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The EFL weekend review

4 April 2022

Take a look back at the key headlines from across the Sky Bet Championship, Sky Bet League One and Sky Bet League Two…

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Following the completion of the recent international break, the Championship returned on Friday night at the MKM Stadium, with visitors Huddersfield Town reasserting their Play-Off credentials with an important 1-0 victory, having picked up one point from their previous three matches.

Elsewhere, history was made in Cardiff as Swansea City secured the first-ever South Wales derby league double in 110 years of the fixture – and achieved it in style, with Michael Obafemi bagging a brace in a comprehensive 4-0 win.

At the top of the table, Fulham took another step towards promotion by overcoming West London rivals QPR, as Aleksandar Mitrovic took his scoring tally to a remarkable 37 for 36 appearances.

Second-placed Bournemouth are also in a healthy place in their pursuit of automatic promotion after securing three points against Bristol City, while Middlesbrough and Nottingham Forest both continued their charge towards the Play-Offs with convincing away wins on the road against Peterborough United and Blackpool, respectively.

Also in the Play-Off hunt, there were contrasting fortunes for Blackburn Rovers, who were just moments away from a 2-1 away win against Coventry City, with Bradley Dack scoring for the first time since March 2021, only for Viktor Gyokeres to restore parity in the 99th-minute.

At the other end, Derby County helped their survival chances with a 1-0 win against Preston North End thanks to a terrific hit from Ravel Morrison, closing the gap to safety as Reading shared the spoils with Barnsley in a clash between 21st and 22nd, after Josh Laurent equalised late on for the Royals.

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With leaders Rotherham United in Papa Johns Final Trophy action, Wigan Athletic spurned the opportunity to claim top spot after being held to a 1-1 draw by Bolton Wanderers.

Hot on their heels, MK Dons capitalised on the Latics’ slip up by beating Shrewsbury Town, while Joe Edwards’ cracking volley steered Plymouth Argyle to victory in a closely fought contest with fellow Play-Off hopefuls Oxford United, who dropped to seventh.

In the relegation scrap, Morecambe registered a crucial 3-0 win against Burton Albion to move within two points of safety, with Fleetwood Town also netting three to see off bottom Club Crewe Alexandra.

Elsewhere, there was a late drama at the Wham Stadium. Accrington Stanley appeared to have wrapped up the points when they made it 4-2 with three minutes left of normal time on the clock, but Callum Wright halved the deficit before Will Boyle equalised in the 96th-minute.

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With Forest Green Rovers and Exeter City still pulling away at the front, the battle for the final automatic promotion place is as competitive as ever, with four teams sat on 66 points.

Port Vale currently occupy third having taken 16 points out of a possible 18, with a late Aaron Martin strike being enough to overcome Barrow. Bristol Rovers were also winners against Bradford City, while Northampton Town dropped out of the top three after losing to sixth-placed Mansfield Town.

Just outside the Play-Offs, Salford City are the in-form team in the division following a fourth successive victory, leaving them just two points behind Tranmere Rovers – who were held by Carlisle United courtesy of Tobi Sho-Silva’s 97th-minute equaliser – having played a game less.

Meanwhile, Oldham Athletic recorded back-to-back league wins for just the second time this season, defeating fellow strugglers Stevenage to create a three-point gap to the bottom two.


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