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        EFL Winners & Losers

        2019/11/30 19:30
        By Connor Andrews
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        Playmaker takes a look at the winners and losers from a Tuesday of football league action.

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        Brentford: 7-0, that’s SEVEN nil, for Brentford over Luton Town. And perhaps even more shocking than the scoreline is the fact Ollie Watkins only scored once. OK, Luton aren’t great, but the signs are good for Brentford in their play-off push.

        Barnsley: Bottom of the table but with the five teams above them all losing, a 3-1 over Hull is an absolutely mega result that moves Barnsley five points from safety. A first win for Gerhard Struber, especially over a decent Hull side, claims an enormous three points.

        Bristol City: Continuing to stick around in the play-off picture when many were expecting them to drop, Bristol City score the most goals they’ve managed this season in a 5-2 win over Huddersfield that gives them plenty to build upon.

        Leeds: It might have come against a lowly Middlesbrough side, but Leeds will be happy to see the flood gates open just a crack after their dominance in fixtures is rarely reflected in the score sheet. Mateusz Klich bagged a brace that moves Leeds temporarily above West Brom to the top of the Championship.

        Cardiff: Neil Harris makes it two wins on the bounce and remains undefeated in his first three games as Cardiff boss. A 1-0 win over a play-off team in Nottingham Forest takes Cardiff into the top 10, with Nathaniel Mendez-Laing netting his second of the season in as many games.

        Reading: There were some suspicions the rather odd new manager bounce was over for Reading, but a 3-1 win away at Wigan moves them five points ahead of The Latics who head the bottom three.

        Oxford: Oxford played a football game? Oh so that’s another win. 1-0 away at Walsall in the FA Cup extends their winning run to four, and unbeaten streak in all competitions to nine. In the play-off places and through in the League and FA Cup, a great season continues to get better.

        Portsmouth: It might have been against some easy opposition in the FA Cup against Altrincham, but Portsmouth continue to turn round a poor season with five wins on the bounce, and unbeaten in eight. Is the feel good factor on its way back?

         

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        Stoke: Of all the new manager bounces down at the bottom of the Championship table, Stoke's under Michael O’Neill looked the most genuine, but back-to-back losses against Cardiff and Blackburn put paid to that theory. Now the hard work really starts.

        Hull: Inconsistency continues at Hull where every positive result seems to be followed by a negative. Losing 3-1 to Barnsley after a 4-0 against Preston is about as frustrating as it can get, and the play-offs look impossible if Hull can’t get their act together.

        Luton: A 2-1 win over Charlton last time out certainly looked like something to build on for Luton, but a 7-0 hammering by Brentford accelerates their journey down to the relegation zone in painful fashion. 

        Charlton: And talking of downward journeys, Charlton’s trip from the top of the table to 17th is getting painful. A 3-1 loss at home to Sheffield Wednesday extendis their winless streak to seven games.

        Huddersfield: Still out of the relegation places, but Danny Cowley’s apparent turnaround at Huddersfield is breaking down with two defeats in a four game winless streak. A 5-2 loss to Bristol City will be tough to take, but even the previous two draws help keep them away from some morbid form below them in the table.

        Nottingham Forest: Forest were starting to look like a solid play-off outfit once more, but a home loss to Cardiff will be hard to stomach.

        Bradford: The only game in League Two this weekend gave Bradford the perfect opportunity to make up for some poor form against Macclesfield. Instead they drew 1-1 making it a five game winless run.

         

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