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A look back at the EFL weekend action!

1 November 2021

It was another thrilling weekend in the EFL, with a Halloween special across the three divisions serving up a treat.

We take a look back at another magical weekend across the Sky Bet Championship, Sky Bet League One and Sky Bet League Two!


Fulham made a statement of intent, making it four wins on the spin against promotion rivals West Bromwich Albion. The Championship’s leading marksman Aleksandar Mitrovic took home the match ball as the Cottagers cruised to a 3-0 win, putting the Serbian six goals clear of Blackburn Rovers’ Ben Brereton Diaz - who also bagged a brace in 2-1 win over Derby County - in the scoring charts, with 18 League strikes to his name and counting.

Managerless Cardiff City came from behind to rescue a point against Stoke City. The Potters fashioned a 3-0 lead, leaving the Welsh visitors with a mountain to climb by the second-half, but struck three times in five minutes, with goals from Rubin Colwill, Mark Harris and Kieffer Moore to finish 3-3.

Just four points separate fifth to 13th place in the Championship rankings, as the battle for a top six berth heats up. And Blackpool crept inside the Play-Off spots this weekend, with a 1-0 victory over Sheffield United, courtesy of Keshi Anderson’s stunning second-half strike.

In Saturday’s late kick-off, Bournemouth reigned supreme, seeing off Reading 2-0 at the Select Car Leasing Stadium. Scott Parker’s men maintain a nine-point lead over third-placed West Brom, as the Cherries continue to hold their nerve.


Rotherham United extended their unbeaten streak to nine League games, and Saturday’s 5-1 conquest over Sunderland was arguably their best yet. Braces from forward pairing Michael Smith – who has now surpassed his goal-scoring tally for last season – and Freddie Ladapo, along with Michael Ihiekwe’s solitary strike, secured maximum points.

After suffering defeat to the South Yorkshire side last weekend, Milton Keynes Dons returned to winning ways in style. The Dons, who vanquished Crewe Alexandra 4-1, sit just outside the Play-Off places, trailing Oxford United in sixth by two points.

And Plymouth Argyle continue to set the standard, with the League leaders rounding off October with a 2-1 win over Ipswich Town.

Meanwhile, third-placed Wycombe Wanderers exchange punches with Fleetwood Town in a six-goal thriller. The hosts opened the scoring inside the first five minutes, before Wanderers struck back to level proceedings, adding two more goals to turn the score-line on its head. However, Fleetwood produced a rousing fightback, striking twice in the second period to make it 3-3.


Leyton Orient and Newport County notched 10 goals between them at the weekend, registering identical 5-0 score-lines over Hartlepool United and Stevenage respectively. Dom Telford made it seven goals in three League outings, bagging a treble against the Pools, whilst Orient attacker Aaron Drinan completed his hat-trick deep into injury time.

Elsewhere, Mansfield Town bagged a first win in 13 League outings, breaking their duck against Tranmere Rovers. After missing a first-half penalty, the Stags dusted themselves off, recording a comfortable 2-0 win over Micky Mellon’s men in our featured game of the weekend.

Port Vale made it back-to-back wins, coming from a losing position to overcome Crawley Town 4-1. The Valiants are three points short of table toppers Forest Green Rovers, who were held to a 1-1 draw at Bradford City. Crawley, meanwhile, occupy 18th place.

And Bristol Rovers overcame a Harrogate Town side without a win in four. Nick Anderton’s strike was the difference as Simon Weaver’s side slipped to seventh in the League Two standings.

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