Championship action this week…03/07/2020

There was further Championship action on Friday evening with the South London ‘Derby’ meeting of Charlton Athletic and  Millwall taking place at the Valley. Loanees Josh Cullen and Aiden McGeady were in the home starting eleven while fellow loanee Jayson Molumby and Alex Pearce started for the visitors. The visiting ‘Lions’ secured the points with a late winner.

The battle to earn a Championship play-off position continued at 5pm on Wednesday afternoon with Derby County scoring the only goal to defeat their hosts Preston North end at Deepdale. Young Jason Knight completed another ninety minutes for the victors while Alan Browne started and Sean Maguire was a 60th minute for the home side. Callum O’Dowda and his Bristol City colleagues have rather fallen off
the promotion play-off pace and this evening’s visit to face Nottingham Forest, who are very much in the play-off mix, was likely to be their last opportunity to re-enter the equation. It was a test they failed, losing by the only goal to their hosts. Dara O’Shea returned to the starting eleven for West Bromwich Albion who journied to face Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough and secured a three nil victory. Sheffield United loanee Callum Robinson  was introduced from the ‘Baggies’ substitute bench on 55 minutes.

The Championship continued at 5pm on Tuesday afternoon with Millwall playing out a one all draw with visitors Swansea City at the New Den. Brighton & Hove Albion loanee Jayson Molumby has extended his loan arrangement with the ‘Lions’ until the completion of the current Championship but was an unused substitute today. Shaun Williams did complete 90 minutes for the ‘Lions’. Move forward one hour and a half to Loftus Road where QPR played host to local rivals Fulham. Ryan Manning started with Olamide Shodipo an 80th minute substitute while Conor Masterson was an unused substitute. Harry Arter and Cyrus Christie both started for the ‘Cottagers’. QPR took a first minute lead but Arter equalised for the visitors 20 minutes later and Christie celebrated his return to action with the winner on 75 minutes. Cardiff City were held to a scoreless draw by visitors Charlton Athletic for whom loanee Josh Cullen started while Aiden McGeady was an unused substitute. Luton Town, surprise winners at Swansea City on Saturday, travelled to current leaders Leeds United with goalscorer James Collins named on the substitute bench. The visiting ‘Hatters’ took a surprise lead but the hosts equalised to secure a point. Saturday’s home defeat had increased the pressure on Stoke City who included Nathan Collins, James McClean and Stephen Ward in their starting eleven at Wigan Athletic. The situation worsened this evening as they crashed to a three nil defeat. Collins and Ward were withdrawn on 70 minutes.