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Catch up on the weekend's EFL action!

18 October 2021

With another round of EFL fixtures done and dusted, it's time to review the drama, debuts and derby-day delight from across the three divisions.

Here's a round-up from around the grounds...


The Sky Bet Championship action began on Friday evening with a meeting of the Midlands, as West Bromwich Albion and Birmingham City went head-to-head at The Hawthorns, with the hosts coming out on top to temporarily move top of the table, courtesy of Karlan Grant's second-half effort. 

Saturday brought 10 further fixtures, including a London derby between Fulham and Queens Park Rangers in the early kick-off, which featured two more goals for the division's top scorer Aleksandar Mitrović in a comfortable 4-1 win for the home side. 

Elsewhere, Middlesbrough left it late to claim an important 2-0 victory over Peterborough United, Coventry City came from behind to salvage a 2-2 draw against fellow Play-Off hopefuls Blackburn Rovers and Sheffield United did the same to beat Stoke City 2-1.

Finally, at Preston North End, a near-full house paid tribute to the late Trevor Hemmings before their match against Derby County, as the sides played out a goalless draw. 

Arguably the biggest fixture of the weekend was saved until last, as Welsh rivals Swansea City and Cardiff City met in Sunday's lunchtime kick-off. And it was Russell Martin's men that came out on top, as the Swans cruised to a 3-0 victory over the Bluebirds, with goals from Jamie Paterson, Joel Piroe and Jake Bidwell.


Like the Championship, Sky Bet League One featured a helping of Friday night football, and it was one to remember as Burton Albion and Morecambe played out a five-goal thriller which went the way of Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and the Brewers. More predictable, perhaps, was another goal for Shrimps stiker Cole Stockton, which ultimately proved to be a consolation. 

On Saturday, derby day in the North West belonged to Wigan Athletic, who impressively swept aside neighbours Bolton Wanderers 4-0 away from home. There were also important wins for the sides around them, including Plymouth Argyle who won at Oxford United, Rotherham United who comprehensively beat Portsmouth and Sunderland AFC who won at Gillingham despite going down to 10 men.

Both Cheltenham Town and Shrewsbury Town claimed vital victories too, beating Accrington Stanley and MK Dons respectively, both by a 1-0 scoreline. Sheffield Wednesday and Ipswich Town both dropped points away from home, however, each being pegged back late on to draw 2-2.


We had to wait until Saturday for the Sky Bet League Two action to get under way, but it was certainly worth it. 

Sutton United's fine form continued with a late victory at nearby Crawley Town, and likewise Tranmere Rovers, who secured a win at Carlisle United. Forest Green Rovers continue to lead the way; they put in a fine second-half display to beat struggling Scunthorpe United.

Port Vale, meanwhile, sit third after coming from behind well to beat Barrow 3-1 on home soil, and will have been pleased to see Harrogate Town slip up at Colchester United. 

Elsewhere, there was a crucial victory for Oldham Athletic, who scored three goals and claimed three points in beating Stevenage, while Northampton Town sit on the edge of the Play-Off places after a 2-0 win over Mansfield Town.


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