2018-19 Sky Bet Championship: Week 42 Roundup

Teemu Pukki salvaged a point for Norwich as they move closer towards automatic promotion. (Credit: Norwich City FC)

Norwich City took a huge stride towards promotion from the Sky Bet Championship as their local rivals – Ipswich became the first team relegated after a critical weekend in the run-in. 

Teemu Pukki struck late to rescue the Canaries a point after Reece James had put Wigan ahead from the penalty spot just before half-time, following Ben Godfrey’s controversial handball of Sam Morsy’s shot. 

That decisive point now means that Norwich will be promoted automatically if can get six points from their last four games, as Leeds sit four points behind following Jack Harrison’s winner over Sheffield Wednesday. 

Sheffield United are a further three points behind after Jake Cooper clinched a point for Millwall in an one-all draw, which saw John Egan red carded late on for handballing Tom Elliott’s header on the line. 

Ipswich relegated
Gwion Edwards’ equalizer wasn’t enough to prevent Ipswich being relegated to League One after Lukasz Jutkiewicz’s opener for Birmingham City. (Credit: Daily Mail)

Down at the bottom, Ipswich became the first EFL side relegated this season after only managing a 1-1 home draw against Birmingham City. 

Mason Mount meanwhile netted a hat-trick as he led Derby to a 4-0 win over Bolton, who must now beat Aston Villa on Good Friday if they’re to keep their survival hopes alive. 

Rotherham meanwhile fought back from two goals down to secure a share of the points at Stoke, leaving them two points adrift of safety. 

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Up in the play-offs, West Brom thrashed Preston through a Dwight Gayle hat-trick and Jay Rodriguez flick in to consolidate fourth.

The Baggies then saw their hopes of luring Alex Neil to The Hawthorns dashed after he signed a new three year deal with the Lilywhites until Summer 2022. 

Aston Villa meanwhile saw off sixth-placed Bristol City 2-1 to move clear in fifth as Middlesbrough moved a point behind the Robins after Britt Assombalonga’s strike proved the difference against Hull. 

Meite beat Bees
Yakou Meite netted a double as Reading beat Brentford 2-1 to move four points clear of the drop. (Credit: Reading FC)

Elsewhere, Yakou Meite gifted Reading a vital 2-1 win over Brentford as they moved four points clear of the drop. 

Nottingham Forest’s faint play-off hopes took a huge knock after Joe Rothwell and Danny Graham struck to hand Blackburn victory, despite Elliot Bennett diverting a Forest cross from Pele into his own net. 

Finally, QPR demolished Swansea 4-0 with Darnell Furlong heading in the opener after just three minutes, before Tomer Hemed’s brace and Massimo Luongo completed the rout. 

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