2018-19 Sky Bet Championship: Week 38 Roundup

Norwich City extended their lead at top of the Sky Bet Championship as various battles continue to simmer throughout the table. 

Goals from Kenny McLean and Ben Godfrey either side of Semi Ajayi’s strike for Rotherham sent the Canaries four points clear of Sheffield United, who overtook Leeds for second through Chris Basham’s powerful shot in a fiery Yorkshire derby. 

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As for Rotherham, that defeat leaves them a point adrift of safety after Reading drew at Stoke and Wigan smashed second-bottom Bolton 5-2 to leapfrog the Royals into 20th. 

West Brom remain fourth but now six points off Leeds after Kyle Edwards’ wonder goal was enough to see off Brentford. 

Aston Villa continued their surge to go sixth after thrashing Middlesbrough 3-0, although Boro are still fifth and a point ahead of the Villains.  

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Preston moved into seventh on goal difference after Sean Maguire’s injury time header sealed victory over Birmingham, although Derby and Bristol City didn’t play this weekend due to their opposition being in FA Cup action. 

Nottingham Forest could only draw 1-1 at rock-bottom Ipswich which allowed Sheffield Wednesday to leapfrog them into tenth after a 4-2 home win over Blackburn Rovers. 

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Steven Fletcher opened the scoring for Sheffield Wednesday against Blackburn as both sides won their home legs 4-2 this season. (Credit: Sheffield Wednesday)

Steven Fletcher scored the only goal of the first-half when he fired Dominic Iorfa’s cross in past David Raya. Atdhe Nuhiu then doubled that lead on the hour mark with a header from Barry Bannan’s free-kick. 

Craig Conway then pulled one back before Iorfa then put away another Bannan free-kick to restore the Owls’ two goal lead.

Marco Matias then made that a three goal lead when he slotted in an open play pass from Bannan but Elliott Bennett again halved the deficit, turning in Bradley Dack’s pass as Wednesday now sit three points outside the play-off spots. 

Finally, Hull blew a Jarrod Bowen brace to draw 2-2 with QPR as Josh Scowen scored then turned provider, pulling back for Tomer Hemed to finish off and complete Rangers’ comeback. 

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