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The weekend review: EFL firsts and frantic finishes

13 September 2021

From last-gasp goals to hat-trick heroes, matchday seven had it all – including a certain Club making EFL history.

Recap how it all went down in the Sky Bet Championship, Sky Bet League One and Sky Bet League Two this weekend below…


It was a weekend of frantic finishes in the second-tier, as Luke Berry salvaged a point for Luton Town against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park. The midfielder added his and the Hatters’ second in the 98thminute to level proceedings at 2-2.

Elsewhere, Stefan Johansen was the hero for Queens Park Rangers. With Reading on the verge of thwarting Rangers’ unbeaten start to the season, the Norwegian struck in injury time to put a dampener on John Swift’s first senior treble and make it 3-3.

Sheffield United finally engineered that first League win that has evaded them for so long, vanquishing Peterborough United 6-2 on home soil and boosting the Blades up to 18th place. And it was a special day for youngster Morgan Gibbs-White who opened his account for the South Yorkshire side in the 68th minute.

Finally, Marco Silva’s unbeaten tenure came to an end against Blackpool. A solo effort from Josh Bowler was a worthy winner, as the Tangerines edged Fulham 1-0.


In League One, Bolton Wanderers and Fleetwood Town epitomised the never say die spirit, as the two teams turned it around against Ipswich Town and Rotherham United respectively.

Trailing 1-0 within the first five minutes, Wanderers registered an emphatic 5-2 victory over the Tractor Boys, whilst Fleetwood, who were losing 2-1 heading into the break, saw off Rotherham by a 4-2 score-line.

It was a day of firsts across the EFL as Dan Neil bagged his first strike in Sunderland colours. The Black Cats, who now sit atop of the third-tier standings, overcame Accrington Stanley.

And Morecambe and Wimbledon traded punches in a seven-goal thriller as the Dons came out on top, but it was Cole Stockton stole the headlines. The League One leading marksman made a strong case for goal of the season, lobbing goalkeeper Nik Tzanev from 45 yards out.


History was made in League Two this weekend as Sutton United recorded their first-ever EFL victory. The League newcomers edged Stevenage 2-1 in a hard-fought victory. Richie Bennett’s brace was enough to secure maximum points for Sutton.

Leyton Orient snuck inside the top three, seeing off Oldham Athletic 4-0, whilst Exeter City achieved an identical outcome against Scunthorpe United.

Second placed Harrogate Town kept their unbeaten slate intact, sharing the spoils with Newport County on Friday evening, but Forest Green Rovers take the top spot in League Two, defeating Northampton Town 1-0 at the weekend.

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