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Championship Matchday 14 Review

last updated Monday 30th October 2017, 2:25 PM
Championship Matchday 14 Review
MatchDay14 Results
Sunday 29th October 2017
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Birmingham 0-0 Barnsley
Saturday 28th October 2017
Sheff Wed 1-1 Barnsley
Burton 1-2 Ipswich
Cardiff 0-0 Millwall
Fulham 1-1 Bolton
Norwich 1-2 Derby
Preston 2-3 Brentford
QPR 2-1 Wolves
Reading 0-2 Middlesbrough
Sunderland 1-2 Bristol C
Hull 2-3 N. Forest
Friday 27th October 2017
Leeds 1-2 Sheff U
At the top of the table Sheffield United became the new leader with a win at Leeds while Wolves were beaten at QPR and Bristol City jumped up three places into 4th spot.

In mid-table Fulham dropped three places after scraping a home draw against bottom placed Bolton.

At the bottom of the table Burton and Sunderland were both beaten while Reading continued their dismal run with a home defeat by Middlesbrough and are now two points above the relegation zone.

The prize for the most yellow cards went to the Leeds v Sheff Utd game in which eight yellows were issued six to Sheff Utd players

Sunday 29th October 2017

Birmingham City 0-0 Aston Villa
The spoils were shared in the Second City derby as Birmingham and Aston Villa played out a goalless draw in the Sky Bet Championship.

Both sides had a number of chances to score and win the game at St Andrew's, Jota missing a one-on-one for the Blues and Villa hitting the bar twice late in the second half.

Tensions were high, Glenn Whelan left bloodied after being caught in the face and a host of fan clappers - later denounced by Steve Bruce - thrown onto the pitch, but the result moves Birmingham two points clear of the relegation zone, while Villa stay sixth.

Saturday 28th October 2017

Sheffield Wednesday 1-1 Barnsley
Harvey Barnes scored a superb goal for Barnsley to secure a hard-fought 1-1 draw in the South Yorkshire derby against Sheffield Wednesday in the Sky Bet Championship.

Both sides had won only one of their previous five games and they could not be separated as Barnsley ended a run of three straight defeats at Hillsborough. The Owls stay in the bottom half of the table with the result heaping more pressure on boss Carlos Carvalhal.

Sheffield Wednesday started the match brightly with more possession and took the lead through Adam Reach. The hosts failed to capitalise on large spells with the ball though and the Tykes struck back with a wonder strike from youngster Barnes to earn a point.

Matchday 14 table
Burton Albion 1-2 Ipswich Town
Substitute Bersant Celina was Ipswich's hero as he curled home a sumptuous 90th-minute free-kick with almost his first touch to snatch all three points against Burton.

The Manchester City loanee stepped up and fired home from 25 yards to send the visiting fans delirious at the end of a tight encounter. Defender Ben Turner gave the home side a deserved lead on 57 minutes after Luke Murphy had been denied by an outstanding save from Ipswich keeper Bartosz Bialkowski.

But Martyn Waghorn levelled with his seventh goal of the season - as many as Albion have managed in total in their 14 Championship games so far - and Celina had the final word.

Cardiff City 0-0 Millwall
Cardiff lost ground in their pursuit of automatic promotion to the Premier League after being held to a 0-0 draw at home by Millwall.

Despite creating the chances needed to secure all three points, a fine performance from Millwall goalkeeper Jordan Archer means they sit third in the Sky Bet Championship having scored only once in four games.

Fulham 1-1 Bolton Wanderers
Tom Cairney's injury-time strike earned Fulham a point and denied Bolton a first away win of the season in a 1-1 draw at Craven Cottage.

Former Newcastle man Sammy Ameobi had put the visitors ahead in the 28th minute after latching on to a long punt by Ben Alnwick. The visitors defended bravely to hold on to their advantage but Cairney headed home Kevin McDonald's cross in the third of six additional minutes to secure his side a share of the spoils.

The result leaves Wanderers bottom of the league, but stretches their unbeaten run to three games. As for Fulham, the London side remain within sight of the top six but have still won just once at home this term.

Norwich City 1-2 Derby County
Sam Winnall came off the bench to earn Derby a hard-earned 2-1 win at Carrow Road - and end Norwich's impressive unbeaten league run.

The former Barnsley striker had been on the pitch for just six minutes when he pounced on a rebound to settle an entertaining Sky Bet Championship game in the 83rd minute.

Preston North End 2-3 Brentford
rentford extended their unbeaten run to seven Championship games with a 3-2 victory over Preston in an end-to-end game at Deepdale - but they were forced to do it the hard way.

Three goals came in 10 second-half minutes with Ollie Watkins eventually striking the winner, which ended Preston's unbeaten home record this season.

Defeat also extended Preston's winless run to four league games and the have now conceded 10 goals in their last four matches, having conceded just four in their first 10.

Queens Park Rangers 2-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers
QPR substitute Matt Smith headed a late winner to earn his side a surprise 2-1 victory over high-flying Wolves at Loftus Road.

Conor Washington put Rangers ahead with four minutes left in the first half, only for Wolves striker Leo Bonatini to level almost immediately with his eighth goal of the season.

oth sides had further opportunities to secure all three points, but Smith's 81st-minute header proved decisive and denied Wolves the chance to regain top spot in the Sky Bet Championship.

QPR went into the contest on the back of a seven-match winless run.

Reading 0-2 Middlesbrough
Middlesbrough won for the first time in seven matches in all competitions after securing a hard-fought 2-0 victory at Reading in the Sky Bet Championship.

Captain Grant Leadbitter gave them the lead early in the first half when he thumped home a penalty.

eading searched hard for the equaliser but created few chances and were punished again in the 74th minute when Britt Assombalonga headed in his seventh goal of the season.

It is the latest setback at the Madejski Stadium for the Royals, who have now not won at their ground in four games after seeing their 15-match unbeaten home run ended in a 1-0 loss to Bristol City last month.

Sunderland 1-2 Bristol City
Milan Djuric emerged from the bench to power Bristol City into the play-off places by sealing a 2-1 victory at struggling Sunderland.

While the Black Cats' misery continues as their winless run at the Stadium of Light was extended to 18 matches, the Robins managed to get the job done after the long trip to the north east.

It looked like Bristol City, who had taken the lead in the 28th minute through Bobby Reid, might not clinch victory when Lewis Grabban forced in a scrappy equaliser for Sunderland at the end of the first half.

But after a pretty uneventful second half, Lee Johnson's side, who have only lost once since August, managed to seal the points courtesy of Djuric's first league goal of the season with 17 minutes remaining.

It is a sign of the times at Sunderland, staring at a relegation fight rather than a promotion charge, that there were more than 20,000 empty seats inside the 48,000 capacity venue.

Hull City 2-3 Nottingham Forest
Kieran Dowell scored a superb hat-trick as Nottingham Forest beat Hull 3-2 in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday evening.

The Everton loanee opened the scoring with a 30-yard finish just before the half-hour mark and increased his side's lead in the second half with a neat finish from Barrie McKay's cut-back.

Hull reduced the arrears when Jarrod Bowen curled a brilliant finish past Jordan Smith but within minutes Forest had restored their two-goal cushion, Dowell completing his hat-trick after David Meyler felled substitute Tyler Walker in the box.

Michael Hector made the visitors sweat when he hit home two minutes from time after a goalmouth scramble but Forest held on to elevate themselves to 11th in the Sky Bet Championship table.

Friday 27th October 2017

Leeds United 1-2 Sheffield United
David Brooks came off the bench to score the winner as Sheffield United won 2-1 at Leeds to go top of the Sky Bet Championship.

The 20-year-old was introduced in the 76th minute by Chris Wilder, and five minutes later he'd scored his first senior goal for the Blades to decide the game at Elland Road on Friday night.

Billy Sharp had put Sheffield United in front very early on before an emphatic Kalvin Phillips effort levelled the game at the break. But the Blades went on to secure victory and climb above Wolves in the table.

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