2018-19 Sky Bet Championship: Week 26 Roundup

Despite suffering back to back league defeats for first time this season after a 4-2 loss at Nottingham Forest, Leeds United remain top of Sky Bet Championship. 

Jack Colback opened the scoring when Forest broke from a corner and he fired in a poor back pass.

A tightly fought opening half ended with Leeds’ Kalvin Phillips seeing red after a reckless challenge on Adlene Guedioura just before half-time. 

Jack Clarke swiftly restored parity six minutes into second half when he put away a pass from Kemar Roofe. Ezgjan Alioski then put Leeds ahead when he tapped in Pontus Jansson’s down header from Pablo Hernandez’s return cross 12 minutes later from a corner. 

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Forest soon struck back when Jack Robinson’s shot was blocked for a corner. Colback then collected his brace after heading in Ben Osborn’s delivery from the left hand corner. 

Daryl Murphy and Ben Osborn then completed Forest’s comeback with a header and strike into top right respectively to seal a 4-2 win, as they moved into seventh and four points outside the Play-Offs. 

Norwich couldn’t capitalize on Leeds’ loss after being held at Griffin Park when Timm Klose cancelled out Julian Jeanvier’s first half opener to earn a point. The Canaries however are now two points behind in second whilst there was a change for third. 

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Strikes from Charlie Mulgrew and Bradley Dack handed Blackburn Rovers a 2-1 win over West Bromwich Albion, who saw Jay Rodriguez put away a consolation penalty before Jack Livermore was sent off for a rash move on Lewis Travis. 

Sheffield United therefore took advantage of the Baggies’ misfortunes to move third after tap ins from David McGoldrick and Billy Sharp, either side of a Mark Duffy effort saw off Wigan. For Sharp, his goal saw him become the record goalscorer for this century with 220 goals. 

Middlesbrough and Derby complete the top six after Jordan Hugill’s header cancelled out Harry Wilson’s second minute strike for the Rams at Pride Park.

Down at bottom, there has been no change after Ipswich, Reading and Bolton all suffered defeats. 

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Shane Ferguson’s penalty after Tom Elliot’s foul as Millwall came from behind to beat Ipswich. (Photo: Steve Waller)

The Tractor Boys remain bottom after being beat 3-2 at home by Millwall in a match where Tom Elliot set up all three of the Lions’ goals which were converted by Shane Ferguson, Jake Cooper and then scoring himself after a 1-2 with Aiden O’Brien. 

Jack Lankester had opened the scoring for Ipswich and the match was rounded off in 89th minute, when Kayden Jackson intercepted an initial Millwall interception before turning and firing into left corner to collect the home side’s second of the day. 

Reading meanwhile were thrashed 4-1 at home by Swansea whilst Bolton were handed a 6-0 thumping at Hull. 

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Tammy Abraham netted a brace for Aston Villa in a 2-2 draw with QPR. (Photo: Neville Williams)

Elsewhere, Birmingham were held to a draw by Sheffield Wednesday whilst Tammy Abraham gifted Aston Villa a point after scoring first before Luke Freeman and Ebere Eze handed QPR a 2-1 lead, only for the Chelsea loanee to strike 15 minutes from time for his brace.  

Stoke’s top six challenge continues to stutter after Bristol City inflicted a second defeat in last three outings, when Famara Diedhiou and Callum O’Dowda struck to move ahead of the Potters into eleventh. 

Finally, Rotherham ended a nine match winless run after beating Preston North End 2-1 to move three points clear of the drop. 

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