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Championship Review – Matchday 12

Deke Hardman in Editorial, English Championship 10 Oct 2018

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Sheffield United are the Championship leaders going into the international break after edging past Hull City at the weekend.

A seventieth-minute penalty from David McGoldrick was enough to give the Blades all three points, while the result sees the Tigers slip to the bottom of the division.

Chris Wilder’s side are a point clear of West Bromwich Albion, who themselves moved into the top two after thumping Reading 4-1 at the Hawthorns.

The Royals took the lead six minutes into the game before a Dwight Gayle brace and strikes from Harvey Barnes and Kyle Bartley saw the Baggies home.

Slip

Leeds United slipped out of the automatic promotion places after only drawing with Brentford at Elland Road, and they left it late to get anything out of the game at all.

Neal Maupay opened the scoring from the spot just after the hour mark though Pontus Jansson gave the hosts a share of the spoils, just before Luke Ayling was dismissed for a second bookable offence.

Middlesbrough are down to fourth place after their former manager Aitor Karanka returned to the Riverside Stadium with his Nottingham Forest side, who secured a 2-0 win.

Joe Lolley and Lewis Grabban got the goals – the first Boro had conceded at home all season – to fire Forest up into the play-off places.

The Reds are now unbeaten in their last six league outings and can be backed at a price of 15/8 to finish the campaign in the top six.

Sheffield Wednesday continued their rise up the table and are now in sixth after beating Bristol City at Ashton Gate on Sunday afternoon while Derby County remain in touching distance of the dotted line, though had to settle for a point from their trip to Queens Park Rangers.

Chasing

Like Derby, Norwich City are on eighteen points despite their winless running ending thanks to a home defeat to Stoke City, and so are Blackburn Rovers who edged past Bolton Wanderers in Saturday’s late kick-off.

Swansea City and Wigan Athletic are in eleventh and twelfth place respectively but both suffered somewhat surprise defeats to the two sides who went into the weekend propping up the rest of the division.

Re-ignition

Ipswich Town came from behind to eventually beat the Swans at the Liberty Stadium while Preston North End provided the shock of the weekend by thumping Wigan by four goals to nil – their first league victory since the opening day of the campaign.

Elsewhere, Birmingham City beat Rotherham United 3-1 while managerless Aston Villa ended an eventful week with defeat at Millwall.

Tammy Abraham had put the Villains in front early on, only for the game to be turned on it’s head with goals from Shane Ferguson and Tom Elliot.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Deke Hardman


Freelance football writer with a love of the game that goes back to the mid nineties when both his beloved Nottingham Forest and England had genuine hope of acheiving some level of success. A regular contributor to both SoccerNews.com and FreeBetting.com, Deke also dabbles in music journalism with his heart and head still stuck in the latter years of the twentieth century.

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