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EFL Championship Round-Up: GameWeek 17

The international break is over, and the EFL Championship is back in action! Here is a round-up of all the results from GameWeek 17.

Friday’s Action

The Blades march on

On Friday night, Sheffield United beat Burton Albion 3-1 at the Pirelli Stadium.

Ten minutes in and Billy Sharp gave United a 1-0 lead from the spot. Just after half and hour, Matt Palmer made it 1-1. However three minutes later, Sharp restored United’s lead as he made it 2-1.

Finally, with twelve minutes to play Leon Clarke scored United’s third and the winner, as he made it 3-1 to the travelling Yorkshire side.

Lancashire derby ends all square

At Deepdale, Preston North End drew 0-0 with local rivals Bolton Wanderers in the Lancashire derby.

The game generally saw few chances for either side, as a goalless draw essentially does not benefit either side.

More importantly Bolton missed a chance to climb out of the relegation-zone.

Saturday’s Action

Wolves hunting season goes on

Wolverhampton Wanderers continued their title charge with a 2-0 away at Reading.

In the 16th minute Ivan Cavaleiro gave the visitors a 1-0 lead.

Two minutes from time, Matt Doherty finished off the game as he made it 2-0 to the Midlands side. Wolves remain top of the EFL.

Bluebirds put pressure on the top

Cardiff City beat Brentford 2-0 at the Cardiff City Stadium.

Eight minutes played and Joe Ralls put the Welsh side 1-0 up. In the 36th minute Danny Ward doubled City’s lead to make it 2-0.

That win for Neil Warnock’s side sees them sit comfortably in third.

Blues win the Midlands battle

Birmingham City defeated Midlands rivals Nottingham Forest 1-0 at St Andrew’s.

With just five minutes play, Che Adams scored the game’s only goal which proved to be decisive, as it gave the Blues a 1-0 win.

City now out of the relegation-zone, courtesy of that victory.

Villa’s form continues to improve

In West-London, Aston Villa beat Queens Park Rangers 2-1 at Loftus Road.

Jamie Mackie put the hosts in-front in the 18th minute, as he made it 1-0. Then in first-half stoppage time, Albert Adomah equalized for Villa from the spot.

Just before the hour Adomah was at it again, as he doubled his tally and Villa’s, scoring the winning goal, as Villa won 2-1.

Rest of Saturday’s action

Sheffield Wednesday drew 0-0 with Bristol City at Hillsborough.

Fulham drew 1-1 with Derby County at Craven Cottage. Full Match Report

Sunderland were also held to a 2-2 draw with Millwall at the Stadium Of Light. Full Match Report

Hull City and Ipswich Town drew 2-2 at the KCOM Stadium.

Finally, Norwich City ended their game all square at 1-1 against Barnsley.

Sunday’s Action

Garry Monk’s unhappy return to Elland Road

Manager Garry Monk’s return to Elland Road was far from ideal, as his Middlesbrough side lost 2-1 against Leeds United.

Pablo Hernandez scored the opening goal in the 24th minute, putting Leeds 1-0 up.

Ezgjan Alioski doubled Leeds’ advantage as he made it 2-0 in the 54th minute. Britt Assombalonga pulled one back for the visitors from the spot with 12 minutes to play.

However it was Leeds who took all three points, running out 2-1 winners.

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