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Midweek action: Five things you may have missed

28 January 2020

There's always an excitement about midweek action in the EFL, and the latest round of floodlit fixtures certainly lived up to expectation!

Here are just a few of the stories you may have missed...

1. All change in the Sky Bet Championship

West Bromwich Albion went into Tuesday evening on top of the Championship table and, for a while, it looked as if they would be staying there. With Leeds United 2-0 down at home to Millwall and Albion level with Cardiff City, things were looking good for the Baggies, but a Leeds comeback, coupled with a 2-1 win for Cardiff, means it's Leeds who lead the way once again. Behind them, Nottingham Forest secured a huge result, winning 1-0 at Brentford through Joe Lolley to keep the pressure on.

2. Big wins at the bottom

Two sides in need of three points heading into midweek were Luton Town and Wigan Athletic, and those points arrived at the perfect time, at the expense of Derby County and Sheffield Wednesday respectively. Despite Wayne Rooney's first EFL goal for the Rams, Luton produced an excellent display to win 3-2 at Kenilworth Road, while Wigan were 2-1 winners over Wednesday. Luton are now six points adrift of safety, while Wigan are just four behind Charlton Athletic in 21st.

3. Tight at the top in Sky Bet League One

Just as in the Championship, the battle for promotion in League One took plenty of twists and turns on Tuesday night. The big game of the evening saw Rotherham United host Ipswich Town, and it was the hosts who eventually came out on top, securing a narrow 1-0 victory to move back to the top on goal difference. Wins for Wycombe Wanderers, Peterborough United, and Portsmouth have kept things very interesting.

4. Sky Bet League Two springs some surprises

An impressive 36 goals were scored in the 12 League Two fixtures on Tuesday, and nowhere would goals have been celebrated more than at Walsall, where Morecambe secured a vital 2-0 away win in their quest to beat the drop. With both Macclesfield Town and Stevenage suffering defeat, the result could prove an important one for the Shrimps. Elsewhere, Exeter City - the only EFL side yet to concede in 2020 - went down 3-1 at Port Vale, while leaders Swindon lost by the same scoreline at Colchester United, who are now unbeaten in 16 games.

5. First Carabao Cup finalists confirmed

Tuesday also saw another EFL competition, the Carabao Cup, come to the fore. Aston Villa welcomed Leicester City to Villa Park for the Semi-Final second leg, looking to book their place at Wembley following a 1-1 draw in the first leg. They did just that, but left it late, scoring in injury time through Trezeguet to spark wild scenes of celebration in the stands and a return to the home of football, where they will face either holders Manchester City or Manchester United.

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