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Championship Match Day 27 review

last updated Tuesday 14th January 2020, 6:37 PM

Championship table - 13th January2020
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  Team P W D L F A W D L F A GD Pts
1 West Brom 27 6 6 1 30 19 8 5 1 20 11 20 53
2 Leeds 27 7 4 2 19 10 8 3 3 24 13 20 52
3 Brentford 27 8 3 2 25 9 6 1 7 19 12 23 46
4 Fulham 27 8 2 4 25 16 5 4 4 16 14 11 45
5 N Forest 26 6 2 4 14 13 6 6 2 21 13 9 44
6 Sheff Wed 27 6 4 3 14 10 6 2 6 25 16 13 42
7 Swansea 27 6 3 5 17 15 5 6 2 15 15 2 42
8 Millwall 27 7 4 2 21 14 3 7 4 13 18 2 41
9 Bristol C 27 5 4 4 19 18 6 4 4 22 22 1 41
10 Preston 27 9 2 3 29 17 2 5 6 8 16 4 40
11 Hull 27 6 2 6 21 17 5 4 4 19 18 5 39
12 Cardiff 27 7 5 1 19 10 2 6 6 19 30 -2 38
13 Blackburn 27 6 6 2 17 12 4 1 8 18 23 0 37
14 Reading 26 6 1 6 19 17 4 5 4 15 12 5 36
15 QPR 27 5 4 5 28 27 5 1 7 17 24 -6 35
16 Middlesbrough 27 6 5 3 14 13 2 5 6 14 21 -6 34
17 Derby 27 7 5 2 18 11 1 5 7 10 25 -8 34
18 Birmingham 27 5 2 6 19 20 4 3 7 14 24 -11 32
19 Charlton 27 5 4 5 20 18 2 4 7 16 21 -3 29
20 Huddersfield 27 4 4 6 16 21 3 3 7 15 23 -13 28
21 Stoke 27 4 3 7 17 20 3 1 9 16 22 -9 25
22 Barnsley 27 4 6 4 24 26 1 3 9 11 24 -15 24
23 Wigan 27 4 4 5 12 17 1 4 9 12 24 -17 23
24 Luton 27 4 3 6 20 22 2 0 12 13 36 -25 21
Results Table Fixtures
Match Day 27 saw table topping West Brom denied a second win at the Valley in a week by their own man, Sam Johnstone putting past his own keeper to hand Charlton an equaliser with less than 15 minutes on the clock. The result left West Brom one point in front of Leeds United and seven points in front of third placed Brentford.

Leeds United slipped up at home once again and were beaten 2-0 by sixth placed Sheffield Wednesday, both goals were scored in the last few minutes of the game. Leeds have now won just once in their last five games.

Those results were good news for Brentford who blitzed west London rivals QPR with three first-half goals to win 3-1. A 12th defeat of the season means QPR continue to languish in mid-table.

Ivan Cavaleiro marked his first game since making a permanent move to Fulham by scoring the only goal of the game, in the 29th minute, to earn three points at Hull. A good result for Fulham was marred by an injury to top goal scorer Aleksandar Mitrovic with 10 minutes to go. Victory for Scott Parker's side, coupled with Leeds United's home defeat by Sheffield Wednesday, moved them to within seven points of the second-placed Leeds.

Championship MatchDay 27 ~ Results
Saturday 11th January 2020
12:30Brentford 3-1QPR 12324
15:00Barnsley 2-1 Huddersfield 17158
15:00Blackburn 1-1 Preston 19963
15:00Charlton 2-2 West Brom19720
15:00Hull 0-1Fulham 11347
15:00Leeds 0-2Sheff Wed36422
15:00Luton 1-2Birmingham 10062
15:00Middlesbrough 2-2Derby 19706
15:00Reading 1-1N Forest 16602
15:00Stoke 0-0Millwall 22516
15:00Wigan 0-2Bristol City9074
Sunday 12th January 2020
Home Res Away Att
12:00Cardiff 0-0Swansea 28529
Results Table Fixtures
Nottingham Forest looked set for victory at Reading when Ben Watson volleyed home in the 96th-minute, but the Royals struck back immediately as Tobias Figueiredo turned the ball into his own net from Jordan Obita’s cross.

Elsewhere in the chasing pack, Bristol City picked up a vital three points with a 2-0 at Wigan. Jamie Paterson scored one and set up Famara Diedhiou for the second to leave the Latics in the mire.

Blackburn and Preston played out a 1-1 draw, with no goals in the game between Stoke and Millwall.

Derby rescued a point at Middlesbrough, with Duane Holmes scoring a stoppage-time volley to secure a point after the Rams had twice trailed at the Riverside.

At the bottom end of the Championship, Barnsley got a vital three points with a 2-1 win over Huddersfield.

Luton were not able to take advantage of Harlee Dean’s late red card to grab a second equaliser against Birmingham.

Championship MatchDay 27  Wrap-up
Saturday 11th January 2020

12:30Brentford 3-1QPR 12324

A magnificent first-half performance from Brentford saw them comfortably beat west London rivals Queens Park Rangers and continue their Championship promotion push.

The Bees raced into a 3-0 lead thanks to goals from their three forwards - Said Benrahma, Bryan Mbeumo and Ollie Watkins - and could have been five or six up at the break.

Benrahma slotted in from a cleverly worked corner, Mbeumo finished smartly first time and Watkins headed in his 18th league goal of the season from close range as the hosts looked like scoring with every attacking move.

QPR improved after the break and pulled a goal back through Nahki Wells' tap in, but Brentford closed out the game to move to within six points of the top two, Leeds and West Brom.

Third-placed Brentford can now rightly be considered as genuine promotion contenders following a sixth straight home league win in their final season at Griffin Park.

15:00Barnsley 2-1Huddersfield 17158

Goals from Alex Mowatt and Conor Chaplin were enough for Barnsley to beat Huddersfield and drag the Terriers back into a relegation battle.

Captain Mowatt latched onto Jacob Brown's low cross to give the Tykes the lead inside the first 15 minutes, despite their Yorkshire rivals dominating the early stages at Oakwell.

Brown later turned provider for Chaplin to score his 10th goal of season from close range but Lewis O'Brien instantly grabbed one back for the visitors with a superb half-volley into the top corner.

Fraizer Campbell and Steve Mounie had chances to rescue a point for Danny Cowley's side, but both forwards failed to hit the target as Barnsley climbed to 22nd, a point from safety.

Barnsley are now unbeaten in their last five games at home, a welcome change after going 17 matches without a win between August and November.

The Terriers, meanwhile, are just four points above the drop zone and host third-place Brentford next.

15:00Blackburn 1-1 Preston 19963

A superb volley from Josh Harrop cancelled out Adam Armstrong's early finish as Preston North End drew with Lancashire rivals Blackburn Rovers.

Armstrong skipped past Patrick Bauer and linked up with Lewis Holtby before sliding the ball past Declan Rudd to put the hosts in front inside the first five minutes at Ewood Park.

An injury to Rovers midfielder Corry Evans halted the game for several minutes, as medical staff stretchered off the Northern Ireland international following a challenge from Preston captain Tom Clarke.

The pause in play sparked life into Alex Neil's side, who grabbed an equaliser when Harrop rifled a volley into the roof of the net from the edge of the box.

15:00Charlton 2-2 West Brom19720

West Bromwich Albion reclaimed top spot in the Championship despite twice being pegged back by Charlton Athletic at The Valley.

Kenneth Zohore put the Baggies ahead with a fine individual effort but the Addicks levelled with Josh Davison's first professional strike.

Albion led again through Hal Robson-Kanu's deflected shot but were denied victory as Tom Lockyer's header hit the post and went in off Baggies goalkeeper Sam Johnstone.

Nonetheless, the point still moved the Baggies back to the Championship summit thanks to Leeds United's loss at home to Sheffield Wednesday.

Albion have now drawn four in a winless run of five league games and, despite regaining top spot, their cushion to third place has been reduced to seven points, from 12 in December.

Charlton, meanwhile, have won just once in 15 Championship matches, taking eight points from a possible 45, but the draw keeps them 19th, five points above the relegation zone.

15:00Hull 0-1Fulham 11347

Fulham closed the gap on the automatic promotion places with a narrow victory at Hull City.

Championship MatchDay 28 ~ Fixtures
Friday 17th January 2020
19:45Fulham Middlesbrough Sky
Saturday 18th January 2020
12:30QPR Leeds Sky
15:00Birmingham Cardiff  
15:00Bristol CityBarnsley  
15:00Derby Hull  
15:00Huddersfield Brentford  
15:00Millwall Reading  
15:00Preston Charlton  
15:00Sheff WedBlackburn  
15:00Swansea Wigan  
Sunday 19th January 2020
12:00N Forest Luton Sky
Monday 20th January 2020
20:00West Brom Stoke Sky
Results Table Fixtures
Ivan Cavaleiro, who made his loan switch from Wolves permanent this week, gave the visitors the lead with a fine finish from distance.

The home side nearly grabbed an equaliser in six minutes of time added on, with Jarrod Bowen seeing a shot clawed away from goal by Marek Rodak, before Tom Eaves was denied on the rebound by defender Alfie Mawson.

Victory for Scott Parker's side, coupled with Leeds United's home defeat by Sheffield Wednesday, moved them to within seven points of the second-placed Whites.

Fulham host improving Middlesbrough on Friday, while the Tigers travel to Derby County on Saturday.

Fulham manager Scott Parker told BBC Radio London:
"It was a very good goal. Cav's been working on that over the past few weeks in terms of coming inside, I think we've seen a replica of the Huddersfield goal earlier this year and a couple of others he's scored.

"It was worthy of a match winner and there were limited chances for us, but once you get your noses in front it was about digging in and keeping that 1-0.

"A clean sheet today is very pleasing and we move on to the next."

15:00Leeds 0-2Sheff Wed36422

Two late goals gave Sheffield Wednesday a dramatic victory at promotion-chasing Leeds United.

The game had looked set to end goalless but Jacob Murphy beat home goalkeeper Kiko Casilla at his near post from a tight angle and, with Leeds going in search of an equaliser, Atdhe Nuhiu made the points safe.

Jack Harrison should have put the hosts in front in a first half they dominated but missed the target when well placed, while Patrick Bamford had a goal ruled out for offside.

Bamford missed a fine chance to put Leeds in front just after the restart and, as the hosts ran out of steam, the Owls scored through Murphy on a swift counter attack in the 87th minute before substitute Nuhiu netted in time added on.

Defeat saw Leeds drop down to second in the league, six points clear of third-placed Brentford, while the Owls went back up to sixth.

15:00Luton 1-2Birmingham 10062

Gary Gardner ended Birmingham City's six-game winless run in the Championship with a decisive second-half goal against bottom side Luton Town.

Lukas Jutkiewicz gave Blues an early lead, his powerful header crossing the line despite the best efforts of goalkeeper Simon Sluga to get a hand to the ball.

A Harlee Dean foul on Matty Pearson in the box allowed James Collins to bring Luton level from the penalty spot after the break.

Parity, however, was short lived as Gardner found the bottom corner, and despite Dean being sent off for a second yellow card late on Blues held on to consign Luton to an 12th defeat in 15 league games.

For Blues, it was just their second league win in 13 matches dating back to 26 October when they beat the Hatters at St Andrew's.

15:00Middlesbrough 2-2Derby 19706

Duane Holmes scored a stoppage-time volley to rescue a point for Derby County against a resurgent Middlesbrough at The Riverside.

A stunning 25-yard strike from Lewis Wing, finding the bottom corner of Ben Hamer's goal, gave Boro a deserved first-half lead.

Derby's second-half reply was a fortuitous one, with Jason Knight scoring with what appeared to be a misdirected cross that beat goalkeeper Aynsley Pears and went in off the post.

Paddy McNair then restored Boro's lead from the spot after a mazy run from Patrick Roberts was clumsily ended by Matthew Clarke in the box.

But Derby, a side being directed around the pitch by England's record goalscorer Wayne Rooney, had time to snatch a point - which Holmes did with his 91st-minute effort.

A share of the spoils left the two resurgent teams equal on points, with Boro 16th in the table and Derby just one place below.

15:00Reading 1-1N Forest 16602

Two goals in the space of a minute deep into injury-time saw Reading and Nottingham Forest play out a draw at the Madejski Stadium.

Ben Watson's 96th-minute volley looked to have earned Forest a dramatic victory and extend their Championship winning run to four games.

But the Royals responded straight from kick-off when Jordan Obita's cross was turned into his own net by defender Tobias Figueiredo.

The result meant Forest dropped a place to fifth in the table following Fulham's away victory against Hull City.

Reading, who had won four games in a row and are now unbeaten in seven, remain in 14th.

15:00Stoke 0-0Millwall 22516

Millwall continued their resurgence under Gary Rowett as they earned a point against his former side Stoke City to make it just two defeats from 14 Championship games since he took over.

A dour match saw just five attempts on target with Stoke unable to take advantage of playing the final few minutes against 10 men following Shaun Williams' red card for a late challenge on Liam Lindsay.

Sam Vokes was twice narrowly off target for the hosts in the first half, while Mahlon Romeo and Tom Bradshaw were both denied by Potters keeper Jack Butland.

The Lions remain seventh in the table following a four-game unbeaten run, while Stoke are still a point above the relegation zone.

But Rowett's side missed the chance to go into the play-off places against a Stoke side who rarely threatened.

15:00Wigan 0-2Bristol City9074

Jamie Paterson marked his Bristol City return with a goal and an assist as the wobbling promotion hopefuls battled to victory at lowly Wigan Athletic.

Paterson, making his first appearance since being recalled from a loan spell with Derby County, poked City in front just as a drab contest looked to be drifting towards a goalless draw.

He then turned provider two minutes later, lifting a clever pass through for Famara Diedhiou to brilliantly slot first time past goalkeeper David Marshall.

The two quickfire goals were enough to arrest a sequence of five defeats in six matches for Lee Johnson's side, who had risen to fourth after winning at Fulham at the start of December.

Meanwhile, the result stretched Wigan's winless run at home to seven games and left them 23rd, just two points above bottom-placed Luton Town.

Championship MatchDay 27  Wrap-up
Sunday 12th January 2020

12:00Cardiff 0-0Swansea 28529

Cardiff City denied Swansea City a slice of south Wales derby history after the 62nd league meeting of the clubs ended in a goalless draw.

Swansea arrived at the Cardiff City Stadium with a chance to claim the first league double in 108 years of this fixture.

But they had to be content with a share of the spoils in a game which was long on endeavour but short on quality.

The woodwork rattled twice, with Bersant Celina hitting the post for Swansea before Cardiff's Callum Paterson headed against the bar late on.

But a stalemate was probably the right result on a day when both sides had their moments but neither could conjure the sort of moment of quality required to break the deadlock.

Source BBC Sport/Tom Bassam at The Guardian
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