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EFL Championship Round-Up: GameWeek 44

Now with just two games to play, the EFL Championship is nearing its conclusion. Here is a round-up of this weekend’s action, from the second-tier.

Friday Night’s Action

Seagulls Pecked By Canaries

On Friday night Brighton & Hove Albion had the chance to clinch the title, however things did not go to plan. Two unfortunate own-goals from goalkeeper David Stockdale saw Norwich City win 2-0. Additionally Norwich failed to register a single shot on goal, really emphasizing a nightmare of a night for Chris Hughton’s side.

Brighton are of course are already promoted with the title still in-sight, where as Norwich remain 8th.

Saturday’s Action

Play-Off Scramble

Sheffield Wednesday climbed up to 4th following a 2-1 win over Derby County. The Owls had to come from behind to ensure three points, which tightens their play-off position.

Elsewhere Fulham thrashed fellow play-off hopefuls Huddersfield Town 4-1. In what was a tidy display from Fulham, as they look a force to be reckoned with as they look a good bet for the play-offs. At this point with two games to play, Fulham sit 6th and Huddersfield drop to 5th.

Leeds United and their play-off hopes are fading fast as they lost 2-1 away to Burton Albion. Gary Monk’s side remain outside the play-offs in 7th, their form could not experience a dip at a worse time.

They are currently three points adrift of Fulham with two games to play.

As for Burton they have looked to have set themselves for safety with that win. The Brewers are now six points above the drop-zone, as they sit 18th.

Relegation Scrap

Nottingham Forest gained three valuable points as they beat Reading 3-2 in a thriller. That win lifts Forest outside the relegation zone into 20th, as they are now three points above the drop-zone.

Blackburn Rovers played out a 0-0 Draw at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers. Despite gaining a point, Rovers remain inside the drop-zone in 22nd, two points off Birmingham City who played on Sunday.

Wigan Athletic did themselves no favours as they drew 0-0 against Cardiff City. The Latics remain second from bottom, six points adrift of safety.

Rest Of The Action

Brentford claimed the bragging rights in the West-London derby, with a 3-1 win over Queens Park Rangers.

Already relegated Rotherham United sprung a surprise with a 1-0 win over Ipswich Town, something for Millers fans to smile about.

Bristol City beat Barnsley 3-2, that win put the Robins within touching distance of safety.

Sunday’s Action

Second City Derby Blues For Birmingham

Harry Redknapp’s first game in charge as Birmingham City manager did not go to plan, as they lost 1-0 to Aston Villa in the second city derby. That result means Birmingham remain just outside the drop-zone by two points, with two games to play.

Mondays fixture

Newcastle United play Preston in Monday nights Championship fixture. A win for Rafa Benitez’s side will see them return to the Premier League at the first time of asking.

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