2019-20 Sky Bet Championship: Week 38 Roundup

West Bromwich Albion returned to the Sky Bet Championship summit on a weekend, which saw the season resume after a three month lockdown. 

The Baggies found themselves held to a goalless draw at home by Birmingham City, which proved enough to secure top spot on goal difference after Leeds suffered defeat at Cardiff. 

Junior Hoilett put the Bluebirds ahead from a intercepted Kalvin Phillips pass, before Robert Glatzel’s screamer completed victory in the 71st minute as Cardiff remain in seventh position. 

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Late goals from Said Benrahma and Emiliano Marcondes moved fourth-placed Brentford into a single point of Fulham, who now sit seven points adrift of automatic promotion. 

Connor Whickham’s injury-time header ensured that Sheffield Wednesday held promotion chasing Nottingham Forest to a draw, after Joe Lolley had initially put them in front. 

Preston round out the top six after Scott Sinclair’s opener at Kenilworth Road was cancelled out by Callum McMananam’s late effort for now rock-bottom Luton, as Nathan Jones celebrated his return as Hatters manager with a point at Kenilworth Road. 

Elliot Simoes’ goal helped Barnsley move off the bottom of the Sky Bet Championship: Image credit: Rex Features)

Down in the relegation zone, Barnsley climbed off the bottom after Elliot Simoes fired the Tykes to a seventh minute winner from Ben Williams’ through ball. 

Hull slipped into the bottom three for the first time this season after Jason Pearce bundled in Charlton’s 18th minute winner, moving the Addicks out of the relegation zone at Hull’s expense.

Middlesbrough though remains just above the drop on goal difference after Rhian Brewster’s brace and Andre Ayew’s penalty helped Swansea to a three goal away win.  

Huddersfield also tasted defeat as they sit a point above the relegation zone after a goal and assist from Jamal Lowe moved Wigan three points clear of the bottom trio. 

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Elsewhere, Louis Sibley netted a hat-trick for Derby as the Rams came from behind to defeat Millwall 3-2 at The Den, as the Rams stay in 12th position but now three points off the play-off placings. 

Blackburn Rovers came from behind to defeat Bristol City in a lively contest at Ewood Park, including a stunning shot from Tosun Adarabioyo to complete the turnaround before Adam Armstrong completed the win with Rovers’ third. 

Finally, Nick Powell struck an injury-time header to hold Reading to a draw, after Lucas Joao had given the Royals a seventh minute lead from Yakou Meite’s cross. 

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