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Review of Championship Matchday 30

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Championship Matchday 30 Review
Championship Results - MatchDay 30
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Friday 2nd February 2018
20:00 Bolton 1-0 Bristol C Sky
Saturday 3rd February 2018
15:00 Aston Villa 3-2 Burton  
15:00 Derby 3-0 Brentford
15:00 Fulham 2-0 N. Forest
15:00 Leeds 1-4 Cardiff
15:00 Norwich 1-0 Middlesbrough
15:00 Preston 2-1 Hull
15:00 QPR 1-0 Barnsley
15:00 Reading 0-2 Millwall
15:00 Sheff Wed 1-3 Birmingham
15:00 Sunderland 0-2 Ipswich
17:30 Wolves 3-0 Sheff Utd Sky
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In Match Day 30 Wolves set up their 21st victory of the season by beating Sheffield United 3-0 in the late kick-off on Saturday. Ivan Cavaleiro's 76th-minute free-kick sealed the win after Blades goalkeeper Simon Moore had been sent-off for a challenge just outside the area on Jota.

Tom Huddlestone inspired Derby to a 3-0 victory over 10-man Brentford which kept them in the Sky Bet Championship automatic promotion places. Huddlestone scored his first goal in 125 appearances and set up the second to help move County to within eight points of leaders Wolves,

Aston Villa remain third, a point behind Derby, after beating struggling Burton 3-2 to claim their sixth straight Championship victory. and leaving Nigel Clough's side rooted to the bottom of the table.

Neil Warnock returned to haunt his former club as fourth-placed Cardiff kept up their promotion hopes with a 4-1 win at 10-man Leeds. Leeds' day went from bad to worse at the end of the first half when Gaetano Berardi was sent off.

Fulham, with seven wins out of their last eight league games, moved up to fifth, six points off second spot, after Lucas Piazon and Stefan Johansen scored second-half goals in a 2-0 win over Nottingham Forest.

Norwich beat promotion seeking Middlesbrough, who had Rudy Gestede sent off in the first half, 1-0 courtesy of Tom Trybull's goal.

Josh Scowen scored his first goal for QPR to help secure a 1-0 victory against his former club Barnsley. Rangers were reduced to 10 men when Ryan Manning was sent off in the 71st minute, but struggling Barnsley failed to find an equaliser.

Birmingham edged four points clear of the relegation zone with a 3-1 victory at nine-man Sheffield Wednesday who had Marco Matias was then sent off for the Owls in the 38th minute for violent conduct and then Daniel Pudil was sent off for a second yellowafter 68 minutes.

Sunderland remain second bottom and are two points adrift of safety after a 2-0 home defeat against Ipswich.

Hull failed to climb out of the drop zone after letting a lead slip in their 2-1 loss at Preston. Hull had dropped into the bottom three after Bolton's victory over Bristol City on Friday.

Poor old Reading were beaten at home 2-0 by Millwall and are stuck in 18th spot just six points off the relegation zone.

There were seven red cards on Saturday - the most on a single day for almost exactly six years, when the same number of reds were shown on February 4, 2012. Four of the seven shown on Saturday came in the first half.

Friday 2nd February 2018

20:00 Bolton 1-0 Bristol C Sky

Sammy Ameobi's brilliant individual goal was enough to help pull Bolton out of the Championship relegation zone with victory against Bristol City.

Ameobi netted his first goal for the Trotters since October with a fine run and low finish in the second half.

Defeat for promotion contenders Bristol City saw them miss the chance to close the gap on the top two.

Bobby Reid was denied what appeared to be a penalty early in the game when Ben Alnwick collided with him.

Bolton climb to 19th with the victory, which came in the week they sold leading scorer Gary Madine to Cardiff City for £6m.

Saturday 3rd February 2018

15:00 Aston Villa 3-2 Burton  

Promotion hopefuls Aston Villa recorded their sixth successive league win at the expense of lowly Burton Albion.

The hosts took the lead when Scott Hogan tapped in after good work from Robert Snodgrass and Albert Adomah.

Adomah made it 2-0 after being played in by Snodgrass, but Ahmed Elmohamady put the ball in his own net to give the Brewers hope.

Jack Grealish put Villa back in control before debutant Liam Boyce's late consolation for Burton.

It is the first time third-placed Villa have won six games in a row since 1990, but Derby's home victory over Brentford meant they remain a point off second place.

15:00 Derby 3-0 Brentford

Cameron Jerome scored his first goal for Derby as they comfortably beat 10-man Brentford at Pride Park.

The Bees lost Sergi Canos to a straight red card after just 21 minutes for a dangerous tackle from behind on Marcus Olsson, before two goals in three minutes put Derby in complete control.

Tom Huddlestone scored from close range before Jerome fired in off the bar.

Matej Vydra converted a stoppage-time penalty after Sam Winnall was brought down to help keep Derby second.

Victory extended Derby's unbeaten league run to 11 matches and keeps them in the automatic promotion places by a single point.

Brentford failed to gain ground on the play-off places and remain eight points adrift.

15:00 Fulham 2-0 N. Forest

Fulham beat Nottingham Forest to extend their winning run to four games and climb to fifth in the Championship.

The hosts started the stronger of the two sides, but Forest had the best first-half chance when Matty Cash's effort was saved by Marcus Bettinelli.

Joe Worrall headed against the post for the Reds after the break, while Ryan Sessegnon went close at the other end.

Fulham took the lead when Lucas Piazon fired in from 12 yards, before Stefan Johansen slotted in a second late on.

Fulham introduced new signing Aleksandar Mitrovic early in the second period the striker almost marked his debut with a goal, but his header was cleared off the line by Worrall.

Forest have now failed to score in six of their past seven Championship games. The Reds, who gave debuts to four of their six deadline day signings, slipped to 16th in the table, having lost four of Karanka's first five games in charge.

15:00 Leeds 1-4 Cardiff

Cardiff City maintained their Championship promotion push with a comprehensive win over Leeds United.

First half goals from Callum Paterson, Junior Hoilett and Sean Morrison and a red card for Leeds' Gaetano Berardi saw the Bluebirds cruise to victory.

Anthony Pilkington made the result safe after Sol Bamba's own goal briefly stirred Leeds.

Ex-Leeds boss Neil Warnock kept up his 100% record since leaving Elland Road with a fifth successive league win.

The Bluebirds remain fourth but are just three points off an automatic promotion berth while Leeds are 10th.

15:00 Norwich 1-0 Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough had striker Rudy Gestede sent off in the first half as they lost ground on the Championship play-off places with defeat at Norwich.

Gestede was shown a straight red for a lunge on Grant Hanley, five minutes after being booked for a high foot.

Canaries midfielder Tom Trybull celebrated a new contract by rifling in from long-range just before half-time.

James Maddison went close with a free-kick and Nelson Oliveira was twice thwarted as Boro toiled with 10 men.

Tony Pulis' side slipped a place to ninth, six points adrift of the final play-off spot, while Norwich stayed 13th - two points further back.

15:00 Preston 2-1 Hull

Preston claimed their first home win since 16 December with a hard-fought victory over struggling Hull City.

Hull took the lead when Jarrod Bowen's effort from Jackson Irvine's pass deflected past Declan Rudd.

The hosts levelled through Greg Cunningham's header, before Alan Browne scored their second from the spot after Fraizer Campbell fouled Billy Bodin.

Callum Robinson was denied by Allan McGregor as Preston continued to push, with Hull unable to threaten late on.

The result extended a miserable history at Deepdale for the Tigers, who have now lost 21 of their 27 league visits to Preston.

15:00 QPR 1-0 Barnsley

Former Barnsley midfielder Josh Scowen increased their relegation worries with a spectacular winner for 10-man QPR.

Scowen collected the ball from a clearance and gave keeper Nick Townsend no chance with a curling 25-yard shot.

Sub Ryan Manning was shown a straight red card for a late challenge on Barnsley debutant Matt Mills.

But the visitors, who have not won at Loftus Road since 1950, could not find a way back into the game as they suffered a third successive defeat.

Barnsley, who have won only once in 16 games, are just one place and one point above the relegation zone.

15:00 Reading 0-2 Millwall

Two goals within three second-half minutes saw Millwall beat Reading and claim a second consecutive away win.

The visitors enjoyed much the better of the contest and made the breakthrough 20 minutes from time as Mahlon Romeo's cross was deflected in at the near post by Reading midfielder Leandro Bacuna.

Lee Gregory then turned in Steve Morison's pass for his sixth goal of the season to make the points safe.

Victory moved Neil Harris' side 12 points clear of the bottom four.

Reading are just six points above the relegation zone and have now won only two of their previous 13 home matches.

15:00 Sheff Wed 1-3 Birmingham

Birmingham City kept up their strong recent form with a comfortable victory at nine-man Sheffield Wednesday.

David Davis poked in after the Owls failed to clear a corner before Jota made it 2-0 with a low shot from range that went through keeper Joe Wildsmith.

Marco Matias saw red for an off-the-ball incident and Jota tapped in his second from a rebound before half-time.

Sub Lucas Joao pulled one back but Daniel Pudil was sent off for a second bookable offence.

Joao's goal was Wednesday's first in four Championship games under Jos Luhukay but they remain without a win in the league since Boxing Day.

Birmingham have now taken 10 points from five Championship games this year

15:00 Sunderland 0-2 Ipswich

Joe Garner's clever finish and an Adam Matthews own goal condemned Sunderland to a fourth Championship defeat in five games at home to Ipswich.

The hosts started well, with Joel Asoro dragging a chance wide, while Martyn Waghorn struck the bar for Ipswich.

Striker Garner opened the scoring when he held off Billy Jones, turned in the box and found the bottom corner.

Ipswich doubled their lead when Grant Ward's cross went in off Matthews' leg, and Sunderland offered little in reply.

Chris Coleman's Black Cats remain second from bottom and two points from safety, while the Tractor Boys stay 12th - above rivals Norwich on goal difference.

17:30 Wolves 3-0 Sheff Utd Sky

Wolves maintained their 11-point lead at the top of the Championship with a stylish victory over Sheffield United.

Ruben Neves curled an unstoppable right-foot effort into the top right corner for an early opening goal.

Diogo Jota doubled the hosts' lead after a neat one-two with Ivan Cavaleiro finished off a flowing move.

Cavaleiro added a third goal after the break from a deflected free-kick, moments after Blades goalkeeper Moore had been sent off for a foul on Jota.

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Championship Fixtures - MatchDay 31
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Friday 9th February 2018
19:45 Millwall v Cardiff Sky
Saturday 10th February 2018
12:15 Barnsley v Sheff Wed  
12:30 Sheff Utd v Leeds Sky
15:00 Bolton v Fulham
15:00 Brentford v Preston
15:00 Bristol C v Sunderland
15:00 Derby v Norwich
15:00 Ipswich v Burton
15:00 Middlesbrough v Reading
15:00 N. Forest v Hull
15:00 Wolves v QPR
Sunday 11th February 2018
12:00 Aston Villa v Birmingham Sky
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