2018-19 Sky Bet Championship: Week 25 Roundup

Leeds United remain top of Sky Bet Championship after a dramatic weekend which produced plenty of surprise results. 

Jarrod Bowen’s brace saw Hull clinch a shock victory over Leeds at Elland Road, meaning that Norwich had the opportunity to move level on points if could see off Derby. 

After Onel Hernandez’s early shot is blocked, Norwich claimed the lead on 25th minute when Ben Godfrey tapped home Marco Stiepermann’s pass before Teemu Pukki made it 2-0 six minutes later. 

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Derby then struck back in 36th minute when a corner clearance fell for Chelsea loanee, Fikayo Tomori to lash in off the crossbar. Tomori’s fellow Blues loanee, Mason Mount then restored parity on stroke of half-time after yet another failed corner clearance fell for Mount to fire in the equaliser. 

A tighter second half then saw Norwich look to have sealed it when Stiepermann’s lob to Hernandez was then played to Pukki at back post for a tap in. Just minutes later, one of the floodlight panels failed with the Canaries leading 3-2 when referee, David Webb took players off. 

The match did resume and a swift Derby attack was finished off with a tap in from Florian Jozefzoon to set up a grandstand finish.

Five minutes later, Derby completed a dramatic comeback when Jack Marriott beat Stiepermann to a cross before slotting past Tim Krul to secure a 4-3 win for the Rams. 

The result leaves Derby still sat sixth on goal difference whilst Norwich remain second, three points off Leeds but two points clear of West Brom who remain third after a 1-1 draw with Sheffield Wednesday. 

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Sheffield United are keeping pace in fourth after seeing off Blackburn 3-0 through Billy Sharp’s brace plus David McGoldrick’s header after both sides had a man sent off. 

Middlesbrough occupy the penultimate Play-Off spot after Jordan Hugill’s penalty and Marcus Tavernier’s second-half strike saw off bottom placed Ipswich. 

Reading slid to second bottom after a goalless draw at QPR whilst Bolton climbed out after holding Stoke to the same result.

Rotherham therefore drop to third-bottom on goal difference for the Trotters after Adam Webster’s header proved the difference for Bristol City, following red cards for the Millers’ Billy Jones and Ricky Towell due to reckless challenges. 

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Tammy Abraham put Aston Villa ahead before drawing 1-1 with Preston. (Photo: Dave Birt)

Elsewhere, Birmingham remain seventh after being held at home by Brentford whilst ninth-placed Aston Villa let Tammy Abraham’s headed lead slip when Ahmed Elmohamady put a cross into his own goal to earn Preston a draw. 

Nottingham Forest’s winless run extended to five matches after Ryan Tunnicliffe’s overhead kick gifted Millwall their second 1-0 win in three days.

Finally, Wigan blew a Joe Garner first-half brace to draw 2-2 at Swansea as Dan Burns’ own goal and Mike Van Der Hoorn’s header saw the Swans complete a comeback to earn a share of the points. 

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