2018-19 Sky Bet Championship: Week 16 Roundup

Leeds United regained top spot of Sky Bet Championship after coming from behind to beat Wigan 2-1.

Reece James had initially put the Latics ahead through a brilliantly bent free kick in sixth minute before Pablo Hernandez quickly restored parity just minutes later. Kemar Roofe then sealed the win right at start of second half after walking the ball into net. 

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This match also brought the Whelan’s family reign of Wigan Athletic to a close after 23 years as they prepare to transfer their controlling stake to International Entertainment Corporation next week.

Norwich City finally climbed into the second automatic promotion spot after thrashing Sheffield Wednesday 4-0 at Hillsborough, whilst Sheffield United lost at Nottingham Forest to a Lewis Grabban header in 69th minute, as Forest moved up to sixth.

Middlesbrough are now level on 28 points with Derby after a goalless draw at Stoke but are ahead on goal difference, as the Rams could only take a 3-1 home win against Birmingham City. 

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Down at bottom, Paul Lambert’s reign at Ipswich Town got off to a good start as they drew 1-1 with Preston North End, despite Freddie Sears having given them the lead through a late first half penalty. 

The Tractor Boys however remain bottom after Hull stunned West Bromwich Albion through a Frazier Campbell rebound, leaving the Baggies outside of play-off spots in seventh.

Reading occupy the last relegation spot on goal difference despite taking a 3-2 home win over Bristol City because Preston have netted 25 goals to the Royals’ 22.

Elsewhere, Dean Smith picked up his second home win in charge of Aston Villa after they beat Bolton 2-0 through Jack Grealish and James Chester.


Smith’s successor at Brentford, Thomas Frank meanwhile collected his first win as the Bees’ boss after seeing off Millwall, also by a 2-0 result with goals coming from Sergi Canos and Ollie Watkins after Neal Maupay set up both goals.

Rotherham came from behind to cancel out Oli McBurnie’s first half opener after Ryan Manning scored two late penalties in second half, as the Millers move two points clear of third from bottom – Reading. 

Finally, Bradley Dack’s late penalty proved the difference between Blackburn Rovers and QPR as Rangers’ three match winning run came to an end. 



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