2019-20 Sky Bet Championship: Week 40 Roundup

Leeds United continue to climb towards automatic promotion in an eventful midweek round of Sky Bet Championship action, as the relegation battle continues to throw up drama. 

Stuart Dallas’ strike rescued Leeds a point to keep them at the Championship summit, after Harry Cornick had put Luton ahead at Elland Road with an excellent counter-attack smash. 

Second-placed West Bromwich Albion closed the gap to Leeds down to a single point, after Charlie Austin’s first-half penalty plus a Matheus Pereira brace helped the Baggies defeat Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough.

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Brentford recorded a fourth straight victory after thrashing Reading in a three goal display, keeping the Bees five points outside of the automatic promotion spots. 

Tiago Silva’s sharp 62nd minute free-kick was enough for Nottingham Forest to defeat Bristol City, keeping them two points behind Brentford and ahead of Fulham who came from behind to defeat QPR after falling behind to Jordan Hugill’s first minute header. 

Cardiff round out the top six after being held to a goalless draw at home by Charlton. 

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Down in the relegation zone, Conor Chaplin and Jacob Brown struck to move Barnsley off the foot of the table at Luton’s expense, as the Tykes defeated 10 men Blackburn who had Ben Brereton sent off for a foul on Kilian Ludewig. 

Stoke fell into the last relegation spot after Ryan Shawcross’ own goal and Kal Naismith’s brace gifted Wigan a dominant home victory, although the Latics face a 12 point deduction for going into administration on Wednesday. 

Hull came from behind through Herbie Kane and Mallik Wilks to snatch victory and climb above Middlesbrough, who had taken a fourth minute lead after Britt Assombalonga dispatched a penalty. 

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Elsewhere, Derby climbed to seventh after Wayne Rooney’s excellent free-kick across into bottom left corner proved enough to edge past Preston at Deepdale.

Huddersfield climbed out of the relegation zone after defeating Birmingham City in a three goal away thrashing, with Karlan Grant opening the scoring via a penalty before Harry Toffolo set up second-half goals from Frazier Campbell and Elias Kachunga. 

Finally, Bartosz Bialkowski deflected Rhian Brewster’s free-kick into his own goal as Swansea came from behind to hold Millwall to a 1-1 draw, having initially fallen behind to Mason Bennett’s opening strike for the Lions. 

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