2021-22 Sky Bet Championship: Week 18 Roundup

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Fulham moved top of Sky Bet Championship following a dramatic matchweek as the second-tier returned to domestic action after the latest international break.

Tom Lawrence’s seven-minute brace saw rock-bottom Derby come from behind to stun Bournemouth 3-2 at Pride Park after initially taking the lead through Jason Knight, in a week where the Rams were deducted nine points for breaches of EFL financial rules.

Fulham consequently moved top of the Championship by one point from Bournemouth for the first time in two months after thrashing second-bottom Barnsley 4-1 at Craven Cottage, where Harry Wilson provided a goal and assist as the Tykes lost their first match under manager – Poya Asbaghi.

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West Bromwich Albion remain third but slipped nine points adrift of second-placed ….. after suffering a 1-0 defeat at Huddersfield, with Daniel Sinani striking a sixth minute winner for the seventh-placed Terriers whilst Jake Livermore was red carded for the Baggies.

Goals from Mario Vrancic and Tyrese Campbell saw Stoke City edge past third-bottom Peterborough to go fourth with a 2-0 home win, despite Sam Surridge being sent off for the hosts in injury time.

Coventry City consequently slipped to fifth on goal difference after the Sky Blues found themselves held to a goalless draw at Sheffield United.

QPR round out the top six after goals from Chris Willock and Charlie Austin wrapped up a 2-0 home victory over Luton in Friday Night Football.

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Elsewhere, Cardiff clinched their first victory under new manager – Steve Morison as second-half goals from Mark McGuiness and James Collins sealed a comeback 2-1 win at Preston.

Hull clinched back-to-back wins for first time since conclusion of last season after defeating Birmingham City 2-0 through goals from George Honeyman and Mallik Wilks, although the West Midlands visitors had Gary Gardner red carded just before half-time following a headbutt on Josh Magennis.

Chris Wilder’s reign as Middlesbrough manager got off to a positive start as the Teessiders were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Millwall, as Sol Bamba’s own goals handed the Lions a point after Boro had claimed a 15th minute lead through Matt Crooks.

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Blackpool’s winless run extended to three matches after Keshi Anderson rescued the Tangerines a late 1-1 draw at Swansea, after the Swans had led through Joel Piroe’s 25-yard 35th minute strike.

Ben Brereton’s 75th minute equaliser saw Blackburn fight back to snatch a 1-1 draw at Bristol City, after the Robins took a 34th minute lead through Callum O’Dowda.

Finally, Nottingham Forest made it one defeat in their ten matches under Steve Cooper after holding on for a 1-1 draw at Reading, as Philip Zinckernagel’s opener was cancelled out by the Royals’ Scott Dann.

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