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The EFL weekend review

24 January 2022

That’s another weekend done and dusted across the three divisions!

Let’s take a look back at some of the biggest headlines from the Sky Bet Championship, Sky Bet League One and Sky Bet League Two…

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A seven-goal thriller was on the cards at the Select Car Leasing Stadium, as Reading and Huddersfield Town traded punches in a tightly contested showdown. Danny Ward, the last player to score a treble for the Terriers prior to kick-off, took home the match ball in a game that saw five goals in the first 25 minutes, as the West Yorkshire visitors edged the Royals 4-3.

There were also wins for West Bromwich Albion over Peterborough United, a victory for Queens Park Rangers against Coventry City, whilst Fulham played out a 3-2 triumph over Stoke City, where D'Margio Wright-Phillips - the grandson of Ian Wright - bagged his first professional goal against the Cottagers.

Elsewhere, Hull City made it back-to-back wins as the Tigers edged Bournemouth in a 1-0 win, with Ryan Longman’s strike the difference on the South Coast.

And it was Nottingham Forest who took the bragging rights in the East Midlands derby. Second-half goals from Lewis Grabban and Brennan Johnson handed the hosts the lead, with Tom Lawrence’s late penalty nothing more than a consolation for Derby County.

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In League One, Morecambe came from behind twice to beat high-flying Wycombe Wanderers. Eventually, it was in-form Cole Stockton who claimed the winner and his 17th of the season so far, as the Shrimps ran out 3-2 winners.

Doncaster Rovers shocked Milton Keynes Dons, as the South Yorkshire side sealed a first win in five. Joe Dodoo’s strike was enough to see Doncaster through to victory, ending the Dons’ own unbeaten streak of five.

Meanwhile, Oxford United piled the pressure on the fifth-placed MK Dons with a win over Sheffield Wednesday. The Us moved level on points with the Dons in a 3-2 triumph over the Owls. Matty Taylor was at the double whilst Sam Winnall was on target against his former Club, as Oxford held on to the sixth and final Play-Off place.

And Rotherham United were buoyed by a win over Cheltenham Town, Wigan Athletic came out on top against Gillingham, and Sunderland also tasted victory against Portsmouth, with just a point separating the top three.

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It’s now seven wins on the spin for Mansfield Town in League Two, as the Stags claimed their latest triumph over Barrow. The Nottinghamshire outfit, who sit just inside the top seven, cruised to a 3-1 win against the Bluebirds in our featured game of the weekend, courtesy of strikes from Rhys Oates, Stephen McLaughlin and Jordan Bowery.

Scunthorpe United were resigned to a fourth straight defeat at the hands of Newport County. The Exiles moved up to fifth as Courtney Baker-Richardson struck in the second half for a 1-0 win on the road.

And Colchester United put distance between the Essex team and the drop zone with an emphatic showing against Salford City. The U’s, who came into the fixture on the back of five straight defeats, claimed their first win in eight as they cruised to a 3-0 victory, with Luke Chambers, Myles Kenlock and Corie Andrews all making the scoresheet.

Elsewhere, Forest Green Rovers made it three points and three goals against Carlisle United to preserve their lead at the top, whilst second-placed Tranmere Rovers are now 10 unbeaten with a win over Crawley Town, and Sutton United picked up a point at home to Northampton Town, who occupy third place.


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