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Five stories from the EFL weekend action

24 October 2022

It was a weekend packed full of derby day delight, forcible fightbacks and record-breaking runs. Here are five things you may have missed...

Local pride

There were wins for Swansea City, Blackpool, Hull City and Stockport County over their local rivals.

The Swans ran out 2-0 winners over Cardiff City in the South Wales derby, making it three consecutive victories over the Bluebirds. Oli Cooper and Michael Obafemi struck either side of the break for the hosts. It’s now six wins from a possible seven for Russell Martin’s side.


There was a six-goal thriller on the cards in West Lancashire as the Tangerines beat Preston North End 4-2. Jerry Yates bagged a brace to move level as the Sky Bet Championship’s joint top scorer and Arsenal loanee Charlie Patino rippled the net with an impressive strike from range.

Elsewhere, the Tigers made it back-to-back wins, taking all three points back to East Yorkshire after seeing off Rotherham United 4-2.

And Stockport recorded a 2-0 triumph over Salford City in a Greater Manchester showdown in Sky Bet League Two.

Never say die

In the Championship, Burnley reversed their fortunes in spectacular style, finding themselves 2-0 down to Sunderland within the opening 20 minutes of the game. Nathan Tella sparked the resurgence five minutes into the second period as the Clarets turned it around to beat the Black Cats 4-2.

Sheffield United looked to be in for a long afternoon after Teemu Pukki notched a quick-fire double for Norwich City. However, Ben Osborn and Oli McBurnie were on hand to rescue a point as Adam Davies denied Pukki a hat-trick from the penalty spot.

Similarly, Bristol Rovers came from behind to earn a 2-2 draw with Sky Bet League One high-flyers Plymouth Argyle.

And Bolton Wanderers flipped the score-line on its head in a 3-2 win over Accrington Stanley. A Harvey Rodgers own goal halved the deficit before Kieran Lee and Dapo Afolayan saw the Trotters return to winning ways.

Record shut-outs

Coventry City made it four consecutive shut-outs on the road with a 2-0 win over Stoke City at the bet365 Stadium, marking the first time the Club have done so in England’s top two divisions.

Stopper Ben Wilson was between the sticks to keep another clean sheet in a Sky Blues shirt as Coventry kept out Burnley, Cardiff, Sheffield United and, most recently, the Potters, making it three victories on the bounce in the process.


Last team standing

Morecambe became the final team in the EFL to register their first home win of the 2022/23 campaign with a slender 1-0 win over Barnsley.

Huddersfield Town loanee Kieran James Phillips scored the only goal of the game and his fourth of the term in the 39th minute for the Shrimps for Morecambe’s second league victory of the season.

Winning starts

It didn’t take Graham Coughlan long to get off the mark in his first game in charge of Newport County after succeeding James Rowberry at Rodney Parade. The Exiles overcame League Two rivals Colchester United 1-0 on home soil as Will Evans opened the scoring inside seven minutes.


And Coughlan will face his ex-employers Mansfield Town tomorrow evening when Newport pay a visit to the One Call Stadium.

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