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EFL Championship Round-Up: GameWeek 41

Now less than six league games to go, the EFL Championship is nearing its climax. Here is a round-up of this weekends action and results from the second-tier of English Football.

Friday Night’s Action

Brighton & Hove Albion claimed top-spot this weekend, as they beat Queens Park Rangers 2-1 at Loftus Road. The Seagulls moved to the top of the Championship, two points clear of Newcastle United. On the other hand QPR slip to 16th.

Saturday’s Afternoon’s Action

Newcastle United were dealt a blow to their title hopes with a 2-1 defeat away to Sheffield Wednesday. The Magpies now sit 2nd and two points off top spot. Whereas Wednesday’s win boosts them back into the play-offs in 6th, two points ahead of Fulham.

Huddersfield Town lost away to Nottingham Forest 2-0. That defeat sees the Terriers 10 points adrift of second place Newcastle. Forest on the other hand are now up to 19th but remain a point above the drop-zone.

Norwich City hammered play-off hopefuls Reading 7-1. It was an afternoon to forget for the Royals, who were 5-1 down at half-time. Despite that result Reading remain in the play-offs in 4th and City climb up to 10th in the table.

In West-London Fulham kept their play-off hopes alive with a 3-1 home win over Ipswich Town. The Cottagers remain seventh but only two points below sixth place Sheffield Wednesday. In contrast Ipswich sit 17th on 49 points. Leeds United took one step closer to confirming a play-off campaign with a 3-0 victory over Preston North-End. That win sees United sit 5th on 72 points, Preston remain 9th.

Gary Rowett had a happy return to St.Andrew’s as his Derby County side beat Birmingham City 2-1. The Rams are now up to 8th in the table whereas a lackluster Birmingham slip to 18th, nervously looking over their shoulder. Cardiff City secured three points with a 2-1 win over Brentford. Both sides remain safe and in mid-table, 14th and 12th respectively.

At The Bottom……

Wigan Athletic secured a huge win against already relegated Rotherham United with a 3-2 victory. The Latics essentially threw themselves a lifeline with that result, despite being seven points adrift of safety. Elsewhere at the bottom Bristol City boosted their survival chances with a 3-1 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers. City now sit 21st and four points clear of the drop-zone, Wolves look all but safe despite this lose as they sit comfortably on 51 points.

Blackburn Rovers and their hopes of survival were dented today as they lost 2-0 at home to Barnsley. Rovers who sit 22nd are now four points adrift of safety with six games to go. As for Barnsley they sit 15th with a secured Championship for next season.

Finally, Burton Albion took a priceless point today with a 1-1 draw with Aston Villa. The Brewers are now five points clear of the drop-zone as they sit 20th, Villa remain in the top half in 11th.

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