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EFL Action: Five things you may have missed

27 January 2020

With just one Sky Bet Championship fixture taking place, League One and Two took centre stage this weekend and it didn't disappoint! Here are five things you may have missed from the weekend action.

1. Three points for ten-man Macclesfield
 
Macclesfield Town registered an important three points against Play-Off hopefuls Forest Green Rovers, in a game that saw a penalty save, a red card and a goal of the season contender at Moss Rose. 
 
With just two losses in their last 12 away league games, Forest Green went into this one favourites and the Silkmen found themselves 1-0 down inside 20 minutes as Carl Winchester found the net from 25 yards for the visitors. Mark Cooper’s side had the perfect chance to double their lead early in the second-half but Josh March saw his penalty saved by goalkeeper Jonathan Mitchell. Having pulled back level through Joe Ironside, things didn't look good for Macclesfield with Corey O’Keeffe bringing down March as he was clear through on goal, but a moment of magic stunned Forest Green as Arthur Gnahoua looped an incredible volley from range into the back of the net. 
 
The victory gave Mark Kennedy his first win as manager and whilst Macclesfield remain in 22nd place, they are now six points above the relegation zone. 
   
 
2. Toney fires Peterborough into Play-Off spots
 
With Peterborough United being the league’s top scorers on home soil and Rotherham United leading the way on the road, this game promised goals. Posh went into the game on the back of a 4-0 win over Wycombe Wanderers earlier in the week, whilst Rotherham United were on a five-game winning run - their best since February 2018. 
 
Paul Warne’s side fell behind inside the first two minutes as League One top scorer Ivan Toney opened the scoring after just one minute and 48 seconds - Peterborough’s fastest goal in league competition this season. The goal also put him up to 18 for the season.
 
Their lead was doubled in the 22nd minute following some lovely one-touch football, with Sammy Szmodics curling the ball into the back of the net to finish a fine move. Rotherham pulled a goal back through Michael Ihiekwe but it proved to be only a consolation goal as the Millers suffered their first defeat in the league since 7 December. The result saw them slip to second in the table, while Posh move up into the Play-Off places. 
 
 
3. No Doyle, no Yates, but plenty of hope for Swindon Town
 
Eoin Doyle and Jerry Yates - the Robins’ two leading scorers - were recalled by their parent clubs earlier this month, but it has not stopped Swindon Town in their hunt for promotion as new signing Hallam Hope scored on debut to round off a routine 3-0 victory for Richie Wellens’ side over Port Vale. 
 
Hope signed for Swindon from Carlisle United last week and made an instant impact on debut as he got on the end of Rob Hunt’s ball across goal. An own goal and an impressive free-kick from Michael Doughty was enough to seal the win and send the Robins two points clear at the top of Sky Bet League Two. 
 
 
4. Stoke edge closer to safety 
 
The top of the Championship remains the same after Swansea City missed the chance to move into the Play-Off places. Mind Charity Team of the Week on EFL on Quest, Stoke City, ran out 2-0 winners against Steve Cooper’s side at the Bet365 Stadium. The result for Stoke boosts their survival bid as victory takes them up to 19th place in the Sky Bet Championship table, now seven points clear of the relegation zone. 
 
Sam Clucas made the headlines as he scored against his former club, with Stoke having taken 23 points from their 14 games since Michael O’Neill’s appointment as manager in November. 
 
 
5. Ipswich Town go top of the table 
 
Ipswich Town welcomed Lincoln City to Portman Road for a league match for the first time since November 1990 - a season in which the Tractor Boys were crowned Division Two champions. With Rotherham United dropping points against Peterborough, Ipswich had the chance to return to the top of League One with three points and a dominant display from Paul Lambert’s men ensured they took full advantage. 
 
A first-half header from Luke Woolfenden’s was enough to give Ipswich victory over Lincoln City, who now sit just one point ahead of Rotherham at the top. 
 
 

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