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Championship MatchDay 30 review

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Championship table - 2nd February 2020
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  Team P W D L F A W D L F A GD Pts
1 West Brom 30 7 6 2 32 20 8 5 2 21 13 20 56
2 Leeds 30 8 4 3 22 13 8 3 4 24 14 19 55
3 Fulham 30 10 2 4 29 18 5 5 4 16 14 13 52
4 N Forest 30 7 3 4 18 15 7 6 3 23 15 11 51
5 Brentford 30 8 3 3 25 10 7 2 7 24 13 26 50
6 Bristol C 30 6 4 4 20 18 8 4 4 24 22 4 50
7 Preston 30 10 3 3 32 19 3 5 6 11 16 8 47
8 Swansea 30 7 3 5 19 16 5 7 3 16 18 1 46
9 Millwall 30 8 4 2 23 14 3 8 5 15 21 3 45
10 Blackburn 30 7 6 2 19 13 5 2 8 24 24 6 44
11 Sheff Wed 30 6 5 4 14 15 6 2 7 26 18 7 43
12 Cardiff 30 8 6 1 22 12 2 7 6 20 31 -1 43
13 Derby 30 9 5 2 23 11 1 5 8 12 28 -4 40
14 Hull 30 6 2 8 23 24 5 4 5 19 19 -1 39
15 Reading 30 6 1 7 19 18 4 7 5 17 16 2 38
16 QPR 30 6 4 6 29 28 5 1 8 18 26 -7 38
17 Birmingham 30 6 3 6 22 22 4 4 7 15 25 -10 37
18 Middlesbrough 30 6 7 3 16 15 2 5 7 14 22 -7 36
19 Charlton 30 6 5 5 22 19 2 4 8 17 23 -3 33
20 Huddersfield 30 4 5 6 16 21 4 3 8 19 27 -13 32
21 Stoke 30 5 3 7 19 20 4 1 10 17 26 -10 31
22 Wigan 30 5 4 5 14 18 2 4 10 14 26 -16 29
23 Barnsley 30 4 6 5 24 29 1 3 11 12 27 -20 24
24 Luton 30 5 3 6 23 24 2 0 14 14 41 -28 24
Results Table Fixtures
Match Day 30 in the Championship saw Fulham move within three points of the automatic promotion places, with a exciting 3-2 win over Huddersfield Town, despite having been 11 points below second place in mid-December.

West Brom climbed back to the top of the table with their first league victory in 2020 and in eight games, beating Luton 2-0.

But second placed Leeds slipped up at home to Wigan in the latest dramatic twist at the top of the table, by losing 1-0 despite utterly dominating their relegation-threatened opponents. That makes it three defeats from four for Leeds,

Nottingham Forest, 2-1 losers at Birmingham City, dropped back into fourth after their first loss in seven matches.

Hull began life without Jarrod Bowen and Kamil Grosicki by being on the end of a thrashing from a rampant Brentford, for whom Said Benrahma scored a hat-trick. Brentford remain, in fifth place, two points below third placed Fulham

Championship MatchDay 30 ~ Results
Friday 31st January 2020
19:45Cardiff 1-1Reading 22518
19:45Derby 4-0Stoke 27984
Saturday 1st February 2020
12:30Hull 1-5Brentford 10034
15:00Birmingham 2-1N Forest 20837
15:00Charlton 2-1Barnsley 19870
15:00Fulham 3-2Huddersfield 18013
15:00Leeds 0-1Wigan 35162
15:00Middlesbrough 1-1Blackburn 19937
15:00Preston 1-1Swansea 12502
15:00QPR 0-1Bristol City13713
15:00Sheff Wed0-0Millwall 23052
15:00West Brom2-0Luton 25141
Results Table Fixtures
Resurgent Bristol City complete the play-off quartet after a fourth win in succession came at QPR courtesy of Famara Diedhiou’s diving header. City have now won four on the trot.

Preston and Swansea’s 1-1 draw slowed their challenge for the top six, with Rhian Brewster, on loan from Liverpool, cancelling out Scott Sinclair’s strike against his former employers.

Sheffield Wednesday and Millwall played out a goalless draw that did either little good as their play-offs hopes dwindle.

Middlesbrough are seven points clear of third-bottom Wigan but remain winless after Blackburn sub Hayden Coulson cancelled out Lewis Travis’s opener.

Barnsley, second from bottom, lost 2-1 at Charlton, who got only their second win in 18 league matches, with Andre Green grabbing the decisive goal.

Luton remain rooted to the bottom on goal difference from Barnsley, seven points from safety.

Championship MatchDay 30  Wrap-up
Friday 31st January 2020

19:45Cardiff 1-1Reading 22518

Cardiff and Reading settled for a point apiece in a game that did little to boost either club's hopes of reaching the Championship play-off spots.

In the second installment of a trilogy of games between the two sides in a nine-day period, the Royals took an early lead through Yakou Meite's header.

Cardiff equalised in the second period when Callum Paterson cracked the ball home from close-range after Reading failed to clear their lines from a long-throw.

The Bluebirds ended the contest looking the more likely winner, but they could not find a winner as they settled for a second 1-1 stalemate with Reading this week.

19:45Derby 4-0Stoke 27984

Wayne Rooney curled home a sublime free-kick to score for the second game running as dominant Derby ended Stoke's recent Championship resurgence with an emphatic win.

The ex-England captain found the top corner from 20 yards to beat former international team-mate Jack Butland for the Rams' third goal - and his first at Pride Park - midway through the second half.

Martyn Waghorn's header and Chris Martin's fierce strike had put Derby in control, with full-back Jayden Bogle's superb 25-yard strike rounding off the rout.

Victory lifts Derby to 13th, while Stoke remain 20th after seeing a four-game unbeaten run brought to an unceremonious end.

Championship MatchDay 30   Wrap-up
Saturday 1st February 2020

12:30Hull 1-5Brentford 10034

Said Benrahma's hat-trick helped Championship promotion hopefuls Brentford thrash Hull City in a game that saw calamitous goals scored at both ends of the pitch.

Hull, without star players Jarrod Bowen and Kamil Grosicki following deadline day moves, started well but found themselves behind when Benrahma cut inside and curled into the bottom corner.

It was a goal that completely changed the complexion of the game and the Bees, having taken control, doubled their lead when Hull defender Reece Burke glanced into his own net under no pressure as he attempted to head the ball clear.

The hosts then pulled one back in even more bizarre circumstances, as Ryan Tafazolli's aimless pass forward from the halfway line drifted towards Brentford goalkeeper David Raya but, instead of easily controlling it, he let the ball slip under his foot and into the net.

However, Ollie Watkins' downward header, from Rico Henry's superb cross on the half-volley, and two more slotted finishes from the impressive Benrahma ensured a comfortable Brentford win.

It capped an emotional afternoon for the Algeria forward, who after each goal pointed to the sky in tribute to his late father, who died last week.

The 24-year-old was arguably lucky to still be on the field at that point, though, after replays appeared to show he had caught Hull's Stephen Kingsley with a stray elbow in a coming together before half-time.

Victory kept Thomas Frank's side fifth in the table, but they are now just five points off the automatic promotion places after Leeds United were beaten at home by Wigan Athletic.

15:00Birmingham 2-1N Forest 20837

Scott Hogan scored on his Birmingham City debut as Blues ended high-flying Nottingham Forest's seven-match unbeaten run.

Tiago Silva had put the visitors ahead with his first Championship goal, receiving a headed pass from Joe Lolley on the left before cutting inside a defender to fire into the roof of the net.

Aston Villa loan man Hogan levelled for the hosts in dramatic circumstances - just seconds after Lee Camp had saved a penalty at the other end from Lewis Grabban following the goalkeeper's foul on Ryan Yates.

Former Villa man Grabban, looking for his 17th goal of the season, went on to see a shot on the turn hit the crossbar and another second-half effort cleared off the line by Harlee Dean.

Kristian Pedersen won it for Blues, bundling the ball home from a corner to consign the Reds to a defeat that drops them to fourth in the table.

Forest, looking to end a 21-year absence from the Premier League by winning promotion to the top flight for the first time in the 21st century, were leapfrogged by Fulham after the Cottagers overcame Huddersfield.

The defeat leaves them four points adrift of the automatic promotion spots, with Leeds now second after their defeat by Wigan.

15:00Charlton 2-1Barnsley 19870

Charlton earned only their second win in 18 Championship games as goals by Lyle Taylor and Andre Green saw off relegation-threatened Barnsley.

The visitors hit the woodwork three times, but defensive frailty again cost them dear as they suffered a fourth successive defeat in league and cup.

Taylor poked home the opener after Jason Pearce flicked on a free-kick, and Pearce won the ball in the air again in first-half stoppage time before Green drove home.

Woodrow pulled one back after the break for Barnsley with an angled shot, his 11th goal of the season, but they were unable to rescue a point.

Charlton's victory moved them up to 19th, four points clear of the relegation places, with Barnsley now seven points from safety in 23rd.

15:00Fulham 3-2Huddersfield 18013

Fulham emerged victorious after a frantic first half to enhance their promotion credentials and nudge Huddersfield closer to the relegation zone.

Championship MatchDay 31 ~ Fixtures
Friday 7th February 2020
19:45Bristol City BirminghamSky
Saturday 8th February 2020
12:30Wigan Preston Sky
15:00Barnsley Sheff Wed 
15:00Blackburn Fulham  
15:00Brentford Middlesbrough  
15:00Huddersfield QPR  
15:00Luton Cardiff  
15:00Reading Hull  
15:00Stoke Charlton  
15:00Swansea Derby  
17:30N ForestLeeds Sky
Saturday 9th February 2020
13:30Millwall West BromSky
Results Table Fixtures
The Whites raced into a 3-0 lead after 31 minutes, with Bobby Decordova-Reid, Tom Cairney and Aleksandar Mitrovic all netting.

But Huddersfield quickly replied with goals from Arsenal loanee Emile Smith Rowe and Steve Mounie.

Fulham keeper Marek Rodak then kept the Terriers at bay in the second half as Fulham moved to within three points of the automatic promotion places.

Having endured 274 minutes without a goal in all competitions, three came in rapid succession for Fulham as Serbia international Mitrovic returned following three weeks out with an ankle injury.

Defeat means Huddersfield are now 20th, just three points above the bottom three. Fulham manager Scott Parker told BBC Radio London:

"Those are the games that take a few years off you. The first 38 minutes we were very good and we were clinical in the way we played.

"We should have put Huddersfield to the sword and instead I am disappointed in the way we take our foot off the pedal. It looked like we got a bit complacent, and at that point you give a team like Huddersfield a fighting chance.

"In the second half we were holding on and I am glad we got the result. Ultimately it was down to a lack of intensity."

15:00Leeds 0-1Wigan 35162

The visitors went ahead just before the hour mark when Joe Williams' corner deflected off Whites forward Pablo Hernandez and dipped under the crossbar past keeper Kiko Casilla, who was under pressure on his own line.

Jack Harrison had struck the post as Leeds dominated the first half, with striker Patrick Bamford sending a free header past the upright soon after the restart.

Bamford then had two efforts cleared off the line as Leeds searched for an equaliser, with Latics centre-back Cedric Kipre well placed to clear the second attempt in the sixth minute of second-half stoppage time as Wigan held on to record just their second away league win of the season.

Wigan remain in 22nd place in the table but are now two points from safety after recording back-to-back league wins for the first time in 2019-20.

15:00Middlesbrough 1-1Blackburn 19937

Middlesbrough's winless run in the Championship was extended to six games as they drew 1-1 with Blackburn.

Rovers took a second-half lead against the run of play in when the unmarked Lewis Travis exchanged passes with Adam Armstrong on the edge of the box before side-footing into the corner.

But the hosts levelled 18 minutes later when substitute Hayden Coulson tapped in at the far post After Lewis Wing's shot was parried by Christian Walton.

Boro should have won it late on in the final 10 minutes - Britt Assombalonga missed the target with two good chances before Walton produced a fantastic save to keep out a Rudy Gestede header from a free kick.

The result sees Boro drop a place to 18th in the Championship, seven points above the relegation places, while Blackburn are 10th, six points off the play-offs after a fourth game without defeat.

15:00Preston 1-1Swansea 12502

Scott Sinclair scored against his old club but on-loan Liverpool striker Rhian Brewster replied as play-off hopefuls Preston and Swansea City drew 1-1 at Deepdale.

Former Swansea winger Sinclair registered a first goal since he joined Preston from Celtic in January to give Alex Neil's team a first-half lead.

But Swansea made it one defeat in six Championship games courtesy of Brewster's second goal in four appearances since he joined on loan for the rest of the season.

The draw leaves both sides just outside the play-off places, with Preston seventh and Steve Cooper's Swans a point worse off in eighth.

15:00QPR 0-1Bristol City13713

Famara Diedhiou's diving header was enough for Bristol City to win their fourth game in a row against Queens Park Rangers.

The striker's effort flew past Liam Kelly after Robins' right-back Jack Hunt incepted the ball and crossed perfectly to the unmarked Senegal international.

Diedhiou forced Kelly to pull off several solid saves throughout the game, including a fine stop from an overhead kick as Lee Johnson's side created the better chances at Loftus Road.

Despite Rangers dominating possession, Mark Warburton's men could only register their first shot on target in the 83rd minute when Jordan Hugill was denied by Daniel Bentley.

The win means the Robins have recorded a fourth consecutive league victory without conceding a goal for the first time since February 1990 under Joe Jordan.

They remain sixth in the table, five points below the automatic promotion places, with Rangers back in 16th.

15:00Sheff Wed0-0Millwall 23052

Sheffield Wednesday and Millwall cancelled each other out in a result that left both sides further from the play-off places.

Wednesday's Adam Reach had the best chance of a tepid first half, glancing a header just wide of the post.

Neither goalkeeper was overly stretched, with Millwall keeper Bartosz Bialkowski gathering Fernando Forestieri's effort.

Jon Dadi Bodvarsson squandered a late chance for the Lions when he lobbed over the bar.

Of the 22 efforts on goal, only four were on target and they were all comfortable for Bialkowski and opposite number Cameron Dawson.

The draw does neither side any favours. Millwall began the day three points off the play-offs, but are now five adrift, while the gap for Sheffield Wednesday opens up to seven from five.

15:00West Brom2-0Luton 25141

West Bromwich Albion ended their seven-game winless run by beating bottom club Luton Town to go back to the top of the Championship.

Luton's Donervon Daniels put through his own net after 14 minutes before Semi Ajayi's second goal in successive home games wrapped up the points in the second half.

James Collins thought he had equalised in the first half but was ruled offside and the Hatters had a penalty claim turned down when Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu was challenged in the box by Kyle Bartley.

Callum Robinson impressed on his Baggies debut after a deadline-day loan move from Sheffield United, setting up the opener with a ball in from the left.

Albion, who had been on a poor recent run, were largely restricted to long-range efforts.

Robinson tried his luck from distance only to find Luton goalkeeper Simon Sluga in fine form.

Luton twice came close to an equaliser in the second half when Mpanzu dallied in the box, then crossed for James Collins, who missed with a header.

But the Baggies wrapped up the game with 20 minutes left when Ajayi headed in Matt Phillips' cross.

The first league victory for Slaven Bilic's men since winning at Birmingham on 14 December lifted the Baggies above Leeds, who lost at home to Wigan.

Source John Brewin at The Guardian/BBCSport
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