2018-19 Sky Bet Championship: Week 35 Roundup

Norwich City remain top of Sky Bet Championship after a huge weekend which has various implications throughout the table. 

Second-half goals from Christoph Zimmermann and Teemu Pukki handed the Canaries a 3-1 away victory, having seen Marco Stiepermann’s first-half flick cancelled out by Shaun Williamson’s header for Millwall just before the break. 

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Leeds moved second after a Patrick Bamford brace in-between Pablo Hernandez and Ezgjan Alioski’s goals downed West Brom, as Sheffield United slipped to third after a goalless draw with Sheffield Wednesday in the Steel City derby. 

The Baggies remain fourth with Middlesbrough and Bristol City completing the top six, after playing out away draws at Wigan and Preston North End respectively.  

Barrow v Ipswich
Modou Barrow sealed victory for Reading after Gwion Edwards had initially cancelled out Nelson Oliveira’s opener. (Credit: Reading FC)

Down at the bottom, rock-bottom Ipswich moved closer to the drop after losing 2-1 at home to Reading, who remain just above the drop despite Rotherham taking a 3-2 home win over Blackburn Rovers with Semi Ajayi. at the double 

Bolton fills the relegation sandwich in between the Millers and  Tractor Boys after a fiery encounter at Swansea. Craig Noone and David Wheater saw red for the Trotters before Oli McBurnie and Bersant Celina sealed a late victory for the Swans. 

Villa win v Derby
Aston Villa thrashed Derby 4-0 in first half of their meeting. (Credit: Neville Williams/ Aston Villa/ Getty Images)

Elsewhere, Derby lost pace with the Robins after Aston Villa sealed a first half rout with Conor Hourihane double either side of a Tammy Abraham tuck in before Jack Grealish’s volley sealed a 4-0 win in first-half injury time. 

Birmingham City blew their chance to leapfrog the Rams into seventh after a Jarrod Bowen brace secured Hull all three points, as the Tigers moved tenth and level on points with the Brummies. 

Nottingham Forest however split the pair in ninth after losing 2-0 at Stoke after goals from Peter Etebo and Benfik Afobe.  

Finally, Brentford emerged victorious in the West London derby with a 3-0 win over QPR. to leave them as one of eight teams just behind seventh-placed Derby with five points the gap between all nine teams.  

 

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