2018-19 Sky Bet Championship: Week 12 Roundup

This weekend’s Championship action had plenty of drama as the table got all shook up  entering the international break. 

Leeds came into this weekend top but had to settle for a draw with Brentford after Pontus Jansson cancelled out Neal Maupay’s opener for the Bees in the opening match of this round.

The result meant that Middlesbrough could go top with a home victory over Aitor Karanka’s Nottingham Forest. Second half goals from Joe Lolley and Lewis Grabban however handed Forest all three points as they moved into the play-off spots. 

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David McGoldrick’s penalty sent Sheffield United to the summit. (Image: Rex Features)

Sheffield United however took their chance after David McGoldrick’s penalty proved the difference against Hull, sending the Blades top with 25 points. Hull meanwhile now sit rock bottom of the table.

West Bromwich Albion meanwhile moved into second place after a second half comeback 4-1 win over Reading, having initially fallen behind to Leandro Bacuna’s sixth minute opener for The Royals. 

As a result, Leeds’ ten week stay in the automatic spots have come to an end for now as they sit third above Middlesbrough, Nottingham Forest and Sheffield Wednesday, who beat Bristol City 2-1 on Sunday at Aston Gate. 

Down at bottom, Millwall moved out of relegation zone and above Reading into 20th after beating managerless Aston Villa 2-1 at home. 

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Preston and Ipswich also picked up wins with the Lilywhites running riot in a 4-0 thrashing of Wigan, whilst the Tractor Boys finally got their first win under Paul Hurst after beating Swansea 3-2 through Trevor Chalobah’s late header. 

Unfortunately their goal difference means that they both remain in bottom three on nine points but Preston move ahead onto -6 compared to Ipswich’s -7. 

Lukas Jutkiewicz scored his first professional hat trick as Birmingham ran riot against Rotherham. (Image: BirminghamLive)

Elsewhere, Lukas Jutkiewicz helped Birmingham to a 3-1 home win over Rotherham as he netted his first professional hat trick despite Jon Taylor’s late consolation for the Millers. 

Blackburn Rovers meanwhile saw off Bolton in the Lancashire derby after Bradley Dack tapped in a 23rd minute loose ball. 

Finally, QPR held Derby to a 1-1 draw whilst Timm Klose’s own goal saw Norwich fall to defeat at home to Stoke. 

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