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Championship MatchDay 14 Wrap Up

last updated Saturday 02nd November 2019, 6:22 PM

Middlesbrough's goalscoring problems continued as 10-man Fulham left the Riverside Stadium with a point and a goalless draw. Boro, booed after the whistle by their fans, dropped into the relegation zone after being unable to find a solution to their lack of goals and poor form despite the Cottagers having goalkeeper Marek Rodak sent off in the 17th minute. Before the sending off Fulham, looking to climb into the play-off zone, had looked the better side.

Championship MatchDay 14 ~ Results
Saturday 26th October 2019
Home AwayAtt
Sheff Wed0-0 Leeds 27516
Birmingham 2-1 Luton 21799
Huddersfield 2-1 Barnsley 22718
Hull 2-0 Derby 16326
Middlesbrough 0-0 Fulham 19101
Millwall 2-0 Stoke 14008
Preston 3-2 Blackburn 19165
West Brom2-2 Charlton 25356
Sunday 27th October 2019
Swansea 1-0 Cardiff 20270
Bristol City2-2Wigan 22246
Monday 28th October 2019
QPR 1-3Brentford 15562
Results Table Fixtures
Josh Cullen's controversial stoppage-time penalty earned Charlton an ill-tempered point at 10-man leaders West Brom who are now two points clear at the top. 

Preston produced a dramatic fightback to beat Blackburn 3-2 in a thrilling Lancashire derby at Deepdale to move into second place in the Sky Bet Championship. The defeat increased Rovers' winless run to six games but a fantastic second-half comeback from Preston maintained their unbeaten home record.

Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds both spurned the chance to take over at the top of the table as they fought out the first goalless draw between the sides for 50 years.

Ben Wilmot scored the only goal of the game as Swansea edged Cardiff 1-0 in Sunday's South Wales derby at the Liberty. That was enough to move Steve Cooper's side up to fourth in the table while Cardiff stay 14th.

Bristol City scored another late goal to deny Wigan their first away victory of the season as the points were shared in a battling 2-2 draw at Ashton Gate. City could have gone second in the table with victory but were repelled by a Wigan side who are now three points clear of the relegation zone.

Lukas Jutkiewicz turned from villain to hero as dominant Birmingham beat Luton 2-1 at St Andrew's. The Blues striker headed home the 82nd-minute winner after earlier managing one of the biggest misses of all time to make it three straight home wins for Blues.

Huddersfield's upturn under new boss Danny Cowley continued with a 2-1 victory over managerless Barnsley in this wet Yorkshire derby to climb out of the relegation zone. The Terriers stretched their impressive unbeaten run to six games and condemned Barnsley to their longest winless league run for 48 years.

Brentford were victorious in the west London derby as an Ollie Watkins double helped secure them a 3-1 win at QPR on Monday night. The victory saw Brentford rise to 12th . QPR could have gone second with a win but remain in eighth.

Gary Rowett enjoyed the perfect start as Millwall boss, not just winning his first game in charge but in the process defeating the club, Stoke, that sacked him last season. Rowett was sacked by Stoke in January, when they sat 14th in the Championship, but on his return to management found his former club mired in the relegation zone.

Championship MatchDay 14 Wrap-up ~ Saturday 26th October 2019

Sheff Wed 0-0 Leeds

Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds United both missed the chance to go top of the Championship as their game at Hillsborough ended in a goalless draw.

A win for Leeds would have taken them above leaders West Brom, while the Owls needed victory by two goals to move into first, but neither could find a winner in atrocious conditions.

Striker Steven Fletcher almost broke the deadlock for Wednesday in the second half when his first-time shot bounced off the bar, while Kiko Casilla made several fine saves for the visitors.

Ezgjan Alioski almost stole all three points for Leeds but nodded against the post.

Patrick Bamford also missed a fine chance for the visitors before the break as his header was well saved by Keiren Westwood and the forward is now without a goal in nine matches.

Leeds and Sheffield Wednesday each dropped a place to third and fourth respectively after Preston's victory against Blackburn later in the afternoon lifted them to second.

Birmingham 2-1 Luton

Championship MatchDay 15 Fixtures
Friday 1st November 2019
19:45Barnsley Bristol CitySky
Saturday 2nd November 2019
Home AwayAtt
12:30Wigan      Swansea Sky
15:00Blackburn Sheff Wed 
15:00Brentford Huddersfield  
15:00Cardiff Birmingham  
15:00Derby Middlesbrough  
15:00Fulham Hull  
15:00Leeds QPR  
15:00Luton N Forest  
15:00Reading Millwall  
Sunday 3rd November 2019
12:00Charlton Preston Sky
Monday 4th November 2019
20:00Stoke West BromSky
Results Table Fixtures
Lukas Jutkiewicz's late header gave Birmingham City all three points against Luton Town in the Championship.

Blues opened the scoring with the last kick of the first half when Kristian Pedersen headed in fellow full-back Maxime Colin's cross.

Pedersen was at fault for Luton's equaliser, however, losing possession before substitute Harry Cornick blasted the ball beyond keeper Lee Camp.

But Birmingham retook the lead with eight minutes remaining as Jutkiewicz nodded home a corner.

In the first league meeting between the two sides since December 2006, Blues started the brighter and nearly went in front after two minutes as Luton keeper James Shea denied Jutkiewicz from close range.

Huddersfield 2-1 Barnsley

Barnsley caretaker boss Adam Murray warned they could be "eaten up" by the Championship following defeat by Huddersfield.

Centre-back Christopher Schindler sidefooted his first goal for over a year from close range after the Tykes defence failed to deal with a Karlan Grant cross flashed across the box as Town climbed out of the relegation places.

Grant turned goalscorer after the break when he curled the ball into the far corner for his eighth of the season from Lewis O'Brien's pass.

"I'm getting a bit bored with hearing this 'young' tag and this 'naive' tag. We're in a league where, if you feel sorry for yourself it will eat you up," Murray told BBC Radio Sheffield.

Jacob Brown pulled one back with a smart turn and shot, but Barnsley could not find an equaliser and remain without a victory since the opening day of the season.

Huddersfield, by contrast, have taken 11 points out of 15 in October and they have not lost in their last six games under Danny Cowley.

Hull 2-0 Derby

Hull City secured back-to-back league wins for the first time this season as Jarrod Bowen's late double floored Derby.

Bowen headed in Kamil Grosicki's deep cross at the back post to put the hosts ahead, and the two combined again moments later when the Poland international teed up City's leading scorer to add his eighth league goal of the season.

The Rams were guilty of not taking their chances in an open, evenly-fought match, but both sides lacked a cutting edge in attack.

Tom Lawrence thought he had put the Rams in front shortly after the break with a scrambled finish, but was adjudged to have fouled Eric Lichaj in challenging for Jayden Bogle's cross.

Both sides came into the game looking to build some consistency, with Hull having won just one of their last six matches at the KCOM Stadium, and the Rams without a victory on the road in the league since the opening day of the season.

Both defences appeared vulnerable throughout, but goalmouth excitement was at a premium for much of the match.

Middlesbrough 0-0 Fulham

Middlesbrough sank into the bottom three in the Championship after being held to a goalless draw at home by 10-man Fulham.

Boro, who had found the net only three times in their previous six games, drew another blank despite the dismissal of Whites goalkeeper Marek Rodak after just 17 minutes.

The Slovakian youngster was shown a red card for handling Jonny Howson's shot outside the area but, although Lewis Wing's second-half effort struck the post, the hosts failed to take advantage.

Aleksandar Mitrovic squandered Fulham's best opportunity to snatch the win, heading Joe Bryan's cross wide from close range.

Millwall 2-0 Stoke

Gary Rowett celebrated his first game in charge of Millwall with victory over former club Stoke.

Jed Wallace was the chief architect, first creating the opener for Ben Thompson, who swept home on 28 minutes.

He later scored the second himself, smashing home from the spot after being brought down by Badou N'Diaye.

Stoke struggled to create clear-cut chances and boss Nathan Jones now has just five wins in 35 league games in charge of the Potters.

Prior to his appointment as Lions boss on Monday, Rowett had been out of work since being sacked by Stoke on 8 January.

He had not won his first match in charge at any of his four previous clubs, losing openers at Burton Albion and Stoke, and drawing while at Birmingham and Derby.

But he got one over his old employers in his encounter, thanks to a hard-working performance brought to life by the creativity of Wallace.

Preston 3-2 Blackburn

Championship table - after 28th October2019
    HOME   AWAY  
  Team P W D L F A W D L F A GD Pts
1 West Brom 14 3 4 0 17 12 4 2 1 9 5 9 27
2 Preston 14 6 2 0 22 9 1 2 3 5 7 11 25
3 Leeds 14 3 2 1 5 3 4 2 2 12 5 9 25
4 Swansea 14 4 1 3 11 10 3 3 0 7 3 5 25
5 Sheff Wed 14 4 2 1 7 3 3 1 3 11 7 8 24
6 Bristol C 14 3 3 1 10 8 3 3 1 12 11 3 24
7 Fulham 14 4 2 1 15 7 2 3 2 8 7 9 23
8 QPR 14 3 2 3 15 16 4 0 2 9 10 -2 23
9 Charlton 14 4 1 2 10 5 2 3 2 11 11 5 22
10 N Forest 13 3 1 2 8 5 3 3 1 9 7 5 22
11 Birmingham 14 5 1 1 10 5 2 0 5 4 11 -2 22
12 Brentford 14 2 3 1 8 5 4 0 4 10 7 6 21
13 Hull 14 3 2 3 12 12 2 2 2 8 8 0 19
14 Cardiff 14 4 2 0 10 4 0 4 4 9 16 -1 18
15 Millwall 14 4 2 1 10 6 0 4 3 6 13 -3 18
16 Derby 14 3 3 1 9 6 1 3 3 7 14 -4 18
17 Blackburn 14 2 3 2 8 7 2 0 5 9 14 -4 15
18 Wigan 14 4 1 1 7 4 0 2 6 5 15 -7 15
19 Luton 14 2 2 2 10 10 2 0 6 11 15 -4 14
20 Huddersfield 14 2 2 4 8 10 1 2 3 8 11 -5 13
21 Reading 13 2 0 4 7 11 1 3 3 7 8 -5 12
22 Middlesbrough 14 2 3 3 5 8 0 3 3 6 9 -6 12
23 Stoke 14 1 1 5 8 13 1 1 5 5 12 -12 8
24 Barnsley 14 1 3 3 8 13 0 2 5 4 14 -15 8
Results Table Fixtures
Match-winner Tom Barkhuizen said they "showed what the real Preston is" as they came from two goals down to beat Blackburn in the Lancashire derby and go second in the Championship.

Blackburn opened the scoring inside the first 30 seconds when Sam Gallagher's header went in off Preston keeper Declan Rudd, and Gallagher then doubled Rovers' lead by curling an effort into the far corner - with the hosts booed off at the break.

"The first half was an absolute shambles, it was borderline a disgrace," Barkhuizen told BBC Radio Lancashire.

"We came in at half-time and the gaffer [Alex Neil] gave us an absolute rollicking, which he doesn't do very often, and we went out and showed him what we really are, and I think he'll be happy."

The Lilywhites pulled one back with a Barkhuizen header eight minutes after the restart, and the hosts equalised through Daniel Johnson's penalty after Elliott Bennett brought down Alan Browne in the box.

Preston's comeback was complete eight minutes from time when Barkhuizen found the top corner with a superb first-time finish.

"Second half we came out and showed what the real Preston is and took the three points," said Barkhuizen.

West Brom 2-2 Charlton

Charlton Athletic scored a stoppage-time penalty to deny 10-man Championship leaders West Bromwich Albion victory at The Hawthorns.

Matt Phillips rifled in Matheus Pereira's left-wing cross from close range to give the Baggies a 10th-minute lead, but the visitors drew level on the hour mark when Macauley Bonne nodded past Albion keeper Sam Johnstone to notch his fourth goal in as many games.

After Albion had left-back Nathan Ferguson sent off for a challenge on Chris Solly, substitute Hal Robson-Kanu curled in with nine minutes remaining to put Slaven Bilic's side 2-1 ahead.

But Josh Cullen netted from the spot in the fourth minute of added time to claim a point for the visitors after Naby Sarr was pushed by Semi Ajayi in the Albion area.

Charlton went into the game five points behind the Baggies in the table and it proved to be a lively encounter in wet and windy conditions.

Championship MatchDay 14 Wrap-up ~ Sunday 27th October 2019

Swansea 1-0 Cardiff

Swansea City earned the bragging rights in south Wales with a deserved 1-0 victory over a lacklustre Cardiff City.

Ben Wilmot was the hero in his first league start for Swansea, heading home from a cleverly worked short corner on 27 minutes.

Cardiff were a long way short of their best and chances for the visitors were few and far between at Liberty Stadium.

Swansea rise to fourth in the Championship, with Cardiff 14th and seven points behind their arch rivals.

This was the first south Wales derby since Swansea hammered Cardiff 3-0 in 2014, but few people would have expected a similar score in this contest.

The pre-match talk, with Swansea losing three and winning none of their last four home matches and making six changes, was that the hosts looked more than a little vulnerable heading into the derby.

Bristol City 2-2 Wigan

Bristol City struck a dramatic late goal for the second time in five days as Pedro Pereira denied Wigan Athletic a first away win of the season.

Pereira, on loan from Benfica, headed Niclas Eliasson's near-post corner beyond David Marshall to rescue a point for the otherwise lacklustre Robins.

The hosts, who would have moved up to second in the Championship with victory, had earlier gone in front when Andreas Weimann diverted Tommy Rowe's scuffed shot into the bottom corner.

Their lead lasted just five minutes before Chey Dunkley smashed into the roof of the net to deservedly pull the visitors level a minute from half-time.

Dunkley completed the turnaround early in the second half, heading Joe Williams' corner past Daniel Bentley, only for Pereira to score his first Bristol City goal with four minutes left.

The Portugal Under-21 right-back's late heroics followed Josh Brownhill's 98th-minute winner against Charlton Athletic on Wednesday.

It also meant Wigan fell short of only their second away victory since August 2018, with a 2-1 win at Leeds United in April their only success in that time.

Championship MatchDay 14 Wrap-up ~ Monday 28th October 2019

QPR 1-3 Brentford

Brentford made it three Championship wins in a row with a deserved victory at west London rivals Queens Park Rangers.

The hosts, who would have gone second in the table with victory, went behind in the first half when Ollie Watkins headed in Bryan Mbeumo's cross.

Rangers equalised soon after the break through returning captain Grant Hall's header, before Brentford retook the lead on the hour mark as Said Benrahma smashed an unstoppable penalty into the top corner.

Watkins sealed the win in the fourth minute of stoppage time, tapping in Mathias Jensen's low cross as Brentford broke on the counter-attack.

The Bees were good value for their victory and could have had more goals were it not for R's goalkeeper Liam Kelly who made fine saves to deny Benrahma, Josh Dasilva and Watkins.

Rangers also created some excellent chances - the best of them Nahki Wells' bullet header which was superbly tipped wide by David Raya just before their leveller.

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