EFL goals and roundup: Burnley extend their lead at the top of the Championship | Soccer News

Burnley extended their lead at the top of the Championship table to six points after coming from behind to beat Middlesbrough 3-1 at Turf Moor.

The visitors took the lead just after half-time when Duncan Watmore, who had just come on as a substitute, capitalized on a defensive error.

But Burnley’s response has been impressive. Manuel Benson equalized on the hour mark and then put the hosts ahead seven minutes later with a cross that eluded everyone, before Jonny Howson headed for his own net.

Connor Roberts was sent off in the final minutes when the referee thought he had run the line, although replays showed the ball did indeed hit the bar.

Boro couldn’t capitalize on his lucky break though, as Chuba Akpom’s weak penalty was easily saved.

Second-placed Sheffield United take on Wigan on Monday, and Watford moved within four points of the Blades with a 2-0 win over Huddersfield, with Joao Pedro scoring both goals in the second half.

QPR head coach Neil Critchley made a successful start to his tenure after being appointed last Sunday as Rangers ended a four-game losing streak by beating fellow play-off contenders Preston 1-0.

The only goal came from Jimmy Dunne in the 58th minute.

Swansea staged a remarkable comeback to draw 3-3 with Coventry. The Sky Blues looked certain to take all three points when Viktor Gyokeres made it 3-0 in the 54th minute, adding to goals from Jonathan Panzo and Jamie Allen.

But Joel Piroe pulled one back in the 68th minute and the Swans got an unlikely point through Jay Fulton and Liam Cullen.

West Brom continued their good form with a fifth straight win, beating Rotherham 3-0.

Jed Wallace put the Baggies ahead in the 20th minute, Grady Diangana scored the second 12 minutes after halftime and Brandon Thomas-Asante secured the points, tucking in the rebound after his penalty was saved.

Hull and Sunderland drew 1-1 after an eventful second half. Oscar Estupinan fended off a glorious chance for Hull to take the lead when he rolled their penalty past the post, and Sunderland were then reduced to 10 men.

Elliot Embleton injured himself while stepping on Ryan Woods and was shown a red card as he was carried away. Ross Stewart put the visitors ahead in the 74th minute but Ozan Tufan equalized for Hull eight minutes from time.

Stoke came from behind to beat Bristol City 2-1, Liam Delap canceling out Nahki Wells’ opener with the final first-half action before Jacob Brown netted the winner in the 57th minute.

Kion Etete scored his first goal for Cardiff but Blackpool were drawn 1-1 through Gary Madine.

Sky Bet Ligue 1

Plymouth climbed to the top of Sky Bet League One as goals from Niall Ennis and Sam Cosgrove secured a 2-1 victory over Morecambe at Home Park.

After Morgan Whittaker’s 44th-minute penalty was saved by Shrimps keeper Connor Ripley, Argyle took the lead 20 minutes from time when Ennis finished at the near post from a cross from Ryan Hardie and Cosgrove then added a second after 84 minutes.

Anthony O’Connor pulled back a goal for Morecambe in stoppage time but Steven Schumacher’s side held on for victory to take a two-point lead at the top, replacing Ipswich.

The Tractor Boys lost 1-0 at Wycombe, with Brandon Hanlan scoring in the 40th minute.

Sheffield Wednesday are two points behind Ipswich in third after drawing 0-0 at Hillsborough with Oxford, who were denied victory when Cameron Dawson saved a Josh Murphy penalty seventh minute from time. ‘stop.

Devante Cole scored in each half as fourth-placed Barnsley beat struggling Burton 2-0 at Oakwell, the Tykes’ fifth straight league victory.

Fifth-placed Bolton also won 2-0 at home, beating Exeter, with Conor Bradley and Dion Charles in net in the first half.

David McGoldrick scored a hat-trick as Derby cruised into the play-off places with a 4-0 win over Forest Green at Pride Park.

McGoldrick notched his hat-trick, capped off with an 87th-minute effort, after Nathaniel Mendez-Laing put the Rams ahead five minutes into the game.

MK Dons won their first league game since the sacking of boss Liam Manning, triumphing 2-0 at Portsmouth.

Bradley Johnson and Jack Tucker scored the goals as the Dons, under interim manager DeanLewington, moved up one spot to 22nd, trading places with Burton.

Charlton, also without a manager after sacking Ben Garner, led at home to Bristol Rovers before being beaten 2-1.

Ryan Inniss headed the Addicks up front before the visitors fought back with a second-half brace from substitute John Marquis.

Sky Bet League Two

Leyton Orient extended their lead at the top of the Sky Bet League Two to seven points as a stunner from Paul Smyth and Alastair Smith’s own goal secured a 2-0 win at home to Sutton.

Smyth opened the scoring after 61 minutes when he collected a pass from Theo Archibald and sent the ball into the top right corner from 20 yards out for his ninth goal of the season.

The result was settled with an own goal in the 79th minute. A Tom James throw-in from the right was assisted by Omar Beckles and Smith deflected the ball into his own net.

Louis Reed’s seventh-minute penalty saw Swindon beat Barrow 1-0 and move into fourth in League Two.
It was one of only two games to be played in the fourth tier due to weather.


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