2018-19 Sky Bet Championship: Week 29 Roundup

On a heavily depleted weekend due to FA Cup action, Leeds United extended their lead atop of the Sky Bet Championship. 

Marcelo Bielsa’s men headed to Rotherham looking to recover from last weekend’s shock loss at Stoke, only for the Millers to claim a first half lead when Semi Ajayi smashed a screamer into top left corner. 

Leeds then set about a comeback with the equaliser coming six minutes into second-half, when a cross confused Rotherham’s defence and Mateusz Klich was alert to poke the loose ball in beyond Marek Rodak. 

Klich then collected his second with a brilliant turn after collecting Jack Harrison’s pass to complete a turnaround victory and move three points clear of Norwich, who drew 2-2 at home to Sheffield United. 

Onel Hernandez went close early on after a free-kick fell his way but fired wide but minutes later, Teemu Pukki set up the German to slot in from close range inside the box. 

They however failed to take that lead into half-time after Emiliano Buendia fouled Enda Stevens in box in injury time, conceding a penalty which Billy Sharp dispatched from the penalty spot to restore parity at the break. 

Norwich soon reclaimed the lead 11 minutes into second half when Pukki flicked in on the turn from Max Aarons’ pass and looked set to keep pace with Leeds. 

Sheffield United then grabbed a second with just over ten minutes left when Billy Sharp headed in Mark Duffy’s cross at the back post, clinching a point as they move into third and three points behind the Canaries. 

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Elsewhere, Blackburn saw off Hull 3-0 to move into eighth and within three points of a play-off spot after goals from Adam Armstrong and Harrison Reed, either side of Jack Rodwell’s first goal since signing in the summer when he headed in a 18th minute corner kick. 

Nottingham Forest jumped up to ninth after beating Wigan 3-1 in a match which had four stunning goals. 

Aston Villa also moved into the top ten after Tammy Abraham’s brace was enough to beat bottom placed Ipswich, who scored the goal of the match when Freddie Sears unleashed a screamer into the top right from just outside the box 14 minutes from time. 

Finally, Preston ended a run of two points from last five by beating Stoke through goals from Alan Browne and Brad Potts. 

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