2019-20 Sky Bet Championship: Week 31 Roundup

West Bromwich Albion took a huge step towards automatic promotion as the Sky Bet Championship continued to throw up unpredictable results. 

Filip Krovinovic curled the Baggies ahead against Millwall just prior to half time, which then became a two goal win after Dara O’Shea headed in late on to send them four points clear of Leeds at the league summit.  

Leeds stay second after strikes from Sammy Ameobi and Tyler Walker secured victory for Nottingham Forest, who are now just a point behind the Whites in fourth.

Fulham meanwhile stay third but now level on points with Leeds after Aleksandr Mitrovic’s second-half effort was enough for the Cottagers to edge past Blackburn. 

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Brentford also reduced their deficit to Leeds after clinching victory over Middlesbrough in a five goal thriller, which saw them complete the league double over the Teessiders to stay fifth. 

Julien Jeanvier put the Bees ahead with a scrappy shot midway through the first half, before Lewis Wing briefly restored parity for Boro early in the second half until Bryan Mbeumo blasted Brentford back in front just two minutes later. 

Fletcher then added Boro’s second just three minutes later from a corner, only for Ollie Watkins to strike late on to secure a huge win for Brentford to put them two points behind Leeds who visit Griffin Park in midweek. 

Bristol City fell to a 3-1 home defeat against Birmingham City, which meant that Preston climbed to sixth after Tom Barkhuizen scored and assisted in a 2-1 away win at third-bottom Wigan. 

Lee Tomlin’s 73rd minute winner for Cardiff condemned Luton to a third home defeat in five.

Down in the relegation zone, Luton remain rock-bottom after Lee Tomlin’s curler gifted Cardiff a late win at Kenilworth Road. 

Cauley Woodrow rescued Barnsley a point after falling behind to Josh Windass’ opener for Sheffield Wednesday in a scrappy Yorkshire derby, which leaves the Tykes eight points adrift of safety. 

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Elsewhere, Derby made it one loss in their last eight after Tom Lawrence snatched a late winner in an entertaining 3-2 clash at Swansea, who had initially overturned Martyn Waghorn’s opener to lead 2-1 before Duane Holmes and Lawrence completed the Rams’ comeback.

Second half goals from Tom Ince and Nick Powell clinched Stoke a 3-1 win over Charlton, who had initially cancelled out James McClean’s opener through Ben Purrington. 

Huddersfield beat QPR through second half goals from Harry Toffolo and Steve Mounie, placing the Terriers six points clear of Wigan who occupied the final relegation spot. 

Finally, Mallik Wilks rescued Hull a late point at Reading who had led through Jordan Obita’s effort from John Swift’s pass. 


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