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          Few slip-ups in a competitive Saturday

          EFL Winners & Losers

          2020/02/08 21:24
          By Connor Andrews
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          With the Premier League's staggered winter break in effect, more attention was cast over the EFL, and leading sides didn't disappoint.

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          Fulham: Now just out of the automatic promotion places on goal difference, Fulham’s return to the Premier League looks far more likely with a solid 1-0 away win against Blackburn thanks to Aleksandar Mitrovic.

          Nottingham Forest: And they have Forest to thank, who pick up a huge 2-0 win at home to Leeds which throws the Championship’s automatic promotion fight into complete chaos once more when it looked finished in December.

          Brentford: And keeping pace with Fulham and Forest are Brentford, just two points back from the top two. Middlesbrough made it hard though, twice equalising, but an 87th minute winner from Ollie Watkins throws things right back in favour of the Bees. 

          Derby: Continuing a good run of form since Wayne Rooney’s arrival, Derby make it three league wins in four to keep themselves on the outskirts of the play-off picture with a huge 3-2 away win over Swansea after trailing 2-1.

          Peterborough: Posh’s return to form continues in incredible fashion with their fifth League One win on the trot making it 16 goals scored and two conceded. Ivan Toney netted twice in a result that moves them third, and doing it over play-off competitors Oxford makes things even sweeter.

          Sunderland: Continuing their play-off push, Sunderland recover from defeat to Portsmouth with a decent Chris Maguire inspired 1-0 home win over former leaders Ipswich, that leapfrogs them past and back into sixth.

          Portsmouth: Making it a nine game winning streak in all competitions, Portsmouth cement their play-off credentials with a 2-0 win away at Tranmere thanks to Sean Raggett and Ryan Williams.

          Rotherham: They didn’t make it easy but Rotherham stay top of League One with a 1-0 win away at Lincoln thanks to Matty Crooks. With their league leading 17 wins, Rotherham continue to show that risking it for three points is often better than settling for one.

          Colchester: Recovering from the end of their 16 game unbeaten run in the best way possible, Colchester bag an impressive 3-0 home win over play-off rivals Plymouth featuring a Theo Robinson double that confirms their promotion credentials.

          Crewe: Similarly, Crewe show they’re to be taken seriously as a League Two promotion outfit, two points off top with a game in hand. Three wins on the bounce and the best form in the league was extended with a 2-1 over Oldham thanks to a Charlie Kirk stoppage time winner.

           



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          Leeds: Their 11 point gap to third is now gone with a 2-0 away loss to Nottingham Forest, and right now you’d be pretty brave to bet on Leeds getting promoted as momentum shifts dramatically.

          Swansea: Winless in three, Swansea drop four points short of the play-offs with a frustrating home loss to Derby after leading 2-1. As things close up, Swansea really need to be winning these games.

          Charlton: Now just a place above the relegation zone, Charlton’s downward trajectory continues in painfull fashion as they’re leapfrogged by Stoke in a 3-1 loss.

          Oxford: It was always going to be a tough ask for Oxford away at Peterborough but no one expected a 4-0 thumping that drops them all the way down to 10th.

          Tranmere: Making it five losses on the bounce in a 2-0 home loss to Portsmouth, Tranmere’s League Two return is starting to look inevitable. 

          Lincoln: Four losses in a row drop Lincoln well short of the League One play-off race after a 1-0 home loss to Rotherham and just a single goal in that spell.

          Ipswich: Three losses on the trot drop Ipswich out of League One’s play-off places for the first time this season with a 1-0 loss away to Sunderland seriously addressing their season.

          Forest Green: Now winless in five and sinking down to 10th, a 2-1 home loss to Walsall shows Forest Green’s promotion hopes are quickly slipping away after a solid start to the season.

           


           

           

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