2019-20 Sky Bet Championship: Week 16 Roundup

West Bromwich Albion head into the international break at the Sky Bet Championship summit for a sixth consecutive week, following another round full of twists and turns throughout the table. 

Jake Livermore’s 25 yard screamer from a Matheus Pereira pass proved enough to edge past a tricky Hull team, as the Baggies continue to stay at the league summit from Preston who thumped Huddersfield in a 3-1 win.

Leeds meanwhile remain third after Patrick Bamford scored a penalty before setting up Jack Harrison’s strike, despite Derrick Williams’ header reducing the deficit for Blackburn in an eventual 2-1 loss to the Whites.

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Ben Wilmot’s injury time header rescued fourth-placed Swansea a point at Sheffield Wednesday, after seeing the Owls’ Fernando Forestieri and Morgan Fox overturn Andre Ayew’s opener.

Nottingham Forest sit fifth after they overcame Derby in a tense Midlands derby, thanks to Lewis Grabban’s strike from a loose Jayden Bogle pass.

Josh Brownhill’s powerful second-half strike into the top right corner gave Bristol City victory over Cardiff in the Severnside derby, as the Robins stay sixth and round out the current play-off placings.  

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Down at the bottom, Michael O’ Neill celebrated victory in his first match as Stoke’s new manager in a 4-2 win at Barnsley to move above the Tykes at the foot of the Championship.

Sam Clucas’ eighth-minute screamer from 45 yards plus a Lee Gregory penalty put the Potters in control at half-time, only for a Cameron McGeehan strike to half the deficit early in the second half until Joe Allen then added the Potters’ third with a 64th minute tap-in.

Clucas then completed Stoke’s win with a powerful strike from Gregory’s fumble as he himself tried to shoot, although Patrick Schmidt then grabbed a late consolation from an overhead cross.

Middlesbrough meanwhile remain third-bottom after Britt Assombalonga’s brace earned them a point in an entertaining 2-2 draw at QPR, despite the Hoops’ second coming from a Jonny Howson own goal after he accidentally bundled Grant Holt’s header into his own net.

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Matt Smith’s injury-time header gave Millwall bragging rights over Charlton Athletic in a tense London derby. (Image credit: Millwall)

Elsewhere, Matt Smith’s injury-time header handed Millwall victory over Charlton, who had cancelled out Shaun Hutchinson’s opening header through a 51st minute volley from Jonathan Leko.

Brentford entered the top ten for the first time this season as a three goal routing of Wigan lifted them up to ninth, although Julian Jeanvier and Cedric Kipre were sent off for both teams in respective separate incidents.

Fulham edged Birmingham City in a tight encounter through Aleksandr Mitrovic’s scrappy poke-in, keeping them in seventh and two points off the top six. 

Finally, Reading remain unbeaten in four games under Mark Bowen after battering Luton in a three goal victory at the Madejski Stadium.

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