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Weekend action: five things you may have missed

20 March 2021

Six-goal thrillers, last-minute equalisers and derby-day wins. It was another dramatic day of action across the EFL!

1. Sheffield Wednesday triumph in South Yorkshire derby  

Darren Moore clinched his first win as Sheffield Wednesday manager, as two goals from striker Jordan Rhodes gave them a much-needed derby win over Barnsley at Oakwell. An impressive performance from the Owls ended the Tykes’ 12-game unbeaten run in the Championship, with the three points putting Wednesday just six points behind Birmingham City in 21st place, with a game in hand. 

2. Big three points for Rotherham United 

Paul Warne’s side recorded a vital three points with victory over Bristol City, to move within three points of safety in the Championship. With Sheffield Wednesday also winning at Oakwell, the pressure was on Rotherham, but goals from Michael Smith and Richard Wood secured the win at Ashton Gate, condemning the Robins to a sixth successive home defeat. The Millers are now three points from safety with four games in hand heading into the international break. 

3. Six-goal thriller at Rochdale 

Peterborough United snatched a point at Rochdale with a stoppage-time penalty from Jonson Clarke-Harris earning his side a draw in a dramatic six-goal thriller at Rochdale. With Darren Ferguson’s side leading 2-0 at half-time, it looked like three points for the Posh but goals from Stephen Humphrey’s and Jake Beesley drew the game level. A 90th minute strike from Jimmy Keohane looked to have won it for Brian Barry-Murphy’s side, but the prolific Clarke-Harris slotted home a penalty in the third minute of added time to grab a draw for promotion-hopefuls Peterborough. 

4. Stevenage resurgence continues 

Stevenage recorded an impressive 3-1 victory over Carlisle United in an early kick-off in Sky Bet LeagueTwo, taking their unbeaten run to nine games. Second-half goals from Luke Norris and Arthur Read proved the difference against 10-man Carlisle, with Alex Revell’s side taking all three points and moving up to 15th in the table.  

5. Cambridge United keep the pressure on

Thirty-eight year old Wes Hoolahan struck the decisive goal in a top-of-the-table clash between Cambridge United and Forest Green Rovers, as the U’s beat promotion rivals Forest Green 1-0. Cambridge missed a golden chance to go ahead on just 18 minutes as Paul Mullin’s penalty was turned onto the post by goalkeeper Lewis Thomas. However, deadlock was broken by veteran midfielder Hoolahan who having got on the end of Jackk Iredale’s pass, skipped past Scott Wagstaff before firing low into the bottom corner. The win puts Cambridge just one point off the top of Sky Bet League Two. 

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