2019-20 Sky Bet Championship: Week 44 Roundup

Leeds United have put themselves on the brink of promotion in a midweek in which saw the relegation battle begin to stretch out with one team suffering a huge thrashing in their bid for survival. 

Patrick Bamford’s pullback diverted by Michael Sollbauer into his own net proved enough to give Leeds victory over rock bottom Barnsley, placing the Whites within a single point of promotion.

West Bromwich Albion scraped a goalless draw against Fulham to move themselves closer towards clinching the second automatic promotion spot, whilst the Cottagers remain in fourth and set for the play-offs. 

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Brentford remain a point behind the Baggies in third after Ollie Watkins’ fourth minute strike defeated Preston North End, whose play-off hopes are now all but mathematically over.

Sammy Ameobi’s brace helped Nottingham Forest stay fifth after twice coming from behind to draw 2-2 against Swansea at the City Ground. 

Cardiff remain in sixth following Lee Tomlin’s winner against Derby, after Jason Knight cancelled out Junior Hoilett’s opener to atone for his poor back pass which led to Hoilett’s goal. 

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Down in the relegation zone, Luton remain second-bottom after being held to a 1-1 draw at home by QPR, as Dominic Ball struck to snatch a point for the Hoops after James Collins had put the Hatters ahead through a first-half penalty.

Hull are two points adrift of safety after suffering a EIGHT goal mauling away to Wigan, as Kieran Dowell netted a hattrick for the Latics who scored seven goals in the first half alone. 

Charlton sit just above the drop after Macauley Bonne’s 58th minute tap-in was cancelled out by Lukas Jutkiewicz in a 1-1 draw at Birmingham.

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Elsewhere, Mason Bennett’s curler from a Jed Wallace pullback gifted Millwall victory over Blackburn, keeping the Lions’ late play-off charge on track in seventh place. 

Danny Batth rescued Stoke a point at Bristol City with a brilliant header from James McLean’s cross, after Filip Benkovic’s opening curler had put the Robins in front at half-time. 

Middlesbrough came from behind through Ashley Fletcher and Patrick Roberts to defeat Reading 2-1, having initially fell behind to Liam Moore’s opener at the Madejski Stadium. 

Finally, Sheffield Wednesday held Huddersfield to a goalless draw at Hillsborough. 

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