2018-19 Sky Bet Championship: Week 11 Roundup

West Bromwich Albion entered this round as Championship leaders but wins for Leeds and Middlesbrough over Hull and Ipswich, meant that the Baggies went to Hillsborough knowing that victory against Sheffield Wednesday would send them top. 

First half goals from Adam Reach and Fernando Forestieri initially put the Owls on course for a third win in six.

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West Brom however hit back at the death after Joey Pelupessy found his own net before Harvey Barnes produced an amazing run before squeezing in to clinch a point. They however dropped to fourth after Sheffield United beat Blackburn through a Billy Sharp brace.

Norwich and Brentford meanwhile complete top six after respective 1-1 draws against eighth placed Derby and Birmingham City.  

The big game of this round however came at Villa Park as under-fire Aston Villa welcomed Preston North End. 

First half goals from Jonathan Kodjia and Tammy Abraham had the Villains on course for a comfortable win, but the second half proved to be a classic. 

Just nine minutes in after the break, James Chester saw red for a foul on Lukas Nmecha and Daniel Johnson converted the spot kick to spark a comeback. 

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Paul Gallagher and Louis Moult then netted to give Preston a 3-2 lead entering stoppage time, as Yannick Bolasie soon levelled the scoring through a scruffy tap in in 91st minute. 

The drama however wasn’t over after Johnson fouled Birkir Bjarnason to hand Villa a penalty. Glenn Whelan stepped up but Chris Maxwell dived correctly to right and saved, denying Villa a late winner. 

For Steve Bruce, that 3-3 draw ultimately spelt the end of his reign as he was dismissed the following day. 

Elsewhere, Stoke beat Bolton 2-0 after Tom Ince set up Bruno Martins Indi for their opener before then turning goalscorer by lashing in from close range. 

QPR ended a three match losing run across all competitions after Toni Leistner snuck in during a second half goalmouth scramble at Reading.  

Nottingham Forest were held to a 2-2 draw at home to Millwall, after the Lions mounted a late comeback through Shaun Williams and Lee Gregory. That point also saw Millwall move above Ipswich in bottom three as Preston remain bottom despite all three sides having six points. 

Finally, Wigan, Swansea, Rotherham and Bristol City all shared a point apiece after playing out goalless draws, as the Lactics, Swans and Robins all remain in lower half of top ten.  

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