The weekend that was: ten nuggets from this weekend’s EFL action (14th & 15th January 2023)

The weekend that was: ten nuggets from this weekend’s EFL action (14th & 15th January 2023)

#1 Burnley made it seven league wins in a row (and 11 wins in their last 12 second tier games) with a 1-0 victory over Coventry City at Turf Moor. We’ve already accepted that we won’t be writing about the Clarets next season!

#2 Middlesbrough moved up to 4th with a 1-0 win at home to Millwall, while West Brom moved up to 6th after coming from 2-0 down to beat Luton 3-2 at Kenilworth Road. A reminder that the pair were 21st and 23rd when Michael Carrick and Carlos Corberan were appointed.

#3 It would be an understatement to say that David Wagner’s first league game in charge of Norwich City went according to plan. Braces from Teemu Pukki and Kieran Dowell gave the Canaries a 4-0 victory over Preston North End; their biggest league win away from home since 2018.

#4 Cardiff City parted company with Mark Hudson in the aftermath of their 1-1 draw with Wigan Athletic. The Bluebirds are without a win in their last nine games; however, they have drawn six of those matches.

#5 In League One, a late equaliser from Norwich loanee Bali Mumba denied Ipswich all three points against Plymouth. The Pilgrims are now unbeaten in their last 12 league games on the road and the gap between themselves and Kieran McKenna’s side remains at seven points.

#6 Darren Moore’s Sheffield Wednesday closed the gap on Plymouth to three points with a 1-0 win over Wycombe at Adams Park. Barring a penalty shootout defeat to Southampton in the Carabao Cup, the Owls haven’t suffered defeat since 4th October.

#7 In League Two, Leyton Orient failed to score for the fourth time in their last five games when they played out a goalless draw with Barrow.

#8 They may have won at Villa Park, but Stevenage couldn’t win at the EnviroVent Stadium in Harrogate. Luke Armstrong’s sixth goal in his last six games cancelled out Carl Piergianni’s fourth goal in his last four games.

#9 15th April 2022. That was the last time Gillingham scored two goals in a game – until Saturday! The Kent club beat fellow strugglers Hartlepool United 2-0 at Priestfield. The new era is gathering momentum…

#10 Finally, returning hero Charlie Austin scored his first goal for Swindon in 12 years during the Robins 5-0 thrashing of Grimsby. Austin took the decision to come home after a spell in Brisbane, Australia. We’re more than happy to go the other way, Charlie!

(Photo Creds – Charlie David)