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

The 2018-19 Sky Bet Championship season kicked off its midweek rounds with a bang as teams picked up first league wins, whilst some promotion contenders collided. 

First off, we start at the Liberty Stadium where relegated Swansea City welcomed Leeds United, who have a 100% record across all competitions so far this season under Marcelo Bielsa. 

After 24 minutes, that perfect record was soon under threat when Barrie McKay led a Swansea attack, passing to Celina who laid the ball for the oncoming Oliver McBurnie to tuck home past Bailey Peacock-Farrell. 

Kemar Roofe soon equalised for Leeds, tapping in Jamie Shackleton’s pass down the right flank to make it 1-1 at half time.

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McBurnie however had the Swans back in front just minutes after restart, when he headed in Martin Olsson’s cross.

With 11 minutes to go, Swansea were on top when Patrick Bamford led a Leeds break down the left, crossing for Pablo Hernandez to fire low into bottom left as he returned to haunt his former side.  

After that goal, Swansea could of won it late on through Bersant Celina but his shot was blocked by Peacock-Farrell and so it finished 2-2, sending Leeds top despite their winning run coming to an end. 

Aston Villa meanwhile snatched a late 2-2 draw  against Brentford as Jonathan Kodjia twice pulled score back level after Neal Maupay goals twice put the Bees in front.

The biggest shock of this midweek round came at the BET365 Stadium when Wigan stunned Stoke to win 3-0 with Will Grigg’s brace either side of Gavin Massey’s goal, leaving Gary Rowett’s Potters in bottom three. 

Norwich and Sheffield Wednesday both collected their first league wins of this season after seeing off Preston North End and Millwall respectively by 2-0 and 2-1 results. 

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Frank Lampard’s Derby finally collected their first home win of season after Joe Ledley and Tom Lawrence’s second half goals proved to be the difference against winless Ipswich.

Rotherham meanwhile found themselves on the wrong end of a 3-2 thriller at home to Hull, with Jackson Irvine and Frazier Campbell’s goals being enough for the Tigers either side of Richard Wood and Jamie Proctor goals for Rotherham. 

Blackburn‘s meeting with Reading finished 2-2 after braces for Charlie Mulgrew and Jon Dadi Bonvarsson. Unlike Bonvarsson, Mulgrew’s goals both came from penalty spot.

Bolton Wanderers continued their unbeaten start after snatching a late 1-0 win over Birmingham City via Will Buckley’s flick in. 

Finally, QPR prop up the table after falling to a 3-0 home defeat against Bristol City, who collected their first league win of season through goals from Matt Taylor and Andreas Weimann. 

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