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A look back at EFL matchday four

23 August 2021

Last gasp goals, relentless rivalries and startling score-lines made matchday four one to remember across the Sky Bet Championship, League One and League Two.

We provide a rundown of the weekend’s action, which included goals, goals and more goals!


In the Championship, Birmingham City marked their return to winning ways with a triumphant display against Luton Town, seeing off the Hatters by a 5-0 score-line, leaving no room for doubts.

League leaders Fulham made light work of Hull City, breezing past Grant McCann’s side 2-0 on home soil, whilst West Bromwich Albion and Stoke City ramped up the pressure on the table toppers, with two Clubs securing victories against Blackburn Rovers and Nottingham Forest respectively.

Terriers and Blades alike are yet to catch their breath as a Huddersfield Town beginning to find their feet in the Championship made it back-to-back wins against fellow Yorkshire outfit Sheffield United.

Billy Sharp thought he’d snatched a point at the death for United, netting the Blades’ first goal in the Championship in injury time, before Levi Colwill silenced Bramall Lane two minutes later to make it 2-1 in the 94th minute.


Across the M1, Sheffield Wednesday edged Rotherham United in the fiercely contested South Yorkshire derby to dislodge Portsmouth – who were unable to find a way past Doncaster Rovers at the weekend – at the top of the League One table.

Rivalling the Owls on points, Wycombe Wanderers, held onto a slender 1-0 lead against Lincoln City after Sam Vokes’ early opener handed Gareth Ainsworth’s side’s the lead inside of the first three minutes.

Plymouth Argyle resigned Shrewsbury Town to a fourth straight defeat without scoring of the 2021/22 campaign as the Devon-based Club fashioned a 3-0 win over the Shrews. Mid-table Cambridge United also put a kink in Burton Albion’s unbeaten start to the season, wrapping up a comfortable 3-0 win over Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s men.


Forest Green Rovers preserved the EFL’s only 100% record after four games against Crawley Town, as the two sides traded punches in a nine-goal thriller in a weekend of high scoring affairs, as Nicky Cadden notched a treble for the Gloucestershire team.

Exeter City claimed their first victory of the season in style, taking a 4-0 lead into the break against Bristol Rovers, with the League Two fixture finishing 4-1 to the Grecians, who now occupy 12th place. Elsewhere, Rochdale put a first three points on the board against Northampton Town

Newly promoted Hartlepool United broke into the top six, with a 2-0 win over Walsall, giving the League Two Club a tally of six points to date.

Rounding off the weekend’s schedule, matchday four pitted two teams enjoying strong starts to the season – Mansfield Town and Bradford City – against each other on Saturday afternoon, but it was the West Yorkshire side came out on top in a 3-2 win.

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