This week in the Championship…10/07/2020

The Championship continued on Friday evening with promotion play-off candidates Fulham and Cardiff City locking horns at 8.15pm in Craven Cottage. Harry Arter and Cyrus Christie both started for the hosts who consolidated their position with a two nil victory.  Earlier at 6pm James Collins and his Luton Town colleagues continued their relegation battle with a two nil success at Huddersfield Town.

Championship promotion candidates Leeds United returned to the summit of the League Table with a crushing five nil victory over Elland Road visitors Stoke City. Nathan Collins and James McClean started for the visitors with Collins withdrawn at half-time while  Stephen Ward remained unused on the substitute bench. 

Alex Pearce and Shaun Williams started for Millwall with Jayson Molumby a 63rd minute substitute for Williams as the ‘Lions’ suffered a two nil defeat by visitors Middlesbrough at the New Den in the Championship on Wednesday afternoon. Dara O’Shea started and scored the second goal for West Bromwich Albion who maintained their promotion push with a two nil success over visitors Derby County. Loanee Callum Robinson was a 51st minute substitute for the ‘Baggies’ while young Jason Knight was introduced from the ‘Rams’ substitute bench on 65 minutes. Loanee Scott Hogan started for  Birmingham City but was withdrawn at half-time as they went down to a three one defeat by visitors Swansea City at St Andrews. Ryan Manning started for QPR while Olamide Shodipo was a 57th minute substitute as they went down to a one nil defeat at Wigan Athletic. Defender Conor Masterson was an unused substitute for the ‘Rs’. Callum O’Dowda was an unused substitute for Bristol City who defeated visitors Hull City by two goals to one at Ashton Gate. In the late kick-off, Alan Browne and Seamus Maguire both started for Preston North End in their three one success at Sheffield Wednesday.

Championship promotion chasing Nottingham Forest and Fulham met at the City Ground at 5pm on Tuesday afternoon where Harry Arter scored the only goal in the fourth minute of added time at the end of the first half. Arter was replaced on 71 minutes while Cyrus Christie was an unused substitute for the victorious visitors. Loanee Josh Cullen was in the Charlton Athletic side which went down to a two one defeat at promotion chasing Brentford. Aiden McGeady remained unused on the ‘Addicks’ substitute bench. Daragh Lenihan started for Blackburn Rovers who journied to face Cardiff City where they came from behind to secure a three two success and keep alive their promotion play-off hopes. Luton Town and James Collins played out a one all draw with fellow relegation strugglers Barnsley at Kenilworth Road.

QPR included Ryan Manning in their starting eleven while Conor Masterson and Olamide Shodipo remained unused on the substitute bench for their one nil victory over hosts Middlesbrough on Sunday afternoon. Dara O’Shea was in the West Bromwich Albion side which secured a four two success over Hull City at the Hawthorns where loanee Callum Robinson was an unused substitute. 

Pride Park hosted the Championship meeting of bitter rivals Derby County and Nottingham Forest at 12.30pm on Saturday afternoon where young Jason Knight started the host ‘Rams’. The visitors took an early lead and looked set to collect three points when Knight‘s replacement was dismissed in the fourth minute of added time but a scrambled equaliser seven minutes into added time earned the hosts a valuable point. Daragh Lenihan and his Blackburn Rovers colleagues went down to a three one defeat by current leaders Leeds United at Ewood Park while Bristol City and Callum O’Dowda suffered a one nil defeat by Cardiff City at Ashton Gate. Midweek goalscoring duo, Harry Arter and Cyrus Christie both started for Fulham who scored an added time winner to defeat visitors Birmingham City and Scott Hogan at Craven Cottage. Alan Browne started with Seamus Maguire a 72nd minute substitute for Preston North End who played out a scoreless draw at Huddersfield Town while James Collins started for Luton Town who suffered a crushing five nil defeat by visitors Reading. At the BET 365 Stadium, troubled Stoke City defeated fellow relegation candidates Barnsley by four goals to nil with James McClean in their starting eleven while Nathan Collins and Stephen Ward were unused on the substitute bench.