2018-19 Sky Bet Championship: Week Two Round-up

After a hectic opening weekend and a couple of rearranged midweek games from Week Four, the Sky Bet Championship looked wide open going into this weekend. 

Well this weekend had plenty of drama with comeback wins, thrillers and an emotional tribute to one of Rotherham’s own, but we start at The Riverside Stadium. 

Middlesbrough beat Sheffield United 3-0 in midweek to go top and remains there, after Britt Assombalonga’s chip in gifted them a 1-0 win over Birmingham City and their ex manager – Garry Monk. 

Fellow promotion favourites, Derby and Leeds then met at Pride Park in the evening game, with the Yorkshire side running riot in a five goal thriller to win 4-1. 

Pablo Hernandez set up Mateusz Klich to deliver a curler into bottom right after just five minutes. 

Derby soon struck back after Tom Lawrence delivered a free kick just over Bailey Peacock-Farrell, before Leeds regained the lead when Kemar headed in from Ezgjan Alioski’s cross. 

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After half time, both sides had chances to score with Roofe going closest when his header from Samuel Saiz’s cross into box was cleared by Derby goalie, Scott Carson. 

Their top goal scorer from last season was soon not to be denied when Klich released him to fire the Whites into a 3-1 lead on the hour.

Just four minutes later, the win was completed when Roofe returned the favour from his first goal by setting up Alioski to head in their fourth and seal the match. 

If think that match was eventful then West Bromwich Albion‘s 4-3 win over Norwich City at Carrow Road had it all. 

Jordan Rhodes initially put Norwich in front via a tap in before Jay Rodriguez pulled the Baggies level from a penalty, after Dwight Gayle was fouled on his first start for West Brom.

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Onel Hernandez was then fouled to earn the Canaries a penalty, only for Sam Johnstone to dive correctly and deny Rhodes’ spot kick before half time. 

Barely a minute into second half and Rodriguez blasted in his and West Brom’s second before setting up Harvey Barnes for their third. 

Norwich however weren’t done and made it 2-3 when Hernandez won the ball down West Brom’s left then laid off for Teemu Pukki to slot home and set up a grandstand finish.

That finish looked to be short lived after Hal Robson-Kanu found space during a corner to blast in the Baggies’ fourth.

The Canaries however weren’t done and claimed their third when Grant Hanley headed in Hernandez’s cross, even though West Brom then held out for their first win of this season. 

Swansea and Nottingham Forest meanwhile picked up 1-0 wins over Preston and Reading, whilst Steve McLaren’s home bow at QPR ended in disappointment after Sheffield United came from behind to win 2-1. 

Aston Villa followed up their opening win by staging a late comeback to deny Wigan Athletic 3-2 in a classic thriller, with Birkir Bjarnason netting the winner. 

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Birkir Bjarnason gifted Aston Villa a late  comeback winner against Wigan via tap in.

Rotherham clinched a 1-0 opening home win over Ipswich Town after Michael Smith stabbed in a late winner. This match also saw fans pay tribute to one of the Millers’ own, following the sad death of Barry Chuckle Elliot last weekend by chanting ‘To Me To You’ mid match.

Bolton Wanderers and Bristol City played out a thrilling 2-2 draw, after the Trotters claimed a 2-0 lead through Will Buckley and Josh Magennis.

Andreas Weimann then led the Robins’ fightback when he tucked in past Ben Alnwick before Jamie Paterson completed their comeback with a powerful shot into bottom right.

Finally, Sheffield Wednesday and Stoke City played out 1-1 draws against Hull and Brentford respectively, whilst Blackburn Rovers and Millwall played out what was the first ever 0-0 in their league fixture



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