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Championship Matchday 17 Review

last updated Monday 20th November 2017, 10:21 PM

Championship Matchday 17 Review
Wolves leapfrogged Sheffield United to return to the top of the Sky Bet Championship table thanks to a 2-0 win at Reading.

Championship Results - MatchDay 17
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Friday 17th November 2017
19:45 Burton 1-3 Sheff Utd -
19:45 Preston 0-0 Bolton Sky
Saturday 18th November 2017
15:00 Birmingham 1-0 N. Forest -
15:00 Cardiff 2-0 Brentford -
15:00 Hull 2-2 Ipswich -
15:00 Norwich 1-1 Barnsley -
15:00 QPR 1-2 Aston Villa -
15:00 Reading 0-2 Wolves -
15:00 Sheff Wed 0-0 Bristol C -
15:00 Sunderland 2-2 Millwall -
17:30 Fulham 1-1 Derby Sky
Sunday 19th November 2017
13:15 Leeds 2-1 Middlesbro' Sky
League Table
United's win at Burton on Friday saw them reach the summit but Wolves responded immediately as Ivan Cavaleiro's 16th-minute goal and Matt Doherty's late clincher proved enough.

Fulham continued their winless run with a 1-1 draw at home to in-form Derby in the late game on Saturday. Oliver Norwood had lashed the hosts ahead with a rocket free-kick but Fulham, despite looking the more likely to win it in the closing stages had to settle for a draw and remain 17th, 6points off the Play-Offs

Sunderland became the first team in English football history to fail to win in 20 successive home games in all competitions, drawing against Millwall. The Black Cats have appointed ex-Wales and ex-Fulham boss Chris Coleman as manager and hope he can lift them off the bottom spot

Cardiff City kept up the pressure on the sides around them at the top of the Championship with a comfortable win over Brentford. Goals for Joe Ralls and Danny Ward put the Bluebirds on their way and they held on thanks to some poor finishing from the visitors.

A late goal from Jordan Spence earned Ipswich a 2-2 draw at struggling Hull Town leaving manager Leonid Slutsky under considerable pressure.

Norwich ended a three-game losing run in the Championship but were held to a draw by Barnsley at Carrow Road leaving bothe sides in mid-table.

Aston Villa come from a goal down to beat QPR and consolidate their Championship play-off position. Villa have won four times away in the league this season and triumphed from behind on the road for the first time since August 2013. Ian Holloway's QPR have fallen to back-to-back defeats, having lost 4-0 at Nottingham Forest before the international break.

Birmingham City climbed out of the Championship relegation zone as Che Adams' early goal secured victory over in-form Nottingham Forest.

Bristol City and Sheffield Wednesday both went into the game in excellent form, with City looking to make it four wins in a row and Wednesday searching for a third consecutive league win but they cancelled each other out.

Match Day 17 commenced on the Friday evening Bolton missed the opportunity to move out of the Championship relegation zone by drawing at local rivals Preston. The derby meeting at Deepdale was low on quality and both sides seemed happy to settle for a point.

It ended on the Sunday afternoon with Garry Monk's return to Elland Road as Middlesbrough manager ending in defeat by his former club Leeds United. Monk, who left his job as Leeds boss in May before taking charge on Teesside, watched his old side move level on points with Boro in the table.

Friday 17th November 2017

19:45 Burton 1-3 Sheff Utd

A first-half double from Billy Sharp and Leon Clarke's header sent Sheffield United back to the top of the Sky Bet Championship, until Saturday, with a 3-1 win at Burton.

Chris Wilder's side proved too hot to handle on a chilly night in East Staffordshire where even a stunning 25-yard effort from Matty Palmer to level things up for Albion could not prevent the Blades enhancing their promotion credentials and leaving Albion in the bottom three.

19:45 Preston 0-0 Bolton
Bolton remain in the Championship relegation zone despite extending their unbeaten run to six matches with a hard-fought 0-0 draw at Preston.

In a typically competitive Lancashire derby at Deepdale, the hosts had the better chances with Tom Barkhuizen coming close on two occasions to breaking the deadlock in the first half.

Bolton's best opportunity fell to Karl Henry in the second period but the experienced midfielder's fierce shot flew a yard over the crossbar.

The stalemate means Bolton move within a point of Burton Albion in 21st place, while Preston move one spot up the table to 13th after ending a run of four straight defeats.

Saturday 18th November 2017

15:00 Birmingham 1-0 N. Forest

Che Adams lifted Birmingham out of the bottom three by scoring the only goal in their 1-0 win over Nottingham Forest.

The air of indecision which had previously existed at St Andrew's was banished with a vastly improved display, stimulated by Adams' fifth-minute strike.

Nottingham Forest, who had won four of their previous six games to romp up the Championship table, produced some fine attacking play but could not find a way past the home defence.

15:00 Cardiff 2-0 Brentford

Cardiff kept the pace with the Sky Bet Championship front-runners with a 2-0 victory over Brentford.

Joe Ralls put the Bluebirds ahead after eight minutes before a glaring miss from Neal Maupay prevented Brentford levelling just after the half-hour mark.

Cardiff then went down the other end to make it 2-0 through Danny Ward as they claimed a win that keeps them four points behind Wolves, who occupy the top spot

15:00 Hull 2-2 Ipswich

A late Jordan Spence goal rescued a point for Ipswich as they drew for the first time this season in an entertaining 2-2 encounter with Hull.

Mick McCarthy's visitors went ahead after just six minutes courtesy of David McGoldrick's low strike but Hull were back on level terms 11 minutes before the break when Jarrod Bowen rifled in from close range.

Hull took the lead six minutes after the interval thanks to a smart finish from Nouha Dicko but Spence's effort secured a draw late on after Allan McGregor had saved a McGoldrick penalty.

15:00 Norwich 1-1 Barnsley

orwich ended a run of three successive Sky Bet Championship defeats with a 1-1 draw against Barnsley - but they were still jeered off at Carrow Road.

The Canaries got the slice of luck every struggling side needs in the 12th minute when Josh Murphy's tame shot took a big deflection to beat Adam Davies.

However, they were unable to build on it and the Tykes came away with a deserved point courtesy of a well-worked goal from Harvey Barnes just after the restart.

It was a sixth home game without a win for the Canaries, for whom an eight-match unbeaten run earlier in the season must now seem like a distant memory.

15:00 QPR 1-2 Aston Villa

Albert Adomah scored twice for Aston Villa as they came from behind to beat QPR 2-1 at Loftus Road.

Adomah equalised with a penalty in the final seconds of the first half after Jamie Mackie's 18th-minute goal had put Rangers ahead.

And the winger took his goal tally for the season to eight by scoring what turned out to be the winner 13 minutes into the second half.

It clinched Villa's fourth victory in six away matches and condemned QPR to a second successive defeat.

15:00 Reading 0-2 Wolves

Wolves returned to the top of the Sky Bet Championship with a hard-earned 2-0 victory at lowly Reading.

After a slow start and two early scares, Wolves made the breakthrough when Ivan Cavaleiro waltzed free into the home area to jab home from close range.

Reading dominated large chunks of the second half but lacked penetration against a well-drilled Wolves defence.

Defender Matt Doherty then sealed victory for Wolves when cutting in from the right to score with two minutes remaining.

15:00 Sheff Wed 0-0 Bristol C

Sheffield Wednesday and Bristol City were made to settle for a point apiece after a disappointing 0-0 draw at

Hillsborough. The sides struggled to break each other down in a frustrating contest, with the game's first chance going Sheffield Wednesday's way as Morgan Fox found space on the left to deliver a cross, which was headed over by Jordan Rhodes in the game's first minute.

That could have signalled a lively first half, but it was anything but with both sides lacking intensity.

15:00 Sunderland 2-2 Millwall

Sunderland's winless home run extended to 20 games on Saturday as they drew 2-2 with Millwall at the Stadium of Light.

The hosts, who were watched by Chris Coleman's assistant Kit Symons ahead of the former Wales manager's imminent appointment as Black Cats boss, went ahead on 12 minutes through Lewis Grabban, but George Saville's double - both courtesy of mistakes from home goalkeeper Robbin Ruiter - turned the game on its head.

Adam Matthews equalised at the start of the second half, again thanks to a goalkeeping error, but the Wearsiders could not force a winner and remained without a home league victory since last December.

17:30 Fulham 1-1 Derby Sky

Derby held Fulham to a lively 1-1 draw at Craven Cottage in the Sky Bet Championship as Slavisa Jokanovic's side failed to find a breakthrough in a pulsating second half.

Oliver Norwood's excellent 25-yard free-kick gave the hosts the lead on the half-hour mark after David Nugent had handled, but the Rams were level shortly after half time following a wonderful run and pass from Tom Lawrence to set up Matej Vydra for a simple finish.

Nugent should have put Derby ahead when he got on the end of Tom Huddlestone's searching ball and was denied by Button, but it was the hosts who had the better of the chances to win it, substitute Luca De La Torre heading over as Fulham ran Derby ragged down the right flank.

Floyd Ayite thrashed over from substitute Aboubakar Kamara's cut back late on as Fulham piled pressure on a stretched Derby defence, but the Rams held firm to leave the Cottagers mired in the bottom half.

Sunday 19th November 2017

13:15 Leeds 2-1 Middlesbrough -Sky

Leeds ended their recent dismal run with a feisty 2-1 victory over Middlesbrough in the Sky Bet Championship, as former manager Garry Monk returned to Elland Road.

Monk resigned from his post at Leeds in the summer before taking over at Boro, and he was making his first appearance back at the club as the hosts went in search of a confidence-boosting win after losing six of their last seven league fixtures.

The game certainly did not disappoint with Leeds managing to see the game out to take them level with Middlesbrough on 26 points and just behind them on goal difference in seventh spot.

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Championship Fixtures - MatchDay 18
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Tuesday 21st November 2017
19:45 Aston Villa v Sunderland -
19:45 Barnsley v Cardiff -
19:45 Brentford v Burton -
19:45 Bristol C v Preston -
19:45 Derby v QPR -
19:45 Millwall v Hull -
19:45 N. Forest v Norwich -
19:45 Sheff Utd v Fulham -
20:00 Bolton v Reading -
Wednesday 22nd November 2017
19:45 Ipswich v Sheff Wed Sky
19:45 Middlesbrough v Birmingham -
19:45 Wolves 2-1 Leeds -

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