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Championship Match Day 20 review

last updated Wednesday 11th December 2019, 9:13 PM

In the last game of Match Day 20 on Sunday lunchtime Matheus Pereira ran riot as West Brom thrashed Swansea 5-1 and went top of the Championship with a sixth-straight win. Swansea them selves have not won in five games and have dropped to 11th after being fourth in the table a month ago.

Championship table - 09th December 2019
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  Team P W D L F A W D L F A GD Pts
1 West Brom 20 6 4 0 28 15 7 2 1 13 5 21 45
2 Leeds 20 6 2 1 13 4 7 2 2 17 6 20 43
3 Fulham 20 6 2 3 21 13 4 3 2 11 8 11 35
4 Bristol C 20 4 4 1 15 10 5 4 2 18 18 5 35
5 N Forest 19 4 1 3 9 6 5 5 1 17 10 10 33
6 Sheff Wed 20 5 4 1 12 7 4 1 5 16 12 9 32
7 Preston 20 7 2 1 25 11 2 2 6 6 14 6 31
8 Cardiff 20 7 2 1 18 9 1 5 4 12 18 3 31
9 Brentford 20 4 3 2 16 6 5 0 6 14 10 14 30
10 Blackburn 20 6 3 2 15 10 3 0 6 12 17 0 30
11 Swansea 20 4 1 5 12 13 4 5 1 13 12 0 30
12 Hull 20 5 2 4 18 14 3 3 3 14 13 5 29
13 Birmingham 20 5 2 2 11 7 3 2 6 11 19 -4 28
14 QPR 20 4 3 4 19 22 4 1 4 11 15 -7 28
15 Millwall 20 5 4 1 16 11 1 5 4 9 16 -2 27
16 Derby 20 5 4 1 13 7 1 3 6 7 19 -6 25
17 Charlton 20 4 2 4 13 11 2 3 5 13 16 -1 23
18 Reading 19 4 0 6 14 16 2 3 4 10 10 -2 21
19 Middlesbrough 20 4 4 3 9 10 0 4 5 8 17 -10 20
20 Luton 20 4 2 4 16 16 2 0 8 11 25 -14 20
21 Huddersfield 20 2 4 5 10 14 2 2 5 12 19 -11 18
22 Wigan 20 4 1 4 9 12 0 3 8 9 21 -15 16
23 Stoke 20 2 1 7 11 18 2 1 7 10 17 -14 14
24 Barnsley 20 2 4 4 15 20 0 2 8 8 21 -18 12
Results Table Fixtures
Leeds secured a 2-0 victory at Huddersfield in the West Yorkshire derby, in the luinch time game on Saturday,  and climbed to the top of the Sky Bet Championship table for the day. Huddersfield dropped to 21st just outside the drop zone.

Bristol City
took themselves level on points with third-placed Fulham in a dramatic 2-1 win at Craven Cottage. The visitors took the lead with a bullet header from Josh Brownhill before shutting up shop, Famara Diédhiou doubling their advantage with a rare second-half attack. But Aboubakar Kamara’s 86th-minute goal set up a heated finale in which Fulham were denied a strong penalty claim and hit the crossbar in stoppage time.

In the Friday evening game Millwall substitute Aiden O'Brien scored a stoppage-time equaliser to earn the Lions a share of the spoils in a thrilling 2-2 draw with Nottingham Forest at The Den. Forest dropped to fifth in the table.

Sheffield Wednesday, who came from behind to see off Brentford thanks to a second-half double from Steven Fletcher, jumped up to sixth place above Preston.

Preston dropped out of the play-off spots after losing 2-0 at QPR, Eberechi Eze with both the goals.

Championship MatchDay 20 ~ Results
Friday 6th December 2019
19:45Millwall 2-2N Forest12976
Saturday 7th December 2019
12:30Huddersfield 0-2Leeds 23805
15:00Blackburn 1-0Derby 12800
15:00Cardiff 3-2Barnsley 21380
15:00Fulham 1-2Bristol City 18779
15:00Hull 2-1Stoke 11019
15:00Luton 2-1Wigan 10011
15:00Middlesbrough 1-0Charlton 18681
15:00QPR 2-0Preston 12179
15:00Reading 2-3Birmingham 14103
15:00Sheff Wed 2-1Brentford 22475
Sunday 8th December 2019
12:00West Brom5-1Swansea 22927
Results Table Fixtures
A five-goal thriller at Cardiff saw the hosts running out 3-2 winners over Barnsley, who twice took the lead – Conor Chaplin scoring one and forcing another – only to be pegged back each time before Lee Tomlin rattled home the winner at the death.

Adam Armstrong scored the game's only goal in the second half as Blackburn beat Derby 1-0 to extend their winning run to four games. Blackburn rose up to 10th just two points below the playoffs.

Middlesbrough defeated Charlton thanks to George Saville’s first-minute tap-in to ease the pressure on Jonathan Woodgate.

Birmingham moved up to 13th after beating Reading 3-2. The visitors were dealt a double blow in the first half as Jake Clarke-Salter and Dan Crowley were forced off through injury.

Jarrod Bowen took his tally to 10 in nine and sealed a 2-1 win for Hull against Stoke, who went ahead early through Sam Vokes but remain second-bottom after their defeat.

Wigan led at Luton until the 87th minute when Luton's Callum McManaman struck against his old club and George Moncur hit a vital 94th-minute winner to take his side four points clear of the drop zone.

Championship MatchDay 20 Wrap-up
Friday 6th December 2019

19:45Millwall 2-2N Forest12976

Millwall and Nottingham Forest shared the points after an action-filled conclusion to their Championship meeting at The Den.

Lewis Grabban looked to have won it for Forest after he came off the bench to score twice and cancel out a first-half header from Millwall's Shaun Williams.

But Williams was involved again for the hosts as his shot from outside the box in stoppage-time was spilled by Forest keeper Brice Samba and allowed Aiden O'Brien to slot in the rebound.

Milwall extended their unbeaten run to five games under Gary Rowett, but Forest missed the chance to go level on points with third-placed Fulham.

Championship MatchDay 20 Wrap-up
Saturday 7th December 2019

12:30Huddersfield 0-2Leeds 23805

Leeds United returned to the top of the Championship table after second-half goals from Ezgjan Alioski and Pablo Hernandez gave them victory at West Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield Town.

Victory was also Leeds' sixth in a row and extended their unbeaten run in the second tier to nine matches.

Huddersfield, meanwhile, are now winless in five games, as their resurgence under Danny Cowley appears to be grinding to a halt.

15:00Blackburn 1-0Derby 12800

Adam Armstrong scored the only goal of the game as Blackburn Rovers made it four straight wins with victory against a lifeless Derby County side.

Armstrong, who was denied by Rams goalkeeper Ben Hamer just before the break, finally put the hosts ahead with a fine shot from the edge of the area.

Wayne Rooney, England's all-time top scorer, was again on the Derby bench as coach but could only watch on as the Rams struggled in attack, with their only shot on goal coming in the 94th minute.

The defeat was Derby's fifth in a row away from home and leaves Phillip Cocu's side winless on their Championship travels since the opening weekend of the season.

15:00Cardiff 3-2Barnsley 21380

Cardiff City maintained their unbeaten run under new boss Neil Harris thanks to Lee Tomlin's dramatic late winner.

Tomlin created Danny Ward's equaliser before lashing home the winner in stoppage time.

The bottom side had given an excellent account of themselves in South Wales and twice led through Conor Chaplin's opener and a Lee Peltier own goal.

However, Bambo Diaby's deflected own goal, Ward's fine finish and Tomlin's dramatic winner earned Cardiff victory.

The win means Cardiff rise to eighth, while Barnsley remain bottom of the Championship.

15:00Fulham 1-2Bristol City 18779

Bristol City ended Fulham's four-match winning run in the Championship as they hung on for victory at Craven Cottage.

Championship MatchDay 21 ~ Fixtures
Tuesday 10th December 2019
19:45Bristol CityMillwall Sky
19:45Charlton Huddersfield Sky
19:45Leeds Hull Sky
19:45N ForestMiddlesbrough Sky
19:45Preston Fulham Sky
20:00Stoke Luton Sky
Wednesday 11th December 2019
19:45Barnsley Reading Sky
19:45Birmingham QPR Sky
19:45Brentford Cardiff Sky
19:45Derby Sheff WedSky
19:45Swansea Blackburn Sky
19:45Wigan West BromSky
Results Table Fixtures
Midfielder Josh Brownhill scored for the second successive match, heading home Niclas Eliasson's cross from the left after being left unmarked.

The home side had plenty of possession, but Anthony Knockaert was foiled by keeper Dan Bentley when through one-on-one early in the second half.

Famara Diedhiou made it two for the Robins by finishing off a superb move by tapping into an empty net, but Aboubakar Kamara ensured an anxious finish by netting after Bentley had saved Neeskens Kebano's initial shot and then headed against the bar in eight minutes of stoppage time.

Their fifth away win of the season lifted Lee Johnson's City side up to fourth in the table, and level on points with Fulham, who remain third on goal difference only.

Fulham head coach Scott Parker:
"The referee has obviously made a big mistake [in not awarding a penalty] and that can happen, human error. That's when you want VAR in the Championship and it's probably it is an instant reversal of the decision.

"But I am proud of my team. Three or four weeks ago we lost to Hull City here and the stadium cleared out. The fans lost a bit of belief that we could get back in it and I sensed the players did as well.

"But at 2-0 down today with 10 minutes on the clock, we were in the ascendancy and didn't give up, they kept going.

"On another day, the one that hits the bar, the penalty decision, it could turn a different way. I'm proud of the players today."

15:00Hull 2-1Stoke 11019

Michael O'Neill hinted at a January clearout at struggling Stoke after Jarrod Bowen's double left his "fragile" Potters four points from safety.

Sam Vokes' early header put Stoke ahead but Bowen scored twice in the second half to take his season's tally to 15 as Hull came from behind to register a fifth win in eight games.

Northern Ireland boss O'Neill won his first two games with Stoke after agreeing terms to succeed Nathan Jones in November but has now suffered three consecutive defeats.

15:00Luton 2-1Wigan 10011

Luton Town manager Graeme Jones says his team's late fightback against Wigan displayed the sort of fortitude that can keep his side in the Championship.

Having been thrashed 7-0 at Brentford last week, the Hatters looked set for a seventh defeat in eight games until Callum McManaman's 87th-minute equaliser and George Moncur's winner in the third minute of stoppage time.

Victory saw Luton move into 20th place in the Championship, four points clear of Wigan, who occupy the final relegation spot.

15:00Middlesbrough 1-0Charlton 18681

A first-minute goal was enough for Middlesbrough to put a four-point gap between themselves and the Championship relegation places as they beat Charlton at the Riverside.

Boro needed just 52 seconds to score as George Saville pounced after Britt Assombalonga's shot had taken a deflection and Ashley Fletcher kept the ball alive.

The Addicks, who have won just twice in 14 games since mid-September, created no chances of note in a performance that will worry boss Lee Bowyer.

The only positive for Charlton, who stay in 17th place, was that five-goal striker Lyle Taylor returned after more than three months out with injury as a half-time substitute.

15:00QPR 2-0Preston 12179

Ebere Eze's double secured QPR's first victory in eight games as they overcame Preston at Loftus Road.

Eze put Rangers ahead in the 17th minute, collecting Geoff Cameron's pass and firing home at the second attempt.

The England Under-21 international sealed the points midway through the second half, tucking away a penalty after Marc Pugh had been brought down.

It was the first time QPR had registered a clean sheet in 23 league games, while Preston's defeat - their fourth on the spin - means they drop out of the top six.

15:00Reading 2-3Birmingham 14103

Jeremie Bela netted his first goal in English football and set up another as Birmingham triumphed at the Madejski Stadium.

The French forward, who joined the Blues last month, rifled in a 25-yard free-kick to help his side clinch the points against Reading.

Birmingham went in front when Jude Bellingham's drive deflected off former Blues skipper Michael Morrison, only for Yakou Meite to head Reading level.

But Bela's strike restored the visitors' advantage and he then teed up Alvaro Gimenez to make it 3-1 before Lucas Joao grabbed a late consolation.

15:00Sheff Wed 2-1Brentford 22475

Steven Fletcher scored twice in four minutes as Sheffield Wednesday came from behind to leapfrog Brentford and move into the Championship's play-off places.

Fletcher cancelled out Bryan Mbeumo's opener for Brentford from the penalty spot after Rico Henry's handball and then fired his 10th goal of the season past David Raya to give Wednesday victory.

Wednesday's result ensured back-to-back wins and moved Garry Monk's side up to sixth. Brentford slipped to ninth, missing their own chance to move into the play-off spots, as they paid the price for failing to make the most of their first-half superiority.

Championship MatchDay 20 Wrap-up
Sunday 8th December 2019

12:00West Brom5-1Swansea 22927

West Bromwich Albion registered a sixth successive win as they reclaimed top spot in the Championship from Leeds United by brushing aside Swansea City.

Matheus Pereira, on loan from Sporting Lisbon, was the architect of Albion's victory, scoring one goal and setting up the other four for Semi Ajayi, Hal Robson-Kanu, Matt Phillips and Kyle Edwards.

The Baggies are now unbeaten in 10 games and have not tasted defeat at The Hawthorns in 16 matches, the club's best home run in almost a century.

Perhaps crucially, their five-goal haul also improved their goal difference to +21 - one better than title rivals Leeds, who once again are two points behind leaders Albion.

Both sides have won their past six games to frequently swap places at the summit and that could happen again in midweek as Leeds host Hull on Tuesday before Albion's trip to Wigan on Wednesday.

Source Alex Hess at The Guardian/BBC Sport
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