2020-21 Sky Bet Championship: Week Five Roundup

Bristol City remain top of Sky Bet Championship despite drawing 2-2 at Barnsley. (Image credit: Bristol City FC)

Bristol City continue to sit atop of Sky Bet Championship after the top four all failed to win upon resumption of the domestic league campaign following October’s international break. 

Michal Helik headed Barnsley in front after just two minutes but early second-half goals from Jack Hunt and Tyreeq Bakinson seemingly put the Robins on course to continue their unbeaten start to the league this season.

Cauley Woodrow however struck a 102nd minute penalty to rescue a point for the Tykes in their first match under caretaker boss, Adam Murray after Michael Sollbauer was stretchered off in a neck brace, following a foul from Callum O’Dowda.

Barnsley however slipped into the relegation zone despite claiming a point after results elsewhere failed to swing in their favour.

Embed from Getty Images

Reading remain second after scrapping to a goalless draw at Middlesbrough whilst Bournemouth achieved the same result at home to QPR, keeping the Cherries third and two points behind the Royals.

Swansea fell to a surprise home defeat after goals from Harry Toffolo and Josh Koroma gifted Huddersfield a second win of the season, despite Andre Ayew’s equaliser from the penalty spot after Korey Smith was controversially fouled by Ben Hamer.

Joao Pedro’s 76th minute bender into the top right corner proved enough for Watford to scrape past Derby and up to fifth in the table.

Luton round out the top six despite suffering their second defeat in three league games after early second-half goals from Steven Fletcher and Nick Powell gave Stoke victory at Kenilworth Road.

Embed from Getty Images

Down in the relegation zone, Sheffield Wednesday further reduced their arrears to minus four points after Barry Bannan’s 49th minute penalty proved enough to beat Birmingham City at St Andrews.

Wycombe remain second bottom after falling to a 2-1 defeat against Millwall as Scott Kashket netted the Chairboys’ first league goal of the season, intercepting and flicking in a poor ball from Bartosz Bialkowski before Jed Wallace and Ryan Leonard struck to complete a comeback from the Lions.

Embed from Getty Images

Elsewhere, new Nottingham Forest manager – Chris Houghton enjoyed a debut away win after Joe Lolley’s 90th minute strike clinched a dramatic narrow win over Blackburn and moved the visitors out of the relegation zone after five matches.

Ivan Toney’s nine minute brace early in the second-half helped Brentford comfortably defeat Coventry, as the Bees begun life without Said Benrahma following the Algerian winger’s loan switch to Premier League’s West Ham.

Norwich came from behind to defeat Rotherham at New York Stadium after Michael Ihiekwe’s own goal followed by Jordan Hugill’s injury time penalty gave the Canaries victory, having initially fallen behind to a third-minute effort from Freddie Ladapo.

Finally, Sheyi Ojo struck on the counter-attack as Cardiff edged out Preston at Deepdale for victory to move up to 12th in the standings.

Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.