In a weekend which saw the top of the Championship table change once again, there were a few surprises in this week’s set of games.
On Friday night, Wolverhampton Wanderers took on Derby County with both hoping to secure a play off place. It was Wolves who took all three points from this entertaining clash as they restricted the Rams to efforts from outside the box all night.
After constant pressure from the away team, clinical finishing from Nouha Dicko gave and a horrendous goalkeeping error by Lee Grant gave the home side an undeserved 2-0 lead in the second half which they managed to hold on to for the remainder game.
Elsewhere in the promotion chase, there was a clash between two teams tussling for an automatic promotion place. In the lunch time kick off, Middlesbrough travelled to top goal scorers in the league, AFC Bournemouth.
After yet another fantastic display from the home team, more goals were produced for the fans in a convincing 3-0 victory which sent Eddie Howe’s men top of the table after former leaders Watford stumbled at home.
In what was a fairly even game between Watford and Ipswich, the Hornets were made to rue their missed chances as Mick McCarthy’s men grabbed a 90th minute winner to send the travelling supporters home happy as they took all three points.
The second early game of the day saw inconsistent Brentford take on struggling relegation threatened Millwall. After what was a surprising first 85 minutes which saw Millwall take a 2-0 lead, Brentford saved their own blushes as they scored in the 85th and 90th minute to rescue a point which kept their playoff hopes alive.
Moving on, another team which practically secured their playoff spot was Norwich City. Their recent fantastic form was continued in their home game against recently resurged Nottingham Forest. With prolific goal scorer Cameron Jerome on the score sheet once again, fans must have been expecting the inevitable and they weren’t disappointed. The Canaries ran out 3-1 winners which moved them to within three points of league leaders Bournemouth.
In other games in the championship this weekend, despite not having nine first team players available, Cardiff City produced an excellent performance as they picked up where they left off on Tuesday night against Bournemouth as they beat Birmingham City 2-0.
Chris Hughton’s Brighton and Hove Albion recorded a very good 1-0 away win at Blackburn Rovers, bottom club Blackpool held Leeds United to a 1-1 draw at Bloomfield road and Huddersfield lost 2-0 at home against Fulham.
Finally, Charlton beat FA Cup semi finalists Reading 3-2 at home in an entertaining five goal game, Wigan secured a vital point in a 1-1 draw against Bolton Wanderers and relegation battlers Rotherham were beat at home 3-2 in another entertaining five goal thriller against Sheffield Wednesday.