Norwich City are now on the brink of the 2020-21 Sky Bet Championship crown as the top two promoted clubs and play-off positions were settled on a dramatic weekend.
Emiliano Buendia provided an assist and goal as Norwich City thrashed QPR 3-1 at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium, which has left Daniel Farke’s Canaries needing just two points from their final two matches to be crowned champions.
Watford sealed promotion after Ismaila Sarr rolled in a 11th minute penalty winner to defeat Millwall, after finding himself fouled by Billy Mitchell.
Two goals in three days from Bryan Mbeumo saw Brentford go third after comfortably defeating fourth-placed Bournemouth and third-bottom Rotherham.
Rotherham also lost on Saturday by a single goal as Carlton Morris headed in a second minute winner for sixth-placed Barnsley, who then sealed the play-off spot after Reading failed to beat fifth-placed Swansea at home.
Andre Ayew provided a goal and assist as Swansea fought back to lead the Royals at the Madejski Stadium, only for Tomas Esteves to fire in a 93rd minute equaliser in an eventual 2-2 draw which ended the hosts’ bid to reach the play-offs.
Brentford, Bournemouth, Swansea and Barnsley will therefore contest the play-offs next month, with the winners joining Norwich and Watford in securing promotion to the Premier League.
Down in the relegation zone, Wycombe are all but mathematically down after Kieffer Moore’s brace secured a 2-1 home win for Cardiff, despite Joe Jacobson’s penalty cancelling out Moore’s opening strike.
Sheffield Wednesday remain second bottom after Josh Windass’ penalty failed to prevent the Owls falling to a 3-1 defeat at Middlesbrough, meaning that the Yorkshire club are on the brink of relegation heading into their last two matches.
Wayne Rooney’s Derby extended their losing run to five matches as Lukas Jutkiewicz’s headed brace gave Birmingham a comeback 2-1 win, after falling behind to Colin Kazim-Richards’ strike.
Elsewhere, Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall provided two assists as Luton came from two goals down to stun Bristol City 3-2 at Ashton Gate, after Adam Nagy had set up Nakhi Wells’ opener for the Robins before adding their second himself.
Adam Armstrong delivered his second hat-trick of the season as Blackburn ran riot in a ruthless 5-2 home victory over Huddersfield at Ewood Park.
Alan Browne’s 67th minute snatched a narrow win for Preston away at Coventry following Ben Wilson’s foul on Ched Evans.
Finally, Lewis Grabban’s early second half strike rescued Nottingham Forest a 1-1 draw against Stoke, who had taken a 27th minute lead through Rabbi Matondo.