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Five stories from the weekend's action

29 November 2020

During a weekend that featured endless drama in the Sky Bet Championship, League One and League Two, there were plenty of talking points in the EFL once again.

Bees leave it late as Toney stings QPR

A west London derby kicked off the Sky Bet Championship this weekend as Brentford hosted Queens Park Rangers at the Brentford Community Stadium.

Thomas Frank’s side were eventual 2-1 winners on the night with Ivan Toney netting his 12th goal of the season with a close ranger header from Emiliano Marcondes free-kick.

The Bees have won their last 11 London derby matches in league competition on home soil, with five of those victories coming against QPR.

Black Cats still winless against the Cod Army

It has been a long road without a turn for Sunderland AFC in their fixtures against Fleetwood Town, and that road without a victory just got a little bit longer on Friday night.

The Cod Army boast an unbeaten run of six game in all competitions against the Black Cats, but that record was under threat when Charlie Wyke nodded home on the hour mark.

But Fleetwood can thank Callum Connolly for keeping it in tact, as his 73rd minute strike made sure the game finished level - with that draw, both sides sit two points outside the Play-Off places.

Five-goal thriller at Vale Park

In one of the games of the weekend in the EFL, Leyton Orient left it late to wrap up all three points in a thrilling 3-2 win at Vale Park.

After going 1-0 down early on to Leon Legge’s opener, Orient hit back with two strikes of their own before the half-time whistle.

Vale made it a contest in the second half and made their pressure count with a stunning effort from Cristian Montano brought them back level.

But with five minutes left of the game James Brophy popped up to secure the three points which lifted the O’s up into the Play-Off spots.

Rams made to Roo chances lates on

It might not be the last time we see Wayne Rooney in the dugout at Pride Park barking out instructions to his Derby County team, if the former Manchester United and England forward gets his wish.

However his dream day in-charge of the Rams ended level against Wycombe Wanderers, as Matt Bloomfield tapped home with nine minutes of the game remaining.

Duane Holmes did open the scoring for the hosts in the first half with a front-post flick, it was certainly a performance to build on for Rooney & Co.

Derby day delights for Robins on the road

It was derby day for the first time since 2017 on Saturday afternoon as Oxford United and Swindon Town locked horns at the Kassam Stadium.

Things were going well for the hosts when Matty Taylor broke the deadlock in the first period, when his chipped effort beat the on-rushing Matej Kovar in the Swindon goal.

But from there it was anything from plain sailing.

John Sheridan’s men managed to pick up the win but they left it late to turn things around, with Tom Broadbent and Tyler Smith netting in the final five minutes to hand Swindon Town their first derby win since 2001.

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