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Five stories from the weekend's action

14 March 2021

The EFL action continued at the weekend across the Sky Bet Championship, League One and League Two and, as usual, produced plenty of drama!

Canaries go 10 points clear

Norwich City came from a goal down to beat struggling Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough and go 10 points clear at the top of the Championship.

Jordan Rhodes gave Wednesday a surprise early lead from six yards against his former club after Barry Bannan's free-kick was blocked by the wall and Joey Pelupessy's follow-up strike was not properly cleared.

Teemu Pukki blasted Norwich level from eight yards after an hour as good build-up play set up the prolific Finn to strike into the top corner.

Todd Cantwell secured an eighth successive win for the Canaries 16 minutes later as he curled in a fine effort from inside the box.


Mick McCarthy's unbeaten start comes to an end

Watford claimed a dramatic 2-1 victory at Cardiff City to move back into the automatic promotion places as Mick McCarthy lost for the first time as Bluebirds boss.

Cardiff took an early lead when Francisco Sierralta turned Josh Murphy's cross into his own net.

But the Hornets levelled immediately as Nathaniel Chalobah drove home.

Watford won it four minutes into added time when Adam Masina's thumping free-kick flashed past Dillon Phillips.


Rochdale end drought to move off the bottom

Rochdale breathed new life into their Sky Bet League One survival hopes with a 2-1 win at promotion-chasing Lincoln.

A long throw from Conor Shaughnessy was cleared to Oliver Rathbone, who made space for himself on the edge of the area before firing a low shot beyond Alex Palmer to give Dale the lead.

City drew level on the hour mark thanks to a moment of brilliance from Morgan Rogers, who exchanged passes with Callum Morton before unleashing an unstoppable effort into the top corner.

However, Stephen Humphrys got the goal his performance deserved after 74 minutes when he shrugged off a couple of challenges before finding the net via the inside of a post to seal a valuable victory for Dale.


Cheltenham leave it late to remain top

Andy Williams came off the bench to snatch a dramatic stoppage-time winner and give Sky Bet League Two leaders Cheltenham a win at promotion rivals Exeter.

the game burst into life with Exeter substitute Robbie Willmott played through on goal, only to fire straight at Griffiths, while Exeter goalkeeper Jokull Andresson pulled off a brilliant one-handed save to deny Alfie May.

However, in the first minute of time added on at the end of the contest, Cheltenham made the decisive breakthrough when a long Ben Tozer throw into the box was headed onto the bar and bundled over the line by Williams.


42-year-old Ellison comes back to haunt Morecambe

Shrimps legend Kevin Ellison put the boot into his old team to seal a huge win in Newport County’s Sky Bet League Two promotion bid.

The Exiles followed up their victories against Colchester and Bradford with a 3-1 success in Lancashire, the first time they had hit three in the league since October.

It was the second goal of the season for Ellison in the first game against his former side since being released last summer. 


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