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Five big stories from the weekend's action

Catch up on the latest from the EFL's three divisions, following another round of fantastic fixtures...

9 February 2020

All eyes were on the EFL at the weekend, and the latest round of fixtures produced countless memorable moments and stories. We've whittled them down to just five.

Here are a few of the things you may have missed...


1. Thumbs up for Heads Up!

The weekend saw Clubs up and down the country unite in support of the #HeadsUp campaign, to kick off the biggest-ever conversation around mental health. Spearheaded by HRH The Duke of Cambridge, the season-long campaign aims to harness the influence and popularity of football to normalise the conversation around mental health, working closely with charity partners Mind, CALM and Sporting Chance. EFL Clubs featured Heads Up branding across stadiums, programmes and player kit and showcased the work they do to improve mental health in their communities.

2. Promotion race blown wide open

Saturday's late kick-off brought about a result which really put the cat among the pigeons. Having been named Janaury's Manager of the Month just 24 hours before, Sabri Lamouchi guided Nottingham Forest to a 2-0 victory over Leeds United, one which has closed the gap between the sides to just a single point. It's now just one defeat in eight for Forest, and this is historically a great time to hit this kind of form. Next up for Forest are Charlton Athletic, before they face West Bromwich Albion.

3. The Golden Boot battle rumbles on...

There were some huge results in the Sky Bet Championship at the weekend. Going into the latest round of fixtures, Fulham's Aleksandar Mitrović and Brentford's Ollie Watkins were level on 19 goals apiece at the top of the division's scoring charts, and both were the heroes for their respective Clubs once again on Saturday. Mitrović's second-half effort proved enough to see off Blackburn Rovers, while Watkins scored three minutes from time as the Bees beat Middlesbrough 3-2 at Griffin Park. Both remain firmly in promotion contention.

4. ... as does the promotion race in League One!

Sky Bet League One is promising to deliver yet another thrilling promotion race this season. At the start of play, Ipswich Town were just two points adrift of the automatic promotion spots but, following a defeat at fellow promotion hopefuls Sunderland AFC, found themselves outside of the Play-Off places by 5pm. Things are changing week by week but, with Rotherham United, Wycombe Wanderers, Peterborough United, Coventry City and Portsmouth (their ninth victory in a row) all winning, it may well be a case of who blinks first.

5. Holloway spoils McCall's homecoming party

The big news during the week was that Stuart McCall is back at Bradford City once again, looking to get their promotion hunt back on track. Things were going to plan in his first match back in charge, at least until the 92nd minute, when Luke Hendrie popped up to score an equaliser and send the 2,545 travelling fans home with a smile. It's a point which leaves Bradford outside of the Play-Offs on goal difference, and Grimsby five off the top half.

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