Monday, May 20, 2019

Championship Review – Matchday 13

Deke Hardman in Editorial, English Championship 21 Oct 2018

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Middlesbrough beat Sheffield Wednesday in Friday evening’s Championship fixture, and that was enough to see them return the top the top of the table – even after Saturday’s results.

Boro scored two goals in six second half minutes through Muhamed Besic and Britt Assombalonga, before Adam Reach added to his personal goal of the month campaign with a stunning consolation eight minutes from time.

Sheffield United drop to second place on goal difference after they were beaten by Derby County – their first win in four league games.

Frank Lampard’s side were ahead after just twenty seconds through Craig Bryson, and while Chris Basham levelled before half-time Jack Marriot struck the winner on seventy-seven minutes.


The result was enough to see the Rams move into the play-off places and they are just two points behind Leeds United who lost to Blackburn Rovers in the day’s early kick-off.

Much like the game at Pride Park, the hosts took an early lead only for the visitors to level just before the breal, with the winning goal coming from Darragh Lenihan deep into the second half.

West Bromwich Albion missed the chance to go top after a Josh Windass goal was enough to give Wigan Athletic all three points at the DW Stadium.

The Baggies, who are the favourites to win the Championship finished the game with ten men after Jake Livermore was sent off for two bookable offences.


Norwich City came from behind to beat Nottingham Forest at the City Ground, and in doing so replaced the East Midlands side in the top six.

Lewis Grabban scored for the hosts early on, though two second-half strikes from Timm Klose gave the Canaries the points

An eighty-ninth minute goal from Niclas Eliasson was enough to see Bristol City past Brentford – their first win in five Championship games while there was a winning start to life at Villa Park for former Bees boss Dean Smith after his new side beat Swansea City.

Tammy Abraham, who spent last season on loan at the Liberty Stadium, scored the only goal of the game after eight minutes.

Dark horses

Despite still being in the bottom half, Villa are just three points off the play-offs while their fierce rivals Birmingham City are only a point worse off after extending their unbeaten run with a 1-0 win over Stoke City.

It took nine games for Garry Monk’s side to register a league win this term, but now they have gone nine games without losing and may be worth a shout in the promotion market at an intriguing 10/1.

Queens Park Rangers beat Ipswich Town 2-0 in a result that sees the Tractor Boys slip back to the bottom of the division after Hull City and Preston North End shared the spoils at the KCOM Stadium while Reading climb out of the bottom three at the expense of Millwall, who they beat by three goals to one.

Finally, both Rotherham and Bolton Wanderers are a point better off after they played out a 1-1 draw at the New York Stadium.


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 and, 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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