2020-21 Sky Bet Championship: Week 12 Roundup

Teemu Pukki fired Norwich to the Sky Bet Championship summit. (Image credit: Norwich City FC)

Norwich City climbed to the Sky Bet Championship summit on a huge weekend for the promotion battle whilst there was a rare tenant vs landlord battle at St Andrew’s.

First-half goals from Lucas Joao and Sone Aluko had Reading firmly on course to end their three match losing run, until Dominic Solanke and Arnaut Danjuma struck within three minutes to pull Bournemouth level on the hour mark.

Lewis Cook soon completed the Cherries’ comeback with a thunderous 77th minute strike before Solanke made sure of victory with a 89th minute smasher from Rafael’s poor clearance, knocking Reading off the summit after six matchweeks.

Norwich consequently moved top ahead of Bournemouth after Teemu Pukki’s penalty proved enough to defeat Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium, after Marcus Tavernier had a 51st minute opener for the hosts ruled out following a double touch on his penalty kick.

Famara Diedhiou produced a late winner as Bristol City went third in table. (Image credit: Bristol City FC)

Bristol City rose to third after Famara Diedhiou fired in from Antoine Semenyo’s pullback as the Robins defeated Derby at Ashton Gate, with the Rams suffering a losing start to life after Phillip Cocu who was sacked during the international break as they remain rock-bottom.

Matt Grimes’ 28th minute header proved enough for Swansea to go fourth after edging past Rotherham in a hard fought contest at the Liberty Stadium.

Ilias Chair struck late on to rescue a point for QPR after Ben Wilmot had flicked Watford in front after just three minutes, as the Hornets moved above Reading into fifth on goal difference.

Tyrese Campbell’s brace helped Stoke climb to seventh as the Potters edged out Huddersfield Town in a seven goal thriller in which Carel Eiting produced a goal and assist for the Terriers.

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Down in the relegation zone, Tom Barkhuizen clinched a first home league win of season for Preston as ten-man Sheffield Wednesday begun life under Tony Pulis with defeat after Josh Windass was sent off for a high foot tackle on Joe Rafferty

Wycombe sit a point from safety after holding Brentford to a goalless draw at Adams Park, whilst Coventry remain just above the Chairboys after holding their landlords, Birmingham City to a goalless draw too.

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Elsewhere, late goals from Callum Styles and Cauley Woodrow gifted victory for Barnsley over Nottingham Forest as the Tykes beat their East-Midlands visitors for a third time in 2020.

Sam Gallagher’s 72nd minute effort rescued a point for Blackburn just three minutes after Luke Berry had flicked Luton ahead from James Collins’ low curler in a tightly fought battle at Kenilworth Road.

Finally, Kieffer Moore’s late roll-in from Josh Murphy’s through ball saw Cardiff snatch a point on Neil Harris’ first return to The Den since departing in October 2019, after Matt Smith had put the Lions ahead from Shaun Williams’ 35th minute cross.

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