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Fewer fixtures, same drama!

Take a look back at the weekend's EFL action...

8 January 2022

EFL Club involvement in the FA Cup third round meant there was a reduced fixture schedule when it came to League games this weekend, but there was no shortage of drama across Sky Bet League One and League Two!

Here's a re-cap of some of the main headlines...


Our featured game of the weekend was the early kick-off between Wycombe Wanderers and fellow promotion chasers Sunderland AFC, and set the tone for what was to follow.

Following a pulsating and end-to-end first half which ended with the sides locked at 2-2, Sunderland looked to have snatched a late winner through top scorer Ross Stewart - who had a hand in all three of their goals - only for Wycombe talisman Joe Jacobson to pop up in the 98th minute to snatch a point for his side in front of the Sky Sports cameras. 

In the 3pm kick-offs, Ipswich Town also came out on the right side of a match which featured four goals and a red card, running out 4-0 winners at Gillingham to continue Kieran McKenna's impressive start as manager. The day's other winners were Fleetwood Town and Lincoln City, who saw off Doncaster Rovers and Oxford United respectively. 

Elsewhere, 10-man Accrington Stanley frustrated MK Dons, holding the visitors to a 1-1 draw despite playing just under an hour with a one-man disavantage. There would be little to separate Cheltenham Town and Burton Albion, who also played out a 1-1 draw. 




There were five games in total in Sky Bet League Two on Saturday, and Tranmere Rovers were among the Clubs celebrating at full-time, as they made it six wins in a row with an impressive 4-0 victory over struggling Scunthorpe United, a game which included a fantastic volley from Elliott Nevitt. It's a result which means they're now second in the standings.

In fact, each of the five fixtures featured a goal, with none ending in a draw, as Stevenage too picked up maximum points with an important 3-1 victory at home to Walsall. The result halts their winless run and has put distance between themselves and the drop zone.

Another side on the up are Carlisle United, whose 2-0 victory against Bradford City is their third on the bounce and fourth in five league games. Former Bradford players Jordan Gibson and Omari Patrick both scored against their old club.

Elsewhere, promotion hopefuls Northampton Town slipped to back-to-back defeats at the hands of Crawley Town, with Tom Nichols' fine first-half goal enough to seal victory for the visitors, meaning just 10 points now separate 3rd from 13th. 

Salford City are one of the sides in that mix; they found the net either side of half-time to secure a 2-0 win at Newport County, who in turn missed a chance to move up through the division's Play-Off places. 


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