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Championship MatchDay 33 review

last updated Wednesday 19th February 2020, 2:16 PM

Match Day 33 in the Championship saw Fulham lose 3-0 to relegation-threatened Barnsley. A Cauley Woodrow’s penalty came after Fulham keeper Marek Rodak brought down Jacob Brown, who again got the better of Rodak by lobbing in the Tykes’ second. Former Fulham player Cauley Woodrow got his second with a neat snap shot to give Barnsley the double over Fulham..

Championship table - 17th February 2020
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  Team P W D L F A W D L F A GD Pts
1 West Brom 33 7 7 2 34 22 10 5 2 25 14 23 63
2 Leeds 33 9 4 3 23 13 8 4 5 25 17 18 59
3 Fulham 33 10 2 5 29 21 6 6 4 18 15 11 56
4 Brentford 33 9 4 3 29 13 7 3 7 25 14 27 55
5 N Forest 33 8 3 5 20 16 7 7 3 25 17 12 55
6 Preston 33 10 3 4 32 20 5 5 6 15 17 10 53
7 Bristol C 33 7 4 5 24 23 8 4 5 24 23 2 53
8 Blackburn 33 8 6 3 22 14 6 2 8 26 24 10 50
9 Cardiff 33 8 7 1 24 14 4 7 6 24 31 3 50
10 Millwall 33 8 5 3 24 17 4 8 5 16 21 2 49
11 Swansea 33 7 4 6 21 19 5 8 3 20 22 0 48
12 Sheff Wed 33 6 5 5 14 18 6 3 8 27 20 3 44
13 Derby 33 9 6 2 24 12 2 5 9 17 33 -4 44
14 Birmingham 33 6 4 6 23 23 6 4 7 19 26 -7 44
15 Reading 33 6 2 8 21 21 5 7 5 20 16 4 42
16 QPR 33 7 4 6 33 30 5 2 9 18 28 -7 42
17 Hull 33 6 3 8 27 28 5 5 6 20 23 -4 41
18 Middlesbrough 33 6 7 4 16 16 2 6 8 18 27 -9 37
19 Charlton 33 6 5 6 22 21 3 4 9 19 26 -6 36
20 Huddersfield 33 5 5 7 18 24 4 4 8 20 28 -14 36
21 Stoke 33 6 3 8 22 23 4 1 11 19 30 -12 34
22 Wigan 33 5 5 6 17 22 2 5 10 16 28 -17 31
23 Luton 33 6 3 7 24 25 3 0 14 15 41 -27 30
24 Barnsley 33 4 7 6 25 31 2 3 11 15 27 -18 28
Results Table Fixtures
Matty Cash scored a stoppage-time equaliser as Nottingham Forest denied table topping West Brom the chance to move nine points clear at the Sky Bet Championship summit in a 2-2 draw at The Hawthorns.

West Brom's result cut their advantage over second-placed Leeds to four points as Leeds eked out a gritty 1-0 win over Bristol City.

Fourth placed Brentford drew 1-1 at Birmingham. Ethan Pinnock took four minutes to cancel out Lukas Jutkiewicz’s 13th-minute opener but the Bees could not find a winner so remain in 4th spot

Preston, in sixth place, also suffered a setback with a home defeat to Millwall, courtesy of Shaun Hutchinson heading in from Murray Wallace. Preston's first league loss in 2020 is not ideal preparation for a testing run of games in the coming weeks.

Blackburn are three points off the play-off positions after they won 2-0 at Charlton, with John Buckley opening the scoring and Tosin Adarabioyo doubling Rovers’ advantage.

Championship MatchDay 33 ~ Results
Friday 14th February February
19:45Hull 4-4Swansea 9757
Saturday 15th February February
K.O.Home Res AwayAtt
12:30West Brom2-2N Forest 25117
15:00Birmingham 1-1Brentford 20379
15:00Cardiff 2-2Wigan 21287
15:00Charlton 0-2Blackburn 25383
15:00Derby 1-1Huddersfield 27502
15:00Fulham 0-3Barnsley 18516
15:00Leeds 1-0Bristol City35819
15:00Middlesbrough 0-1Luton 19734
15:00Preston 0-1Millwall 12488
15:00QPR 4-2Stoke 13125
15:00Sheff Wed0-3Reading 22199
Results Table Fixtures
Sheffield Wednesday went down to 10 men after Osaze Urhoghide received his second yellow card in the 49th minute but had already fallen behind to Yakou Meite’s strike for Reading, before George Puscas and then Sam Baldock in injury time completed the rout.

Tom Lawrence scored a tremendous 20-yard strike as Derby took the lead against Huddersfield before Harry Toffolo scored almost as good a goal to level late on.

QPR mounted the comeback of the day after going two goals down to Stoke. Sam Clucas and Tyrese Campbell scored for the visitors, before the home team took control. Jordan Hugill began the revival before Eberechi Eze, Bright Osayi-Samuel and Ilias Chair got involved.

Cardiff’s push towards the play-off positions stalled when they drew 2-2 with Wigan, for whom Kieffer Moore struck twice, his second coming from the penalty spot in the fourth minute of first-half injury time. Josh Murphy had opened the scoring for Cardiff before Kai Naismith equalised, also from the spot, but neither team could find a winner.

Former Fulham player Ryan Tunnicliffe scored the only goal as Luton won at a laboured Middlesbrough.

Championship MatchDay 33  Wrap-up
Friday 14th February 2020

19:45Hull 4-4Swansea 9757

Hull City and Swansea City had to be content with a point apiece as a remarkable Championship encounter ended 4-4.

Hull snatched a draw through Tom Eaves' 95th-minute goal, dashing Swansea's hopes of claiming a memorable comeback win in the process.

Leo da Silva Lopes' early opener was swiftly cancelled out by Wayne Routledge and it was 1-1 at half-time.

Marcus Maddison scored Hull's second only for Kyle Naughton to level, then Jordon Garrick netted Swansea's third equaliser after Mallik Wilks had put the Tigers in front for a third time.

On-loan Liverpool striker Rhian Brewster scored what looked like being a decisive fourth goal for Swansea only for Eaves to shock Steve Cooper's team right at the end.

Hull are left without a victory in seven league matches and stay 15th, while ninth-placed Swansea are five points adrift of the play-off places having not won in five.

Championship MatchDay 33  Wrap-up
Saturday 15th February 2020

12:30West Brom2-2N Forest 25117

Matty Cash's thunderous injury-time strike earned promotion-chasing Nottingham Forest a draw in a gripping and controversial encounter against Championship leaders West Bromwich Albion.

The Baggies looked set to move nine points clear before the afternoon kick-offs with Tobias Figueiredo's second-half own goal putting them 2-1 ahead.

But Cash smashed the ball into the far corner from the right side of the box to take Forest up to fourth place in the table and keep the gap between them and West Brom at eight points.

15:00Birmingham 1-1Brentford 20379

Birmingham City and Championship promotion hopefuls Brentford had to settle for a draw at St Andrew's after two goals in the space of four first-half minutes.

Lukas Jutkiewicz tapped Birmingham in front from Gary Gardner's cross before Ethan Pinnock headed in his first Brentford goal from a corner.

Teenager Jude Bellingham had almost given the Blues the lead inside the opening few minutes but saw his 20-yard strike bounce off the post.

A drab second half in appalling conditions saw home goalkeeper Lee Camp deny Emiliano Marcondes late on, while Birmingham thought they should have had a penalty when the ball appeared to hit Pinnock's arm in the area.

The result means Brentford missed the chance to leapfrog west London rivals Fulham into third following their shock home defeat by Barnsley.

Thomas Frank's side stay fourth in a congested top seven, but are now four points behind second-placed Leeds who beat Bristol City.

15:00Cardiff 2-2Wigan 21287

Cardiff City closed the gap on the Championship play-off places despite being held to a draw in an eventful home encounter with relegation-threatened Wigan Athletic.

A frenetic start to the game saw Wales striker Kieffer Moore back-heel Wigan in front, only for Josh Murphy's half-volley to bring the home side level less than three minutes later.

Moore restored the Latics' lead on the cusp of half-time with a penalty after Curtis Nelson blocked a shot with his arm - but again their advantage did not last long as Kal Naismith deflected a shot by Marlon Pack into his own net.

Cardiff looked the likeliest to snatch a late winner as they put their opponents under pressure with a series of corners and long throws but they could not find a way through, with Albert Adomah's blocked shot and Danny Ward's volley over the bar the closest they came.

The Bluebirds even had the ball in the net in injury time but Sean Morrison's header was disallowed for a foul on Wigan goalkeeper David Marshall.

Despite failing to find that elusive goal and dropping down a place to ninth in the Championship, Cardiff are now a point closer to the play-offs, three adrift of the top six.

Wigan remain 22nd but this result brings them within three points of safety.

15:00Charlton 0-2Blackburn 25383

Blackburn Rovers edged closer to the play-off spots with a win at Charlton who are now just five points above the Championship relegation zone.

Two goals in eight first-half minutes secured the points for the visitors, with 20-year-old John Buckley opening the scoring with a deflected effort.

Tosin Adarabiyo touched in a Stewart Downing free-kick, which Charlton felt should not have been awarded, although the hosts were perhaps earlier fortunate not to concede a penalty.

Charlton improved after the break, with Blackburn keeper Christian Walton saving from Lyle Taylor and Josh Cullen, but to no avail.

Blackburn move up to eighth and are three points off a top-six place.

15:00Derby 1-1Huddersfield 27502

Harry Toffolo struck his first goal for Huddersfield Town as the Championship strugglers battled back to earn a late point against Derby County at Pride Park.

Tom Lawrence looked set to earn the Rams a sixth victory in nine games, the winger smashing a superb opener into the top corner after the break following some typical quick thinking from Wayne Rooney.

But Toffolo, who joined the Terriers from boss Danny Cowley's former club Lincoln in January, levelled with nine minutes remaining when he raced into the area and beat keeper Kelle Roos at his near post from a tight angle.

Both sides had chances in the closing stages, Roos denying Chris Willock with a smart stop and Jonas Lossl making a regulation save from a Rooney free-kick.

The draw means Huddersfield remain five points above the relegation zone following Wigan Athletic's 2-2 draw with Cardiff City.

15:00Fulham 0-3Barnsley 18516

Barnsley head coach Gerhard Struber said his side's shock win at third-placed Fulham will give them renewed belief they can avoid relegation.

Championship MatchDay 34 ~ Fixtures
Friday 21st February
19:45Derby Fulham Sky
Saturday 22nd February
K.O.Home AwayTV
12:30Brentford Blackburn Sky
15:00Barnsley Middlesbrough
15:00Birmingham Sheff Wed 
15:00Bristol CityWest Brom 
15:00Charlton Luton
15:00Leeds Reading  
15:00N Forest QPR  
15:00Preston Hull  
15:00Stoke Cardiff  
15:00Swansea Huddersfield  
15:00Wigan Millwall  
Results Table Fixtures
Cauley Woodrow scored twice against his former club, either side of Jacob Brown's lob, as the Tykes moved to within two wins of safety.

"I hope it can give my boys the feeling that we have the chance to stay in the league," Struber told BBC Radio Sheffield.

"The gap is six points. We believe in ourselves, we never give up."

Woodrow spent seven years at Fulham, from the age of 16, before signing for Barnsley in 2018.

On his first return to Craven Cottage since the move, he gave Barnsley the lead from the penalty spot after Brown was fouled by Fulham keeper Marek Rodak.

Brown doubled the lead early in the second half with a smart lofted finish over the exposed Rodak.

Fulham lacked penetration and Woodrow showed his old team what they were missing with a clinical third late on.

15:00Leeds 1-0Bristol City35819

Championship promotion hopefuls Leeds United recorded their first win in four with victory over Bristol City.

Former Robins full-back Luke Ayling smashed the hosts into the lead with a powerful low shot from six yards after the ball ricocheted to him in the area.

Helder Costa twice forced fine saves from City goalkeeper Daniel Bentley and Jack Harrison hit an effort against the crossbar as Leeds pushed for a second, while Nahki Wells fired the visitors' best chance into the side netting.

Victory, coupled with Fulham's shock home loss to Barnsley, meant that the Whites stretched their lead over the third-placed Cottagers to three points.

The hosts went into the game on the back of a run of just one win in seven league games but the visitors could not live with their intensity in difficult conditions.

15:00Middlesbrough 0-1Luton 19734

Luton Town made it back-to-back wins in the Championship and ended a run of 12 away defeats in a row as they beat Middlesbrough in stormy conditions at the Riverside.

Ryan Tunnicliffe opened the scoring for the visitors, volleying home Dan Potts' cross after 17 minutes.

Boro substitute Britt Assombalonga went close to an equaliser late on but headed over from six yards.

And Luton held on to end the hosts' ten-match unbeaten run and finish the day four points adrift of fourth from bottom side Stoke City, who lost 4-2 away against QPR.

15:00Preston 0-1Millwall 12488

A late Shaun Hutchinson winner saw Millwall beat promotion-chasing Preston North End in stormy conditions at Deepdale.

An unmarked Hutchinson headed home with only 12 minutes remaining in a game of few chances.

Preston thought they'd equalised in stoppage time but Millwall keeper Bartosz Bialkowski did well to keep out Paul Gallagher's shot.

Elsewhere, Bristol City's loss to Leeds meant that Preston stayed in the play-offs while Millwall rose to 10th in the Championship table.

15:00QPR 4-2Stoke 13125

Queens Park Rangers produced a stunning comeback in the Championship to overturn a two-goal deficit and beat Stoke City at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium.

Four first-half goals in 11 minutes saw the Potters throw away a 2-0 advantage as half-time saw the teams go in all square.

The R's took the lead for the first time in the 71st minute through Bright Osayi-Samuel, who buried the ball in the bottom corner before Ilias Chair sealed the win in injury time.

The visitors had opened the scoring on 27 minutes when Sam Clucas slotted into the far corner for his eighth goal of the season and doubled their advantage four minutes later through Tyrese Campbell.

But the home side pulled themselves back into the game with a goal from West Ham loanee Jordan Hugill after a fine assist from Ryan Manning, before an equaliser from Ebere Eze who was unmarked to slot home past Jack Butland for his 11th league goal of the campaign.

15:00Sheff Wed0-3Reading 22199

Sheffield Wednesday boss Garry Monk says there is a "fragility" about his team after they fell to a heavy home defeat by Reading.

The Owls have now gone six league matches without a win and, having been third on Christmas Day, are nine points off the play-off places.

Ovie Ejaria teed up Yakou Meite to open the scoring for the visitors in the first half before Wednesday's teenage defender Osaze Urhoghide was sent off shortly after the break for a second bookable offence.

George Puscas tapped in from an Andy Yiadom cross-shot and Sam Baldock wrapped up the win with a penalty in the last minute as Reading registered a first league victory since New Year's Day to move up to 15th in the Championship table.

Source John Brewin at The Guardian/BBCSport
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