Thursday, December 12, 2019

Championship Review – Matchday 37

Deke Hardman in Editorial, English Championship 14 Mar 2019

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There were wins for all four of the Championship’s leading sides in matchday thirty-seven, with Norwich City continuing to lead the way after edging past Hull City at Carrow Road.

Marco Steipermann gave the Canaries the lead after just eleven minutes, with Emiliano Buendia scoring either side of Marc Pugh’s reply for the visitors.

Chris Martin netted for the Tigers late on though the points went to Daniel Farke’s side, who returned to the top of the table after being temporarily displaced by Leeds United, who eased past relegation-threatened Reading at the Madejski Stadium.


The damage was very much done to the Royals in the first half, with Mateusz Kilch’s opener followed by a brace from many people’s tip for the division’s Player of the Year – Pablo Hernandez.

Sheffield United beat Brentford by two goals to nil despite having to play the majority of the game with ten-men after Gary Madine was given his marching orders ten minutes before the break, while West Bromwich Albion began life after Darren Moore with a comfortable 3-0 win over Swansea City.

Bersant Celina had the opportunity to level things up in the first-half and boy did he fail to take it with one of – no – the worst penalty I have even seen.


Middlesbrough have lost back-to-back league games for the first time this season and were beaten in front of their home fans for the second time in four days after losing to a Preston and North End side who themselves are just two points off the top six while Derby County stay in sixth despite being held to a goalless draw by Stoke City.

Bristol City only managed to draw with bottom-of-the-table Ipswich Town while Aston Villa are up to eighth after beating fellow play-off hopefuls Nottingham Forest 3-1 at the City Ground.

One defeat in fifteen league games has seen Sheffield Wednesday emerge as surprise top-six contenders, and they are priced at 40/1 to finish above that dotted line</a> after beating Bolton Wanderers while Birmingham City’s hopes of promotion took another knock after they were beaten at home by Millwall.


Blackburn Rovers ended their winless run with a fine victory over Wigan Athletic, who now sit above the relegation by virtue of goal difference after Rotherham United picked up all three points from their trip to Queen’s Park Rangers.

One defeat in eight has given the Millers a fighting chance of survival, though they are likely to have their work cut out for them with Norwich City the visitors to the New York Stadium at the weekend while the pick of the fixtures from matchday thirty-eight arguably comes in Saturday’s early kick-off with second playing third as Leeds United host Sheffield United.


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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