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Leeds in trouble? The Championship action you might have missed

By Mohamed Moallim

Published: 22:00, 19 April 2019

Leeds United fell to a shock defeat at home to Wigan Athletic on Good Friday, seriously denting their Premier League promotion hopes.

On the same day, Chris Wilder’s Sheffield United beat Nottingham Forest 2-0 to overtake Marcelo Bielsa’s men, while Norwich City salvaged a last-minute draw at home to Sheffield Wednesday

At the other end of the table, Rotherham were unable to capitalise on Millwall’s draw with Brentford as they lost 4-3 to Swansea in a thrilling match at the Liberty Stadium.

At Squawka, we’ve summed up every single match from this round of the Championship to make sure you don’t miss a thing.

Bristol City 1-1 Reading

Reading failed to make it back-to-back league wins after squandering a 0-1 lead at Bristol City, who put last week’s defeat at Aston Villa behind them. Yakou Meïté had given the visitors the lead moments after the half-time interval, but his effort was cancelled out 18 minutes from the end by Josh Brownhill.

What it means: Bristol City remain in touching distance of the play-offs, Lee Johnson’s men now sit a point below Middlesbrough who currently occupy the final spot. As for Reading their Championship status remains in balance, The Royals are 19th and five points above the drop with three matches remaining.

Sheffield United 2-0 Nottingham Forest

Sheffield United returned to winning ways following consecutive 1-1 draws against Birmingham City and Millwall. Mark Duffy and Enda Stevens, striking in the second half, condemned Nottingham Forest to a fourth successive defeat on the bounce.

What it means: The Blades remain on course to be win automatic promotion back to the Premier League after a 12-year absence. As for Forest there is now no mathematical chance of them reaching the play-offs.

Millwall 1-1 Brentford

Millwall are now unbeaten in four league games, but have drawn their last three in a row. A point at The Den with 10 men, after Henrik Dalsgaard saw red in the 35th minute, is a good result for Brentford who have now won just one of their last eight Championship games.

What it means: A point saw Millwall stretch themselves from the relegation zone to three points with four matches left this season. Brentford remain languished in mid-table with no chance of being relegated or promoted.

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Birmingham City 2-2 Derby County

Frank Lampard’s Derby County rescued a point having gone behind twice. Birmingham City took the lead, through Lukas Jutkiewicz with two minutes on the clock, before Martyn Waghorn equalised five minutes later. Michael Morrison would restore their lead only for Richard Keogh to secure The Rams a hardfought point away from home.

What it means: Despite dropping two points Derby County can still make the playoffs, they are currently three points sixth place Middlesbrough with a game in hand. Birmingham City will require at least three more points, from their next three games, to secure another season in the Championship.

Bolton Wanderers 0-2 Aston Villa

Aston Villa remain the Championships most in-form side, this was their ninth consecutive league win at Bolton’s expense, a feat they’ve not managed in 109 years. Jack Grealish opened the scoring after the break and The Villans saw their lead doubled by on-loan Chelsea marksman Tammy Abraham who becomes the first Villa player since 1977 to bag 25 league goals in a single campaign.

What it means: Villa – who sit fifth – are not yet guaranteed a playoff berth, but they are in a commanding position A fourth successive defeat has condemned Bolton Wanderers to League One football.

Leeds United 1-2 Wigan Athletic

This should have been straightforward for high-flying Leeds who seek a return to Premier League football having been away since 2004. Marcelo Bielsa’s men went took an early lead through Patrick Bamford but struggling Wigan had other ideas. Despite starting the day sitting two points above the relegation zone, and having Cedric Kipre sent off before Leeds opened the scoring, Gavin Massey would grab a brace and inflict the Yorkshire club to their most freystarting defeat of the season.

What it means: Leeds can still go up automatically, sitting third The Peacocks are level on points with second place Sheffield United with three games left to go. Wigan, meanwhile, have given themselves a great chance of staving off relegation. They now find themselves sitting five points above the drop.

Middlesbrough 1-0 Stoke City

A fixture often mocked as a ‘Pulis derby’ produced a typically tight result, with Boro winning out 1-0 over Stoke City. Fans must have thought they were in for a thriller when Britt Assombalonga opened the scoring after just two minutes but that was to be one of just three shots on target in the entire match. With 14 total shots to Boro’s seven, 63.4% possession and 415 completed passes to Boro’s 211, Stoke will feel they really should have taken something back home from the Riverside.

What it means: Thanks to Bristol City’s draw with Reading earlier in the day, Boro have moved back into the playoff places. Stoke, meanwhile, languish in 16th with only pride to play for now.

Preston North End 4-0 Ipswich Town

A torrid season just keeps on getting worse for Ipswich Town, who have now conceded 72 goals this season thanks to their 4-0 defeat away to Preston – only Bolton and Rotherham have leaked more. A first-half double from Callum Robinson, followed by a second-half brace from Lukas Nmecha did the business at Deepdale for North End, who have ended a run of four straight defeats.

What it means: Preston are seven points behind sixth-placed Boro having fallen off the playoff race with their poor run. They can, however, be proud of their efforts against clubs with far bigger budgets. For Ipswich, they have just four wins all season and this result really sums the whole campaign up.

QPR 1-2 Blackburn Rovers

Goals from Danny Graham and Bradley Dack put Blackburn 2-0 up at Loftus Road, with Rovers able to hold out despite a 92nd-minute goal from QPR’s Matt Smith. Managerless QPR have now won just one of their last nine games, while Blackburn have extended their winning streak to three games.

What it means: 17th-placed QPR remain safe in all but name but the defeat means Rovers, who are 14th, have opened up an eight-point gap between themselves and today’s hosts.

Swansea 4-3 Rotherham

In a battle that swung from side to side all afternoon, Swansea put a huge dint in Rotherham’s Championship survival hopes, running out 4-3 winners at the Liberty Stadium. The Millers led 2-1 at half-time thanks to goals from Michael Ihiekwe and Matt Crooks, while Oli McBurnie netted for the Swans. However, second-half goals from Barrie McKay, a contentious effort from George Byers and another Mcburnie effort all-but killed off Rotherham. Will Vaulks did manage to pull one back for the visitors but it wasn’t enough to salvage a result.

What it means: With Millwall only managing a draw at home to Brentford, this was a real chance for Rotherham to put pressure on the sides above them. However, the defeat leaves them three points adrift of safety in 22nd. Swansea leapfrog Nottingham Forest into 12th.

West Brom 3-2 Hull City

A double from Dwight Gayle in the second-half was enough to secure a 3-2 comeback win for West Brom against Hull City at the Hawthorns. Hull full-back Todd Kane, on loan from Chelsea, had scored twice to cancel out Keiran Gibbs’ opener before West Brom rallied as the game drew on, securing back-to-back victories for the Baggies.

What it means: West Brom are well cemented in the playoff places in fourth and will run the gauntlet for Premier League football. Hull drop to 11th thanks to wins from Preston and Sheffield Wednesday.

Norwich City 2-2 Sheffield Wednesday

The final game of this Good Friday programme saw league leaders Norwich City take on Sheffield Wednesday. Despite not winning, the Canaries moved another point closer to the Championship title with a 2-2 draw. At home, that result is not what they wanted or what was on the cards when Max Stiepermann opened the scoring in the 19th minute. Wednesday were level through Fernando Forestieri on 33 minutes and if you do just one thing this Easter weekend, make sure it’s watching that goal as many times as you can. Veteran striker Steven Fletcher thought he had scored the winner in the 53rd minute but Steve Bruce was denied with a last-minute free-kick from Mario Vrancic. A game of wondergoals.

What it means: Norwich can still secure the Championship title and promotion in their next game should things go their way, as they sit four points clear of Sheffield United and Leeds United. It could have been so much better for Daniel Farke’s men after their fast start but, then again, their last-minute leveller means it could have been far worse. The three points for Wednesday moves the Yorkshire side into 10th.