talkSPORT.com rounds up all of Wednesday’s Championship motion as there was drama at each ends of the desk…
Britt Assombalonga’s controversial end handed Middlesbrough a Championship survival enhance in a niggly 2-Zero win at Millwall.
Assombalonga’s eighth league purpose of the season and a late Ashley Fletcher penalty stole Boro a second win beneath new boss Neil Warnock and an enormous enhance of their bid to keep away from the drop.
Fletcher fouled Jake Cooper within the build-up to Assombalonga’s purpose nevertheless, the 24-year-old clearly clipping the Millwall defender’s heels, earlier than sauntering in on purpose and taking part in in Assombalonga.
As Millwall’s gamers all stopped anticipating a free-kick, referee Tim Robinson let play proceed – leaving the Lions fuming when Assombalonga’s purpose was allowed to face.
The second-half drinks break that rapidly adopted Assombalonga’s purpose was instructive as to Millwall’s lingering frustrations. Midfielder Ryan Woods requested fourth official Neil Hair: “How is that not a foul? How is that not a foul? ****ing ineffective!”
Simply when Millwall had calmed down nevertheless, Cooper felled Fletcher within the field, and the day’s controversial determine stepped up and buried the ensuing spot-kick.
The loss will show a dent in Millwall’s bid to succeed in the play-offs, whereas Warnock will fortunately seize all three factors.
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Elsewhere, West Brom turned up the title strain on Leeds as they returned to the highest of the Championship and moved a step nearer to a Premier League return.
Grady Diangana and Dara O’Shea struck to down Derby 2-Zero with Slaven Bilic’s aspect now two factors clear on the high, having performed a recreation extra, and 5 factors forward of third-placed Brentford.
Derby’s play-off hopes had been hit as they dropped to eighth and Louie Sibley was despatched off in damage time.
Leeds host Stoke on Thursday understanding victory will reclaim the lead however Bilic must be glad with knowledgeable job performed with simply 4 video games left.
Swansea additionally strengthened their Championship play-off claims after piling on extra woe for Birmingham City with a 3-1 win at St Andrew’s.
The South Wales aspect got here from behind after Lukas Jutkiewicz’s fifth-minute opener as on-loan Liverpool ahead Rhian Brewster, Ben Cabango and Jay Fulton turned the sport on its head.
A second successive victory for Steve Cooper’s aspect noticed them transfer inside some extent and a spot of the highest six behind fierce rivals Cardiff, whereas Brewster made it eight objectives in 16 video games since his arrival from Anfield in January.
However the consequence extended the frustration for Blues, who at the moment are 10 video games and not using a win within the Championship.
They’ve taken simply six factors out of a potential 30 beneath departing head coach Pep Clotet and have conceded 3 times in every of their final 5 dwelling video games.
Wigan’s hopes of avoiding the drop had been boosted as Kieffer Moore’s first-half strike earned the beleaguered Championship outfit a 1-Zero win over QPR at a rain-soaked DW Stadium.
Taking part in at dwelling for the primary time since final week’s announcement that they’d entered administration, Latics went forward within the 33rd minute when Moore rifled a shot previous Joe Lumley having been performed in by Sam Morsy.
Moore practically added a second after the interval, whereas QPR’s closest try was an Ilias Chair shot saved in advantageous model by David Marshall.
The consequence leaves Wigan eight factors above the relegation zone with 4 video games left to play.
However having entered administration, the membership face a 12-point penalty – towards which they’re interesting – that will likely be utilized this season if Paul Cook dinner’s males end outdoors the underside three.
The specter of relegation stays appreciable, however Cook dinner and his gamers won’t be missing in perception following this seventh win in 9 video games as they bounced again from Saturday’s 3-Zero loss at Brentford.
Mark Warburton’s QPR, regardless of a fourth loss in 5, are additionally eight factors above the drop zone.
In the meantime, objectives from Famara Diedhiou and Jamie Paterson gave Bristol City a 2-1 win over relegation-threatened Hull of their first match since sacking head coach Lee Johnson.
The hosts took a 41st-minute lead when Paterson’s first-time cross into the field discovered Diedhiou unmarked. The striker was given time and area to regulate the ball and slot it previous George Lengthy.
Paterson doubled the benefit after 53 minutes with an excellent right-footed free-kick from 30 yards that went in off the crossbar after Diedhiou had been fouled.
Hull skipper Jordy De Wijs lower the deficit with a 60th-minute glancing header from George Honeyman’s free-kick on the left.
However the Robins held on for his or her first win in 10 video games, condemning their opponents to a spot within the Championship’s backside three with simply 4 video games left.
Within the late kick-off, Preston rekindled their Championship play-off hopes with three late objectives at Hillsborough to sink Sheffield Wednesday 3-1.
Wednesday broke the impasse early within the second half via Jacob Murphy’s advantageous effort, however Preston hit again to show the sport on its head with objectives from substitutes Scott Sinclair, Jayden Stockley and Brad Potts.
The victory halted a seven-game winless run for Alex Neil’s aspect, who’ve climbed as much as eighth place, three factors adrift of the highest six.
Wednesday slipped to a 3rd straight league defeat, however the scoreline was harsh on Garry Monk’s aspect, who hit the crossbar via Dominic Iorfa within the first half.
Millwall 0-2 Middlesbrough
West Brom 2-Zero Derby
Birmingham 1-Three Swansea
Bristol City 2-1 Hull
Wigan 1-Zero QPR
Sheffield Wednesday 1-Three Preston