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Championship Matchday 20 Review

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Championship Matchday 20 Review
Championship Fixtures - MatchDay 20
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Friday 1st December 2017
19:45 Cardiff 3-1 Norwich -
19:45 Leeds 1-1 Aston Villa Sky
Saturday 2nd December 2017
15:00 Bolton 3-1 Barnsley -
15:00 Brentford 3-1 Fulham -
15:00 Derby 1-0 Burton -
15:00 Ipswich 4-2 N. Forest -
15:00 Millwall 3-1 Sheff Utd -
15:00 Preston 1-0 QPR -
15:00 Sheff Wed 2-2 Hull -
15:00 Sunderland 1-3 Reading -
17:30 Bristol C 2-1 Middlesbrough Sky
Monday 4th December 2017
19:45 Birmingham 0-1 Wolves Sky
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After MatchDay 20 in the Championship Wolves and Cardiff remain in the top two spots after winning their games with Wolves 15 points above 7th spot.

The only change in the top six was Bristol City who leap frogged Sheff Utd and Aston Villa into third spot.

At the bottom Burton, Birmingham and Sunderland lost while Bolton, who had been bottom going in to MatchDay 20, beat Barnsley 3-1 to jump out of the bottom three

In the London mini-league Fulham were beaten at Brentford, Millwall beat high-flying sheff Utd 3-1 at The Den and QPR got beaten 1-0 away at Preston.

That left Brentford as leader by one point from Fulham. In MatchDay 21 Fulham are at home to relegation threatened Birmingham.

It was a very busy weekend for referees with 49 yellow cards being issued over the 12 games, 22 to home players and 27 to away players, an above average of 4.1 cards a game.

There were also 5 red cards issued, four of them for second yellows, with QPR top of the pops with two reds and two yellows.

Friday 1st December 2017

19:45 Cardiff 3-1 Norwich -

Cardiff City produced a spirited second-half fightback to ensure manager Neil Warnock had a happy birthday.

Marco Stiepermann's fine effort from distance put Norwich ahead at the break as the Canaries went in search of their first win in eight games.

But Cardiff levelled through Joe Ralls then Junior Hoilett making it 2-1.

Warnock, on the touchline for his 69th birthday, then saw Ralls hit the woodwork and have a penalty saved before Omar Bogle added a third.

The Bluebirds closed the gap to leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers to just a point thanks to a fourth successive Championship win, while Norwich remain 15th.

19:45 Leeds 1-1 Aston Villa Sky

Henri Lansbury's second-half goal helped Aston Villa extend their unbeaten run to four Championship games with a draw at Leeds United.

Leeds were much the better side in the first half, and Pontus Jansson's header gave them a deserved lead.

Villa improved after the break, and Felix Wiedwald had to react sharply to deny Albert Adomah from equalising.

But Lansbury secured a point for Villa as he found the bottom corner of the net from just outside the box.
Saturday 2nd December 2017

15:00 Bolton 3-1 Barnsley -

Bolton moved out of the Championship relegation zone as two goals from Gary Madine helped them convincingly beat Barnsley at the Macron Stadium.

Madine put the hosts in front when he converted from Mark Little's cross but Barnsley were soon level after Tom Bradshaw fired in from the spot.

Bolton were then also awarded a penalty which Madine duly converted to restore their lead on 69 minutes.

Little then struck from the edge of the box after the break to make it 3-1.

Victory means Bolton are now four points off the Tykes, who are 19th in the table after losing four successive games and just two places above their opponents.

15:00 Brentford 3-1 Fulham -

Brentford beat 10-man Fulham to win the west London derby and leapfrog their rivals in the Championship table.

Neeskens Kebano opened the scoring for Fulham when he prodded in Ryan Fredericks' cross at the back post.

But Brentford levelled through Sergi Canos's deflected strike and Romaine Sawyers fired in after Yoann Barbet struck the post to make it 2-1.

Denis Odoi picked up a second yellow card for bringing down Ollie Watkins, who then wrapped up the points late on.

The victory sees the Bees end a three-game winless league run and move from 14th up to 11th, while Fulham drop to 15th.

15:00 Derby 1-0 Burton -

Substitute Johnny Russell scored a late winner as Derby consolidated their position in the Championship play-off places with victory over Burton.

Russell volleyed in from 12 yards nine minutes from time to earn the Rams all three points.

Burton, who slipped to the bottom of the table, had frustrated their hosts with a determined rearguard action.

Before the winner, they went closest to scoring when Andi Weimann cleared Ben Turner's header off the line.

15:00 Ipswich 4-2 N. Forest -

Defenders Dominic Iorfa and Callum Connolly were both on target as Ipswich Town won a six-goal thriller against Nottingham Forest.

It was 2-2 at the break at Portman Road after Forest twice came from behind.

Connolly's left-foot shot on seven minutes was cancelled out by Kieran Dowell's left-foot free-kick before Tyler Walker replied to Iorfa's header.

But second-half strikes from Martyn Waghorn and Bersant Celina wrapped up victory for Mick McCarthy's side.

Ipswich climb two places up the Championship table into seventh with their second straight win, within three points of the play-off pack, while Forest slide three places back to 13th.

15:00 Millwall 3-1 Sheff Utd -

Millwall produced a strong performance to beat promotion-chasing Sheffield United and end a six-match winless run.

The Lions took the lead when Steve Morison set up Lee Gregory to turn and finish on the counter-attack.

David Brooks equalised brilliantly with a volley from a tight angle, but defender Mahlon Romeo finished one-on-one to restore the hosts' lead.

Jake Cooper headed in Jed Wallace's free-kick to seal the win and condemn the Blades to a seventh league defeat.

15:00 Preston 1-0 QPR -

Jordan Hugill fired a late winner to earn Preston victory over a QPR side who finished with nine men.

Striker Hugill slotted home left-footed two minutes from time following Paul Gallagher's through ball.

QPR were up against it from the 22nd minute when striker Jamie Mackie was shown a straight red card for a foul on Preston captain Tom Clarke.

The Rs then had Alex Baptiste sent off after the final whistle, having been shown a second yellow card for dissent.

The late goal means QPR, who are now without a win in 17 away league games, slip to 18th in the Championship, while the home side, who are now four games unbeaten, climb up to 10th.

15:00 Sheff Wed 2-2 Hull -

Michael Dawson scored deep into injury time as Hull denied Sheffield Wednesday victory in the Yorkshire derby.

Gary Hooper scored two second-half goals as the Owls thought they had completed a turnaround from 1-0 down.

Fraizer Campbell had struck from close range to put the hosts in front early on before Hooper turned in the box to fire in the equaliser.

The Wednesday striker then drilled in his second before Dawson kneed in to make it 2-2 in the 95th minute.

With Hull having not won in seven games and struggling in the Championship this season in 20th place, their last-gasp equaliser did not save boss Leonid Slutsky from losing his job.

Leonid Slutsky left the club by "mutual consent" after the Championship side went seven games without a win.

15:00 Sunderland 1-3 Reading -

New Sunderland boss Chris Coleman's first home game in charge ended in defeat as Reading scored three second-half goals at the Stadium of Light.

The Black Cats have now gone almost a year without winning on Wearside after the hosts' 10 men paid for Callum McManaman's first-half red card.

Dave Edwards, Coleman's old Wales player, put Reading ahead before Modou Barrow struck twice in three minutes.

Top scorer Lewis Grabban got a late consolation from the penalty spot.

That was his 11th goal of the season after Joel Asoro won a penalty with 14 minutes remaining, but the damage had already been done as Jaap Stam's Royals made it one defeat from their last seven matches, to climb to 14th, 10 points clear of trouble.

17:30 Bristol C 2-1 Middlesbrough Sky

Bristol City moved up to third in the Championship as goals from Joe Bryan and Jamie Paterson gave them victory over Middlesbrough at Ashton Gate.

After an even first half, Bryan nodded in at the back post to put the hosts ahead six minutes after half-time.

Paterson doubled the lead three minute later when he met Aden Flint's cross following a swift counter-attack.

Hordur Magnusson headed into his own net to hand Boro a lifeline but the Robins held on to seal the win.

Monday 4th December 2017

19:45 Birmingham 0-1 Wolves Sky

Wolves re-established their four-point lead at the top of the Championship as they beat Birmingham City at St Andrew's for the third season running.

But they needed goal-line technology to prove that Leo Bonatini's eighth-minute shot had crossed the whitewash to earn a sixth straight win.

Wolves failed to add another largely due to a string of fine saves by home keeper David Stockdale.

Harlee Dean was sent off for Blues, who remain in the relegation zone.

Shot-shy Birmingham failed to get a single effort on target and remain the EFL's lowest scorers with just 10 goals in 20 league games.

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Championship Fixtures - MatchDay 21
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Friday 8th December 2017
19:45 Sheff Utd v Bristol C Sky
Saturday 9th December 2017
15:00 Aston Villa v Millwall -
15:00 Barnsley v Derby -
15:00 Burton v Preston -
15:00 Fulham v Birmingham -
15:00 Hull v Brentford -
15:00 Middlesbro' v Ipswich -
15:00 N. Forest v Bolton -
15:00 QPR v Leeds -
15:00 Wolves v Sunderland -
17:30 Norwich v Sheff Wed Sky
Monday 11th December 2017
20:00 Reading v Cardiff Sky
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