Due to the return of International action next weekend, the EFL Championship shall take a rest bite. But without further ado here is a round-up of this weekends Championship results and action, from gameweek 38.
Friday Night’s Action
Relegation battlers Bristol City caused a huge shock by beating promotion chasing Huddersfield Town 4-0. That result takes Lee Johnson’s side out of the relegation zone as they now sit 19th, while the Terriers remain in 3rd.
Elsewhere it was Reading who secured three vital points, courtesy of a 1-0 win away to fellow promotion hopefuls Sheffield Wednesday. The Royals now placed in 5th on 67 points tighten their grip on a top six place. Whereas Wednesday who remain in 6th shall be looking over their shoulder.
The Rest Of The Weekend’s Action
It was a Derby-day double in the Championship. Nottingham Forest held fierce rivals Derby County to a 2-2 Draw. The Lancashire derby between Blackburn Rovers and Preston North End similarly ended in a 2-2 Draw. Forest remain just above the drop-zone by a point. On the other hand Rovers remain in the relegation zone in 22nd. Preston and Derby now 9th and 10th respectively.
At the top, Newcastle United were held to a 0-0 against Birmingham City. The Magpies close in on the 80 point mark, as they currently boast a seven-point lead over 3rd. On the other hand Gianfranco Zola’s side are now five points clear of the drop-zone. Brighton & Hove Albion squandered a chance to leap-frog leaders Newcastle at the top, as they lost 2-0 away to Leeds United. Kiwi powerhouse Chris Wood scored a brace to lift Leeds into 4th, in contrast Brighton remain 2nd.
Interim Norwich City manager Alan Irvine started life in helm with a 2-0 victory over Barnsley. The Canaries are five points off the play-offs in 8th, Barnsley on the other hand remain in the top-half in 11th. In West-London Fulham were dealt a blow to their play-off hopes, falling to a 3-1 defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers. The Cottagers remain a point off the play-offs and Wolves now sit 16th, five points clear of the relegation zone. Cardiff City claimed three-points as they beat Ipswich Town 3-1, in a mid-table clash. The Bluebirds now over the 50-point mark. Ipswich now 17th and also five points clear of the bottom three.
Down at the bottom
At the bottom, Burton Albion were beaten 5-3 in a thriller against Brentford. The Brewers now 20th are just one-point off the relegation zone. On the other hand Brentford have now secured 50 points and seemingly their Championship status for next season. Wigan Athletic and their survival hopes were dented, suffering a 2-0 home loss to Aston Villa. The Latics second from bottom on 34 points, now seven points adrift of safety. Villa prop-up the top half as they sit 12th.
Finally, Rotherham United were hammered away to Queens Park Rangers 5-1. The Millers look all but resigned to relegation from the second-tier, as their three-year tenure in the Championship appears to be over. For QPR they are now on 50 points and seemingly set for Championship football next season.
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