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Recap a thrilling weekend of EFL action!

13 December 2021

This weekend, the three divisions had it all: late drama, double figure affairs, and managerial masterclasses.

We recap how it all went down in the Sky Bet Championship, Sky Bet League One and Sky Bet League Two.


The early kick-off saw Huddersfield Town and Coventry City play out a 1-1 stalemate in West Yorkshire. Danny Ward opened the scoring for the Terriers in the first half, but last-gasp goal specialists Coventry salvaged a point when Matty Godden struck deep into stoppage time to level proceedings.

New Preston North End boss Ryan Lowe started off on a high at Deepdale, getting off to a winning start against Barnsley. The Lilywhites secured maximum points against the Tykes, with goals from Alan Browne and Daniel Johnson in a 2-1 victory seeing the Lancashire side move up four places to 14th in the Championship standings.

It’s now four wins on the spin for Blackburn Rovers, who saw off second-placed Bournemouth 2-0. But it was Brighton and Hove Albion loanee Jan Paul van Hecke who stole the headlines, notching his first goal in Rovers stripes.

Elsewhere, Luton Town and Fulham shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw, West Bromwich Albion claimed victory over Reading and there was a big win on the cards for Nottingham Forest, as Steve Cooper’s side cruised to a 4-1 triumph over Swansea City.


League One leaders Rotherham United extended their unbeaten League streak to 15 games, beating Burton Albion 3-1 on home soil. Freddie Ladapo took his tally to nine goals, bagging a brace against the Brewers, whilst Dan Barlaser also made the scoresheet.

Now undefeated in 12, Sheffield Wednesday also kept their momentum going. The Owls struck either side of the break in a 2-0 victory over Crewe Alexandra, with captain Barry Bannan leading by example, and Lee Gregory adding to his tally. Darren Moore’s side sit outside the Play-Off places on goal difference alone.

Meanwhile, Karl Robinson got one over on his ex-employers as Oxford United came from behind to beat Milton Keynes Dons 2-1. The Dons opened the scoring in the 11th minute, but Robinson’s side conjured a fightback in the second period, finding the back of the net twice in 15 minutes to turn it around.

And Charlton Athletic interim boss Johnnie Jackson continued his impressive start to life in the dugout, becoming the first Addicks manager to win seven of his first 10 games in charge at The Valley, as a Conor Washington brace was enough to see off Cambridge United 2-0.


The game of the day came from League Two, where Oldham Athletic held table topping Forest Green Rovers to an exhilirating draw in a 10-goal thriller. The Latics, who found themselves 4-1 down, clawed it back to 5-5 to put a hard-earned point on the board. Forest Green, meanwhile, are now four points clear of Northampton Town at the summit.

The Cobblers themselves piled the pressure on the Gloucestershire team, as Northampton beat Harrogate Town 2-1, with goals from defensive duo Jon Guthrie and Fraser Horsfall.

Bristol Rovers returned to winning ways in style, defeating Rochdale 4-2. The Gas led 2-0 in the second half, before Jake Beesley bagged two goals in quick succession to equalise for the visitors. However, Bristol Rovers struck twice in the final 10 minutes to seal the win.

Elsewhere, Mansfield Town extended their winning streak to three games with victory over Salford City, Crawley Town moved up to 16th with a win over Leyton Orient, and Bradford City and Sutton United shared the spoils in a 2-2 draw.

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