EFL essential stats: Wolves moving on up

source : skysports.com - 16/04/18 12:20pm


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Wolverhampton Wanderers` Diogo Jota celebrates scoring his side`s first goal against Birmingham City

We take a look at the top stats and facts from the weekend`s action in the Sky Bet Championship, League One and League Two.

Wolves moving on up

Wolves became the first team in the Football League this season to seal an automatic promotion spot, their return to the top flight after six years away being confirmed by Brentford`s added-time equaliser at Fulham on Saturday.

Nuno Espirito Santo`s side then defeated Birmingham 2-0 at home on Sunday afternoon, in doing so moving onto 95 points and surpassing the total racked up by Championship title winners Newcastle (94) last season. Victories in their last three fixtures would give the Molineux club the third-highest total in the second tier since the introduction of three points for a win.

Highest points totals in English second tier since 1981

Team Points
Reading 2005/06 106
Sunderland 1998/99 105
Wolves 2017/18 104*
Newcastle 2009/10 102
Leicester 2013/14 102

Wolves, who have led the table since November 18, have been the dominant attacking side in the division this season, as the table below illustrates.

Wolves in Championship this season

Number Championship rank
Goals 78 1st
First-half goals 41 1st
Goals 0-15mins 14 1st
Goals by subs 11 1st
Set-piece goals 21 1st
Scored first 31 games (W28,D3) 1st
Highlights of Wolves' 2-0 win against Birmingham in the Sky Bet Championship
Highlights of Wolves` 2-0 win against Birmingham in the Sky Bet Championship

Brentford`s super sub

Neal Maupay`s 94th-minute leveller at Craven Cottage not only sparked celebrations in the West Midlands, it also kept Brentford`s play-off hopes alive.

The strike was his seventh goal as a sub in English league football this season - more than any other player - nudging him ahead of Olivier Giroud, who took his tally to six in that particular category with a second-half double in Chelsea`s dramatic success at Southampton earlier in the day.

Jorge Grant of Notts County and Lincon`s Ollie Palmer have both scored five from the bench.

Highlights from the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Brentford
Highlights from the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Brentford

Preston`s perseverance

Play-off chasing Preston once again showed their powers of recovery as they came from a goal down to win 2-1 at QPR, Callum Robinson scoring twice. The result means Alex Neil`s men have won 19 points from losing positions this season, the most of any team in the Championship ahead of MIddlesbrough (17), and Millwall and QPR (both 15).

Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Queens Park Rangers and Preston North End
Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Queens Park Rangers and Preston North End

League One

In contrast to the celebrations in Wolverhampton was the disappointment felt at Gigg Lane, Bury, where the home team were relegated to League Two after a 3-2 defeat by fellow strugglers Northampton. The reverse was the Shakers` 26th of the campaign, the most losses they have ever suffered in a single Football League season.

At the other end of the table, leaders Wigan kept their 24th clean sheet in League One this term as they drew 0-0 with visiting Rotherham. No team has managed more in the top four English divisions. Wolves (22) are closest.

Highlights of the Sky Bet League One match between Bury and Northampton
Highlights of the Sky Bet League One match between Bury and Northampton

League Two

Luton`s three goals in their 3-1 home victory against Crewe took their total in the league to 90. The Hatters are the first team to score 90+ goals in a League Two campaign since Notts County (96) in 2009-10 and the first of the 72 Football League sides this season.

Highlights of the Sky Bet League Two match between Luton Town and Crewe Alexandra
Highlights of the Sky Bet League Two match between Luton Town and Crewe Alexandra









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