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Championship MatchDay 19 review

last updated Tuesday 03rd December 2019, 11:40 AM

Championship MatchDay 19 kicked off on Friday evening with Fulham winning 2-1 away at Swansea with Championship top scorer Aleksandar Mitrovic adding another brace to his total now standing at 15 in 18 outings. Swansea have dropped to eighth while Fulham opened a three point gap to Forest in fourth spot.

Championship table - 3rd December 2019
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  Team P W D L F A W D L F A GD Pts
1 West Brom 19 5 4 0 23 14 7 2 1 13 5 17 42
2 Leeds 19 6 2 1 13 4 6 2 2 15 6 18 40
3 Fulham 19 6 2 2 20 11 4 3 2 11 8 12 35
4 N Forest 18 4 1 3 9 6 5 4 1 15 8 10 32
5 Bristol C 19 4 4 1 15 10 4 4 2 16 17 4 32
6 Preston 19 7 2 1 25 11 2 2 5 6 12 8 31
7 Brentford 19 4 3 2 16 6 5 0 5 13 8 15 30
8 Swansea 19 4 1 5 12 13 4 5 0 12 7 4 30
9 Sheff Wed 19 4 4 1 10 6 4 1 5 16 12 8 29
10 Cardiff 19 6 2 1 15 7 1 5 4 12 18 2 28
11 Blackburn 19 5 3 2 14 10 3 0 6 12 17 -1 27
12 Hull 19 4 2 4 16 13 3 3 3 14 13 4 26
13 Millwall 19 5 3 1 14 9 1 5 4 9 16 -2 26
14 Derby 19 5 4 1 13 7 1 3 5 7 18 -5 25
15 Birmingham 19 5 2 2 11 7 2 2 6 8 17 -5 25
16 QPR 19 3 3 4 17 22 4 1 4 11 15 -9 25
17 Charlton 19 4 2 4 13 11 2 3 4 13 15 0 23
18 Reading 18 4 0 5 12 13 2 3 4 10 10 -1 21
19 Huddersfield 19 2 4 4 10 12 2 2 5 12 19 -9 18
20 Middlesbrough 19 3 4 3 8 10 0 4 5 8 17 -11 17
21 Luton 19 3 2 4 14 15 2 0 8 11 25 -15 17
22 Wigan 19 4 1 4 9 12 0 3 7 8 19 -14 16
23 Stoke 19 2 1 7 11 18 2 1 6 9 15 -13 14
24 Barnsley 19 2 4 4 15 20 0 2 7 6 18 -17 12
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Saturday saw six teams score three or more goals in a free-scoring day in which the top spot chasing Leeds set the tone with their 4-0 shellacking of Middlesbrough, Brentford and Bristol City also treated their fans to home goal feasts.

Thomas Frank’s Brentford hit seven without reply against Luton, with the 21-year-old midfielder Josh Dasilva scoring a hat-trick. Brentford moved up one place to seventh. It was a chastening afternoon for Luton, but they stay a place above the relegation zone.

Bristol City bounced back from their midweek mauling by West Brom by hammering Huddersfield 5-2 to move up to fifth place before their away game at Fulham next week.

Cardiff jolted fourth placed Nottingham Forest’s gathering momentum with a 1-0 win. Nathaniel Mendez-Laing’s shot from outside the area in the 14th minute gave the Bluebirds victory to continue the bright start to Neil Harris’s tenure as manager.

The buoyant mood at The Valley, following the agreed sale of Charlton Athletic by the unpopular Roland Duchatelet to the East Street Investments consortium, was deflated in a 1-3 defeat by Sheffield Wednesday, for whom Steven Fletcher scored twice.

Wayne Rooney sat in the Derby dugout for the first time but the new player-coach could not inspire his side to victory over QPR. Martyn Waghorn’s 23rd minute free-kick put the home side ahead but the striker then conceded the penalty from which Eberechi Eze equalised for the visitors.

Mid table Birmingham drew 1-1 with Millwall at St Andrew’s.

Wigan let slip a lead to lose 1-3 at home to Reading. The visitors’ star was George Puscas, who scored a five-minute hat-trick late in the second half. Wigan remain in the relegation zone while Reading remain in 18th.

Stoke were beaten by Sam Gallagher’s late goal for Blackburn, which condemned Michael O’Neill’s new side to a 1-2 home loss. Stoke remain in the drop zone while Blackburnmove up to 11th spot.

It was better day for the bottom club, Barnsley, who ended a dismal winless run stretching back to the first weekend of the season with a surprise 3-1 victory over Hull at Oakwell. Barnsley remained bottom but cut the gap to the clubs above them while Hull dropped three placed to 12th.

On Monday, in the final game of Match Day 19, West Brom scraped a 1-0 away win at Preston, with a disputed 90th minute penalty, ending the Match Day top of the Championship, two points clear of Leeds in second and seven points clear of Fulham in third.

Championship MatchDay 19 Wrap-up
Friday 29th November 2019

19:45Swansea 1-2Fulham 16024

Fulham moved up to third place in the Championship as Aleksandar Mitrovic's double gave them victory at Swansea City.

Scott Parker's team claimed a fourth successive Championship win but they were made to work for it by a spirited Swansea side.

Mitrovic, the Championship's leading scorer, took his club tally this season to 15 goals thanks to two first-half strikes.

The powerful Serb headed his team in front on 22 minutes and then doubled their advantage with a cool finish shortly before half-time.

Swansea were unfortunate to be two goals down having been the better side for long periods, and they deservedly got back into the game through George Byers' 65th-minute header.

But Fulham, who are third in the table, held on to close the gap on second-placed Leeds, while Swansea remain sixth.

Championship MatchDay 19 Wrap-up
Saturday 30th November 2019
12:30Charlton 1-3Sheff Wed 18338

Championship MatchDay 19 ~ Results
Friday 29th November 2019
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19:45Swansea 1-2Fulham 16024
Saturday 30th November 2019
HomeRes AwayAtt
12:30Charlton 1-3Sheff Wed 18338
15:00Barnsley 3-1Hull 13598
15:00Birmingham 1-1Millwall 19715
15:00Brentford 7-0Luton 11287
15:00Bristol City 5-2Huddersfield 20762
15:00Derby 1-1QPR 26289
15:00Leeds 4-0Middlesbrough 35626
15:00N Forest0-1Cardiff 28209
15:00Stoke 1-2Blackburn 22292
15:00Wigan 1-3Reading 8965
Monday 2nd December 2019
HomeRes AwayAtt
19:45Preston 0-1West Brom13105
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Sheffield Wednesday striker Steven Fletcher scored twice as the Owls beat Charlton Athletic in front of the Addicks' prospective new owners at The Valley.

Fletcher's superb 17th-minute header from Barry Bannan's cross gave Wednesday the lead, only for Macauley Bonne to level nine minutes later.

But the Owls regained the lead when Fletcher scored from the penalty spot on 80 minutes after Jacob Murphy was adjudged to have been brought down by Addicks midfielder Erhun Oztumer.

And Garry Monk's side sealed their first win in six games in the fourth minute of injury time when Adam Reach crossed for the unmarked Atdhe Nuhiu to head home at the far post.

Duchatelet's Charlton set to get new owners This was Charlton's first game since controversial Belgian owner Roland Duchatelet agreed to sell the club to East Street Investments on Friday.

Prospective new chairman Matt Southall was present at The Valley to witness first-hand the extent of injury-hit Charlton's immediate problems as Lee Bowyer's weakened side stretched their winless run to seven games.

15:00Barnsley 3-1Hull 13598

Head coach Gerhard Struber said his struggling Barnsley side took their "first small step in the right direction" with victory against Hull City.

Victory was the Tykes' first since the opening day of the season and first under the Austrian.

Barnsley captain Alex Mowatt fired home from the edge of the box to put the home side ahead midway through the first half.

Mowatt was also involved in the second as he slipped a pass through to Mike Bahre to double the lead.

Keane Lewis-Potter headed one back for Hull, but Conor Chaplin added a third in injury time to end Barnsley's 18-match winless run.

"It was a very important game," 42-year-old Struber said. "The last days were very difficult for the mindset for my players.

Barnsley remain bottom of the Championship but are now five points from safety.

15:00Birmingham 1-1Millwall 19715

Championship MatchDay 20 ~ Fixtures
Friday 6th December 2019
Home AwayAtt
19:45Millwall N ForestSky
Saturday 7th December 2019
12:30Huddersfield Leeds Sky
15:00Blackburn Derby  
15:00Cardiff Barnsley  
15:00Fulham Bristol City  
15:00Hull Stoke  
15:00Luton Wigan
15:00Middlesbrough Charlton  
15:00QPR Preston  
15:00Reading Birmingham  
15:00Sheff Wed Brentford  
Sunday 8th December 2019
12:00West BromSwansea Sky
Results Table Fixtures

Jake Clarke-Salter's header earned Birmingham City a point at home to former Blues boss Gary Rowett's Millwall.

Central defender Clarke-Salter, on loan from Chelsea, headed home his first Blues goal from a corner 11 minutes from time to cancel out Shaun Williams' excellent long-range opener for the visitors.

Millwall had enjoyed the game's better chances with Blues keeper Connal Trueman making fine first-half saves to thwart Matt Smith's header and Ben Thompson's volley.

They deserved the lead that Williams' 25-yard strike gave them but Blues responded well, although the draw nonetheless stretched City's winless run to five games.

15:00Brentford 7-0Luton 11287

Luton boss Graeme Jones said he was "embarrassed" by his side's performance after they slumped to a 7-0 defeat at Brentford.

Jones apologised to the supporters who travelled to watch the ruthless Bees register their biggest win in 25 years.

"Everything that could go wrong did go wrong. We were fragile defensively and attacked with no intensity. We just collapsed and I have told the players that," said Jones.

Josh Dasilva's hat-trick followed strikes from Bryan Mbeumo, Ollie Watkins and Mathias Jensen, with Said Benrahma completing the rout in the second half.

The Bees are now up to seventh after back-to-back wins at Griffin Park for the first time this season.

A sixth defeat in seven games, meanwhile, leaves Luton a point above the Championship drop zone.

15:00Bristol City 5-2Huddersfield 20762

Huddersfield boss Danny Cowley believes his struggling side lacked "good men" after they were hammered by Championship play-off hopefuls Bristol City.

The hosts took an early lead when Josh Brownhill turned in Andreas Weimann's effort at goal before Terriers defender Terence Kongolo put through his own net under pressure from Nathan Baker.

Karlan Grant got the visitors back in it with a fine finish, but Niclas Eliasson restored the hosts' two-goal cushion just 67 seconds later with a powerful effort and Ashley Williams headed in an Eliasson corner to make it 4-1 at half-time.

Weimann finished calmly after being played in behind the visitors' defence before Juninho Bacuna notched a Huddersfield consolation from 20 yards.

Huddersfield are winless in four and just two points above the relegation zone ahead of next week's clash with table-topping local rivals Leeds.

15:00Derby 1-1QPR 26289

Wayne Rooney watched on from the Derby County bench as the Rams were held by Queens Park Rangers in an uninspiring draw at Pride Park.

Rooney will be available to play for the mid-table East Midlands club in January, but England's all-time top scorer began his Derby career by taking his place in the dugout as coach.

While the Rams are still a month away from being able to field the 34-year-old player-coach, it was Martyn Waghorn's fine free-kick - one that would have made the former England captain proud - which put the hosts ahead.

Waghorn then allowed Rangers to level from the spot in first-half injury time, bringing Bright Osayi-Samuel down in the box before Ebere Eze put the penalty away.

Derby went closest to winning it, Jayden Bogle wastefully scooping a chance over the bar before Waghorn glanced a header wide, as they failed to secure a sixth straight home victory.

Rangers picked up just their third point from a possible 21 in a seven-game winless run that leaves them 16th in the table, equal on points with Derby who remain 14th.

15:00Leeds 4-0Middlesbrough 35626

Middlesbrough boss Jonathan Woodgate said it is "blatant" that his injury-hit team need more players after they fell to a 4-0 defeat at table-topping Leeds.

Former Boro man Patrick Bamford headed the hosts into an early lead after goalkeeper Aynsley Pears had kept out his initial attempt.

Mateusz Klich's deflected shot left Pears with no chance as Marcelo Bielsa's men doubled their lead just before the break.

Helder Costa lashed home from the edge of the area and Klich curled in a superb effort as Leeds cruised to a fifth successive win to move a point above West Brom, who visit Preston on Monday.

"It's painful but let's not get away from it, they are a really top team. They are the best we've played in this league," former Whites defender Woodgate.

Boro remain one point above the relegation zone and host Charlton next Saturday.

15:00N Forest0-1Cardiff 28209

Cardiff City maintained their unbeaten start under Neil Harris as they secured their first away win of the season at Nottingham Forest.

City's winner came with their first chance of the match, against the run of play, as Nathaniel Mendez-Laing exchanged passes with Junior Hoilett before curling a 20-yard shot into the bottom corner beyond Forest keeper Brice Samba.

The visitors had to soak up plenty of pressure, but almost doubled their lead early in the second half when Joe Lolley cleared off the line from Gary Madine after good work down the right from Mendez-Laing.

Forest's Jack Robinson almost replicated Mendez-Laing's goal, but his curling effort was an inch wide from equalising, and Cardiff held out to record their fifth straight win at the City Ground.

While riding high in the Championship and facing opponents previously without an away win, Forest have a wretched record against the Bluebirds and have now lost nine of their past 10 meetings, including the past five at the City Ground.

15:00Stoke 1-2Blackburn 22292

Blackburn made it back-to-back defeats for Michael O'Neill's Stoke after Sam Gallagher's late winner gave the visitors a 2-1 victory.

Bradley Dack scored his 10th goal of the season after 13 minutes to put Rovers ahead at the Bet365 Stadium.

Stoke were much improved after the break and equalised when James McClean's corner struck Corry Evans and went over the line for an own goal.

However, they were not level for long, with Gallagher slotting home the winner from Elliott Bennett's cut-back just three minutes later.

Blackburn's third win in a row sees them move into the top half of the table, while Stoke remain second from bottom.

15:00Wigan 1-3Reading 8965

George Puscas scored a stunning five-minute hat-trick to help Reading to a dramatic comeback win at Wigan.

The Royals trailed for much of the game after Joe Garner netted from close range despite Reading keeper Rafael Cabral keeping out his initial header from Anthony Pilkington's corner.

Puscas levelled from the penalty spot after Lucas Boye was brought down and, a minute later, drilled the Royals ahead with a fine finish after breaking into the box.

Garath McCleary then won possession high up the field and teed up Puscas to slam in and complete a remarkable hat-trick six minutes from full-time.

Championship MatchDay 19 Wrap-up
Monday 2nd December 2019

19:45Preston  West BromSky

Charlie Austin's controversial 90th-minute penalty sent West Bromwich Albion back to the top of the Championship as they snatched a last-gasp victory at Preston.

Preston were adamant keeper Declan Rudd had not touched Baggies substitute Kyle Edwards but referee Oliver Langford pointed to the spot and Austin slotted home to send Albion two points above Leeds.

The spot-kick gave West Brom a fifth successive victory but they left it late at Deepdale as injury-hit Preston, without a host of players including their entire first-choice back line, looked set to earn a point.

Instead, Alex Neil's men saw their unbeaten home record ended and they remain sixth, just inside the play-off places but 11 points behind the table-topping Baggies.

Source Tom Davies at The Guardian/BBC Sports
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