There is no league in the world like the Championship.
Play in England’s second division resumed last week, with all 11 teams playing their first games since the restart. Brentfordwho overcame Fulham in dramatic fashion last week, host the (former) table-toppers West Bromwich Albion on Friday. The Bees won 1-0 to pick up another crucial three points.
Ollie Watkins’ 16th-minute goal proved to be the difference between the two sides, and the three points meant Brentford moved to within five points of the top of the table ahead of Leeds United’s clash with Fulham on Saturday. .
Back to back wins
Clean sheets from back to back.
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— Brentford FC (@BrentfordFC) June 26, 2020
Leeds Need to respond with a great performance against the fourth position. Fulham, and they did so with an impressive 3-0 win. Goals from Patrick Bamford, Izjan Alewski and Jack Harrison earned the hosts a crucial win that moved them to the top of the Championship table.
Elsewhere, parties chasing promotion Preston And Cardiff City Head-to-head went head-to-head early Saturday, with the Bluebirds coming out on top. Daniel Johnson canceled out Joe Rawls’ opener on 73 minutes, but Nathaniel Mendes-Laing restored the away side’s lead with just eight minutes remaining. Robert Glatzel made it 3-1 in injury time. The win keeps Cardiff in sixth place, three points ahead of Preston.
? Win big! A “scripted” and “patterned” #LUFC beat Fulham 3-0.
— Leeds United (@LUFC) June 27, 2020
Derby Also kept their hopes of progress alive as they were overwhelmed. Study Thanks to two first half goals. Tom Lawrence made it 1-0 just before half-time, with Wayne Rooney doubling his side’s lead from the penalty spot just four minutes later. Andy Renomhota pulled one back for Reading midway through the second half, but the hosts looked out to win the game and go on to 57 points.
SwanseaHowever, their efforts to climb the promotion spots suffered a setback, after they were beaten. Luton Town. James Collins scored 18 minutes before full-time, before Jordan Garrick saw red at the end of the game. The win means Luton remain in the relegation places, but it will be a big confidence boost for them as they prepare for their run-in to the season.
Elsewhere on Saturday, Charlton Won 1-0. QPRDarren Pratley scored the only goal of the game just 12 minutes later. The away side saw the majority of the ball, but failed to register a single shot on target.
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Today is not good enough. #SWALUT | @SkyBetChamp pic.twitter.com/LHHk6gKZTO
— Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) June 27, 2020
Down club BarnsleyMeanwhile, made a point against chasing promotion Millwall, the two sides are playing to a 0-0 draw. In a major tussle at the bottom of the table, Middlesbrough A vital three points were secured after the defeat Stoke City 2-0. Ashley Fletcher and Marcus Tournier were on target for the away side. The win means Middlesbrough move above Stoke into 19th, while the Potters now sit just one point above the relegation zone.
As Hull Citythey were moments away from taking a crucial three points, but were denied in a fast-paced clash. Birmingham City. Josh Magness made the perfect start, and they doubled their lead on 16 minutes. However, the hosts pulled it back to 2-2 through goals from Gary Gardner and Daniel Crowley. But Hull took the lead after just seven minutes and looked on course to take all three points.
FT – Blues 3 (Gardner 47 & 88, Crowley 60) Hill 3 (Magnes 2, Scott 16, Kane 67)
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— Birmingham City FC (@BCFC) June 27, 2020
However, Gardner scored his second goal of the game with just two minutes remaining to leave both sides with a point.
WiganMeanwhile, two late goals scored to make a dent in the other remaining game of the week BlackburnDevelopment hopes. Lee Evans and Michael Jacobs both scored inside the last ten minutes to lift Wigan out of the drop zone and secure 47 points.
Brentford 1-0 West Brom (06/26)
Preston 1-3 Cardiff City (06/27)
Swansea 0-1 Luton Town (06/27)
Charlton 1-0 QPR (06/27)
Barnsley 0-0 Millwall (06/27)
Derby County Reading 2-1 (06/27)
Stoke City 0-2 Middlesbrough (06/27)
Birmingham 3-3 Hull City (06/27)
Wigan 2-0 Blackburn (06/27)
Leeds united 3-0 Fulham (06/27)