Cumbrians were firmly in control just after the half-hour mark, having taken a three-goal lead, and completed the victory on 73 minutes through Joe Riley. It leaves Carlisle four points off the top of the table.

Exeter City 5-0 Tranmere Rovers

It was another fantastic day at the office for Exeter City and Ryan Bowman, who scored a second consecutive home hat-trick as the Grecians beat Tranmere Rovers. Goal difference could well prove crucial this season, and Exeter are now just two points off the automatic promotion spots with the best goal difference in the division. Tranmere sit 12th, and just three points off the Play-Offs.

Leyton Orient 2-1 Newport County

Leyton Orient inflicted a first defeat in six league matches on top-of-the-table Newport County to move into the Play-Off places. They had to do it the hard way, too, coming from behind with goals from Danny Johnson and James Brophy to take all three points in the capital. It's a result which means County's lead at the top is just three points following the weekend action.

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