St Stephen’s Day Championship Action…26/12/2018

There was a full Championship programme on St Stephen’s Day with current leaders Leeds United coming from behind and scoring twice in added time to defeat their visitors Blackburn Rovers by three goals to two at Elland Road. Darragh Lenihan and Derrick Williams both started for the ‘Riversiders’ with Williams conceding an ‘own goal’ for the Leeds opener. Improving Birmingham City moved into seventh place with a two nil victory over visitors Stoke City who included James McClean in their starting eleven. The host ‘Blues’ had the in-form Lukas Jutkiewicz leading their line and he may be another Mick McCarthy target for Ireland assuming his eligibility is confirmed. Callum O’Dowda started for Bristol City and Alan Judge was a late substitute for Brentford in their one all draw at Ashton Gate. Goalkeepers Darren Randolph for Middlesbrough and Keiren Westwood for their visitors Sheffield Wednesday were in opposition with Westwood playing just his second match of the season and keeping his second clean sheet in a one nil victory for the ‘Owls’. Alan Browne was again on the scoresheet for Preston North End but to no avail as visitors Hull City secured a two one victory. The Sheffield United quartet of John Egan, Enda Stevens, David McGoldrick and Jack O’Connell all started the three one victory over visitors Derby County and Richard Keogh with McGoldrick again on the scoresheet. Conor Hourihane scored the only goal for Aston Villa as they overcame their hosts Swansea City. Glenn Whelan also started for the visitors but Scott Hogan remained unused on the substitute bench.