This weekend within the EFL…

It was one other weekend of thrills and spills throughout the EFL’s three divisions! Listed below are just among the essential headlines…

Hornets buzzing after securing promotion

An early Ismaila Sarr penalty – the Senegal international’s 13th goal of the season – sealed a 1-0 victory over Millwall and, with it, automated promotion for Watford as they return to the Premier League on the first try. It additionally evoked memories of the halcyon days of Graham Taylor and Sir Elton John in Hertfordshire. Not since 1977/78 have Watford managed 18 league wins at Vicarage Street in a single season. They’ve received their past eight home video games with a 18-1 goal differential. 

Birmingham profit from the Bowyer bounce

When Lee Bowyer walked into St Andrew’s in mid-March with 10 video games remaining, Birmingham have been hovering perilously one place above the drop zone. Derby, in the meantime, have been two locations higher off. Quick forward 5 weeks. Two Lukas Jutkiewicz headers gave Blues a 2-1 comeback win at Satisfaction Park and made it 17 points from eight video games under Bowyer, guaranteeing Birmingham’s Sky Bet Championship place for subsequent season. Derby have managed just 4 points in the identical interval and stay in serious trouble.

Hull City heading straight back up

If Hull City supporters have been sore to overlook out on witnessing at first-hand their side safe a right away return to the Sky Bet Championship with a 2-1 victory at promotion rivals Lincoln, they could have reflected that they couldn’t attend Hull’s 44th recreation of last season, both. That was an 8-0 loss at Wigan with seven goals conceded in an abject first half. The Tigers have let in a League One best 36 goals this season, 51 fewer than once they have been relegated.

West Nation woes as Swindon and Bristol Rovers go down

The Sky Bet League One relegation image is somewhat clearer after Swindon City and Bristol Rovers slipped by means of the trapdoor collectively. Rovers lost a club-record 26th league recreation of the season to a Ronan Curtis goal at Portsmouth on Saturday lunchtime. Two hours later, Swindon joined them. A 5-0 defeat at MK Dons, for whom Will Grigg scored a career-best 4 goals, took the Robins’ ‘goals against’ tally to 84.

May Southend’s goal Rush be just in time?

With just 24 goals of their earlier 43 Sky Bet League Two fixtures, Southend are the bottom scorers within the EFL this season. Figuring out that solely victory over Leyton Orient at Roots Corridor may extend their 101-year stay within the League, they have been level at 1-1 when manager Phil Brown threw on 20-year-old striker Matt Rush, who has been on loan at Tonbridge Angels. Brown’s gamble paid off as Rush scored his first EFL goal, a 76th-minute winner to maintain Southend’s hopes alive.

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