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Weekend action: Five things you may have missed

21 February 2021

It was another frantic day of action across the EFL, as 30-yard screamers, last-minute goals and moments of individual brilliance made the headlines.

Here are just five things you may have missed amongst the action. 

1. Huddersfield Town stun in-form Swans 

Huddersfield Town earned their first win of 2021 to boost their Championship survival hopes, beating promotion contenders Swansea City 4-1. Carlos Corberan’s side ended a run of eight games without a win, as three second-half goals - including a goal of the season contender from Duane Holmes - stunned Steve Cooper’s Swansea.

The impressive win saw Huddersfield rise to 18th in the Championship and complete a first league double over the Swans in 14 years. 

 

2. Cardiff City in Play-Off hunt 

Cardiff City’s emphatic form under new manager Mick McCarthy continued, as the Bluebirds made it five wins in a row, remaining unbeaten in seven. A 4-0 victory over Preston North End put them back to within three points of the Play-Off places.

Dillon Phillips was the star of the show who saved two penalties in a minute, denying Paul Gallagher and Ched Evans, as the Welsh side continue to mount an improbable promotion push under McCarthy.  

 

3. Golden boy Coppinger strikes again for Doncaster Rovers 

Evergreen James Coppinger marked a special day in his honour by scoring a stunning last-gasp equaliser to earn Doncaster a point against promotion rivals Hull City. It was a special day for the Doncaster veteran as he drew up the design for a special charity third kit that was worn, to mark his 17th and final season at the club. Hull took the lead early on and dominated the first half, Mallik Wilks in the goals again, leaving Doncaster trailing at the break.

However, an inspired second-half performance saw Darren Moore’s side get back into the game, before it was written in the stars for Coppinger to come off the bench and curl a free-kick into the top corner deep into stoppage time to earn the draw. 

 

4. Seven-goal thriller at Stadium MK 

Charlie Brown’s late strike secured a dramatic 4-3 comeback win for MK Dons over Northampton Town. The visitors started strongly, going ahead inside just two minutes, however Russel Martin’s side turned things around thanks to Andrew Surman and Will Grigg, who put the home side ahead going in at half-time.

A topsy-turvy game, Northampton levelled just seconds after half-time, before taking the lead with just over 10 minutes to play. A frantic final few minutes were to come, as Cameron Jerome came off the bench to level things up at 3-3, before the home side went on to score the winner with just two minutes left on the clock when Brown converted Daniel Harvie’s cross at the near post. 

 

5. Four in a row for Scunthorpe 

It was an afternoon to remember for Scunthorpe United’s Ryan Loft, who made one goal and scored another as the Iron secured a fourth successive win with victory over Harrogate Town.

The home side went ahead inside five minutes as Devarn Green lashed home at the far post, before Harrogate settled into the game and drew level from the penalty spot. Despite finding a way back into th game, Loft’s effort on the stroke of half-time saw the visitors trail at the break, however. Both sides struggled to create much in the final third in what was a scrappy second half of football, but a moment of quality from Lewis Spence saw him cooly finish into the corner to seal the three points. 


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