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Championship Review – Matchday 29

Deke Hardman in Editorial, English Championship 28 Jan 2019

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The spoils were shared at Carrow Road on Saturday afternoon, with promotion hopefuls Norwich City and Sheffield United playing out a 2-2 draw.

Onel Hernandez gave the Canaries the lead on eleven minutes, only for Billy Sharp to equalise from the penalty spot on the stroke of half time.

Teemu Pukki then put the hosts back in front with his seventeenth goal of the season though Sharp again levelled with his eighteenth eleven minutes from time.

The result sees Daniel Farke’s side remain in second while Chris Wilder’s men move up to third ahead of West Bromwich Albion who like half the division have played just twenty-eight games.

Comeback

That draw in Norfolk allowed Leeds United to extend their lead at the top of the table though they had to come from behind to beat Rotherham United.

The Millers were a goal to the good at half time thanks to Semi Ajayi though a second half brace from Mateusz Klich turned the game on its head, with the leaders holding on to clinch the points.

Blackburn Rovers are up to eighth and are just three points off the play-offs after condemning Hull City to a first defeat in eleven league games.

Adam Armstrong, Jack Rodwell and Harrison Reed got the goals for Tony Mowbary’s men, who can now be backed at a price of 7/1 to finish the season in the top six.

Victory

Martin O’Neill secured his first win as Nottingham Forest manager, beating Wigan Athletic by three goals to one at the City Ground.

On his fiftieth consecutive appearance for the club, Joe Lolley opened the scoring with nineteen minutes on the clock, though Josh Windass levelled shortly after the half hour mark.

Matty Cash restored the host’s lead three minutes into the second half, with Adlene Guedioura making sure of the points ten minutes from time.

Costel Pantilimon, who’s error led to Wigan’s goal made amends by saving a late penalty from former Forest man Joe Garner.

The East Midlands outfit are four points off rivals Derby County while Aston Villa are just a further place behind, on goal difference after they beat bottom-of-the-table Ipswich Town.

Golden

Tammy Abraham scored in either half to set Villa on his way, and in doing so fire himself to the top of the second-tier goalscoring charts.

Freddie Sears netted a consolation for the Tractor Boys, who are now seven points from safety.

Finally, Preston North End beat Stoke City by two goals to nil at Deepdale.

Alan Browne opened the scoring on twenty minutes, with Brad Potts doubling his sides advantage with ten to play.

The result puts Alex Neil’s side up to sixteenth, two points and one place behind the Potters.

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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