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The EFL weekend review

14 February 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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Fulham moved six points clear at the top with victory at Hull City, as Aleksandar Mitrović scored to equal the Sky Bet Championship goal-scoring record. It was the Serbian's 31st goal of the season and the only strike of the game, matching Ivan Toney’s haul for Brentford last season. 'Mitro' now has 16 games left in the season to break the record!

Nottingham Forest and Stoke City traded punches in a pulsating draw at the City Ground, setting the clash up for an unbelievable finish. Tied at 1-1 heading into the dying embers, Potters midfielder Lewis Baker stepped up to slot home his spot-kick in the 88th minute and what he thought was the match-winner, before Ryan Yates netted an injury-time equaliser for Forest.

Elsewhere, Queens Park Rangers seven match unbeaten run came to an end as they were rocked by bottom of the table Barnsley. Watford loanee Domingos Quina scoring the winner, opening his account for the Reds in the 74th minute.

And Bournemouth made it three wins on the bounce, beating Blackpool in dramatic fashion. The Cherries were trailing the Tangerines 1-0 heading into the final five minutes, before Jamal Lowe and January signing Siriki Dembélé turned the score-line around in injury time.

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There was derby day delight for League One leaders Rotherham United, as the Millers moved nine points clear at the top with a 2-0 win at Sheffield Wednesday. Freddie Ladapo was the hero last time the South Yorkshire rivals faced off at Hillsborough and it was the striker that opened the scoring in the second half, before Michael Smith added to his tally, surpassing the 20-goal mark.

Wigan Athletic piled the pressure on the table toppers, securing maximum points in a 2-1 triumph over Charlton Athletic. The Latics came from behind, striking either side of the break to return to winning ways.

Sunderland's new manager Alex Neil got a point in his first game at the helm at AFC Wimbledon. Milton Keynes Dons and Wycombe Wanderers also added a point to the board.

And Plymouth Argyle moved back inside the Play-Off places with victory over Shrewsbury Town, as Oxford United slipped out of the top six with defeat to a Bolton Wanderers side unbeaten in their last seven.

The biggest result of the weekend came from Fratton Park where Portsmouth made it back-to-back victories, running out 4-0 winners against Doncaster Rovers. Gary McSheffrey’s side sit bottom of the standings, tied on points with Crewe Alexandra who also lost by a similar margin, going down 4-1 to Accrington Stanley.

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In League Two, Sutton United and Forest Green Rovers shared the spoils in a top of the table clash. The visitors, who hold an 11-point lead at the top of the rankings, are now 19 unbeaten in the League, courtesy of Kane Wilson’s second half leveller against the U’s.

Elsewhere, second-placed Tranmere Rovers slipped to a 1-0 defeat against a Walsall side who managed their first win in nine, third-placed Northampton Town registered a goalless draw with Port Vale, and victory over Bradford City put Exeter City within touching distance of the automatic promotion places.

There were two six-goal thrillers, as Newport County and Oldham Athletic played out a 3-3 draw in South Wales, and Harrogate Town were held to an identical score-line by Rochdale. The result sees the Exiles cling on to seventh place, whilst the second-bottom Latics are now two points from safety.

And Carlisle United ended a run of four straight defeats, as the Cumbrians secured a point in a 2-2 draw with Colchester United.


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