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        EFL round-up: Southampton win 8-goal thriller

        2024/02/10 18:53

        Southampton won a dramatic eight-goal thriller in another entertaining weekend of EFL football.

        There was plenty going on elsewhere with Nathan Jones also making his return to management as the new Charlton Athletic boss.

        As always, Playmaker gives you all the news...

        All three of the former Premier League sides currently flying high in the Championship won their respective games this weekend. We're going to go straight to St. Mary's for what was the most thrilling game in the second tier.

        The Saints were 2-0 down to Jon Worthington's Huddersfield Town by half-time after goals from Sorba Thomas and David Kasumu.

        The home side fought back, scoring five times in the second half. Two goals in the space of just a few minutes by Joe Rothwell had Southampton on level terms soon after the restart.

        Alex Matos' deflected effort put Huddersfield back in the lead in the 65th minute when he made it 3-2.

        But it was a Terriers goal in the wrong net that levelled the scores once again from a Tom Lees own goal.

        Southampton took the lead for the first time in the 84th minute through substitute Sékou Mara before fellow substitute Samuel Edozie wrapped up the win in stoppage time. 

        That result means Southampton stay second behind leaders Leicester City, who won 2-1 away to Watford (even if Harry Winks virtually handed the Hornets a goal), while Leeds United kept up their fine form with a 3-0 win at home Rotherham United.

        Ipswich Town remain hanging on to the top three and had to battle to a point at home to fifth-placed West Bromwich Albion. Omari Hutchinson came off the bench and made the difference when his stoppage-time goal ensured the game finished 2-2.

        Rounding out the play-off places are Sunderland who came from behind to defeat Plymouth Argyle 3-1. Jack Clarke and Jobe Bellingham's goals were fine strikes and helped the Black Cats to victory.

        Elsewhere in the Championship, Bristol City got a much-needed win away to Middlesbrough, Queens Park Rangers earned a point at home to Norwich City, and John Eustace won his game as Blackburn Rovers boss 3-1 at home to Stoke City.

        Championship final scores:

        Ipswich Town 2-2 West Bromwich Albion
        Southampton 5-3 Huddersfield Town
        Sunderland 3-1 Plymouth Argyle
        Watford 1-2 Leicester City
        Queens Park Rangers 2-2 Norwich City
        Middlesbrough 1-2 Bristol City
        Blackburn Rovers 3-1 Stoke City
        Cardiff City 0-2 Preston North End
        Hull City 0-1 Swansea City
        Leeds United 3-0 Rotherham United

        We begin our look at the third tier with a big win for Reading towards the bottom of the table who spoiled Nathan Jones' return to management.

        The former Southampton and Luton Town boss suffered a 2-0 defeat due to two second-half goals from Femi Azeez. The Charlton job won't be an easy one for the Welshman.

        At the top of the table, Portsmouth extended their lead to six points following a narrow win away to Carlisle United with Paddy Lane scoring the only goal of the game.

        Behind Pompey, both second-placed Derby County and third-placed Bolton Wanderers drew their games. The Rams were 1-0 up at home to Shrewsbury Town until Aaron Pierre struck in the 86th minute while the Trotters came back from an early setback and then a straight red card for George Thomason to equalise thanks to substitute Carlos Mendes.

        Barnsley are now in fourth place in League One after completing a late comeback at home to Leyton Orient. Ruel Sotiriou had put Orient ahead in the first ten minutes but Adam Phillips’ goals in the 88th and 95th minute gave Barnsley the win, even with Luca Connell being sent off for a second yellow card in the 89th minute.

        Peterborough United are fifth in the table after suffering a heavy defeat on the road against Wycombe Wanderers which began with an Archie Collins own goal. It all went downhill from there with Nicholas Bilokapic also scoring an own goal in a 5-2 defeat.

        Rounding off the top six still is Stevenage, who were 2-1 up against Port Vale until Funso Ojo scored a penalty for the Valiants in the eighth minute of stoppage time.

        League One final scores:

        Port Vale 2-2 Stevenage
        Northampton Town 1-1 Bolton Wanderers
        Reading 2-0 Charlton Athletic
        Wigan Athletic 1-2 Exeter City
        Wycombe Wanderers 5-2 Peterborough United
        Lincoln City 2-1 Fleetwood Town
        Derby County 1-1 Shrewsbury Town
        Blackpool 1-1 Oxford United
        Bristol Rovers 1-2 Burton Albion
        Cambridge United 0-1 Cheltenham Town
        Carlisle United 0-1 Portsmouth
        Barnsley 2-1 Leyton Oriental

        Finally, we move to the fourth tier a weekend with just one draw from the 12 games played from Friday until today.

        Leaders Stockport County drew last week but had their game this weekend wrapped up by half-time with Antoni Sarcevic, Isaac Olaofe, and Lewis Cass putting the Hatters 3-0 up by half-time against Grimsby Town. Abo Eisa did pull one back for the hosts but it was in the end a comfortable win for Stockport.

        Mansfield Town are keeping up the chase, winning 4-0 away to Steve Cotterill's Forest Green Rovers despite Richard Keogh making his debut for the game.

        Ollie Clarke scored twice while goals from Tom Nichols and Will Swan wrapped up a routine victory for Nigel Clough's side.

        Crewe Alexandra moved up to third in the table with Rio Adebisi ensuring a 1-0 win at home to Crawley Town with the Railwaymen taking advantage of two defeats elsewhere. Bradford City snatched a late victory away to Wrexham through Andy Cool while Barrow suffered a 2-0 defeat away to Wimbledon.

        Rounding out the play-off places are MK Dons, who 2-1 victors at home to Accrington Stanley thanks to a 93rd-minute goal from Joe Tomlinson, and Harrogate Town who won 1-0 at home to Colchester United thanks to Jack Muldoon's 92nd-minute winner.

        League Two final scores:

        Morecambe 1-0 Sutton United
        Swindon Town 1-1 Salford City
        Wrexham 0-1 Bradford City
        MK Dons 2-1 Accrington Stanley
        Walsall 0-3 Newport County
        Harrogate Town 1-0 Colchester United
        Crewe Alexandra 1-0 Crawley Town
        Doncaster Rovers 2-1 Tranmere Rovers
        Forest Green Rovers 0-4 Mansfield Town
        Grimsby Town 1-3 Stockport County
        Wimbledon 2-0 Barrow

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        2024-02-10 19h29m by omitchellsonjones
        But just as it looked as though the Terriers might hold on for a shock win, Southampton mounted an incredible comeback. A penalty from James Ward-Prowse and a late goal from Adam Armstrong completed the turnaround, giving the Saints a 4-3 victory.

        Wow, what a thrilling game! As a football fan, I couldn't ask for more entertainment from the Championship. Southampton had an amazing comeback and showed great determination. Congrats to them.
        2024-02-10 19h13m by jreedmanbrst
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