Five things you’ve missed from the weekend’s action
After another frantic round of fixtures in the EFL, you could be forgiven for missing some of the biggest stories of the week. No problem if you have though, because here are five stories that you may have missed from the weekend’s action.
1. West Bromwich Albion return to the top of the Championship in style
After Leeds United saw off rivals Huddersfield Town on Saturday lunchtime, Slaven Bilic and West Bromwich Albion knew they had to pick up three points in their fixture against Swansea City on Sunday afternoon.
Like Marcelo Bielsa’s men, the Baggies have been impressive this season, matching each other stride for stride in the league standings and were bang at it again on Sunday, notching five against the travelling Swans.
Goals from Semi Ajayi, Hal Robson-Kanu, Matt Phillips, Kyle Edwards and Matheus Pereira sent them back to the summit, with the latter producing another stunning individual performance
2. Cardiff City’s dying seconds delight
Coming up against the league’s bottom side can sometimes be a game that you want to kick on in, or one that can cause a manager nightmares – the latter nearly came a reality for Neil Harris at the weekend.
His Cardiff City side welcomed Barnsley to the Cardiff City Stadium on Saturday hoping to put themselves within one point of the Sky Bet Championship Play-Off places, however things were not going to plan for the Bluebirds after 60 minutes as they found themselves 2-1 down.
Step up Lee Tomlin, a stunning display from the 30-year-old saw him grab the game by the scruff of the neck and turn it on its head, scoring the winner in the 94th minute.
3. Fylde Coast orange after derby day win
Derby day on the Fylde belonged to Blackpool once again as they comfortably saw off neighbours Fleetwood Town by three-goals-to-one at Bloomfield Road on Saturday afternoon.
The Seasiders’ magic man Liam Feeney was in top form once again, providing another assist to Armand Gnanduillet and also opened the scoring in the fixture, netting his first goal in 1337 days.
Sullay Kaikai also scored a quite simply stunning goal, nestling in a wide free-kick into the top right corner of Billy Crellin’s goal, another defeat at Bloomfield Road for the Cod Army means they have never picked up a point let alone a win on derby day in Blackpool.
4. A Graham Coughlan half-time masterclass saves the day
Bristol Rovers were stunned by Southend United, finding themselves 2-0 down at half-time at the Memorial Stadium.
Whatever was said at the break by Gas boss Coughlan was clearly well received by his squad, as they produced a second-half masterclass to turn their dreadful first period into a stunning win, nothing four goals without reply.
A notable stunner from Ed Upson made sure that the game would not be ending level, scoring from the edge of the Shrimpers box – leaving Nathan Bishop with no chance, the win sends the Gas into fifth position the the Sky Bet League One standings.
5. Swindon Town win… again, of course Eoin Doyle scored… again
The Robins maintained their place at the top of the Sky Bet League Two table with another impressive display, this time coming at Blundell Park against managerless Grimsby Town.
Richie Wellens’ side have somewhat pulled away from the chasing Play-Off candidates, putting five points between them in top spot and Cheltenham Town in fourth position.
Swindon Town’s talisman Eoin Doyle was on the scoresheet again, making it 18 league goals this season, meaning that he has scored more goals than any player across England’s top-four tiers. His strike partner, Jerry Yates was in better form on the day, grabbing the other two goals in a 3-0 win.