Date: 3rd February 2017 at 8:26am
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The Championship season continued with the latest round of games played during midweek.

Brighton were beaten but remain a point clear of Newcastle in the automatic promotion battle. Derby moved back into a play-off place with Rotherham, Blackburn and Wigan still in the relegation zone.

Here’s a round up of the Championship action from the other games played, with one to take place.


Tuesday 31st January 2017 – CHAMPIONSHIP
Barnsley 1-3 Wolverhampton Wanderers 19:45
Birmingham City 0-1 Reading 19:45
Brentford 3-0 Aston Villa 19:45
Bristol City 2-2 Sheffield Wednesday 19:45
Cardiff City 2-0 Preston North End 19:45
Ipswich Town 0-3 Derby County 19:45
Nottingham Forest 2-0 Rotherham United 19:45

Wednesday 1st February 2017 – CHAMPIONSHIP
Blackburn Rovers 1-2 Leeds United 19:45
Burton Albion 0-2 Fulham 19:45
Newcastle United 2-2 Queens Park Rangers 19:45

Thursday 2nd February 2017 – CHAMPIONSHIP
Huddersfield Town 3-1 Brighton & Hove Albion 19:45

The Championship action got underway with action on Tuesday with Barnsley missing a chance to move into the play-offs when beaten 3-1 by Wolves. A second win in three – which followed up the FA Cup win over Liverpool – took Wolves 10 points clear of trouble.

Gianfranco Zola’s wait for a Birmingham win went on with the Blues now eight without a victory. A 1-0 win at St Andrew’s by Reading kept them in 3rd and took them – at the time – to within three points of an automatic promotion place.

Back-to-back defeats ended in emphatic fashion when Brentford thrashed Aston Villa 3-0 at Griffin Park to move above Villa. Steve Bruce’s side have now lost three in a five game winless run.

Bristol City twice came back from behind to end an eight game losing run. This 2-2 kept them clear of the relegation zone and also meant Sheffield Wednesday dropped out of the top 6.

Cardiff’s fourth win in the last six – ending successive defeats – meant the Bluebirds moved 11 points above the relegation zone. A first Preston defeat on six saw North End’s potential play-off push damaged.

Despite a 3-0 defeat Ipswich remain well clear of relegation trouble. This Derby win at Portman Road was enough to put the Rams back into 6th above Sheffield Wednesday on goal difference.

A second win in the last three from Nottingham Forest means they are now eight points above the relegation zone. Rotherham are all but doomed after a third straight defeat – they’ve won only four games all season – to leave them effectively 13 points from safety due to their woeful goal difference.

Blackburn looked to have rescued a point at Ewood Park on Wednesday with a late equaliser. However, Leeds’ last minute winner secured them a 2-1 victory – meaning Rovers remain second bottom – to see the Whites remain right in the promotion battle.

Nigel Clough’s first game in charge of Burton since rejecting a return to Nottingham Forest ended with the Brewers losing for an eighth game in 10. Fulham closed to within three points of the top 6 with this 2-0 win at the Pirelli Stadium.

If Newcastle had recorded a third straight win they would have returned to the top of the table. However, a last minute own goal meant the Magpies had to content with a 2-2 draw against QPR at St James’ Park opening the door to Brighton to move four points clear.

The door might have been left open to Brighton but the Championship leaders couldn’t take this opportunity as Albion were beaten 3-1 at Huddersfield on Thursday. The Terriers’ win kept them in 5th but took them to within seven points of an automatic promotion place and opened up a six point gap between them and the chasing pack outside of the top 6.

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