EFL highlights and round-up: Huddersfield, Middlesbrough win | Football News

Huddersfield came from behind on two occasions before scoring a late winner to beat Blackpool in 10 men 3-2 on a Boxing Day hit by a string of Covid-related postponements.

The Tangerines were leading in the first minute of the game at John Smith’s Stadium when Jerry Yates concealed the lead from a tight angle after a Josh Bowler clean through ball, but less than 120 seconds later, Danny Ward equalized with a header for the hosts.

Neil Critchley’s men then regained their lead 15 minutes later when Gary Madine went home, but the match was stopped midway through the first half when Tom Lees was treated for a head injury and was later brought in. stretcher.

A red card for Jordan Gabriel shortly after the hour saw Blackpool tighten the defense in an attempt to preserve their lead, but the pressure proved too much in the last 10 minutes as Sorba Thomas scored two goals in quick succession to move Carlos Corberan’s men return to the league playoffs.

In the only other match of the second series, Middlesbrough hit Nottingham Forest 2-0 at Riverside Stadium.

In true Christmas spirit, Boro received the lead in bizarre circumstances, when Ryan Yates controlled a pass from goalkeeper Brice Samba, called on the pressure and then turned and blindly swiped his back to his own goal and finally , over the line.

Forest, who had only lost once since September 15, recovered to equalize, though when Andraz Sporar added a second with just over 20 minutes left, they couldn’t pick up any response.

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Sky Bet League One leader Rotherham fell to their first defeat in 23 games in all competitions as they fell in a 1-0 defeat to Accrington at the Wham stadium.

The deciding goal came with 75 minutes remaining when Sean McConville held off his scorer to fire in a bicycle kick, denying Paul Warne’s men the chance to open a five-point lead over second-placed Wigan.

Meanwhile, at the LNER stadium, MK wears staged a splendid comeback to beat Lincoln 3-2 and move to one point from the playoffs.

An own goal from Warren O’Hora and a penalty from Chris Maguire in the first eight minutes left Liam Manning’s men in shock, but they regained their composure and responded with two goals from Scott Twine and one from Matt O’Riley to seal the match. victory

Plymouth produced a professional performance to greet Cheltenham and bolster their automatic promotion offer with a 2-0 win.

Panutche Camara wiped out the former just before half-time before Jordan Garrick secured the points 15 minutes from time.

Somewhere else, Shrewsbury scored three goals in the second half to earn a full 3-0 away win at Fleetwood.

Ryan Bowman scored his third goal in four games four minutes after the second half, followed by Josh Vela and Daniel Udoh in the final 20 minutes.

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Hartlepool they lost a two-goal lead when they were ultimately defeated 3-2 by Mansfield at the One Call stadium.

Luke Molyneux and Nicky Featherstone hit both sides of the interval to give Graeme Lee’s side a major lead, but the Stags reacted and narrowed the deficit with John-Joe O’Toole after 55 minutes.

In 11 minutes the game was over. Jordan Bowery equalized, before George Maris put the hosts ahead and killed the opponents as well.

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