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  • Britt Assombalonga saves the day for Middlesbrough in draw at BarnsleyBritt Assombalonga rescued a point for Middlesbrough with his sixth goal of the season in a 2-2 draw against Barnsley at Oakwell.Three goals in a frantic opening nine minutes saw Barnsley lead 2-1, and Assombalonga hauled the visitors level on the hour mark.Both sides had chances to win in after that but could not force a fifth goal in the contest.Middlesbrough's Ashley Fletcher, starting against the club for whom he scored four times in the league in 2016, gave the hosts a flying start with a third-minute own goal. He was unfortunate to turn Zeki Fryers' in-swinging near-post cross into his own net.But Middlesbrough were level just four minutes later as Barnsley failed to clear a corner which fell to Martin Braithwaite who fired home from 10 yards.Barnsley regained the lead almost immediately. Brad Potts' deflected cross was met in the middle by Cameron McGeehan who headed low past Darren Randol..

    Barnsley 2-2 Middlesbrough – 14-Oct-2017 : Match Report

    Britt Assombalonga saves the day for Middlesbrough in draw at BarnsleyBritt Assombalonga rescued a point for Middlesbrough with his sixth goal of the season in a 2-2 draw against Barnsley at Oakwell.Three goals in a frantic opening nine minutes saw Barnsley lead 2-1, and Assombalonga hauled the visitors level on the hour mark.Both sides had chances to win in after that but could not force a fifth goal in the contest.Middlesbrough's Ashley Fletcher, starting against the club for whom he scored four times in the league in 2016, gave the hosts a flying start with a third-minute own goal. He was unfortunate to turn Zeki Fryers' in-swinging near-post cross into his own net.But Middlesbrough were level just four minutes later as Barnsley failed to clear a corner which fell to Martin Braithwaite who fired home from 10 yards.Barnsley regained the lead almost immediately. Brad Potts' deflected cross was met in the middle by Cameron McGeehan who headed low past Darren Randol..
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  • Late Queensy Menig effort enough as Oldham edge BlackburnOldham kept up their 100 per cent record under caretaker boss Richie Wellens with a dramatic 1-0 victory against Blackburn.Dutch substitute Queensy Menig struck at the death as Wellens made it four straight wins in all competitions.Blackburn created the best chance of a high-tempo first half, with Elliott Bennett rounding the goalkeeper but somehow missing the target from six yards.Peter Whittingham drilled inches wide, while Oldham striker Eoin Doyle forced a low save from Rovers stopper David Raya.Craig Davies also tested Raya at the end of a flowing move before Whittingham's 25-yard blast cannoned back off the crossbar.The end-to-end football continued and Oldham's Jack Byrne went close to the breakthrough with a curling drive from the edge of the box.Davies sent another effort over the bar as Blackburn, seeking their fourth league game without defeat, came under increasing pressure.But Menig settled it on th..

    Oldham 1-0 Blackburn – 14-Oct-2017 : Match Report

    Late Queensy Menig effort enough as Oldham edge BlackburnOldham kept up their 100 per cent record under caretaker boss Richie Wellens with a dramatic 1-0 victory against Blackburn.Dutch substitute Queensy Menig struck at the death as Wellens made it four straight wins in all competitions.Blackburn created the best chance of a high-tempo first half, with Elliott Bennett rounding the goalkeeper but somehow missing the target from six yards.Peter Whittingham drilled inches wide, while Oldham striker Eoin Doyle forced a low save from Rovers stopper David Raya.Craig Davies also tested Raya at the end of a flowing move before Whittingham's 25-yard blast cannoned back off the crossbar.The end-to-end football continued and Oldham's Jack Byrne went close to the breakthrough with a curling drive from the edge of the box.Davies sent another effort over the bar as Blackburn, seeking their fourth league game without defeat, came under increasing pressure.But Menig settled it on th..
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  • Luke Berry nets hat-trick as Luton crush StevenageLuke Berry scored a hat-trick as Luton hammered near neighbours Stevenage 7-1.The midfielder broke the deadlock after just three minutes, heading Jack Stacey's cross home for his first Luton goal.Danny Newton missed a wonderful chance and the Hatters made them pay after seven minutes, Danny Hylton taking advantage of a defensive error to rifle home.Town had a third after 23 minutes when a counter attack from Harry Cornick saw Berry arrive perfectly to find the bottom corner with his left foot.Hylton's 20-yarder was parried by Joe Fryer, with the Boro stopper then producing an even better save from Olly Lee's header.Stevenage had one back on the stroke of half time through Ben Kennedy but Luton made it 4-1 after 52 minutes, Luke Wilkinson barging James Collins over and Hylton scoring from the spot.Berry completed his treble after 62 minutes, bending a beautiful shot beyond Fryer from 20 yards and it did not stop the..

    Luton 7-1 Stevenage – 14-Oct-2017 : Match Report

    Luke Berry nets hat-trick as Luton crush StevenageLuke Berry scored a hat-trick as Luton hammered near neighbours Stevenage 7-1.The midfielder broke the deadlock after just three minutes, heading Jack Stacey's cross home for his first Luton goal.Danny Newton missed a wonderful chance and the Hatters made them pay after seven minutes, Danny Hylton taking advantage of a defensive error to rifle home.Town had a third after 23 minutes when a counter attack from Harry Cornick saw Berry arrive perfectly to find the bottom corner with his left foot.Hylton's 20-yarder was parried by Joe Fryer, with the Boro stopper then producing an even better save from Olly Lee's header.Stevenage had one back on the stroke of half time through Ben Kennedy but Luton made it 4-1 after 52 minutes, Luke Wilkinson barging James Collins over and Hylton scoring from the spot.Berry completed his treble after 62 minutes, bending a beautiful shot beyond Fryer from 20 yards and it did not stop the..
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  • Mo Barrow strike ends Reading slump as Leeds lose againVito Mannone saved a stoppage-time penalty to ensure Mo Barrow's goal was enough to end Reading's winless run and inflict a third straight Sky Bet Championship defeat on former club Leeds.United were handed a lifeline after Samuel Saiz was brought down in the box but Mannone kept out Pablo Hernandez's weak spot-kick to give the Royals their first win in seven games.Barrow failed to make an impact during a five-game loan spell with Leeds towards the end of last season but he showed United what he was capable of in a match-winning cameo off the bench.Andy Lonergan, making the first start of his second spell at the club, had kept Leeds in the match only for Barrow to deny him a clean sheet and increase United's woes after a strong start to the campaign.Last season's play-off finalists Reading started the game in the relegation zone but their performance at Elland Road suggested they were occupying a false..

    Leeds 0-1 Reading – 14-Oct-2017 : Match Report

    Mo Barrow strike ends Reading slump as Leeds lose againVito Mannone saved a stoppage-time penalty to ensure Mo Barrow's goal was enough to end Reading's winless run and inflict a third straight Sky Bet Championship defeat on former club Leeds.United were handed a lifeline after Samuel Saiz was brought down in the box but Mannone kept out Pablo Hernandez's weak spot-kick to give the Royals their first win in seven games.Barrow failed to make an impact during a five-game loan spell with Leeds towards the end of last season but he showed United what he was capable of in a match-winning cameo off the bench.Andy Lonergan, making the first start of his second spell at the club, had kept Leeds in the match only for Barrow to deny him a clean sheet and increase United's woes after a strong start to the campaign.Last season's play-off finalists Reading started the game in the relegation zone but their performance at Elland Road suggested they were occupying a false..
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  • Nelson Oliveira strikes late to earn Norwich draw at home to HullNorwich stretched their unbeaten Sky Bet Championship run to seven matches as an injury-time goal from substitute Nelson Oliveira earned them a 1-1 draw against 10-man Hull at Carrow Road.The Portuguese striker headed home from the final play of the match to thwart the battling visitors, who had been forced to play the final 40 minutes a man down following the dismissal of key midfielder David Meyler.The Tigers had gone in front after 29 minutes through a fine finish from Nouha Dicko and defended their advantage in tigerish fashion, but the home side fully deserved their late leveller which made it three successive home draws to go with three successive away wins.Norwich went into the game with an unbeaten six match league run behind them and started brightly, creating two excellent chances in the opening 16 minutes.James Maddison clipped the outside of the post with a snap shot from just outside the box while it nee..

    Norwich 1-1 Hull – 14-Oct-2017 : Match Report

    Nelson Oliveira strikes late to earn Norwich draw at home to HullNorwich stretched their unbeaten Sky Bet Championship run to seven matches as an injury-time goal from substitute Nelson Oliveira earned them a 1-1 draw against 10-man Hull at Carrow Road.The Portuguese striker headed home from the final play of the match to thwart the battling visitors, who had been forced to play the final 40 minutes a man down following the dismissal of key midfielder David Meyler.The Tigers had gone in front after 29 minutes through a fine finish from Nouha Dicko and defended their advantage in tigerish fashion, but the home side fully deserved their late leveller which made it three successive home draws to go with three successive away wins.Norwich went into the game with an unbeaten six match league run behind them and started brightly, creating two excellent chances in the opening 16 minutes.James Maddison clipped the outside of the post with a snap shot from just outside the box while it nee..
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  • Early Sean McConville strike lifts Accrington to fourthSean McConville grabbed the only goal of the match to send Accrington up to fourth as they enjoyed a 1-0 win over promotion rivals Coventry.Stanley dominated the opening exchanges and grabbed a deserved opener when Jordan Clark's cross found McConville to rifle home in the 14th minute.McConville had earlier hit the crossbar when his strike was expertly tipped onto the woodwork by Coventry goalkeeper Lee Burge before Billy Kee was also denied by the crossbar after the striker charged down a clearance in the 34th minute.Coventry grew into the game after the break with five-goal striker Duckens Nazon testing Aaron Chapman on the hour mark from 30 yards, with the Stanley keeper denying Jodi Jones with his legs from close range as the visitors pressed for the equaliser.Substitute Marc McNulty headed over with 13 minutes to go before Chapman kept out efforts from Rod McDonald and Jones late on to ensure Stanley came away with m..

    Accrington Stanley 1-0 Coventry – 14-Oct-2017 : Match Report

    Early Sean McConville strike lifts Accrington to fourthSean McConville grabbed the only goal of the match to send Accrington up to fourth as they enjoyed a 1-0 win over promotion rivals Coventry.Stanley dominated the opening exchanges and grabbed a deserved opener when Jordan Clark's cross found McConville to rifle home in the 14th minute.McConville had earlier hit the crossbar when his strike was expertly tipped onto the woodwork by Coventry goalkeeper Lee Burge before Billy Kee was also denied by the crossbar after the striker charged down a clearance in the 34th minute.Coventry grew into the game after the break with five-goal striker Duckens Nazon testing Aaron Chapman on the hour mark from 30 yards, with the Stanley keeper denying Jodi Jones with his legs from close range as the visitors pressed for the equaliser.Substitute Marc McNulty headed over with 13 minutes to go before Chapman kept out efforts from Rod McDonald and Jones late on to ensure Stanley came away with m..
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  • Last gasp goal from Denis Odoi sees Fulham salvage draw with PrestonDenis Odoi scored a 96th-minute equaliser after a dreadful mistake from Preston goalkeeper Chris Maxwell as Fulham claimed a 2-2 draw at Craven Cottage.Maxwell dropped a long hopeful punt from Fulham's Tim Ream 16 yards out and Odoi poked the loose ball into the empty net seconds away from the end of added time.In-form Preston still extended their unbeaten run to nine games, but missed the chance to move into the automatic promotion positions ahead of Wolves' match against Aston Villa. It was Fulham's fourth draw in six home games, but they deserved a point for a spirited fight back from two goals down.Jordan Hugill gave Preston the lead with his fourth league goal of the season after 18 minutes and Sean Maguire deflected in Tom Barkhuizen's shot to make it 2-0 seven minutes later. Oliver Norwood pulled one back from the penalty spot in the 74th minute but it looked as though they would not find..

    Fulham 2-2 Preston North End – 14-Oct-2017 : Match Report

    Last gasp goal from Denis Odoi sees Fulham salvage draw with PrestonDenis Odoi scored a 96th-minute equaliser after a dreadful mistake from Preston goalkeeper Chris Maxwell as Fulham claimed a 2-2 draw at Craven Cottage.Maxwell dropped a long hopeful punt from Fulham's Tim Ream 16 yards out and Odoi poked the loose ball into the empty net seconds away from the end of added time.In-form Preston still extended their unbeaten run to nine games, but missed the chance to move into the automatic promotion positions ahead of Wolves' match against Aston Villa. It was Fulham's fourth draw in six home games, but they deserved a point for a spirited fight back from two goals down.Jordan Hugill gave Preston the lead with his fourth league goal of the season after 18 minutes and Sean Maguire deflected in Tom Barkhuizen's shot to make it 2-0 seven minutes later. Oliver Norwood pulled one back from the penalty spot in the 74th minute but it looked as though they would not find..
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  • Bury come from behind to beat high-flying BradfordLowly Bury came from behind to claim a 3-1 home win over third-placed Bradford.Charlie Wyke grabbed a ninth-minute opener but the hosts hit back with two goals in two minutes.Chris Maguire equalised with a 19th-minute penalty before Jermaine Beckford claimed his seventh goal of the season.Substitute Jay O'Shea then bundled in after 85 minutes to clinch Bury's third League One win of the season, nudging them up to 19th.An end-to-end game saw Michael Smith go close for the Shakers before they gifted Bradford the lead.Defenders Tom Aldred and Eoghan O'Connell both went for Luke Hendrie's cross, flicking it on for Wyke to stab home.Beckford then headed over before being tripped by Hendrie, with Maguire converting the spot-kick with aplomb.And Smith's header came back off the bar for Beckford to tap in the rebound.Bradford's Dominic Poleon twice went close after the break and Bury keeper Leo Fasan had t..

    Bury 3-1 Bradford – 14-Oct-2017 : Match Report

    Bury come from behind to beat high-flying BradfordLowly Bury came from behind to claim a 3-1 home win over third-placed Bradford.Charlie Wyke grabbed a ninth-minute opener but the hosts hit back with two goals in two minutes.Chris Maguire equalised with a 19th-minute penalty before Jermaine Beckford claimed his seventh goal of the season.Substitute Jay O'Shea then bundled in after 85 minutes to clinch Bury's third League One win of the season, nudging them up to 19th.An end-to-end game saw Michael Smith go close for the Shakers before they gifted Bradford the lead.Defenders Tom Aldred and Eoghan O'Connell both went for Luke Hendrie's cross, flicking it on for Wyke to stab home.Beckford then headed over before being tripped by Hendrie, with Maguire converting the spot-kick with aplomb.And Smith's header came back off the bar for Beckford to tap in the rebound.Bradford's Dominic Poleon twice went close after the break and Bury keeper Leo Fasan had t..
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  • Shaun Whalley rescues point as Shrewsbury remain unbeaten at lowly PlymouthShrewsbury maintained the only unbeaten record in the Football League thanks to Shaun Whalley's 78th-minute leveller in a 1-1 League One draw at struggling Plymouth.Walley sent a superb 20-yard shot into the far corner and out of the reach of goalkeeper Kyle Letheren to clinch a point.Plymouth playmaker Graham Carey had scored a brilliant 58th-minute solo goal to put the basement side 1-0 up against the pace setters.Carey swept forward, beating defenders on the way before letting fly with a rising drive from the edge of the box that flew in off the post and gave stopper Dean Henderson no chance.Argyle had the better first-half opportunities, notably when Carey's dipping 25-yard free-kick required scooping to safety by Shrews keeper Henderson.Henderson also spilled a speculative 37th-minute Carey angled drive while Antoni Sarcevic spun on Carey's cross from the right to volley just over at th..

    Plymouth 1-1 Shrewsbury – 14-Oct-2017 : Match Report

    Shaun Whalley rescues point as Shrewsbury remain unbeaten at lowly PlymouthShrewsbury maintained the only unbeaten record in the Football League thanks to Shaun Whalley's 78th-minute leveller in a 1-1 League One draw at struggling Plymouth.Walley sent a superb 20-yard shot into the far corner and out of the reach of goalkeeper Kyle Letheren to clinch a point.Plymouth playmaker Graham Carey had scored a brilliant 58th-minute solo goal to put the basement side 1-0 up against the pace setters.Carey swept forward, beating defenders on the way before letting fly with a rising drive from the edge of the box that flew in off the post and gave stopper Dean Henderson no chance.Argyle had the better first-half opportunities, notably when Carey's dipping 25-yard free-kick required scooping to safety by Shrews keeper Henderson.Henderson also spilled a speculative 37th-minute Carey angled drive while Antoni Sarcevic spun on Carey's cross from the right to volley just over at th..
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  • Sawyers stings for BeesRomaine Sawyers' second-half strike settled a hard-fought 1-0 win over London rivals Millwall that landed Brentford their first three-point haul at Griffin Park this season.But the Bees had goalkeeper Daniel Bentley to thank, with his two world-class stops and a penalty save to deny Lee Gregory.Sawyers gave the hosts the lead just after the break with a superb low drilled shot from the edge of the box after good work from Denmark international Henrik Dalsgaard.But the game descended into controversy 10 minutes from time when Jed Wallace was fouled in the box and Gregory rifled home the loose ball only for referee Lee Probert to stop play and award a spot-kick.Gregory stepped up but his well-placed penalty was tipped wide by Bentley, who capped a superb performance to secure his side three deserved points.Brentford played all the football, with the visitors content to play long and disrupt with a series of physical challenges that incensed the home crow..

    Brentford 1-0 Millwall – 14-Oct-2017 : Match Report

    Sawyers stings for BeesRomaine Sawyers' second-half strike settled a hard-fought 1-0 win over London rivals Millwall that landed Brentford their first three-point haul at Griffin Park this season.But the Bees had goalkeeper Daniel Bentley to thank, with his two world-class stops and a penalty save to deny Lee Gregory.Sawyers gave the hosts the lead just after the break with a superb low drilled shot from the edge of the box after good work from Denmark international Henrik Dalsgaard.But the game descended into controversy 10 minutes from time when Jed Wallace was fouled in the box and Gregory rifled home the loose ball only for referee Lee Probert to stop play and award a spot-kick.Gregory stepped up but his well-placed penalty was tipped wide by Bentley, who capped a superb performance to secure his side three deserved points.Brentford played all the football, with the visitors content to play long and disrupt with a series of physical challenges that incensed the home crow..
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