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Championship Match Day 18 review

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Championship MatchDay 18 ~ Results
Tuesday 26th November 2019
19:45Cardiff 1-0Stoke 20884
19:45Fulham 3-0Derby 16856
19:45Huddersfield 1-1Swansea 20062
19:45Luton 2-1Charlton 10004
19:45Millwall 2-2Wigan  10021
20:0Reading 0-1Leeds 16918
Wednesday 27th November 2019
19:45Blackburn 1-0Brentford 11401
19:45Hull 4-0Preston 9826
19:45Middlesbrough 1-0Barnsley 18043
19:45QPR 0-4N Forest 12937
19:45Sheff Wed1-1Birmingham 22059
20:00West Brom4-1Bristol Cityn/a
Results Table Fixtures
Championship MatchDay 18 kicked off on Tuesday with Leeds going top of the Championship for a day thanks to a late goal from Jack Harrison that secured a 1-0 win at Reading. Marcelo Bielsa’s side chalked up a fourth successive win, and made it seven matches without defeat, to move a point clear of West Brom playing on Wednesday.

Fulham went up to third after a 3-0 home win over Derby. Bobby Decordova-Reid put his side in front early on and Aleksandar Mitrovic, the Championship’s leading scorer this season, headed in a second for a 13th league goal. Tom Cairney made it safe and scored Fulham’s third in the 89th minute as Phillip Cocu’s side slumped to a fourth straight away defeat.

Cardiff’s new manager Neil Harris saw his side take a 1-0 victory over struggling Stoke City from his first home match with a goal from Leandro Bacuna after 11 minutes.

Luton moved out of the bottom three after beating Charlton 2-1. The visitors went in front through Jonathan Leko but Luton’s Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu then equalised . Izzy Brown turned the match around early in the second half.

Huddersfield finished with 10 men as they drew 1-1 with Swansea at the John Smith’s Stadium. Jay Fulton had given the visitors the lead in the 18th minute, but Karlan Grant leveled matters shortly before half time.

Millwall fought back to 2-2 at home to Wigan. The visitors went ahead through Anthony Pilkington, but Shaun Hutchinson then headed in an equaliser from a corner. Antonee Robinson made it 2-1, but Wigan’s lead was short-lived as Matt Smith leveled on the hour.

Championship table - after 27th November 2019
    HOME   AWAY  
  Team P W D L F A W D L F A GD Pts
1 West Brom 18 5 4 0 23 14 6 2 1 12 5 16 39
2 Leeds 18 5 2 1 9 4 6 2 2 15 6 14 37
3 Fulham 18 6 2 2 20 11 3 3 2 9 7 11 32
4 N Forest 17 4 1 2 9 5 5 4 1 15 8 11 32
5 Preston 18 7 2 0 25 10 2 2 5 6 12 9 31
6 Swansea 18 4 1 4 11 11 4 5 0 12 7 5 30
7 Bristol C 18 3 4 1 10 8 4 4 2 16 17 1 29
8 Brentford 18 3 3 2 9 6 5 0 5 13 8 8 27
9 Hull 18 4 2 4 16 13 3 3 2 13 10 6 26
10 Sheff Wed 18 4 4 1 10 6 3 1 5 13 11 6 26
11 Cardiff 18 6 2 1 15 7 0 5 4 11 18 1 25
12 Millwall 18 5 3 1 14 9 1 4 4 8 15 -2 25
13 Blackburn 18 5 3 2 14 10 2 0 6 10 16 -2 24
14 Derby 18 5 3 1 12 6 1 3 5 7 18 -5 24
15 Birmingham 18 5 1 2 10 6 2 2 6 8 17 -5 24
16 QPR 18 3 3 4 17 22 4 0 4 10 14 -9 24
17 Charlton 18 4 2 3 12 8 2 3 4 13 15 2 23
18 Reading 17 4 0 5 12 13 1 3 4 7 9 -3 18
19 Huddersfield 18 2 4 4 10 12 2 2 4 10 14 -6 18
20 Middlesbrough 18 3 4 3 8 10 0 4 4 8 13 -7 17
21 Luton 18 3 2 4 14 15 2 0 7 11 18 -8 17
22 Wigan 18 4 1 3 8 9 0 3 7 8 19 -12 16
23 Stoke 18 2 1 6 10 16 2 1 6 9 15 -12 14
24 Barnsley 18 1 4 4 12 19 0 2 7 6 18 -19 9
Results Table Fixtures
After all the results were in for Tuesday and Wednesday West Brom moved back to the top of the Championship, two points clear of Leeds, with a 4-1 victory over Bristol City at the Hawthorns.

Nottingham Forest moved up to fourth with a 4-0 win at Queens Park Rangers, who had Lee Wallace sent off early in the second half.

Middlesbrough moved out of the relegation zone with a 1-0 win over the bottom side Barnsley at the Riverside. Ashley Fletcher scored the only goal of the game for Jonathan Woodgate’s side to leave Barnsley eight points adrift of safety.

Bradley Dack’s 11th-minute goal was enough for Blackburn to get the better of Brentford at Ewood Park.

Hull thrashed Preston 4-0 at the KCOM Stadium. Jarrod Bowen opened the scoring on the half-hour and the home side put the result beyond doubt with two goals in three minutes at the start of the second half. Josh Magennis made it 2-0 from the penalty spot on 48 minutes after Ryan Ledson had brought down Josh Bowler, and Kamil Grosicki put the finishing touch to a sharp passing move just three minutes later. Bowen grabbed his second of the night and 14th of the season on 77 minutes.

Sheffield Wednesday and Birmingham had to settle for a point apiece at Hillsborough, where Kadeem Harris struck in the 81st minute to cancel out Álvaro Giménez’s opener for the visitors early in the second half.

Championship MatchDay 18 Wrap-up
Tuesday 26th November 2019

19:45Cardiff 1-0Stoke 20884

Cardiff City overcame struggling Stoke City to give Neil Harris victory in his first home match in charge.

Gary Madine's deft backheel set up Leandro Bacuna to fire the hosts in front, a rare highlight of a mediocre first half.

The second was not much better, Lee Tomlin and Bacuna's long-range efforts the closest Cardiff came to a second.

Stoke had ample possession but did nothing with it, failing to trouble their opponents.

They fell to a first defeat under new manager Michael O'Neill to remain second from bottom of the Championship, while Cardiff climb up to 11th, five points adrift of the play-off places.

This was a not a game which fans of either side will remember particularly fondly - never mind any neutrals - but that will matter little to Harris as he prospered in the battle of the new managers.

In his first match at the helm at Charlton on Saturday, Cardiff had fought back from 2-0 down to draw. As much as that resolve will have pleased Harris, he will have been relieved to beat Stoke and claim a first victory early in his tenure.

19:45Fulham 3-0Derby 16856

Championship MatchDay 19 ~ Fixtures
Friday 29th November 2019
Home AwayAtt
19:45Swansea Fulham Sky
Saturday 30th November 2019
12:30Charlton Sheff Wed Sky
15:00Barnsley Hull  
15:00Birmingham Millwall  
15:00Brentford Luton  
15:00Bristol City Huddersfield  
15:00Derby QPR  
15:00Leeds Middlesbrough
15:00N ForestCardiff  
15:00Stoke Blackburn  
15:00Wigan Reading  
Monday 2nd December 2019
19:45Preston West BromSky
Results Table Fixtures

Aleksandar Mitrovic's 13th league goal of the season helped send Fulham third in the Championship as they condemned outclassed Derby to a fourth straight away defeat.

Mitrovic, the division's leading scorer, headed home Ivan Cavaleiro's corner just before half-time to add to Bobby Decordova-Reid's early opener and reward Fulham's first-half dominance.

In the second half Mitrovic turned provider late on, setting up Tom Cairney to slot home Fulham's third.

The Rams have won their past five games at Pride Park, including the past four without conceding, but have suffered four straight away defeats, drawing a blank each time, and have not won on the road in the league since the opening day.

19:45Huddersfield 1-1Swansea 20062

Huddersfield Town and Swansea City had to settle for a draw after a lively encounter at the John Smith's Stadium.

Swansea took the lead against the run of play through Jay Fulton, before Karlan Grant equalised just before half-time.

As both sides pressed for a late winner, the hosts were reduced to 10 men when Trevoh Chalobah was sent off for a headbutt.

But on this occasion the Swans could not find a stoppage time winner.

They stay sixth in the Championship and Huddersfield remain 19th.

19:45Luton 2-1Charlton 10004

Luton Town impressively ended a five-game losing streak as they beat Charlton Athletic to move out of the Championship's relegation places.

James Collins' looping effort hit the Charlton bar after five minutes, but it was the Addicks who took the lead two minutes later when Jonathan Leko ran through to slot past James Shea.

Luton were level 12 minutes later as Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu blasted home left-footed, despite claims by Charlton that Collins was impeding the goalkeeper in an offside position.

Izzy Brown put the Hatters ahead soon after the restart, Andrew Shinnie reacting quickest to a Charlton mistake to tee-up the Chelsea loan man.

The Hatters are now a point points clear of the drop zone, while Charlton dropped to 17th.

19:45Millwall 2-2Wigan  10021

Millwall twice came from behind to seal a point against out-of-form Wigan Athletic in the Championship at The Den.

Anthony Pilkington gave Wigan the lead in style when he was found unmarked on the edge of the box and fired a low shot home.

Shaun Hutchinson headed in from a corner to level for the hosts, but the Latics led once more thanks to Antonee Robinson's strike from an acute angle.

However, their lead did not last long as Millwall levelled again, this time after Matt Smith met Shaun Williams' cross.

The result means Millwall slip to 12th while Wigan drop to 22nd in the Championship table, a pointbelkow safety.

20:0Reading 0-1Leeds 16918

Jack Harrison's late goal sent Leeds top of the Championship for the day as they beat Reading in an uninspiring encounter.

Leeds broke from a Reading free-kick and Ezgjan Alioski found Helder Costa, whose deflected cross evaded the Royals' defence and allowed Harrison to head home at the far post.

The visitors dominated possession but created few clear-cut chances, although Patrick Bamford chested over from a teasing cross and Stuart Dallas struck the crossbar on 63 minutes.

Michael Morrison almost put Reading ahead midway through the second half, but his effort from six yards flew over after John Swift's ball caused confusion in the Leeds defence.

After Wednesday's games Leeds remained two points behins table topping West Bromwich Albion.

Reading, who had taken 10 points from new manager Mark Bowen's first four games in charge, stay 18th, having lost for a second successive game.

Championship MatchDay 18 Wrap-up
Wednesday 27th November 2019

19:45Blackburn 1-0Brentford 11401

Bradley Dack's third goal in two games gave Blackburn a narrow win against Brentford.

Dack, who now has nine for the season, swept in Stewart Downing's first-time cross from the left to give Blackburn a third successive home win.

Brentford, looking to move into the Championship play-off places, were second best for much of the night but did hit the crossbar through Said Benrahma's whipped free-kick in the second half.

Danny Graham should have sent Rovers into the break two up but he headed over, again from a cross from the recalled Downing.

Brentford stepped up in the second half with Rovers midfielder Lewis Travis clearing off the line from Pontus Jansson's header and Christian Norgaard went close for the Bees with a curling effort that flashed across the goal.

Adam Armstrong almost sealed the match but Bees keeper David Raya tipped his rising drive over the bar.

Rovers move up to 13th, while Brentford remain eighth after failing to find the net on the road for the first time in four games.

19:45Hull 4-0Preston 9826

Jarrod Bowen scored twice as Hull City thumped Preston North End, who slipped to their second Championship defeat in a row.

Bowen tapped into the bottom left-hand corner from close range to give the hosts the lead on the half-hour mark.

Hull won a penalty after the break when Josh Bowler was fouled by Ryan Ledson and Josh Magennis fired in from the spot.

Kamil Grosicki added a third soon after when he slotted in a delivery from Bowen, who added his second from a tight angle to wrap up three points.

The result means Preston drop to fifth in the table, six points off the automatic promotion places, while Hull rise to ninth.

19:45Middlesbrough 1-0Barnsley 18043

Middlesbrough moved out of the Championship relegation zone as they won for the first time in 11 games against bottom-of-the-table Barnsley on a treacherously wet evening on Teesside.

Barnsley's Jacob Brown rattled the crossbar four minutes into the second half with a curling effort after cutting in from the left as both sides struggled with the testing conditions.

But it was Boro who opened the scoring shortly after - Ashley Fletcher coolly rolling the ball into an empty net as Mads Andersen slid past him as he tried to tackle and wrong-footed keeper Samuel Sahin-Radlinger in the process.

Sahin-Radlinger kept the Tykes in the game with two good saves inside two minutes as Britt Assombalonga and Marcus Tavernier went close.

The win was just a third in the league all season for Boro, and first since 14 September as they moved two places and one point clear of the relegation zone.

Barnsley are now eight points from safety and have yet to win since the opening day of the season - a 17-game and 116-day wait.

19:45QPR 0-4N Forest 12937

Nottingham Forest moved up to fourth in the Championship as they beat 10-man Queens Park Rangers 4-0.

Tobias Figueiredo put Forest ahead early on as his towering header looped into the net from Joe Lolley's corner.

Rangers' hopes of a first win in six games took a blow when Lee Wallace was sent off after pulling down Lolley just outside the area in the 50th minute.

But Forest put Rangers to the sword as they scored three times in the final 10 minutes - Lewis Grabban and substitutes Joao Carvalho and Alfa Semedo polishing off the win.

The loss sees Rangers - who have now taken just two points from a possible 18 - drop to 16th place, while Forest are level on points with third-placed Fulham and five points off Leeds United in second.

19:45Sheff Wed1-1Birmingham 22059

Garry Monk's Sheffield Wednesday had to come from behind to salvage a draw in his first meeting with Birmingham City since being sacked in the summer.

In a clash dominated by a one-sided war of words between Monk and former number two Pep Clotet, it looked like the current Blues boss might come off best.

Despite the Owls having dominated, Alvaro Gimenez struck on 48 minutes with Blues' first real effort on target for only his second goal for the club.

The seven-figure Spanish summer signing turned in a low ball in from the right from Jeremie Bela for his first goal since 20 August.

But, with nine minutes left, Kadeem Harris ran at the Blues defence, who backed off, allowing the Wednesday man to take a shot at goal.

His low 20-yard effort somehow squeezed past three sets of legs and found visiting keeper Connal Trueman's bottom-right corner.

Prior to that, the closest Wednesday had gone was when full-back Moses Odubajo, fed by Aston Villa old boy Barry Bannan, cut inside to hit the bar.

Wednesday dropped one place to 10th and The Brummies stayed in 15th.

20:00West Brom4-1Bristol Cityn/a

West Bromwich Albion earned their biggest win of the season as they beat Bristol City to go back top of the Championship.

First-half goals from returning full-back Kieran Gibbs and Matheus Pereira set Albion on course to stretch their unbeaten run to eight games - and their goal tally to 35 in 18 matches.

Famara Diedhiou's left-foot finish on 80 minutes briefly gave City hope, but the Baggies took just two minutes to restore their two-goal cushion through Hal Robson-Kanu.

And Charlie Austin added another on 87 minutes as Albion hit four goals for the third time in six home matches for their fourth straight victory.

Slaven Bilic's Baggies now lead second-placed Leeds United by two points again, but have opened up a seven-point gap on the play-off pack, while Lee Johnson's City remain seventh, still just a point outside the top six.

Source Guardian/BBC Sports
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