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Five things you may have missed from the weekend's action!

31 January 2021

Weekends in the EFL don't get much better!

Seventh heaven for blistering Bees

With the scores level at 2-2 at the break, Wycombe Wanderers boss Gareth Ainsworth would have undoubtedly been happy with a point at full-time.

However five second-half goals sunk the Chairboys at the Brentford Community Stadium, and in doing so emphasised how strong the hosts still are despite players departing in the summer. 

Striker Ivan Toney was among the goals once again, netting a hat-trick in the win - his dispute with teammate Tarique Fosu over one of Brentford’s seven goals will be the topic of conversation come Monday in training ground. 

Two big penalty saves, three huge points

Doncaster Rovers’ 1-0 win over Lincoln City certainly had its fair share of drama and is one of the results of the weekend in Sky Bet League One. 

With Rovers a goal up thanks to a daisy-cutter opener from Taylor Richards, the home side piled on the pressure.

Reece James fouled Jorge Grant just after the hour mark, and after picking himself up off the turf, the Imps could not find a way past Ellery Balcombe in the Rovers goal as Grant’s penalty was saved. 

Hero Balcombe turned to villain as a moment of madness saw the Rovers goalkeeper chop down Tom Hopper with three minutes left of normal time.

A different taker from 12 yards in Anthony Scully stepped up, but it was the same outcome as Balcombe guessed correctly again to deny him and secure the South Yorkshire a smash and grab victory. 

The Latics late show

Going 1-0 down at home inside the opening 10 minutes of the game is never easy, especially against Salford City.

But that didn’t matter to Oldham Athletic, and slowly but surely they rallied and finished the fixture in empathetic fashion.

With 15 minutes left, Dylan Bahamboula found the back of Vaclav Hladky’s net leaving the Latics with a fighting chance of securing all three points.

Into stoppage time and step up Davis Keillor-Dunn, who will be making sure he doesn’t miss the EFL highlights show on Quest tonight.

His 92nd minute winner settled the affair and puts them six points outside the Play-Off places in League Two.

Can we expect a late surge from the Latics? 

Swans swimming in the right direction

Steve Cooper’s side have gone from strength to strength this season and have shown now signs of letting up of late.

Jamal Lowe has carried that fight of late, singlehandedly at times with a string of impressive performances. 

Now with the addition of Conor Hourihane in their ranks, they could have a real shot of tracking Norwich City down ahead of them.

They went into Saturday’s game with Rotherham knowing that a win would do exactly that, after 10-man Norwich faulted at home to Middlesbrough in the early-kick off.

Goals from Hourihane, Matt Grimes and Jay Fulton helped secure the three points in South Yorkshire.

Boro bouncing away from Blundell Park

In a real relegation six-pointer between Grimsby Town and Stevenage, it would be the latter who would be in celebratory mood come full-time.

After Elliott List opened the scoring three minutes before the break, many may have thought that it would be enough as they entered the closing stages of the game.

Stefan Payne on his Mariners debut thought he was the hero as he slotted through the legs of Jamie Cumming. 

But 22-year-old Mathew Stevens had the final day in this one.

A long ball up field looking to force that late winner came to fruition as the forward capitalised, sealing the three points and in turn put a four-point gap between them and the drop zone! 

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