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EFL action: five things you may have missed

4 January 2020

With games taking place across Sky Bet League One, Sky Bet League Two and the Trophy, there were plenty of talking points to come out of the weekend's action.

Here are just a few things you may have missed...

1. Three goals and three points for Sunderland AFC

The only fixture in Sky Bet League One this weekend came from the Stadium of Light, where Sunderland picked up a vital victory at the expense of Lincoln City to move back to within a point of the Play-Off places. The Black Cats raced into a 3-0 half-time lead, with Lynden Gooch netting a brace, and it proved too difficult a mountain to climb for the away side, who did get on the scoresheet in the second half. Can Sunderland avenge last year's Play-Off Final defeat?

2. Late, late drama in the Trophy

Round Three of the Trophy officially got under way on Saturday afternoon as Ipswich Town, backed by a sold-out away support, travelled to League Two side Exeter City. There was to be a cup upset on the cards, as well as some last-gasp drama, as the hosts scored a 93rd-minute winner through Lee Martin to win the game 2-1 and put their name in the hat for the Quarter-Final draw. Can they make it all the way to Wembley?

3. A good day for the chasing pack

Swindon Town still sit top of League Two after Saturday's action, but they'll be aware that the sides behind them are going strong. They were held to a 1-1 draw by fellow promotion chasers Bradford City at the weekend, while Cheltenham Town and Plymouth Argyle both found the net three times to claim maximum points against Oldham Athletic and Scunthorpe United respectively. Which sides will secure an automatic promotion spot come the end of the campaign?

4. Ollie's at the wheel

Ian Holloway's fantastic start as Grimsby Town manager continued on Saturday, as the Mariners secured a 1-0 victory at Mansfield Town, despite having 10 men for 80 mins of the game. It's their first away win in eight matches, a run dating back to September 2019, and one which keeps them moving in the right direction. Can they make a charge up the table in the second half of the season?

5. Remembering Chris Barker

Following the tragic news of the passing of Forest Green Rovers Academy coach, Chris Barker, there was a minute's applause before the club's League Two fixture at Crawley Town, while players wore black armbands in his memory. Barker made a significant contribution to several EFL Clubs during a long and successful career and will be fondly remembered throughout the League.


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