2021-22 Sky Bet Championship: Week 26 Roundup

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Bournemouth remain top of the Sky Bet Championship following the completion of the opening matchweek of 2022, which again saw heavy fixture disruption.

Scott Parker’s Cherries remain top after their Bank Holiday Monday Night Football clash against third-bottom Peterborough was postponed, following a Coronavirus outbreak at the club.

Blackburn however missed a huge opportunity to cut Bournemouth’s lead to a single point after being held to a goalless draw at home to sixth-placed Huddersfield, yet Tony Mowbray’s Rovers were able to improve to second with one point.

Fulham stay third after their trip to Swansea was postponed due to a Coronavirus outbreak within the Welsh club.

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West Brom remain fourth after Callum Robinson cancelled out James Collins’ opener in a fiery 1-1 draw at home to Cardiff, in which there were three red cards shown as Alex Mowatt was sent off for a lunge on Will Vaulks before Sam Johnstone and Aden Flint saw red at full-time.

Goals from Albert Adomah and Chris Willock saw QPR climb to fifth following a 2-1 victory away at Birmingham City, despite Chuks Aneke netting a late consolatory goal for the hosts.

Middlesbrough slipped to seventh after their trip to Sheffield United was postponed due to a Coronavirus outbreak amongst the Teesside based club, which meant that Chris Wilder must wait to take on his former team at Bramall Lane for the first time since his exit in March 2021.

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Down in the relegation zone, Derby came from two goals down to rescue a 2-2 draw at Reading as late goals from Colin Kazim-Richards and Curtis Davies to cancel out Junior Hoilett’s brace for the Royals.

Barnsley remain second-bottom after their trip to Nottingham Forest was postponed due to a combination of Coronavirus cases and injuries within Forest’s first-team squad.

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Elsewhere, Andreas Weimann’s hat-trick saw Bristol City come from behind to defeat Millwall in a 3-2 thriller at Ashton Gate, after initially taking a seventh minute lead before Tom Bradshaw and Benik Afobe struck for the Lions in the opening 29 minutes.

Gary Madine’s penalty saw Blackpool snatch a 31st minute winner in a scrappy New Year’s Day encounter against Hull at Bloomfield Road, after the spot-kick had been awarded following a foul on Josh Bowler.

Goals from Brad Potts and Andrew Hughes saw Preston come from behind to beat Stoke City 2-1 at BET365 Stadium, after Ben Wilmott had fired the Potters ahead from 30 yards.

Finally, Coventry’s home match against Luton was postponed due to a mixture of positive Coronavirus cases and injuries within the Hatters’ senior squad.

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