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Advantage Watford and Middlesbrough in Championship title race



After another busy night in the Sky Bet Championship, there are new league leaders in Watford who capitalised on top scorers Bournemouth slipping up at Cardiff.

Watford are top of the Championship

Watford are top of the Championship

Thanks to a Troy Deeney brace in the second half at the DW stadium, Watford moved top of the league on goal difference with Middlesbrough hot on their heels only a goal off behind them.

On what was a very tough surface to play on, Watford’s in form Birmingham born striker Troy Deeney secured all three points with two goals that were well taken.

The first was a bullet header as he darted into the box and the second was an injury time penalty which he smashed past Wigan goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi.

Similar to Watford, Middlesbrough also took advantage of Bournemouth slipping up in Wales as they overcame a strong battle against other automatic hopefuls, Derby County.

As both teams created chances, it was one bit of magic from on loan striker Patrick Bamford, who bagged his third goal in two games, that sent Boro two points clear of the seaside club.

As Bamford was sent through on goal, he rounded the on rushing Lee Grant and squeezed his effort in from a very tight angle.

In the Bournemouth game, the former league leaders took a deserved lead thanks to Harry Arter’s wonder strike from all of 25 yards that arrowed into the top corner.

However, the previously free scoring team failed to add to their tally and were made to rue missed chances as Cardiff centre back Bruno Ecuele Manga dominated in the air at a corner and converted his header to make sure Eddie Howe’s men didn’t get all three points.

In other games in the championship title race, Norwich were caught up in what was a hectic last eight minutes of stoppage time. As they approached the end of the game, it was all square at 1-1 but James Vaughan popped up for Huddersfield in the 95th minute to secure what looked like three points at the time, only for the striker to get a second booking for taking his shirt off which made for a nervy ending to the game.

James Vaughan and Huddersfield were made to regret the red card when in the eighth minute of stoppage time Norwich equalised thanks to Jamar Loza in what was a sensational 2-2 draw.

Elsewhere, Brentford came from behind twice at Ewood Park to win 3-2 against FA cup hopefuls Blackburn Rovers in what was arguably the most entertaining game of the night. Bottom side Blackpool edged one step closer to League one as they lost 3-0 at home to Charlton Athletic.

Ipswich Town climbed back into the playoff contention with a hard fought 1-0 win over Bolton Wanders. Wolverhampton Wanders also moved a step closer in their search for a playoff place courtesy of an emphatic 3-0 in over Sheffield Wednesday with in form Benik Afobe once again getting on the score sheet.

Finally Millwall and Brighton played out a dull 0-0 draw at the Den which means that the London side are now eight points from safety and look almost certain to join Blackpool in League One next season.

ScoopDragon Football News Network

Article title: Advantage Watford and Middlesbrough in Championship title race

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