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The EFL weekend review

4 October 2021

The dreary weather conditions didn’t dampen our spirits this weekend, as many EFL teams enjoyed winning in the rain.

We review some of the key outcomes from across the Sky Bet Championship, Sky Bet League One and Sky Bet League Two!

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Following West Bromwich Albion’s defeat away at Stoke City on Friday evening, Bournemouth now boast the EFL’s only unbeaten record across the three divisions. Scott Parker’s men came from a losing position to beat Sheffield United 2-1 at the weekend, bagging two goals in three minutes to complete the Cherries’ fightback.

Elsewhere, Coventry City moved level on points with the Baggies. The Sky Blues bounced back from a sobering midweek defeat to Luton Town, returning to winning ways against Fulham. Mark Robins’ men went into the interval a goal down but scored four times in the second half to round off a 4-1 victory, as Viktor Gyökeres bagged his seventh goal in six games.

And Nottingham Forest’s renaissance under Steve Cooper continues, taking 10 points the last four games. The Reds scored three goals to secure maximum points against Birmingham City in an emphatic 3-0 triumph at St Andrew’s on Saturday afternoon.

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In League One, Portsmouth stole the headlines as the Hampshire team saw off League leaders Sunderland in a surprise 4-0 victory at Fratton Park, where Marcus Harness marked his 100th appearance with a goal whilst John Marquis notched a brace for Pompey to break his goalscoring duck.

Meanwhile, Doncaster Rovers shocked high flying Milton Keynes Dons. The South Yorkshire side opened the scoring inside six minutes, before MK Dons levelled proceedings, but Watford loanee Tiago Cukur won it for Rovers 10 minutes from time.

Wycombe Wanderers left it late against Morecambe at the weekend, coming from 2-0 behind in the first period in a topsy-turvey seven-goal thriller. Wanderers midfielder Curtis Thompson struck in the 92nd minute for the hosts in a 4-3 victory, with Wycombe now occupying fifth spot in the standings.

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Port Vale matched that late drama in League Two, as Darrell Clarke’s side found the back of the net twice deep into injury time in a 3-2 victory over Leyton Orient. Matchwinner Jamie Proctor was the hero as the forward struck in the 93rdminute for Vale.

Matchday number 10 saw Forest Green Rovers extend their lead at the top, putting four points between the Gloucestershire Club and Harrogate Town with a 2-0 victory over Carlisle United. Harrogate themselves, however, put three points on the board as they beat Oldham Athletic 2-1.

Up and running in the EFL, Sutton United made it four wins in five, securing their first-ever away win in League Two against Northampton Town. Joe Kizzi and Donovan Wilson were on target in a 2-0 victory over the Cobblers.


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