2019-20 Sky Bet Championship: Week 17 Roundup

West Bromwich Albion continue their march towards promotion as the Sky Bet Championship returned from November’s international break. 

Hal Robson-Kanu’s 10th minute strike put the Baggies ahead, only for Wednesday to equalise through a Steven Fletcher penalty early in the second-half after Filip Krovinovic brought down Kieran Lee.

Charlie Austin then sealed victory for West Brom with a 86th minute penalty, following Matheus Pereira’s foul by Keiren Westwood. Liam Palmer was then sent off for the Owls after a late challenge on Grady Diangana as the Baggies held on for the win.

Leeds moved up to second after Matty Pearson’s own goal gifted them a late win at Luton, having seen Patrick Bamford’s opener cancelled out by James Collins.

That defeat meant that the Hatters drop into the relegation zone after Middlesbrough clung on for a scrappy 2-2 draw against Hull, despite seeing Marvin Johnson sent off for a dangerous 37th minute tackle on Eric Lichaj. 

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Preston meanwhile slid to third after falling to a scrappy goal by Martyn Waghorn at Derby.

Aboubakar Kamara’s brace lifted Fulham into fourth after coming from behind against QPR, who had led third Jordan Hugill’s third minute opener

A goalless draw at Bristol City was enough to send Nottingham Forest fifth whilst the Robins sit seventh, with Swansea sandwiching the pair in sixth after a Jed Wallace free-kick screamer secured Millwall their first away win of the season.

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Down at the bottom, Gerhard Struber’s debut as Barnsley’s new manager ended in defeat as the Tykes fell 3-2 at Blackburn, in which Bradley Dack netted the opening and closing goals for Rovers.

Stoke made it two wins from two under Michael O’Neill after Mame Biram Diouf gifted them a late winner over Wigan.

Sam Morsy put the Latics ahead shortly before half-time after pouncing on a defensive mix-up between Tom Edwards and Jack Butland, only for Danny Batth and Diouf to overturn the deficit with second-half poke ins.

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Ollie Watkins’ header edged Brentford past Reading and up into eighth. (Image credit: Mark D Fuller & Paul Dennis)

Elsewhere, Ollie Watkins’ header from Mathias Jensen’s cross gifted Brentford victory over Reading, as the Bees climbed to eighth.

Charlton blew a two goal lead as excellent second-half strikes from Nathaniel Mendez-Laing and Lee Tomlin rescued Cardiff a point in an entertaining 2-2 draw.

Finally, Marc Roberts’ header earned Birmingham City a point in a tight encounter with Huddersfield, who initially led through Frazier Campbell’s effort from a Trevor Chalobah through-ball.

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