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Vital View - Championship, 13th-15th April 2017

Vital View - Championship, 13th-15th April 2017

The Championship season continued with the latest round of games played on Good Friday.

Brighton hold a healthy advantage over Newcastle in the bid to win the title - four points.

At the other end Wigan and Blackburn boosted their survival hopes with Nottingham Forest and Burton dragged right back into the dogfight.

Here's a round up of the Championship action from the other games.

Results

Thursday 13th April 2017 - CHAMPIONSHIP
Wigan Athletic 3-2 Barnsley 19:45

Friday 14th April 2017 - CHAMPIONSHIP
Brentford 4-0 Derby County 15:00
Bristol City 2-1 Queens Park Rangers 15:00
Huddersfield Town 3-2 Preston North End 15:00
Norwich City 1-3 Fulham 15:00
Nottingham Forest 0-1 Blackburn Rovers 15:00
Rotherham United 1-1 Birmingham City 15:00
Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 Cardiff City 15:00
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-2 Brighton & Hove Albion 17:00
Burton Albion 1-2 Ipswich Town 19:45
Newcastle United 1-1 Leeds United 19:45

Saturday 15th April 2017 - CHAMPIONSHIP
Aston Villa 1-3 Reading 15:00

If Wigan are to stay in the Championship an 11 minute hat trick from Nick Powell on Thursday could prove the turning point? Two down, 19 minutes to play, the Latics were dead and buried against Barnsley - this 3-2 win moves them five points from safety.

Brentford's 4-0 win over Derby - a fourth win in five - keeps the Bees very much on course to finish in the top-10. This heavy defeat for the Rams - after three straight wins - all but ended their slim hopes of finishing in the play-offs.

Successive wins means Bristol City, 18th, remain four points clear of the relegation zone. QPR - suffering a fourth straight defeat - pulled a goal back in added time but it couldn't deny the Robins a 2-1 victory.

Huddersfield's slim automatic promotion hopes were boosted when they came from behind to lead Preston. An equaliser from the visitors looked as if it would see the game end in a draw until Town scored an added time winner in this 3-2 victory to close to within eight points of second-placed Newcastle, with a game in hand - North End will now certainly miss out of the top-six.

A third defeat in four was suffered by Norwich when losing 3-1 to play-off chasing Fulham - who won despite having a player sent off in the first half. The Whites remain two points behind Sheffield Wednesday, sixth.

Nottingham Forest are right back in a relegation battle following a defeat at the City Ground against, then second-bottom, Blackburn. A late goal clinched Rovers a 1-0 win to move to within two points of Burton and Forest.

Already relegated Rotherham ended a 10 game losing run with a late equaliser in a 1-1 draw with Birmingham. This point means the Blues are only four points clear of the relegation zone.

Sheffield Wednesday's late winner secured a 1-0 victory over Cardiff that kept the Owls above Fulham, seventh, in the final play-off spot.

Wolves slipped to back-to-back defeats against title chasing Brighton. Albion's 2-0 win took them five points clear of Newcastle at the top - who reduced this to four when held later that evening.

A second defeat in three has seen Burton slip to within a couple of points of the relegation zone. Ipswich's 2-1 win at the Pirelli Stadium has all but secured them a place in the Championship next season.

Newcastle dropped two points against Leeds when conceding a dramatic added time equaliser at St James' Park. The Magpies, four points behind leaders Brighton, had been set for a win until the Whites claimed a 1-1 draw - moving them three points ahead of Fulham, seventh.

Aston Villa's first defeat in five was a blow to their top-10 finish hopes. However, Reading's 3-1 win - as the Royals reacted positively to a 7-1 trashing at Norwich - took them up to fourth, six points clear of the play-off chasing pack.

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Writer:Site Staff
Date:Sunday April 16 2017
Time: 9:27AM

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P Brighton 46 28 9 9 93 34
3 Reading 46 26 7 13 85 4
4 Sheff Wed 46 24 9 13 81 15
5 Huddersfield 46 25 6 15 81 -2
6 Fulham 46 22 14 10 80 28
7 Leeds Utd 46 22 9 15 75 14
8 Norwich 46 20 10 16 70 16
9 Derby County 46 18 13 15 67 4
10 Brentford 46 18 10 18 64 10
11 Preston 46 16 14 16 62 1
12 Cardiff 46 17 11 18 62 -1
13 Aston Villa 46 16 14 16 62 -1
14 Barnsley 46 15 13 18 58 -3
15 Wolves 46 16 10 20 58 -4
16 Ipswich 46 13 16 17 55 -10
17 Bristol City 46 15 9 22 54 -6
18 Q.P.R. 46 15 8 23 53 -14
19 Birmingham 46 13 14 19 53 -19
20 Burton 46 13 13 20 52 -14
21 Forest 46 14 9 23 51 -10
R Blackburn 46 12 15 19 51 -12
R Wigan 46 10 12 24 42 -17
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