2020-21 Sky Bet Championship: Week 24 Roundup

Norwich City continue to set the pace as the Sky Bet Championship commenced reverse fixtures with a trimmed matchweek 24. 

First-half goals from Grant Hanley and Todd Cantwell saw the Canaries defeat Cardiff to stay top and move onto 50 points, despite Joe Ralls’ smashed consolatory 65th minute pullback for the Bluebirds to half their losing margin despite Marlon Pack seeing red for a foul on Oliver Skipp.

Swansea stay second and now four points behind Norwich after Ben Cabango’s header coupled with Jamal Lowe’s 55th minute strike sunk Barnsley.

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Bournemouth stay third despite losing at home to Luton through Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall’s late curler, after Jefferson Lerma was dismissed for the hosts for accidentally elbowing Tom Lockyer during an aerial duel.

Brentford remain fourth after their trip to Reading was postponed due to a Coronavirus outbreak, although the Royals slipped to sixth after goals from Tom Cleverley and Joao Pedro sent Watford fifth with victory over Huddersfield.

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Down in the relegation zone, Wycombe remain bottom after their trip to QPR was postponed due to an outbreak of Coronavirus amongst the Chairboys.

Derby slipped to second-bottom after Jamie Lindsay struck on the rebound from Daniel Barlaser’s free-kick, thus clinching victory for Rotherham who climbed above the Rams as both teams remain in the bottom three.

Sheffield Wednesday sit above the drop on goal difference but their away trip to Coventry was postponed, owing to a Coronavirus crisis amongst the Owls.

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Elsewhere, Scott Hogan fired in a 26th minute winner to end Birmingham City’s six match winless run as Aitor Karanka enjoyed a winning away trip at Middlesbrough – with whom he won promotion with in 2016.

Stoke sit eighth after Nick Powell’s opening header was cancelled out by John Buckley’s strike, as Blackburn Rovers fought back in a 1-1 draw at Ewood Park.

Goals from Famara Diedhiou and Zak Vyner proved enough for Bristol City to clinch their first win over Preston North End in 16 meetings.

Finally, Sammy Ameobi netted a brace as Nottingham Forest thrashed Millwall 3-1 at the City Ground, despite Ben Thompson’s 89th minute bouncing smasher for the Lions to net a consolation goal.

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