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Championship Match Day 16 review

last updated Monday 25th November 2019, 5:38 PM

Championship MatchDay 16 ended with West Brom consolidating their position at the summit of the Championship table with a hard-fought 1-0 win over twelth placed Hull at the KCOM Stadium.

Preston cruised to a dominant 3-1 win at home to 19th placed Huddersfield to remain second in the Sky Bet Championship table, two points behind West Brom. Alex Neil's side have now lost just once in their last 13 league games while the result ended Huddersfield's seven-match unbeaten run.

Championship MatchDay 16 ~ Results
Saturday 9th November 2019
12:30N Forest 1-0Derby 29314
15:00Barnsley 2-4Stoke 14891
15:00Birmingham 0-1Fulham 21334
15:00Hull 0-1West Brom 13866
15:00Leeds 2-1Blackburn 35567
15:00Millwall 2-1Charlton 17109
15:00Preston 3-1Huddersfield 16038
15:00QPR 2-2Middlesbrough 14404
15:00Reading 3-0Luton 15251
15:00Sheff Wed2-2Swansea 23073
15:00Wigan   0-3Brentford 9260
Sunday 10th November 2019
12:00Cardiff 0-1Bristol City 23846
Results Table Fixtures
Leeds remain firmly in the hunt for automatic promotion after a hard-earned 2-1 win at home to Blackburn. Leeds held on to remain third and stay just two points behind leaders West Brom.

Late drama saw fourth placed Swansea extend their unbeaten league away record with an equaliser deep into stoppage-time to make it 2-2 at Sheffield Wednesday after conceding moments earlier.

Lewis Grabban gave fifth placed Nottingham Forest local bagging rights, scoring his seventh goal of the season in a 1-0 win over poor travellers Derby at the City Ground.

Championship top goal scorer Aleksandar Mitrovic's 12th goal of the season ensured Fulham beat Birmingham 1-0 and move into seventh, but the striker will be banned for next week's clash with QPR after collecting a fifth yellow card.

Brentford moved into the top half of the table, and within touching distance of the top six, after a straightforward 3-0 victory at struggling Wigan, now just two points off the Relegation Zone. Both sides finished the contest with 10 men, with Cedric Kipre seeing red for the home side and Julian Jeanvier taking an early bath for Brentford.

Britt Assombalonga scored twice for relegation zone Middlesbrough as they drew 2-2 at QPR in the Sky Bet Championship. Boro were staring at another defeat before Nahki Wells' appalling back-pass went straight to Assombalonga, who capitalised by calmly lifting the ball over keeper Joe Lumley.

Striker Matt Smith came off the bench to net a stoppage-time winner as Millwall beat London rivals Charlton 2-1 at the Den. Charlton have still not beaten Millwall in the league since 1996, when manager Lee Bowyer, then a teenager, was on the scoresheet.

Reading extended their unbeaten Championship run under new manager Mark Bowen to four matches with a 3-0 home win over Luton.

New Stoke boss Michael O'Neill had an instant impact as his side hammered bottom club Barnsley 4-2 at Oakwell in the bottom-of-the-table clash. The win ended a three-match losing streak for the Potters, who moved off the bottom at the expense of Barnsley and to within three points of safety.

On Sunday Josh Brownhill's stunner gave Bristol City their first Severnside Derby win in six with a 1-0 win at Cardiff. Bristol City go into the international break in the play-off places courtesy of a first win in three games, while Cardiff, who were booed off at full-time, remain in 14th.

Championship MatchDay 16 Wrap-up
Saturday 9th November 2019

12:30N Forest 1-0Derby 29314

Lewis Grabban took advantage of a Derby County error to give Nottingham Forest victory over their local rivals at the City Ground.

Right-back Jayden Bogle's loose pass across the face of his own penalty area gifted possession to striker Grabban, who fired in first time past Kelle Roos for his seventh goal of the season.

An even first half had ended goalless, with both sides creating chances to score the opener.

But Forest's greater intensity at the start of the second period saw them take control of the contest and they held onto their one-goal lead, despite the visitors going close with two close-range shots from Jack Marriott.

Derby have now failed to win on any of their past eight visits to the City Ground in all competitions, with their most recent victory coming in September 2012.

A win in Saturday's early kick-off - and on manager Sabri Lamouchi's birthday - lifted Forest to within two points of Championship leaders West Bromwich Albion, who later stretched the gap back to five by beating Hull.

15:00Barnsley 2-4Stoke 14891

Michael O'Neill got off to the perfect start as Stoke manager despite limited preparation time as they moved off the bottom of the Championship at the expense of Barnsley.

O'Neill only finalised a deal to take charge of the Potters on Friday after he was given permission to relinquish his full-time job as Northern Ireland boss.

"It's a great start," he told BBC Radio Stoke. "I'm delighted with the result because where we are at this momentin time, that's the key thing.

"But many aspects of the performance were very, very pleasing. We've obviously had very little time to work with the players.

"So we had to make a decision to change the system and make some changes in personnel without seeing the players in any great detail, but the response we got was excellent."

15:00Birmingham 0-1Fulham 21334

Birmingham City goalkeeper Lee Camp's error allowed Aleksandar Mitrovic to score the only goal in Fulham's Championship victory at St Andrew's.

Camp dropped substitute Cyrus Christie's 52nd minute cross and Mitrovic tapped in.

Blues went close to equalising late on but visiting keeper Marek Rodak made a point-blank save to deny Lukas Jutkiewicz.

Fulham could have doubled their lead at the death, however, as substitute Aboubakar Kamara hit the post.

15:00Hull 0-1West Brom 13866

Jake Livermore scored the winner against his former side as West Bromwich Albion stayed top of the Championship with a resilient win over in-form Hull City.

Championship table - after 10th November 2019
    HOME   AWAY  
  Team P W D L F A W D L F A GD Pts
1 West Brom 16 3 4 0 17 12 6 2 1 12 5 12 33
2 Preston 16 7 2 0 25 10 2 2 3 6 7 14 31
3 Leeds 16 5 2 1 9 4 4 2 2 12 5 12 31
4 Swansea 16 4 1 3 11 10 4 4 0 11 6 6 29
5 N Forest 15 4 1 2 9 5 4 3 1 11 8 7 28
6 Bristol C 16 3 3 1 10 8 4 4 1 15 13 4 28
7 Fulham 16 4 2 2 15 10 3 3 2 9 7 7 26
8 Sheff Wed 16 4 3 1 9 5 3 1 4 12 9 7 25
9 Brentford 16 2 3 2 8 6 5 0 4 13 7 8 24
10 QPR 16 3 3 3 17 18 4 0 3 9 12 -4 24
11 Charlton 16 4 1 3 10 6 2 3 3 12 13 3 22
12 Hull 16 3 2 4 12 13 3 2 2 11 8 2 22
13 Birmingham 16 5 1 2 10 6 2 0 6 6 15 -5 22
14 Cardiff 16 5 2 1 14 7 0 4 4 9 16 0 21
15 Millwall 16 5 2 1 12 7 0 4 4 7 15 -3 21
16 Derby 16 4 3 1 11 6 1 3 4 7 15 -3 21
17 Reading 15 4 0 4 12 12 1 3 3 7 8 -1 18
18 Blackburn 16 3 3 2 10 8 2 0 6 10 16 -4 18
19 Huddersfield 16 2 2 4 8 10 2 2 4 10 14 -6 16
20 Wigan 16 4 1 3 8 9 0 2 6 5 15 -11 15
21 Luton 16 2 2 3 11 12 2 0 7 11 18 -8 14
22 Middlesbrough 16 2 3 3 5 8 0 4 4 8 13 -8 13
23 Stoke 16 1 1 6 8 15 2 1 5 9 14 -12 11
24 Barnsley 16 1 4 4 12 19 0 2 5 4 14 -17 9
Results Table Fixtures
Livermore, who made 90 league appearances in two and a half years with Hull, got the game's only goal with a powerful shot from the edge of the area when the Tigers were slow to react to Albion's short-corner routine in the 28th minute.

Baggies goalkeeper Sam Johnstone produced a superb save to deny Jackson Irvine a leveller shortly before the break.

The Tigers, who had won their previous three games, pushed on in search of an equaliser but they could not create anything to seriously worry Johnstone and Grady Diangana nearly made it 2-0 when his low shot flew just past the post.

15:00Leeds 2-1Blackburn 35567

Patrick Bamford scored his first goal since August as promotion-chasing Leeds United held out for victory over Blackburn Rovers.

Bamford gave the hosts a deserved lead when he slotted home from the spot after Tosin Adarabioyo had fouled Luke Ayling in the area and then played in Jack Harrison to make it 2-0 with a good finish.

Derrick Williams crashed in a header from Stewart Downing's corner to give the visitors a lifeline before the break.

But Leeds dominated the second half, with Tyler Roberts and Harrison both going close to a third, but ultimately two was enough.

Marcelo Bielsa's men remain third in the Championship after victories for West Brom and Preston, over Hull and Huddersfield respectively.

15:00Millwall 2-1Charlton 17109

Substitute Matt Smith's late header gave Millwall victory over south London rivals Charlton at The Den.

Gary Rowett's side took the lead when defender Shaun Hutchinson nodded in from Shaun Williams' free-kick after just six minutes.

The Addicks levelled early in the second half when Jonathan Leko turned the ball in at the back post following a corner.

But Smith proved to be the hero for the Lions when he rose to head Jed Wallace's corner past keeper Dillon Phillips.

Millwall's victory means Charlton must continue to wait to end their 23-year winless run against the Lions.

In fact, the last time the Addicks beat Millwall, current manager Lee Bowyer - a teenager at the time - was on the scoresheet.

15:00Preston 3-1Huddersfield 16038

High-flying Preston ended Huddersfield's seven-match unbeaten run with a comfortable home win at Deepdale.

Jayden Stockley headed his first of the season as he reacted quickest to a free-kick by Paul Gallagher which came back off the post.

Alan Browne doubled the lead and Gallagher sealed the victory after the break by converting from the spot - the eighth penalty scored by Preston this season - after a hand ball by Terence Kongolo.

Juninho Bacuna toe-poked one back for Huddersfield after running from half-way, their first shot on target of the afternoon, but it was no more than a consolation.

Victory kept the home side - who were without suspended Ben Pearson - second in the table, two points behind leaders West Brom, while Huddersfield slipped one place to 19th.

15:00QPR 2-2Middlesbrough 14404

Britt Assombalonga ended Middlesbrough's goal drought with a double as they fought back to claim a point against QPR.

Boro had failed to find the net in their previous four games, but Assombalonga headed in Jonny Howson's cross to put them ahead in the first half.

Nahki Wells responded with an immediate equaliser before Grant Hall nodded Rangers in front on the stroke of half-time.

However, Assombalonga levelled again 20 minutes from time and a string of fine saves from Darren Randolph ensured the visitors shared the spoils.

Middlesbrough, 22nd in the table, are now nine games without a win in the Championship but moved a point closer to safety after Luton lost at Reading.

15:00Reading 3-0Luton 15251

Championship MatchDay 17 ~ Fixtures
Saturday 22nd November 2019
Home AwayAtt
19:45Fulham QPR Sky
Sunday 23rd November 2019
12:30Charlton Cardiff Sky
15:00Blackburn Barnsley  
15:00Brentford Reading  
15:00Bristol City N Forest  
15:00Derby Preston  
15:00Huddersfield Birmingham  
15:00Luton Leeds
15:00Stoke Wigan     
15:00Swansea Millwall  
15:00West Brom Sheff Wed 
Sunday 24th November 2019
12:00Middlesbrough Hull Sky
Results Table Fixtures
Reading continued their resurgence under new manager Mark Bowen as they easily beat Luton Town.

Michael Morrison headed the Royals on their way to a third win in four games when he powered in a John Swift corner.

Ovie Ejaria doubled their lead when he cut in from left wing before curling a shot just inside the post from the edge of the box.

Reading made the points secure when substitute Garath McCleary pounced on an Alan Sheehan error inside his own half for a cool finish in the closing stages.

For the first time since April 2017, Reading recorded a third straight home win to stretch Bowen's unbeaten start to four games since he replaced Jose Gomes in October.

Luton, meanwhile, continue to struggle and slipped to a fourth defeat in a row to leave them just a point above the relegation zone.

15:00Sheff Wed2-2Swansea 23073

Two injury time goals ensured a draw in this pulsating match at Hillsborough.

Swansea led through Andre Ayew's goal but could not hold on and trailed.

Fernando Foriesteri pounced to level for Wednesday before Morgan Fox's injury-time effort looked like it would secure the win for Garry Monk against his former club.

But Ben Wilmot levelled for the Welsh side by turning home Matt Grimes' corner to ensure a topsy-turvy contest ended with the points shared.

Swansea are fourth in the Championship after the draw, while Wednesday remain seventh.

15:00Wigan   0-3Brentford 9260

Goals from Bryan Mbeumo, Kamohelo Mokotjo and Josh Dasilva lifted Brentford into ninth place in the Championship as they overcame Wigan.

Winger Mbeumo fired the Bees into a fifth-minute lead with his third goal in five games before Mokotjo doubled their advantage midway through the second half.

Any hopes of a Latics comeback were effectively snuffed out soon afterwards when defender Cedric Kipre was shown his second yellow card for bringing down Ollie Watkins.

Dasilva made certain of the points with a late third, rifling home from 25 yards before the Londoners had Julian Jeanvier sent off following a clash with Joe Williams.

Championship MatchDay 16 Wrap-up
 Sunday 10th November 2019

12:00Cardiff 0-1Bristol City 23846

Bristol City are the first visiting side to win at Cardiff City this season in the Championship thanks to Josh Brownhill.

The Robins captain's spectacular strike in the 67th minute saw Lee Johnson's team climb to sixth in the table.

They were made to work for this win, with Cardiff not giving up their unbeaten home record without a fight.

The hosts, who remain 14th in the table, hit the woodwork on three occasions.

Neil Warnock's side could count themselves unfortunate to come away with nothing.

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