Championship Round-Up – Gameweek 40

Another week of football, another week of joy and tears. In case you missed it, here’s a quick guide to all you need to know from the events of the Championship fixtures:

Rotherham United 0-2 Sheffield Wednesday

Rotherham came into this game already relegated, Wednesday on the other hand came into the game fighting for a play-off place. The South Yorkshire derby surprised a lot of people, with Rotherham putting up a fight and ending up having more shots than Wednesday. You could tell the Millers really went for it, what else could they do?

19 minutes in, Sheffield Wednesday took the lead against the run of play as Fletcher fired it beyond Price. 0-1. Just before half-time Fletcher got his second, heading Hunt’s cross into the back of the net, as he makes it 2-0. The second half wasn’t the most exciting, a few Rotherham chances came but nothing to change the score-line.

The Owls went home, picking up all 3 points and making it into the last place of the play-offs. Rotherham went home with nothing much to shout about, apart from having more shots…..

Brentford 2-0 Leeds United

This game was a surprise to many fans, especially after how well Leeds have done this season. Brentford really needed that win because if they still want to play-offs, they need it, on the other hand Leeds were hoping to pick up all 3 points to help confirm their play-off place.

19 minutes in, Romaine Sawyers gave Brentford the lead after he drilled a wonderful first time shot past Green from 15 yards out. Leeds didn’t react and it got even worse for them, Vibe doubled Brentfords lead on 34 minutes. Leeds had the best chance of the second half when Modou Barrow forced a smart low save from Daniel Bentley at the foot of his post on 55 minutes.

Brentford fans will be very happy with that win as their side continues to fight for play-offs. Leeds won’t be happy after a very disappointing performance by their side.

Photo: Brentford FC

Brighton and Hove Albion 3-1 Birmingham

Brighton, still fighting for their automatic promotion spot and even that top spot. Birmingham down at the bottom hoping not to get in that relegation fight.

The Seagulls took the lead under 2 minutes with Murray putting the ball past Tomasz Kuszczak and making it 1-0 at the Amex. Tomer Hemed doubled Brightons lead just after the restart. Defender  Uwe Hunemeier the went on to win the game for Brighton on 54 minutes. Che Adams got one back for the Blues but it wasn’t enough to stop the Seagulls.

Brighton stay second beating Birmingham and the Blues stay put in 18th.

Aston Villa 1-0 Queens Park Rangers

Villa went into this game confident after a 2-0 win over Norwich City, on the other hand QPR went into this game after a 1-0 defeat to Derby.

Villa’s seventh win in eight games was on the cards when Kodjia’s scored a fifth-minute goal for the hosts to take the lead. 2 minutes from the end is when QPR showed any fight but it wasn’t enough to stop Villa winning another game.

Villa continue their fight to get points and show their not a bad team after all.

Photo: AVFC

Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0 Nottingham Forest

Wolves and Forest both came into this game fighting relegation.

62 minutes in Weimann broke down the right and squared it for Dicko who tapped it into the net. Nothing apart from that goal was really in this game.

The  game saw Wolves over take QPR and Forest stay in 20th.

Derby County 4-2 Fulham

Both Derby and Fulham are pushing for those play-off places, this game really helped indicate who is more worthy of the spot.

The hosts started the game well with David Nugent making it 1-0, only for Fulham to come back and it was  Floyd Ayite with the goal, 1-1. A few minutes later, David Nugent replied with another goal to Derby, 2-1. That wasn’t it…….. Nugent bagged a hat-trick and made it 3-1. Fulham then didn’t make it better for themselves as Russell get’s Derby’s fourth. Fulham finally got their second after 78 minutes, 4-2.

Derby go up to 9th and Fulham fall out of the play-off places.

Photo: Fulham FC

Ipswich Town 3-0 Wigan Athletic

If Ipswich had lost this game they would of been pulled into the relegation battle, Wigan on the other hand are in a real mess and already in the relegation battle.

Wigan started very bright having a few chances until……… Craig Morgan gives it away which causes Ipswich to go 1-0 up. Second goal for Ipswich only came from another defending mistake by Wigan, this time Buxton gave the ball away which meant Sears was through on goal to make it 2-0. Gilks made a series of good saves. The Tractor Boys then got another goal from another mistake from Wigan this time it was Alex Gilbey who allowed Sears to get his second.

Ipswich stay clear of the relegation zone at 17th and Wigan are still stuck in 23rd.

Barnsley 0-0 Cardiff

Barnsley started this game mid-table, Cardiff started it one place underneath the Reds.

This game was a really boring 0-0 game. It was like watching England v Ireland, two sides who just pass and don’t really score.

Barnsley and Cardiff both stay mid-table.

Photo: Cardiff City

Preston North End 5-0 Bristol City

Something a bit more exciting….. Preston started the game fighting for a play-off, the opposite to what Bristol City are doing as they continue to fight relegation.

Robinson picked up the ball played it though to Tom Barkhuizen who slotted it to make it 1-0. The goals didn’t end there because McGeady converted from the spot, which didn’t look good for Bristol. The third one came soon after and it was Clarke who mate it 3-0. Robinson finished City off by getting two goals within 4 minutes of them, which made it 5-0 to Preston.

Preston stay in 8th, still looking to nip that last play-off spot, on the other hand Bristol City’s lost doesn’t help their relegation battle.

Reading 3-1 Blackburn Rovers

Another game where it’s top vs tale. Reading currently fighting to stay in the play-offs while Blackburn are in the relegation zone.

Reading started of the brightest when Kermorgant headed home a brilliant cross. It didn’t get any better for Rovers when, Kermorgant got his second to make it 2-0. Blackburn had some hop in the 77th minute when Bennett got one back for Rovers, that was cancelled out a minute later when the Royals got their third.

Reading look like they are going to make play-offs, on the other hand Blackburn look like they are going down.

Photo: Reading FC

Newcastle United 1-0 Burton Albion

Newcastle went into this game second because Brighton had picked up all 3 points at the Amex, Burton came into this game fighting relegation. This game was massive for both teams.

The first event in this game came from the Referee, Keith Stroud, as he gave a penalty to Newcastle which was converted by Ritchie but Stroud then decided their was encroachment from Newcastle, which is usually a re-take but the referee decided it was a free-kick to Burton. Bizarre. The Toon then took the lead 68 minutes in and it was Ritchie who scored….. again.

Newcastle move top and Burton stay put at 19th.

Huddersfield Town 3-0 Norwich City

With Huddersfield trying to keep their play-off place and Norwich trying to make it into the play-offs this game was always going to be a good one.

All goals came in the second half and all came for the Terriers, Kachunga made it 1-0 from a scrappy situation. A goal from Mooy followed 4 minutes later when he fired it into the net, 3 minutes later Wells ended it for Nowich and made it 3-0.

Huddersfield stay 3rd after a convincing win and for Nowich……. they move down to 10th now below Derby.

Photo: Norwich City