🎥 EFL Performance of the Weekend: Hull roaring on to promotion 🐯

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Alex Mott

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We’re now officially halfway through the season in the English Football League and all three tables are starting to take some sort of shape.

In League One it looks like being a battle between Lincoln, Peterborough, Portsmouth and Hull for the automatic promotion places, and it was the latter two of those who went toe-to-toe at Fratton Park on Saturday.

Portsmouth 0
Hull City 4
Full time


Grant McCann’s side travelled to Fratton Park to take on Pompey with both teams having not lost in their previous five fixtures.

It promised to be a tight, closely-fought affair.

Reader, it wasn’t.

The visitors put on a masterclass, winning 4-0 and looking nothing but entirely comfortable throughout.

Jack Whatmough scored two comical own goals to put a gloss on the result but the Tigers were in scintillating form all afternoon long.

Goalkeeper George Long, midfielder George Honeyman and captain Richie Smallwood were the ones that stood out on the south coast and have fans at the KC dreaming of a return to the Championship.

With 23 games gone and another 23 to go, Hull are sitting pretty at the top of League One, level on 45 points with Lincoln.

That match up between the Tigers and the Imps on February 9 is looking tasty already.

Honourable mentions

It was a best of the rest battle at the Riverside on Saturday as Middlesbrough hosted Blackburn with both sides eyeing potential play-off berths come the end of the season.

Neil Warnock has revitalised Boro since his arrival in June but was powerless to stop a Harvey Barnes-inspired Rovers.

Joe Rothwell got the only goal of the game as the Lancashire came away with a narrow 1-0 win, but it was the Liverpool loanee who once again showed he really is a class above most of players in this division.

Barnes has been a superb signing for Blackburn this month and ran the show at the weekend, laying on an assist for the second half winner.

Whether he will make it at Liverpool, only time will tell, but this teenager has some future ahead.