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

13 January 2020

Another interesting weekend of football across the EFL, we've rounded up the five biggest stories you may have missed!

1. Derby day delight (for some) in the Sky Bet Championship

There were five derbies in the Sky Bet Championship this weekend, starting at Griffin Park in the final West London derby to be held at the Stadium, and it was a game to remember for the Bees.

A goal apiece for the newly-named BMW (Benrahma, Mbeumo and Watkins) guided Brentford to a 3-1 win over Queens Park Rangers. Elsewhere, Leeds United were stunned at home to a solid Sheffield Wednesday side, a game-changing appearance from Atdhe Nuhiu the highlight of the game.

A must needed three-points came for Barnsley at Oakwell as they saw off Huddersfield Town; the Tykes have had a new lease of life since the arrival of Gerhard Struber.

There were draws in the Lancashire derby as Blackburn Rovers and Preston North End netted a goal each, and in the lunchtime kick-off on Sunday, as nothing could separate Cardiff City and Swansea City in the South Wales derby.

2. Millers go top of Sky Bet League One

The end of the last decade and the start of the new one has been good for Rotherham United; the South Yorkshire outfit have gone from strength-to-strength in league action and now find themselves top of the tree in Sky Bet League One. 

Taking advantage of Wycombe Wanderers’ 4-0 loss to Sunderland AFC on Saturday with a 3-1 win of their own away at Oxford United, Paul Warne has got his side into prime position for an immediate return to the Championship.

3. Dale over the Hill

Saturday’s game at the Crown Oil Arena saw old gaffer Keith Hill return to the ground where he spent 16 years as a player and manager during his illustrious time in football.

A lovely piece of play from 17-year-old Luke Matheson saw him hammer home a right-footed half-volley before Jimmy Ryan’s effort in the second half helped see off a resilient Bolton Wanderers outfit.

4. Seven-goal thriller at the One Call Stadium

Being 2-0 down late into the first half, Forest Green Rovers fans were probably wishing that they had not have made the two-and-a-half-hour journey north, but a goal on the stroke of half-time from Farrend Rawson gave them hope.

That hope would turn into elation in 45 second-half minutes; the Rovers scored three goals including a 96th-minute winner, this coming after Mansfield Town’s Nicky Maynard scored a 91st-minute leveller.

But it was 22-year-old Aaron Collins who would have the final say on proceedings, popping up to make that long journey up north a memorable one for the travelling fans.

5. No Doyle, no problem for Swindon Town

After the news that Eoin Doyle would be returning to parent club Bradford City ahead of Swindon’s top-of-the-table clash with Crewe Alexandra, there was a mini-panic in the Robins’ fan camp.

But come 5pm on Saturday evening, that panic was nowhere to be seen as Richie Wellens’ side carded their 16th win of the season with an impressive 3-1 victory over the Railwaymen at the County Ground.

The Robins are nine points clear of the last first Play-Off spot in Sky Bet League Two - they have only lost seven games throughout the whole season.  

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