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Championship Match Day 21 review

last updated Thursday 12th December 2019, 1:44 PM

The Championship's Matchday 21 ended with Leeds climbing back to the top of the Sky Bet Championship after two late efforts earned them a 2-0 win over Hull at Elland Road. It was a seventh-straight victory and 10th game unbeaten for Marcelo Bielsa’s side, while the defeat saw the Tigers drop to 13th, five points adrift of the play-offs.

Championship table - 12th December 2019
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  Team P W D L F A W D L F A GD Pts
1 Leeds 21 7 2 1 15 4 7 2 2 17 6 22 46
2 West Brom 21 6 4 0 28 15 7 3 1 14 6 21 46
3 Fulham 21 6 2 3 21 13 4 3 3 12 10 10 35
4 Bristol C 21 4 4 2 16 12 5 4 2 18 18 4 35
5 N Forest 20 4 2 3 10 7 5 5 1 17 10 10 34
6 Preston 21 8 2 1 27 12 2 2 6 6 14 7 34
7 Brentford 21 5 3 2 18 7 5 0 6 14 10 15 33
8 Sheff Wed 21 5 4 1 12 7 4 2 5 17 13 9 33
9 Cardiff 21 7 2 1 18 9 1 5 5 13 20 2 31
10 Blackburn 21 6 3 2 15 10 3 1 6 13 18 0 31
11 Swansea 21 4 2 5 13 14 4 5 1 13 12 0 31
12 QPR 21 4 3 4 19 22 5 1 4 13 15 -5 31
13 Millwall 21 5 4 1 16 11 2 5 4 11 17 -1 30
14 Hull 21 5 2 4 18 14 3 3 4 14 15 3 29
15 Birmingham 21 5 2 3 11 9 3 2 6 11 19 -6 28
16 Derby 21 5 5 1 14 8 1 3 6 7 19 -6 26
17 Charlton 21 4 2 5 13 12 2 3 5 13 16 -2 23
18 Reading 20 4 0 6 14 16 2 4 4 11 11 -2 22
19 Huddersfield 21 2 4 5 10 14 3 2 5 13 19 -10 21
20 Middlesbrough 21 4 4 3 9 10 0 5 5 9 18 -10 21
21 Luton 21 4 2 4 16 16 2 0 9 11 28 -17 20
22 Stoke 21 3 1 7 14 18 2 1 7 10 17 -11 17
23 Wigan 21 4 2 4 10 13 0 3 8 9 21 -15 17
24 Barnsley 21 2 5 4 16 21 0 2 8 8 21 -18 13
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West Brom missed a chance to return to the top of the Championship when they could only draw at struggling Wigan.  The 1-1 draw means Leeds stay top on goal difference, although both teams boast an 11-point lead over Fulham in third.

Fulham remain in third place despite going down to a 2-1 defeat at Preston in a match where both sides finished with 10 men. Sean Maguire put Preston ahead after 23 minutes and five minutes later Fulham lost Denis Odoi to a straight red card following an aerial challenge with Patrick Bauer.

It became 10-aside in first-half stoppage-time when Joe Rafferty was dismissed following a challenge on Joe Bryan. David Nugent doubled the lead seven minutes into the second half and Aleksandar Mitrovic gave Fulham hope but they could not find an equaliser.

Millwall ended a run of three-straight draws with a 2-1 win at Bristol City. Murray Wallace and Jake Cooper put the visitors in charge with 20 minutes to play before Callum O’Dowda pulled one back but the visitors held on.

Paddy McNair’s late penalty enabled Middlesbrough to rescue a point from a 1-1 draw at Nottingham Forest. Ryan Yates had put Forest ahead midway through the second half.

Championship MatchDay 21 ~ Results
Tuesday 10th December 2019
19:45Bristol City1-2Millwall 19742
19:45Charlton 0-1Huddersfield 13488
19:45Leeds 2-0Hull 35200
19:45N Forest1-1Middlesbrough 24577
19:45Preston 2-1Fulham 10093
20:00Stoke 3-0Luton 20219
Wednesday 11th December 2019
19:45Barnsley 1-1Reading 11510
19:45Birmingham 0-2QPR 18161
19:45Brentford 2-1Cardiff 10417
19:45Derby 1-1Sheff Wed26203
19:45Swansea 1-1Blackburn 14152
19:45Wigan 1-1West Brom9444
Results Table Fixtures
Neil Harris suffered his first defeat as Cardiff manager as Brentford prevailed 2-1 at Griffin Park. Bryan Mbeumo put the Bees ahead with a low finish after fine build-up play by Saïd Benrahma. Ollie Watkins doubled the lead on 46 minutes before Marlon Pack pulled one back with a long-range drive. Brentford climbed to seventh, leapfrogging Sheffield Wednesday, who saw Moses Odubajo sent off as they drew 1-1 at Derby.

Joe Allen’s brace made sure Stoke ended a run of three-straight defeats with a 3-0 win over Luton. James McClean scored the first before goals from Allen either side of the interval wrapped it up.

QPR forward Bright Osayi-Samuel sealed an away win at Birmingham with a terrific solo goal. The 21-year-old picked up the ball near the halfway line and surged down the left before cutting inside and finishing emphatically.

Matthew Daly’s last-minute strike saw Huddersfield bring a run of five matches without a win to an end with a 1-0 victory at Charlton.

Swansea manager Steve Cooper hit out at referee Jeremy Simpson after his side’s winless run extended to six with a 1-1 draw with Blackburn.

Championship MatchDay 21 Wrap-up
Tuesday 10th December 2019

19:45Bristol City1-2Millwall 19742

Jed Wallace scored one and made another as Millwall deservedly beat lacklustre Championship play-off hopefuls Bristol City.

The 25-year-old former Wolverhampton Wanderers winger put the visitors ahead when he turned inside and squeezed a low shot past goalkeeper Daniel Bentley at the near post.

Millwall doubled their lead after the break through centre-half Jake Cooper, who glanced Wallace's free-kick into the corner.

Callum O'Dowda's half-volley with six minutes remaining gave the hosts brief hope, but Gary Rowett's side held out to extend their unbeaten run to

Millwall are now just four points off the play-off places in 12th, while Bristol City remain fourth.

19:45Charlton 0-1Huddersfield 13488

Teenager Matty Daly struck in the second minute of second-half injury time to give Huddersfield Town a first win in six games at out-of-form Charlton Athletic.

Charlton failed to register an effort on target in the match, but it looked like they would hold on to a point after goalkeeper Dillon Phillips had made a string saves and the Terriers had spurned several other chances.

Victory moved Danny Cowley's side up to 19th and put Town four points clear of the relegation zone, while injury-hit Charlton are now nine Championship matches without a win.

19:45Leeds 2-0Hull 35200

Leeds United moved top of the Championship as two goals in the last 20 minutes saw them edge past Hull City for a seventh straight league victory.

Marcelo Bielsa's side were matched by the Tigers in a first half without a shot on target, but the hosts turned the screw in the last half-hour.

The points saw Leeds go top of the division by one goal while Grant McCann's Hull drop into the bottom half.

19:45N Forest 1-1Middlesbrough 24577

Middlesbrough frustrated promotion-chasing Nottingham Forest after grabbing a late point at the City Ground.

Forest went ahead just after the hour mark when midfielder Ryan Yates emphatically headed in Matty Cash's cross from six yards out.

Paddy McNair levelled for the visitors from the penalty spot with nine minutes remaining after Jack Robinson tripped substitute Marvin Johnson.

Improving Boro, who have suffered just one defeat in six, are now four points above the relegation zone, while Forest remain fifth, with a two-point advantage over seventh-placed Sheffield Wednesday.

With Fulham and Bristol City both losing victory would have taken Forest up to third in the Championship table but Sabri Lamouchi's side had to settle for a draw despite dominating possession.

19:45Preston 2-1Fulham 10093

Preston North End ended a run of four consecutive Championship defeats as they beat Fulham in a game which saw both sides reduced to 10 men.

Championship MatchDay 22 ~ Fixtures
Friday 13th December 2019
19:45Charlton Hull Sky
Saturday 14th December 2019
 Home AwayTV
12:30Birmingham West BromSky
15:00Barnsley QPR  
15:00Brentford Fulham  
15:00Bristol City Blackburn  
15:00Derby Millwall  
15:00Leeds Cardiff  
15:00N ForestSheff Wed  
15:00Preston Luton  
15:00Stoke Reading  
15:00Swansea Middlesbrough  
15:00Wigan Huddersfield  
Results Table Fixtures
Sean Maguire put the hosts ahead from close range, before Fulham's Denis Odoi was dismissed soon after for an elbow on Patrick Bauer.

Preston were shown a red card of their own just before the break when Joe Rafferty was sent off for a bad tackle on Joe Bryan.

David Nugent doubled Preston's lead after the break when he bundled home, while Aleksandar Mitrovic pulled a goal back with a deflected long-range strike.

Defeat was Fulham's second in a row in the league, having lost against Bristol City on Saturday, and leaves them 10 points behind second-placed West Bromwich Albion in third.

Meanwhile, Preston moved up to sixth thanks to their victory, which gives them a two-point cushion on seventh-placed Sheffield Wednesday.

20:00Stoke 3-0Luton 20219

Stoke City pulled to within three points of safety in the Championship as they comfortably beat Luton Town.

The hosts took the lead when Sam Vokes worked onto a loose ball to tee up James McClean to finish past Luton goalkeeper James Shea.

McClean then turned provider, turning in a cross towards Joe Allen, who headed home from inside the box to double the hosts' advantage.

Allen added another after the break as he slotted home a low shot from the 18-yard line as Luton struggled to make an impact.

The result means the Hatters, who beat fellow strugglers Wigan Athletic on Saturday, slip to 21st place and have a three-point cushion on the drop zone.

Championship MatchDay 21 Wrap-up
Wednesday 11th December 2019

19:45Barnsley 1-1Reading 11510

Lucas Joao's second-half goal rescued a point for Reading at the Championship's bottom side Barnsley.

The Tykes went ahead after the break when Cauley Woodrow coolly slotted into the bottom corner when the ball broke to him in the box.

Joao levelled by poking the ball into the back of the net from close range after Barnsley failed to clear a corner.

An entertaining game at Oakwell saw both sides create numerous opportunities, but a combination of fine goalkeeping and poor finishing meant neither could pick up a crucial victory.

Barnsley are still seven points from safety and will surely feel frustrated they failed to cap a dominant first half with a goal or see out the game once they went ahead.

19:45Birmingham 0-2QPR 18161

Queens Park Rangers youngster Bright Osayi-Samuel scored one of the goals of the Championship season so far to seal victory for the resurgent Hoops against Birmingham City.

After captain Grant Hall had struck for QPR in first-half injury time, Blues had briefly looked like turning the tide early in the second half.

But 21-year-old Osayi-Samuel effectively closed the door on 67 minutes with a stunning solo effort.

Picking up the ball inside his own half, he galloped down the left flank, held off all challenges from the home defence and then lashed home a left-footed shot into the roof of the net.

Having started the night 15th in the Championship, a place below Blues on goal difference, QPR's second straight win elevates them to 12th, within three points of the play-off places.

But the euphoria of Saturday's 3-2 away win at Reading quickly evaporated for Blues as they suffered a third straight home game without a victory.

19:45Brentford 2-1Cardiff 10417

Brentford leapfrogged Cardiff into seventh in the Championship table as Neil Harris suffered his first defeat as Bluebirds manager.

Cardiff arrived on a three-match winning run but fell behind when Bryan Mbeumo struck with a left-foot shot after being teed up by Said Benrahma.

Benrahma was again involved heavily for the Bees' second as Ollie Watkins was allowed a free header back across goal.

Marlon Pack's long range pile-driver gave Cardiff hope but Brentford held on for a deserved victory.

19:45Derby 1-1Sheff Wed26203

Chris Martin's late penalty rescued a point for Derby County and stopped Sheffield Wednesday from moving into the Championship play-off places.

Martin slotted home from the spot after Jack Marriott went down in the area, having tangled with Moses Odubajo.

The visitors had taken a deserved lead when Barry Bannan intercepted Craig Forsyth's loose pass out of defence and fed Steven Fletcher who swept home from 20 yards.

Odubajo was sent off in the closing moments for a second bookable offence and the Rams, who had marked the death of former manager Jim Smith with a minute's applause before the game, nearly grabbed a winner when Marriott's header was deflected wide.

The result stretched Derby's unbeaten home run to nine games, while Wednesday are one point outside the top six.

19:45Swansea 1-1Blackburn 14152

Swansea City's home frustrations continued as they drew 1-1 with Blackburn Rovers in a game which saw both sides reduced to 10 men.

Rovers extended their unbeaten run to five matches after Danny Graham's goal was cancelled out by Andre Ayew.

Veteran former Swansea striker Graham put the visitors in front with a close-range finish after only four minutes.

But Steve Cooper's team equalised just six minutes later as leading scorer Andre Ayew headed home.

Swansea were the better side for long periods after that, although their momentum was checked when Tom Carroll saw red 12 minutes into the second half.

The contest changed again when Bradley Dack followed Carroll down the tunnel, but Swansea's failure to find a winner means they are without a victory in six matches.

19:45Wigan 1-1West Brom9444

West Brom missed the chance to return to the top of the Championship but Charlie Austin's goal from a free-kick on the six-yard line saw them salvage a draw at Wigan.

Slaven Bilic rested attacking trio Grady Diangana, Matheus Pereira and Hal Robson-Kanu and his side were second best in the first half as the Latics constantly threatened through Josh Windass and Jamal Lowe.

The hosts eventually took a deserved, albeit fortuitous, lead when Sam Johnstone tipped a 35-yard Sam Morsy strike onto the post, only for the ball to rebound back off the Baggies keeper and in.

Michael Jacobs then hit the bar for Wigan but West Brom levelled when Austin placed the ball past 10 players on the line after goalkeeper Jamie Jones needlessly picked up a backpass.

The point means just goal difference keeps the Baggies behind leaders Leeds, who beat Hull on Tuesday, while Paul Cook's side move to within three points of safety.

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