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Championship MatchDay 31 Review

last updated Sunday 12th February 2017, 1:04 PM

Fulham Football Club

Pos Teams P GD Pts
1 Newcastle 30 +35 65
2 Brighton 30 +26 64
3 Huddersfield 30 +6 58
4 Reading 31 +5 57
5 Leeds 31 +10 54
6 Sheff Wed 30 +9 52
7 Norwich 31 +12 50
8 Derby 30 +8 47
9 Fulham 30 +14 46
10 Barnsley 31 +4 46
11 Preston 31 +3 45
12 Birmingham 31 -10 40
13 Ipswich 31 -7 39
14 Cardiff 31 -8 39
15 Brentford 30 0 37
16 Aston Villa 30 -4 36
17 Nottm Forest 31 -10 36
18 Wolves 30 -3 35
19 QPR 31 -14 34
20 Bristol C 30 -3 32
21 Burton 31 -14 31
22 Blackburn 30 -12 29
23 Wigan 30 -10 26
24 Rotherham 31 -37 17
Fulham needed a good result following the defeat against Birmingham last weekend and when, in the 25th minute, Aluko powered his way to the Wigan byline and fired in a low cross which Ayite swept in for his fifth goal of the season things looked good.

But the visitors pulled level seven minutes later when a cross by Stephen Warnock was turned into his own net by Scott Malone and then Wigan went ahead on the stroke of half-time when Michael Jacobs turned in Max Power's cross from the left.

Battling Fulham then levelled midway through the second half with the best goal of the day, Denis Odoi firing home a superb 25-yard effort.

Fulham went on to grab the winner when Kebano slotted home in the fourth minute of stoppage time condeming relegation candidates to another defeat.

Elsewhere Newcastle and Brighton maintained a healthy lead over the chasing Championship pack with victories on Saturday.

Brighton regained top spot for a couple of hours as Tomer Hemed scored twice in their 4-1 defeat of Burton, but Newcastle finished the day a point clear thanks to Aleksandr Mitrovic's goal in a 1-0 win at Wolves.

Two of the top six lost ground, Barnsley holding Reading to a 0-0 draw at the Madejski while Leeds were beaten at home by Neil Warnock's Cardiff as goals from Sean Morrison and Kenneth Zohore gave the visitors a 2-0 win.

Reading's slip-up gave Huddersfield the chance to go third and they took it with a 2-1 win at QPR, Izzy Brown's fourth in five games opening the scoring, although the gap to second-placed Albion stands at six points.

It was a sobering afternoon for Nottingham Forest's caretaker management team of Gary Brazil and Jack Lester less than 48 hours after they were confirmed in their posts for the season.

Forest had Eric Lichaj sent off on their way to a 5-1 thumping at Norwich, whose haul included cracking goals from Jonny Howson and Wes Hoolahan.

Norwich are two points off the play-off places and three ahead of Derby, who salvaged a point from 3-0 down against Bristol City.

Matty Taylor's first City goal and a Tammy Abraham double put the visitors three-up at the break, but they were pegged back by Darren Bent's double and a Tom Ince strike.

At the bottom Rotherham were denied a rare win as a late Stephen Kelly own goal gave Blackburn a 1-1 draw. Both remain in the relegation spots along with Wigan, who went down 3-2 at Fulham thanks to a 94th-minute Neeskens Kebano winner.

Aidan McGeady's double helped give Preston a 4-2 win over Brentford at Deepdale, while Aston Villa slumped to a sixth defeat in seven games, David McGoldrick scoring Ipswich's winner.

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