Championship Matchday 18 Review

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Championship Matchday 18 Review
Championship Fixtures - MatchDay 18
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Tuesday 21st November 2017
19:45 Aston Villa 2-1 Sunderland -
19:45 Barnsley 0-1 Cardiff -
19:45 Brentford 1-1 Burton -
19:45 Bristol C 1-2 Preston -
19:45 Derby 2-0 QPR -
19:45 Millwall 0-0 Hull -
19:45 N. Forest 1-0 Norwich -
19:45 Sheff Utd 4-5 Fulham -
20:00 Bolton 2-2 Reading -
Wednesday 22nd November 2017
19:45 Ipswich 2-2 Sheff Wed Sky
19:45 Middlesbrough 2-0 Birmingham -
19:45 Wolves 4-1 Leeds -
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Ryan Sessegnon and Leon Clarke both scored hat-tricks as Fulham edged a goal-laden game 5-4 to end a six-match drought and stop Sheffield United going to the top of the Sky Bet Championship.

Sessegnon's treble, in addition to two goals from Sheyi Ojo, had put the Cottagers in a seemingly commanding position at 5-2 up before Clarke completed his second successive hat-trick at Bramall Lane, after Samir Carruthers had also scored, to threaten the comeback.

But Fulham held on to record their first win since the end of September and inflict just a third home league defeat of 2017 on the Blades.

Cardiff overtook Chris Wilder's side and moved into second place in the table after a late Callum Paterson goal snatched a 1-0 victory for the Bluebirds at Barnsley.

Aston Villa are up to fourth after goals from Albert Adomah and Joshua Onomah ensured a losing start for Chris Coleman in his first game as Sunderland manager.

Bristol City stay in the play-off places despite losing 2-1 to at Ashton Gate. Paul Gallagher and Callum Robinson put Preston in control and substitute Cauley Woodrow scored a late consolation goal for City.

Derby are up to sixth after Tom Lawrence scored his first goal for the club in a 2-0 victory against QPR, who have now failed to win away in the league since January.

East midlands rivals Nottingham Forest are hot on their heels after a 1-0 home win against Norwich. Former Ipswich striker Daryl Murphy scored the only goal of the game at the City Ground.

At the other end of the table, Reading battled back with two goals inside the last 15 minutes to earn a 2-2 draw at Bolton.

Burton battled back to draw 1-1 at Brentford. Florian Jozefzoon gave the Bees the lead with a delightful curling free-kick but Ben Turner headed an equaliser with 12 minutes remaining. Millwall and Hull shared a goalless draw at The Den.

Wednesday evening games included substitute Atdhe Nuhiu heading a dramatic last-gasp equaliser for Sheffield Wednesday as they held Ipswich to a 2-2 draw. Middlesbrough moving back into the Championship play-off places as Britt Assombalonga's first-half double secured a routine 2-0 win over Birmingham City.

Wolves opened up a four-point lead at the top of the table after sweeping aside 10-man Leeds 4-1 at Molineux.

Tuesday 21st November 2017

19:45 Aston Villa 2-1 Sunderland

Albert Adomah's third goal in two games helped Aston Villa beat Sunderland in Chris Coleman's first game in charge of the struggling Black Cats.

Coleman was appointed on Sunday, two days after resigning as Wales manager. The Black Cats have failed to win at home in 20 attempts in all competitions and have only won once in the Championship since being relegated from the Premier League last season.

Steve Bruce's Villa, who have won seven of their past 11 games, are five points behind second-placed Cardiff, having looked to be struggling at the start of the season.

19:45 Barnsley 0-1 Cardiff

Cardiff City returned to the Championship's automatic promotion places as Callum Paterson's late goal gave them victory at Barnsley.

The hosts had the better of a goalless first half with chances for Mamadou Thiam and Adam Hammill. But Cardiff improved after the interval and Paterson bundled in from a corner to score his first goal for the club.

Sheffield United's home loss to Fulham means Cardiff are now second in the table, one point behind leaders Wolves.

For Barnsley, meanwhile, the end of their four-match unbeaten run sees them drop to 17th place.

19:45 Brentford 1-1 Burton

Ben Turner's header earned struggling Burton a point in a game of few chances at Brentford.

Turner went closest to opening the scoring before the break, nodding Matty Palmer's free-kick narrowly wide.

Brentford improved after the break and took the lead when Florian Jozefzoon found the top corner with a free-kick from 25 yards.

But the Bees were denied all three points as Joe Sbarra found centre-half Turner at the back post to head home.

19:45 Bristol City 1-2 Preston

Preston got their first Championship victory since 26 September, beating Bristol City at Ashton Gate.

Paul Gallagher slotted in from 10 yards just before half-time after Jordan Hugill's shot had fallen into his path. Ex-Bristol City loanee Callum Robinson sealed victory for North End with a neat finish from a right-wing cross. Cauley Woodrow got a goal back for the hosts in stoppage time with a shot from 15 yards, but City lost for only the third time this season.

Aston Villa's victory over Sunderland meant the Robins slipped one place to fifth, but they have a four-point cushion over seventh-placed Nottingham Forest. North End had gone seven games without a victory before winning at Ashton Gate for the fourth consecutive season.

19:45 Derby 2-0 QPR

Matej Vydra scored his eighth Championship goal of the season as Derby moved into the play-off places with a clinical win over a QPR side who are still without an away league win.

Vydra struck with the first effort on target in first-half injury time from Andreas Weimann's cross. Wales winger Tom Lawrence made it 2-0 soon after the break, cutting in from the left and scoring from 20 yards.

Lacklustre QPR barely threatened as they slumped to a third loss in a row.

19:45 Millwall 0-0 Hull

A goalless draw at The Den did little to ease the early relegation worries for Millwall and Hull City.

Lee Gregory had an early chance for the Lions but shot wide of the post. Jarrod Bowen missed two good chances for Hull and striker Fraizer Campbell chose to pass when put through just after the break.

Keeper Allan McGregor earned the visitors a point, saving a powerful header from Shaun Hutchinson and Shane Ferguson's low shot late on.

19:45 N. Forest 1-0 Norwich

Daryl Murphy's second-half goal earned Nottingham Forest a professional win over Norwich and took them to within two points of the play-off places.

Forest, who have now not drawn any of their past 25 league games, earned a ninth league win this term when Murphy turned in Mustapha Carayol's cross.

Norwich's best chance saw Marley Watkins shoot wide in the first half. But they created very little after the break as the Reds secured a fourth consecutive home victory.

19:45 Sheff Utd 4-5 Fulham

Ryan Sessegnon and Leon Clarke both scored hat-tricks as Fulham stunned high-flying Sheffield United in a nine-goal classic at Bramall Lane.

Clarke hooked the hosts in front, but Sheyi Ojo's calm finish and Sessegnon's 25-yard strike gave Fulham the lead. Clarke then made it 2-2, only for Sessegnon, 17, to convert Ojo's cross.

Ojo notched his second and Sessegnon completed his treble to put Fulham 5-2 up, before Samir Curruthers' strike and Clarke's third set up a nervy finish.

Sessegnon, making his 50th appearance for Fulham, dominated the game, repaying Ojo for his earlier assist as he played in his team-mate for their side's fourth goal, before scoring the decisive fifth.

20:00 Bolton 2-2 Reading

Late goals from Liam Moore and Leandro Bacuna earned Reading a point after fighting back from 2-0 down at Bolton.

The home side looked to be heading out of the relegation zone after early headed goals from Reece Burke and Darren Pratley. But Moore pulled one back with 14 minutes remaining, bundling home at the far post from Modou Barrow's cross.

Bacuna earned Reading a point, scoring from the spot in the 83rd minute after Barrow had been fouled in the box.

Wednesday 22nd November 2017

19:45 Ipswich 2-2 Sheff Wed -Sky

Atdhe Nuhiu headed a 95th-minute equaliser to give Sheffield Wednesday a last-gasp draw at Ipswich Town. The big Kosovo forward, sent on as a substitute in the closing stages, met Adam Reach's cross at the far post as the Owls twice came from behind.

After a low-key first half, Joe Garner steered Ipswich ahead before Gary Hooper levelled from the spot after Jordan Spence handled in the area.

Martyn Waghorn headed Town back ahead, but Nuhiu equalised with seconds left.

19:45 Middlesbrough 2-0 Birmingham

Middlesbrough moved back into the Championship play-off places with victory over struggling Birmingham.

Boro secured a fifth home win of the season as Britt Assombalonga scored twice in the first half to take his tally to the season to 11 goals.

The former Forest striker nodded in a rebound after Tomasz Kuszczak saved Stewart Downing's shot and latched onto Fabio Da Silva's pass for his second. Birmingham's best chances fell to Che Adams and Jonathan Grounds.

Blues, who remain only a point clear of the relegation zone, are the joint-lowest goalscorers on their travels having found the net only three times this season, so it was no surprise that their chances were at a premium at the Riverside.

19:45 Wolves 4-1 Leeds

Wolves eased to their biggest home win of the season as they saw off Leeds United to open up a four-point lead at the top of the Championship.

The hosts led 2-0 at the break thanks to Barry Douglas' superb free-kick and Ivan Cavaleiro's smart finish.

Ezgjan Alioski ghosted in to pull one back, but team-mate Ronaldo Vieira was then sent off for a second booking.

But Diogo Jota ran through to chip a third before sub Helder Costa's clinching penalty.

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Championship Fixtures - MatchDay 19
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Saturday 25th November 2017
12:30 Barnsley v Leeds Sky
19:45 Aston Villa v Ipswich -
19:45 Burton v Sunderland -
19:45 Fulham v Millwall -
19:45 Hull v Bristol C -
19:45 Middlesbrough v Derby -
19:45 Norwich v Preston -
19:45 Reading v Sheff Wed -
20:00 Wolves v Bolton -
17:30 Sheff Utd v Birmingham Sky
Sunday 26th November 2017
13:00 N. Forest v Cardiff Sky
Monday 27th November 2017
19:45 QPR v Brentford Sky
19:45 Wolves 2-1 Leeds -
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