2018-19 Sky Bet Championship: Week 45 Roundup

Norwich finally secured promotion back to the Premier League after a dramatic penultimate round of fixtures. (Image credit: Norwich City FC/ EFL Digital)

A dramatic penultimate week of the 2018-19 Sky Bet Championship season saw promotion and relegation confirmed, whilst a three way fight for the final play-off spot was set up for the final day. 

Norwich became the first team to secure promotion after goals from Marco Stiepermann and Mario Vrancic was enough to see off Blackburn, who netted a consolation through Lewis Travis. 

As for Sheffield United, goals from Scott Hogan and Jack O’ Connell were enough to put them on the brink of a first Premier League return in 12 years, which was confirmed when Leeds were held by fifth-placed Aston Villa in a 1-1 draw.  

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Down at the bottom, Millwall held Stoke to a goalless draw which meant that Rotherham were relegated after blowing an one goal lead to lose 2-1 at West Brom. 

Derby meanwhile looked set for the play-offs after beating Bristol City but a midweek draw at Swansea coupled with the Robins’ comeback win over Millwall means that there is a three-way fight for sixth on the final day. 

Middlesbrough sandwiches the pair by a point in seventh after coming from behind to beat Reading 2-1 at home, through goals from Lewis Wing and Britt Assombalonga. 

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Elsewhere, Sheffield Wednesday came from 2-0 down at half-time to pick up a point away to Preston in a 3-3 draw. 

Swansea and Birmingham City both blew leads at home to draw 2-2 and 1-1 respectively against Hull and Wigan. 

QPR suffered a third consecutive defeat after Karim Ansarifard’s 55th minute strike proved the difference for Nottingham Forest. 

Finally, Bolton’s clash with Brentford was postponed after the Trotters’ players decided to strike over unpaid wages. 

 

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