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EFL essential stats: Bristol City's defensive solidity
Last Updated: 21/01/19 4:20pm
Solid Bristol City, in-form Jarrod Bowen and Stoke City feature in our look at the top stats and facts from the weekend's Sky Bet EFL action.
All eyes may have been on new Nottingham Forest boss Martin O'Neill at the City Ground on Saturday, but it was visitors Bristol City who took all three points to make it four successive Championship wins.
Throughout this season the Robins have been one of the best defensive units in the Championship, with only Middlesbrough (20) conceding fewer goals overall than their total of 29 and only two sides bettering their 10 clean sheets (Boro 13, Leeds 11).
A more in-depth look reveals that much of City's defensive success is because of their ability to limit opponents' opportunities to outside the penalty area. Only Sheffield United (49.8%) and Middlesbrough (52.5%) have faced a lower percentage of shots from inside their own box (Bristol City are 53.7%).
Hull's Jarrod Bowen scored for the fifth successive Championship game as Hull drew 2-2 at Aston Villa this weekend. The 22-year-old forward has now scored six goals in his last four appearances for The Tigers and has been a key man in his side's revival in recent months.
Bowen has been involved in more goals than any other Championship player since the start of December (10 goals, 2 assists), and across all four divisions during the same period only Liverpool's Mohamed Salah has been involved in more (9 goals, 4 assists).
Jones opens Stoke account
Stoke stunned Championship leaders Leeds on Saturday as Nathan Jones recorded his first win as Stoke manager. The win was the Potters' first in five Championship games and it was also the first time they had scored twice in a league game since the middle of December.
Defeat for Marcelo Bielsa's Leeds side means they have now lost three of their last four Championship games, with only Birmingham and QPR (both two points) winning fewer points since Boxing Day.
Luton on the up
Jones may have departed Kenilworth Road for Stoke this month but Luton's promotion charge is showing no signs of slowing down under interim manager Mick Harford.
Saturday's 4-0 win against Peterborough in League One was their 15th league game without defeat, the best current run in all four English divisions ahead of Bristol City and Hull (both 10 games).
Bury's win at Forest Green was their fourth in succession and they now sit second in League Two, only three points behind leaders Lincoln.
Ryan Lowe's side have now scored 55 league goals this season, joint most in the EFL with West Brom (ahead of their game on Monday night) and second most in all four English divisions behind Manchester City's 62.