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Five things you may have missed from the weekend's action

24 February 2020

Another explosive and entertaining matchday across the EFL comes to an end, but here are five things you may have missed from the weekend!

1. Rooney marks his 500th appearance in English football in style

Derby County’s 1-1 draw with Fulham may not have been the most memorable of games, but it was a night to remember for Wayne Rooney as he scored a stunning Panenka penalty to give the Rams the lead in the game.

The former Manchester United and England striker has had a stellar career in the game which has seen him win some of the most sought-after trophies in the game, such as the Premier League and the UEFA Champions League.

Clive Tyldesley once said ‘remember the name, Wayne Rooney’, and it is certainly a name the English game will never forget.


2. 10-men West Bromwich Albion sink promotion-chasing Bristol City

At this stage of the season, any team chasing promotion will tell you that you have to make every game count, and that’s exactly what Slaven Bilic’s side have continued to do since the turn of the new year.

Despite a few shaky performances, West Brom have been firing on all cylinders and picked another three points up at the weekend, following an impressive 3-0 victory against Bristol City at Ashton Gate.

A brace from Hal Robson-Kanu, his first since March 2016, and a goal from Callum Robinson made sure that the Baggies would end the day where they started, top of the Sky Bet Championship.


3. Barton’s boys march on

There is always one team that makes a late burst for the Play-Offs and that team seems to be Fleetwood Town in Sky Bet League One. The Cod Army made it five wins out of five in the league with a 1-0 win over high-flying Portsmouth.

Pompey came into the game on a high after securing their place in this season’s Trophy Final, but were brought straight back down to earth by a hard-working Joey Barton outfit.

A Callum Connolly header made it back-to-back goals for the on-loan Everton defender for the first time since 2017, but more importantly wrapped all three points, and in-turn taking the Cod Army into that final Play-Off spot.


4. MK go from strength to strength on home soil

It was in this game back in November that MK Dons boss Russell Martin made his managerial debut in league action as Bolton Wanderers nicked a 1-0 win in the dying minutes of the game at the University of Bolton Stadium.

The Dons were in the relegation zone and going nowhere fast, but roll on three months and it has been an unbelievable turnaround.

Martin’s side are now 13 points clear of the drop and sitting pretty in 18th spot; they got their revenge on the Trotters with their own 1-0 win in the reverse fixture, making it six wins from seven at Stadium MK.


5. Robins can’t stop scoring

Richie Wellens' Swindon Town outfit have been outstanding this season and as such find themselves in top spot in Sky Bet League Two, powered forward by a consistent stream of goals from Eoin Doyle and Jerry Yates.

The Robins were on top form again at the weekend, securing a 3-1 win over Grimsby Town at the County Ground.

Since 1 December 2019, Swindon Town have scored 18 league goals in home matches – more than any other across England’s top four tiers. And things only seem to be heading in one direction.

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