The final day of the EFL Championship has been played. 46 games of the Highs, Lows, Jubilation & Despair. Here is the final EFL Championship round-up for the 2016/17 season.
Battle For The Title
Newcastle United Crowned Champions
Newcastle United were crowned EFL Championship title winners, following a 3-0 home win over Barnsley. Goals from Ayoze Perez, Chancel Mbemba and Dwight Gayle confirmed the Magpies second Championship title. On the other hand Barnsley finish the season in 14th, a respectable finish in their first season back in the second-tier.
Brighton & Hove Albion Slip At The Final Hurdle
Brighton & Hove Albion drew 1-1 away to Aston Villa, thus they missed out on the chance to be champions. While Newcastle were winning, all Brighton were required to do was win in order to be crowned champions.
Glenn Murray scored from the spot to give the Seagulls the lead on the 64th minute. However a last-minute equalizer from Jack Grealish shattered Brighton’s title hopes. As for Villa they finish in 13th, with plenty of work to be done over the summer.
Fulham Secure Play-Off Place
Fulham came from two goals down to beat Sheffield Wednesday 2-1, therefore securing their play-off place in the process. Neeskens Kebano’s double cancelled out Sam Winnall’s opener. While Wednesday already secured their play-off place, the Cottagers had to win to be sure of a play-off campaign. Both sides shall now await the play-off semi-finals.
Leeds United Miss Out
With Fulham playing Sheffield Wednesday, all Leeds United could do was win and hope. Unfortunately for the Yorkshire side a 1-1 draw away to Wigan Athletic was not enough. Just six minutes in Ryan Tunnicliffe gave already relegated Wigan the lead. Then on 50 minutes Chris Wood dispatched a penalty to give Leeds hope. However it was not to be, Leeds United finish their campaign in 7th, thus missing out on the play-offs.
Fight For Survival
Blackburn Rovers Relegated
Despite an impressive 3-1 win at Griffin Park against Brentford, Blackburn Rovers have been relegated from the EFL Championship. Within the first 16 minutes played Rovers were two-up, with goals from Charlie Mulgrew and Danny Guthrie. Lasse Vibe pulled one back for the Bees on the 56th minute. Then Craig Conway scored the winner with seven minutes of normal time left. None the less, results elsewhere ensured that Blackburn Rovers will be playing in the third-tier for the first time in 37 years, next season.
Nottingham Forest won 3-0 at home to Ipswich Town to secure their Championship status. A Britt Assombalonga double along with Chris Cohen’s goal was enough to see Forest survive. Elsewhere fellow Midlands side Birmingham City won 1-0 against Bristol City. Che Adams’ goal proved to be decisive enough to keep the Blues in the Championship.
Rest Of The Action
Reading marched towards the play-offs with a 4-2 win over Burton Albion. The Royals end the season in 3rd, whereas Burton Albion finish 20th, ensuring Championship football next season. By contrast Huddersfield Town were beat 3-0 at home to Cardiff City, not the ideal way to end the season. The Terriers also look towards a play-off campaign.
Norwich City ended the season with a 4-0 home win over Queens Park Rangers. Norwich finish the season in 8th and QPR in 18th, both ultimately falling short of expectations. Rotherham United bowed out of the Championship with a 1-1 draw to Derby County. The Millers finish bottom and Derby end the season in 9th.
Finally, Wolverhampton Wanderers ended their campaign with a 1-0 win over Preston North End at Molineux. Wolves end the season in 15th, Preston on the other hand soundly sit in 11th.
Its not over yet
The main campaign may be over for 20 teams, but for the remaining four, the excitement of the Championship continues.
The drama will continue with the playoffs. Here are the ties that will determine the playoff final and who fights for the chance to play in the Premier League.
Fulham v Reading
Huddersfield v Sheffield Wednesday