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Championship Match Day 15 review

last updated Wednesday 06th November 2019, 8:03 PM

Championship MatchDay 15 ended with West Brom at the top of the table two points clear of Preston in second spot. West Brom have now lost just once this season while their latest victory inflicted an 11th defeat in 15 games on Stoke who are now six points adrift of safety.

Championship MatchDay 15 ~ Results
Friday 1st November 2019
19:45Barnsley 2-2Bristol City12178
Saturday 2nd November 2019
12:30Wigan      1-2Swansea 9080
15:00Blackburn 2-1Sheff Wed14147
15:00Brentford 0-1Huddersfield 11727
15:00Cardiff 4-2Birmingham 23778
15:00Derby 2-0Middlesbrough 26293
15:00Fulham 0-3Hull 18168
15:00Leeds 2-0QPR 35284
15:00Luton 1-2N Forest 10053
15:00Reading 2-1Millwall 14485
Sunday 3rd November 2019
12:00Charlton  Preston 16027
Monday 4th November 2019
20:00Stoke  West Brom22360
Results Table Fixtures
Second placed Preston North End boss Alex Neil had reaffirmed his commitment to the high-flying Championship club following approaches from Stoke City and his team also did their talking on the pitch by winning 1-0 away at Charlton.

In what has been a recurring theme for Marcelo Bielsa's third placed Leeds this season struggle to truly kill off their opponents despite bossing large periods. They have still scored just seven goals in seven games and their failure to seal convincing victories, such as their 2-0 home win against QPR on Saturday, will be a concern for them.

Fourth placed Swansea are getting back to winning ways with back to back wins with a 2-1 away win at lowly Wigan who are 3 points above the relegation zone.

Fifth placed Nottingham Forest won 2-1 away at 21st placed Luton who are now just two points above the relegation zone.

Sixth placed Bristol City threw away a 2-0 advantage to draw 2-2 away at 23rd placed Barnsley, who are 5 points away from safety, after a goal in the 94th minute by ex-Fulham player Cauley Woodrow.

Sheffield Wednesday in seventh spot were beaten 2-1 away at Blackburn Rovers who have won just one game in six.

Fulham, now down to eighth spot, were well out of sorts and got crushed 3-0 at home by a reviving Hull City. The result leaves Fulham seven points off the top of the table and two points outside the Playoff zone with current form, two wins in six games, likely to see a slide into the bottom half.

Other teams Such as QPR and Brentford are below Fulham by goal difference and two points respectively.

Championship MatchDay 15 Wrap-up
Friday 1st November 2019

19:45Barnsley 2-2Bristol CitySky

Cauley Woodrow scored with the final kick of the game as struggling Barnsley came from 2-0 down to draw with promotion hopefuls Bristol City.

Woodrow scrambled in from close range deep into stoppage time to lift the Tykes off the bottom of the Championship table and prevent City from moving up to second.

It was Barnsley's third stalemate in four games under caretaker boss Adam Murray, whose side again showed signs of improvement and were good value for a point on the overall balance of play.

Championship MatchDay 15 Wrap-up
Saturday 2nd November 2019

12:30Wigan      1-2Swansea Sky

Sam Surridge's late header snatched victory for Swansea City away to Wigan Athletic in Saturday's early kick-off.

Swansea had led when Nathan Dyer curled a shot into the far corner after being picked out by Bersant Celina.

Kieffer Moore's penalty, after Mike van der Hoorn tugged Chey Dunkley's shirt, looked to have rescued a point until Surridge's injury-time strike

15:00Blackburn 2-1Sheff Wed 

Championship table - after 3rd November 2019
    HOME   AWAY  
  Team P W D L F A W D L F A GD Pts
1 West Brom 15 3 4 0 17 12 5 2 1 11 5 11 30
2 Preston 15 6 2 0 22 9 2 2 3 6 7 12 28
3 Leeds 15 4 2 1 7 3 4 2 2 12 5 11 28
4 Swansea 15 4 1 3 11 10 4 3 0 9 4 6 28
5 N Forest 14 3 1 2 8 5 4 3 1 11 8 6 25
6 Bristol City 15 3 3 1 10 8 3 4 1 14 13 3 25
7 Sheff Wed 15 4 2 1 7 3 3 1 4 12 9 7 24
8 Fulham 15 4 2 2 15 10 2 3 2 8 7 6 23
9 QPR 15 3 2 3 15 16 4 0 3 9 12 -4 23
10 Charlton 15 4 1 3 10 6 2 3 2 11 11 4 22
11 Hull 15 3 2 3 12 12 3 2 2 11 8 3 22
12 Birmingham 15 5 1 1 10 5 2 0 6 6 15 -4 22
13 Brentford 15 2 3 2 8 6 4 0 4 10 7 5 21
14 Cardiff 15 5 2 0 14 6 0 4 4 9 16 1 21
15 Derby 15 4 3 1 11 6 1 3 3 7 14 -2 21
16 Blackburn 15 3 3 2 10 8 2 0 5 9 14 -3 18
17 Millwall 15 4 2 1 10 6 0 4 4 7 15 -4 18
18 Huddersfield 15 2 2 4 8 10 2 2 3 9 11 -4 16
19 Reading 14 3 0 4 9 12 1 3 3 7 8 -4 15
20 Wigan 15 4 1 2 8 6 0 2 6 5 15 -8 15
21 Luton 15 2 2 3 11 12 2 0 6 11 15 -5 14
22 Middlesbrough 15 2 3 3 5 8 0 3 4 6 11 -8 12
23 Barnsley 15 1 4 3 10 15 0 2 5 4 14 -15 9
24 Stoke 15 1 1 6 8 15 1 1 5 5 12 -14 8
Results Table Fixtures
Blackburn scored twice in the final three minutes as John Buckley's first senior goal gave them victory over Sheffield Wednesday in a thrilling finale at Ewood Park.

Jacob Murphy thought he had earned the Owls all three points with just seven minutes remaining, nodding home from close range after Steven Fletcher's header hit the bar.

But Tosin Adarabioyo's looping header drew Rovers level five minutes later before 20-year-old midfielder Buckley's deflected shot ended Blackburn's six-game win drought.

Wednesday could have snatched a point in stoppage time but Fernando Forestieri hit the bar and Sam Hutchinson's follow-up was superbly saved by Rovers keeper Christian Walton.

15:00Brentford 0-1Huddersfield  

Huddersfield Town's resurgence under new manager Danny Cowley continued as they overcame Brentford to stretch their unbeaten run to seven games.

Karlan Grant broke the deadlock after an hour as the Huddersfield frontman fired into the bottom corner from the edge of the box after good work from Fraizer Campbell and Danny Simpson.

Grant almost turned provider late on when he drove down the left and cut the ball back to Adama Diakhaby, but his effort was inches wide of the post.

Brentford came closest to scoring when Kamil Grabara palmed away Julian Jeanvier's powerful header in the second half.

Huddersfield have now collected 15 points in nine games under Cowley and moved from the bottom of the Championship up to 18th place, four points above the relegation zone.

Brentford, who had won three in a row, slipped back to 13th place as a result of the loss.

15:00Cardiff 4-2Birmingham  

Joe Ralls' hat-trick helped Cardiff City to victory over Birmingham City in a contest that ended with both sides reduced to 10 men.

Cardiff's Danny Ward was sent off in the 52nd minute when the score was 2-1, while Harlee Dean was red carded for Blues in stoppage time.

Kristian Pedersen put Birmingham ahead, but a contentious Ralls penalty and Curtis Nelson's goal turned the game on its head before Ralls' curler gave the Bluebirds a cushion.

Ivan Sunjic's goal set up a Grandstand finish but a second Ralls spot-kick in injury time sealed victory.

Cardiff remain 14th in the Championship, one point and two places below Birmingham.

Heading into this contest no side had scored fewer goals on the road in the Championship than Birmingham City and a lack of cutting edge could not have been more apparent in the first quarter of the match when they were utterly dominant as Cardiff's Swansea hangover was abundantly clear.

15:00Derby 2-0Middlesbrough  

Struggling Middlesbrough's winless run was extended to eight games as they lost 2-0 at Derby County.

Tom Lawrence scored both goals for the Rams, his first since being convicted for drink-driving after his involvement in a car crash which saw former Derby captain Richard Keogh seriously injured.

The 25-year-old former Leicester City player, capped 20 times by Wales, opened the scoring when he slotted in from the edge of the box.

Boro's task was made even harder when George Saville was sent off for a nasty late challenge on Krystian Bielik after 30 minutes.

Lawrence wrapped up the win late on as he interchanged passes with Omar Bogle, beat a couple of defenders and shot home left-footed.

The result meant Middlesbrough are now two points adrift of safety and two places off the bottom of the Championship table, while the Rams are up to 15th place.

While Boro's form is still poor Derby's revival continues - they have now won four of their past seven matches having not won any of their seven games prior to that.

15:00Fulham 0-3Hull  

Championship MatchDay 16 ~ Fixtures
Saturday 9th November 2019
Home AwayAtt
12:30N Forest Derby Sky
15:00Barnsley Stoke  
15:00Birmingham Fulham  
15:00Hull West Brom  
15:00Leeds Blackburn  
15:00Millwall Charlton  
15:00Preston Huddersfield  
15:00QPR Middlesbrough  
15:00Reading Luton  
15:00Sheff WedSwansea  
15:00Wigan   Brentford  
Sunday 10th November 2019
12:00Cardiff Bristol City Sky
Results Table Fixtures
Hull City made it three Championship victories in a row with a clinical display against an out-of-sorts Fulham side.

Josh Bowler put the Tigers ahead with his first professional goal, volleying low past Marcus Bettinelli after his initial effort rebounded back into his path.

Scott Parker brought Anthony Knockaert on at the break but despite dominating possession the hosts went 2-0 down when Jarrod Bowen drilled low into the corner for his 10th goal of the season.

Hull completed the scoring as Bowen's saved shot fell to substitute Tom Eaves, who stumbled as the ball hit him and it trickled over the line.

Fulham have won just one of their past five league games and drop to eighth, while Grant McCann's side are now just a point behind the Cottagers.

Despite boasting an attack featuring Aleksandar Mitrovic, Ivan Cavaleiro, Bobby Reid and Knockaert - and having a staggering 75% of the ball - the home side could only muster a solitary shot on target at Craven Cottage, George Long denying Mitrovic from a tight angle.

15:00Leeds 2-0QPR  

Leeds United returned to the summit of the Championship table with a hard-fought home victory over Queens Park Rangers.

Tyler Roberts put the hosts in front before half-time, slotting in from the edge of the box after being teed up by Jack Harrison.

Harrison then capitalised on a mix-up in the QPR back line to fire home and make the game safe in the final 10 minutes.

Despite controlling the match for long periods, Leeds were again left nurturing a slender one-goal advantage until Harrison eventually ended the contest with his first goal since the opening weekend of the season.

His strike also meant the Whites scored more than once in a home game for the first time in 2019-20, having now mustered just 19 in 15 league matches - the joint fewest in the top half of the table.

15:00Luton 1-2N Forest  

Goals from Lewis Grabban and Sammy Ameobi moved Nottingham Forest back into the play-off places as they condemned struggling Luton Town to a third consecutive defeat.

Grabban rewarded Forest's first-half superiority by collecting Tiago Silva's through ball to slot coolly past Hatters goalkeeper James Shea just before the break.

Ameobi was given time and space to control Joe Lolley's cross before finding the bottom corner to seal the points for Sabri Lamouchi's side in the second half.

Luton pulled one back late on as Callum McManaman curled a fine strike past Forest keeper Brice Samba but the Hatters slip to 21st, just two points above the bottom three.

Forest, like Luton, had lost their previous two games, with defeats to Wigan and Hull threatening to undermine the promising start they had made under Frenchman Lamouchi.

Prior to that, Forest - who climbed to fifth with victory - had gone 10 Championship games unbeaten and they returned to that sort of form at Kenilworth Road.

15:00Reading 2-1Millwall  

Two superb first-half strikes from Jordan Obita and Sam Baldock were enough to give Reading victory over Millwall.

Obita scored the Royals' first from 25 yards after the ball bounced kindly to the full-back to smash past Lions keeper Bartosz Bialkowski.

John Swift hit the crossbar from a free-kick as Reading dominated the first half, with Baldock's powerful strike high into the net from the edge of the box doubling the hosts' lead shortly before the interval.

Jed Wallace clawed one back for Gary Rowett's side after the winger nutmegged a defender and beat another to score, but the Lions were unable to complete a comeback at the Madejski Stadium.

Both Rowett and Mark Bowen were unbeaten with their new clubs but Obita and Baldock gave the Reading boss a second victory in three games and moved the Royals up to 19th in the Championship.

The defeat for Millwall means the Lions slip to 17th and continued their winless run away from home in the league since March.

Championship MatchDay 15 Wrap-up
 Sunday 3rd November 2019

12:00Charlton 0-1Preston Sky

Preston North End boss Alex Neil reaffirmed his commitment to the high-flying Championship club after seeing his side go top with substitute Paul Gallagher's second-half penalty winner at Charlton.

Playing for the first time since North End responded forcibly to reports of Neil being a target for fellow Championship side Stoke City, the Lancashire side also did their talking on the pitch. And Neil was quick to back up the club's firm stance the previous evening.

"I can't control rumours and speculation," he said. "But I can put a statement out to put it to bed. There is nothing to talk about.

"I am Preston North End manager. I love being here, I love working with my team and we crack on.

"I can tell you that I love working with this group of players. They are a special bunch and we want to try to keep doing what we are doing.

"I've been a manager for seven years. And when you're hot, you're hot, when you're not, you're not.

"In a couple of weeks people will be saying how hopeless I am. We're really pleased with our start but nothing's won after 15 games."

Championship MatchDay 15 Wrap-up ~ Monday 4th November 2019

20:00Stoke 0-2West BromSky

West Bromwich Albion eased back to the top of the Championship table as they comfortably saw off managerless bottom-of-the-table Stoke City.

On-loan Grady Diangana was the supply line for both goals as Slaven Bilic's men struck in each half, through Matt Phillips' close-range finish and a Hal Robson-Kanu penalty.

Any hopes from Stoke fans that Friday's sacking of Nathan Jones after less than 10 months in charge might provoke an immediate change in fortune took just eight minutes to evaporate.

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