2020-21 Sky Bet Championship: Week 45 Roundup

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A dramatic penultimate matchweek of the 2020-21 Sky Bet Championship ensured that the fight for survival would go to the final day, whilst Norwich wrapped up the title at the summit.

Norwich wrapped up the title after Kieran Dowell’s brace helped the Canaries come from behind to thrash Reading 4-1 at Carrow Road, having fell behind to Josh Laurent’s 12th minute header for the Royals.

Watford who have already clinched promotion suffered a 2-0 defeat at Brentford as goals from Marcus Forss and Ivan Toney secured third for the Bees, which means home advantage in the second leg of their play-off semi-final.

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Swansea climbed to fourth after fighting back through goals from Morgan Whittaker and Connor Roberts to defeat Derby, who initially led through Tom Lawrence’s 48th minute header as the Rams face a final day scrap in their bid for survival.

Bournemouth consequently slipped to fifth after losing at rock-bottom Wycombe as Uche Ikpeazu curled in a fourth minute winner for the Chairboys, although they now need a huge final day victory and results going their way if they are to survive.

Barnsley round out the top six with a second defeat in their last four games, as Jordan Storey provided a goal and assist in a 2-0 home win for Preston at Deepdale.

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Down in the relegation zone, Rotherham sit two points from survival after being held to two draws in three days, having drawn 1-1 at home to Blackburn before scrapping their way to a goalless draw at Luton on Tuesday evening.

Sheffield Wednesday remain second bottom after being held to a goalless home draw against Nottingham Forest, leaving Darren Moore’s Owls needing to beat Derby on the final day if they are to stand a chance at survival.

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Elsewhere, Harry Wilson ran riot to grab his first senior hat-trick as Cardiff thrashed Birmingham City 4-0 at St Andrews’ Stadium.

QPR climbed to ninth as strikes from Charlie Austin and Osman Kakay proved enough to edge past Stoke City.

Middlesbrough consequently dropped to tenth after coming from behind to draw 1-1 at Luton through Duncan Watmore, just two minutes after Glen Rea headed the Hatters ahead from a 19th minute corner.

Scott Malone provided a goal and assist as 11th placed Millwall thrashed Bristol City 4-1 at The Den.

Finally, Danny Ward’s rebound goal rescued Huddersfield a point in a 1-1 draw against Coventry who had briefly led through Jordan Shipley deflected strike.

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