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EFL review: The weekend action

21 February 2022

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


Huddersfield Town extended their 13-game unbeaten streak with an impressive win at table toppers Fulham. The Terriers fashioned a 2-0 lead in the first half, courtesy of Danny Ward and Duane Holmes, before Bobby Reid halved the deficit in the second period but it was nothing more than a consolation for the Cottagers.

Meanwhile, Sheffield United moved into the Play-Off places with victory over Swansea City. The Blades ran out 4-0 winners in South Yorkshire, leapfrogging Middlesbrough who slipped to a 2-1 defeat to Bristol City and out of the top six. 

Luton Town’s promotion hopes were also boosted in a 2-0 triumph over West Bromwich Albion. Second half strikes from Cameron Jerome and Allan Campbell sealed maximum points for the Hatters.

And Derby County left it late to claim a dramatic win over relegation rivals Peterborough United. Rams midfielder Louie Sibley rippled the net in the 92nd minute to put Wayne Rooney’s side to move them just one place behind 21st-placed Reading, who edged Preston North End 3-2 in a victory of their own.


The game of the weekend came from Buckinghamshire where Wycombe Wanderers and Cheltenham Town traded blows in a 10-goal thriller at Adams Park. The Robins’ leading marksman Alfie May made it eight goals in four League outings, notching four of the Cheltenham’s five goals, as the visitors came from 5-3 down to rescue a point.

The battle between the top two saw Rotherham United and Wigan Athletic share the spoils on Friday evening. Ollie Rathbone’s long-range strike kept the Latics at arm’s length as the midfielder restored parity, cancelling out Stephen Humphrys’ equally impressive opener. The result sees the Millers maintain their six-point lead at the top, with Leam Richardson's men having two games in hand. 

Milton Keynes Dons kept the pressure on the top two, beating Sunderland 2-1, as former Black Cats striker Connor Wickham netted the matchwinner against his ex-employers. Liam Manning’s men sit in third whilst Alex Neil’s side have now dropped out of the top six and into seventh place.

Elsewhere, Oxford United returned to winning ways, climbing to fourth with a 4-0 win over Charlton Athletic, whilst Plymouth Argyle moved up to fifth, making it four wins on the spin and seeing off Gillingham 2-0.


New Walsall head coach Michael Flynn got off to a winning start, as the Saddlers sunk League leaders Forest Green Rovers and bringing to an end the Gloucestershire team's 19-game unbeaten streak. George Miller’s ninth goal of the season was the difference, as the West Midlands side made it back-to-back victories, after seeing off high-flying Tranmere Rovers last weekend.

Tranmere themselves added a point to the board, drawing 1-1 with Port Vale to hold on to second place, whilst third-placed Northampton Town, occupying the final automatic promotion spot, breezed past Colchester United 3-0.

Elsewhere, a Sutton United side now without a win in five settled for a point against Hartlepool United, whilst Mansfield Town secured a draw with Newport County, and, completing the makeup of the top seven, Swindon Town recorded a resounding 3-0 win over struggling Carlisle United.

Meanwhile, Oldham Athletic broke free of the bottom two with a 2-0 triumph over Bradford City. The Latics, who have registered three wins in their last four, traded places with the Carlisle. First half strikes from Hallam Hope and Davis Keillor-Dunn sealed all three points for the Lancashire outfit.

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