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Catch up on the EFL weekend action

7 February 2022

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

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Sheffield United moved to within three points of sixth-placed West Bromwich Albion after victory over Birmingham City. The Blades came from behind to edge past the Blues 2-1 on Friday evening, as Billy Sharp and Jayden Bogle both found the back of the net to record Paul Heckingbottom's side's third win in a row. 

The Play-Off places also look a real possibility for Preston North End, who are now four points off the top six. Cameron Archer’s second goal in Lilywhites colours since joining the Lancashire side on loan in January was the difference in a 1-0 over Hull City.

Elsewhere, 10-man Swansea City overcame second-placed Blackburn Rovers. Michael Obafemi nodded in the opener and the only goal of the game in the 16th minute, as Rovers missed out on the opportunity to make up ground on League leaders Fulham.

And Blackpool breezed past a Bristol City side without a win in nine. The Seasiders made it three victories in their last four, taking 10 points from a possible 12. The hosts wrapped up maximum points early in the second half, as Neil Critchley’s side moved up to 13th in the standings.

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Rotherham United midfielder Dan Barlaser made a strong case for the League One Goal of the Month with his match-winner against Accrington Stanley. Paul Warne’s side, now six points clear at the summit, made it four wins on the spin as the Millers’ number four netted this sensational strike to clinch victory…

A crowd of almost 40,000 were in attendance as bottom of the table Doncaster Rovers shocked high-flying Sunderland. The Black Cats went down 2-1 to the South Yorkshire side as Jermain Defoe made his second debut, although his introduction in the 72nd minute was to no avail. However, some things are bigger than football and with £1 from every match ticket going towards the Bradley Lowery Foundation, it was still a day to remember for the Mackems.

A 96th-minute Nathan Holland winner saw Oxford United move up to fifth place in League One; the U’s beat Portsmouth 3-2 in a five-goal thriller at the Kassam Stadium. Meanwhile, Milton Keynes Dons ended the weekend in third with a 2-1 triumph over Lincoln City, and Sheffield Wednesday made it three back-to-back victories against Burton Albion.

And there was late drama at the Mazuma Stadium, where a new record attendance was set in the Lancashire derby between Morecambe and Bolton Wanderers. Cole Stockton notched his 18th of the season to open the scoring, but Amadou Bakayoko’s injury-time winner staged a late rescue mission for the visitors.

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Battling it out at the bottom of League Two, Oldham Athletic sealed a big win over fellow strugglers Scunthorpe United. Substitute Junior Luamba was the hero, popping up in the 83rd minute with the winner to secure John Sheridan’s first win back in charge of the Latics.

A Colchester United side unbeaten in their last four distanced themselves from danger with a 1-0 win over Leyton Orient. Freddie Sears hit double figures in spectacular style:

There were wins for table toppers Forest Green Rovers and Northampton Town over fourth-placed Newport County and Walsall respectively, whilst Tranmere Rovers, who occupy second place, and Sutton United, who occupy the final automatic promotion berth, each put a point on the board with draws against Barrow and Bristol Rovers.

Meanwhile, Exeter City leapfrogged Swindon Town to move inside the top seven. The Grecians were trailing the hosts 1-0 with around five minutes remaining, before Jevani Brown and Timothee Dieng struck back to complete a 2-1 turnaround. Matt Taylor’s side, now unbeaten in five, move up in to the Play-Off positions.


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