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The EFL weekend review

20 September 2021

From local derbies to first League victories, there was plenty of action to digest this weekend from across the three divisions.

Below, we review how the Sky Bet Championship, Sky Bet League One and Sky Bet League Two are shaping up…

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There was a new Championship leader in place on Saturday evening, as Bournemouth edged Cardiff City to go top of the second-tier. Philip Billing’s solitary strike was enough to seal all three points and cement the Cherries’ place at the summit of the table.

Third placed West Bromwich Albion preserved their unbeaten slate, sharing the spoils with Preston North End in a 1-1 draw. The Baggies, who have taken three points from as many fixtures, trail Bournemouth by two points, sitting level with Fulham.

Having kick-started their 2021/22 campaign last weekend, Sheffield United conquered Yorkshire rivals Hull City on Saturday in the early kick-off. Billy Sharp broke the deadlock in the 17th minute on his 300th Blades appearance, before John Egan’s second-half brace all but sealed the victory, despite Keane Lewis-Potter’s consolation strike.

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Meanwhile, Doncaster Rovers registered their first League win of the season, as Richie Wellens’ men broke their duck against Morecambe. Rovers, who had been resigned to five defeats in six prior to the weekend, beat the Shrimps 1-0 courtesy of a Tommy Rowe header.

Milton Keynes Dons brought their shooting boots to the MEMS Priestfield Stadium on Saturday, as the Buckinghamshire Club came from behind to beat Gillingham 4-1 and boasted an impressive 84% possession to make their way up to third in the League One standings.

Elsewhere, Wigan Athletic asserted their position at the top of the table, knocking Sunderland off their perch in a comfortable 4-1 win over Accrington Stanley, making it four wins on the bounce.

And Wycombe Wanderers and Rotherham United, who have each taken four points from as many games, edged inside the top six with wins over Charlton Athletic and Bolton Wanderers respectively.

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In League Two, Port Vale toppled a Harrogate Town side unbeaten in the League since the start of the season. David Worrall put Vale a-goal-to-the-good in the first period with a spectacular strike, before Jack Diamond levelled for the visitors. However, former Manchester United man James Wilson struck back for Vale to make it 2-1.

Leading the pack in the fourth-tier, Forest Green Rovers cruised to an emphatic 4-0 victory over Stevenage to further underline their promotion ambitions.

And second placed Leyton Orient kept up their fine form against Bristol Rovers, where joint League Two leading marksman Harry Smith bagged his sixth of the season in a 3-1 triumph for Orient.


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