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The stories from around football over the past seven days

19 February 2018

Brentford news

Two first-half goals saw The Bees overcome a lacklustre Sunderland side at the Stadium of Light on Saturday afternoon to record a first victory in four Sky Bet Championship games. Kamohelo Mokotjo opened the scoring with his first in Brentford colours after 13 minutes before Neal Maupay backheeled home his eighth of the season to wrap up the points on the half-hour. The home side rallied after the break but Daniel Bentley remained relatively untroubled as he kept his tenth clean sheet of the campaign.

There was no game for the B Team last week after their return from a successful trip to Ireland. The main bit of B Team news saw Brentford B top-scorer Marcus Forss sign a new contract with the club until the summer of 2021.

Sky Bet Championship news

There was plenty of late drama over the weekend, none more so than in the East Anglian derby at Carrow Road on Sunday. An 89th minute Adam Chambers goal looked to have given Mick McCarthy’s Ipswich Town their first win over Norwich City since 2009 only for Timm Klose to pop up and head home a 95th minute equaliser for The Canaries.

Sunday’s action also saw Bristol City squander a healthy half-time advantage for the second week running as Leeds United came from 2-0 down at Elland Road to snatch a point. Pierre-Michel Lasogga and Kemar Roofe struck in the final 20 minutes as Paul Heckingbottom’s first game in charge of The Whites ended in a draw.

Wolverhampton Wanderers’ advantage at the top of the table has been trimmed to 11 points after their 1-1 draw at Preston North End on Saturday coupled with Cardiff City’s 1-0 win over Middlesbrough. Neil Warnock’s side are back into second after defeats for Aston Villa and Derby County. Fulham’s win over The Villains means they are now six points off second with Bristol City rounding out the top six, three points further back.

Football news

Rochdale earned themselves a money-spinning FA Cup Fifth Round replay against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley thanks to a last-minute Steven Davies goal at Spotland on Sunday. Goals from Lucas Moura and Harry Kane had turned the tie around following Ian Henderson’s opener for Dale but Davies stunned Spurs with a 93rd minute leveller.

The winner of that replay will travel to either Sheffield Wednesday or Swansea in the last eight after their 0-0 draw on Saturday. Yesterday’s draw paired together the last two Premier League Champions Leicester City and Chelsea while Manchester United and Brighton and Hove Albion will meet in a repeat of the 1983 final. Wigan Athletic host Manchester City in tonight’s final tie with the winner going on to face The Saints in the Quarter-Finals.

Witham Town also made internet headlines this weekend with the video of superfan James Beardwell going viral after their 4-1 defeat to Grays Athletic on Saturday. 

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