2018-19 Sky Bet Championship: Week 43 Roundup

Norwich remain top of the Sky Bet Championship after a dramatic Good Friday, which saw plenty of twists throughout the day.

Norwich City remain top after a dramatic Good Friday round of Sky Bet Championship fixtures brought mixed fortunes for various teams as the season finale draws ever closer. 

Norwich nearly got lucky early on when Sheffield Wednesday’s goalkeeper, Cameron Dawson unintentionally handballed just outside the box but a yellow card was waved.

They were however soon ahead after a neatly worked one-two with Onel Hernandez inside box culminated in Marco Stiepermann firing in a powerful shot beyond Dawson.

Wednesday then struck back with an on the turn screamer from Fernando Forestieri into the top left, before Steven Fletcher tapped in a cross from the left as the Owls took the lead. 

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Norwich however secured a share of the points in injury time after Mario Vrancic was brought down by Marco Matias, before firing the resulting free-kick into the top right corner. 

This draw now leaves Norwich needing six points from their last three matches to realistically secure promotion.

The last automatic promotion spot meanwhile looks set to go to the wire after a Gavin Massey  double saw 10 man Wigan come from behind to beat Leeds, who initially led through Patrick Bamford’s 17th minute strike after Cedric Kipre had been controversially red carded for handball just minutes earlier. 

Sheffield United therefore leapfrog their Yorkshire rivals into second after strikes from Mark Duffy and Enda Stevens were enough to beat Nottingham Forest, who had Yohan Benalouane sent off for a rash challenge on David McGoldrick just minutes into second half. 

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West Brom and Aston Villa complete the top five after respective wins over Hull and Bolton, with the latter result relegating the Trotters, who will join Ipswich in League One next season. 

Middlesbrough took advantage of Bristol City’s 1-1 draw with Reading as Britt Assombalonga’s second minute strike was enough to see off Stoke and send the Teessiders into the last play-off spot. 

Derby remain eighth after playing out a scrappy 2-2 draw with Birmingham, ahead of ninth-placed Preston who smashed Ipswich through braces from Callum Robinson and Lukas Nmecha either side of the break. 

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Elsewhere, Wigan’s win meant that Millwall are now just above the drop zone after being held by Brentford in a 1-1 draw, which saw the Bees’ Henrik Dalsgaard red carded after Josh DaSilva had initially cancelled out Lee Gregory’s opener for the hosts. 

Rotherham meanwhile missed out on moving level with the Lions in the race to avoid the last relegation drop, after twice blowing the lead in an epic thriller at Swansea to ultimately lose 4-3. 

Finally, Blackburn beat QPR 2-1 at Loftus Road through goals from Danny Graham and Bradley Dack before Matt Smith pulled one back for the Rs. 

 

 

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