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Six talking points from the Sky Bet Championship weekend

7 December 2015

More managerial changes, late comebacks and stunning upsets – here are six of the major talking points from the Sky Bet Championship weekend.

No stopping Brighton & Hove Albion

Brighton & Hove Albion stretched their unbeaten run to 20 Sky Bet Championship games following an incredible comeback against Charlton Athletic. The Seagulls found themselves 2-0 down after four minutes after goals from Ademola Lookman and Reza Ghoochannejhad, but turned it around in the second half.

Read more: 'Fortune, quality and guile' key in Brighton & Hove Albion 's win - Chris Hughton

James Wilson, on loan from Manchester United, got one back for his first Seagulls goal, before Charlton's Patrick Bauer was sent off. Bobby Zamora equalised for Brighton in the 83rd minute and just two minutes later they were 3-2 ahead, courtesy of Tomer Hemed's sixth goal of the season.

RESULT OF THE DAY - @OfficialBHAFC: Recover to win from 2-0 down ?? 20 games unbeaten ? Top of the @SkyBetChamp ?? pic.twitter.com/0XYp3FLMQ7

— The Football League (@football_league) December 5, 2015
Preston prevail in Lancashire derby

Having not won at Turf Moor since 2007, Preston North End turned the tables to beat Burnley 2-0 in their long-awaited Sky Bet Championship meeting on Saturday. The defeat put an end to the Clarets' nine-match unbeaten run and was the Lilywhites' first win since early November.

Read more: Hard work pays off for Simon Grayson and Preston North End

It was a special day for the Keane family, with Will playing for Preston and Michael turning out for Burnley. However, it was Will who came out on top, scoring Preston's opener before Daniel Johnson put them 2-0 ahead and secured all three points.

Great team performance yesterday, conditions were tough ???? but a massive 3 points and clean sheet .. Great following again ????? #pnefc

— Paul Gallagher (@Gally_7) December 6, 2015
One in, one out

There was further managerial movement throughout the division this weekend, involving the two sides who contested the Thursday night fixture.

Following their 1-0 loss to Queens Park Rangers live on Sky Sports, Reading dismissed manager Steve Clarke on Friday morning, after just one win in eight Sky Bet Championship games.

Read more: Reading part company with manager Steve Clarke

Just hours after the Royals' decision, their Matchday 19 opponents, QPR, appointed Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink as their new manager.

Read more: Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink joins Queens Park Rangers

Blue Christmas?

After a strong start to the season for Birmingham City, the Blues have begun to struggle in recent weeks.

While they remain in and around the Play-Off places, Gary Rowett's side have lost their last three games, with the latest coming in Saturday's 2-0 defeat to Huddersfield Town. It also means Birmingham haven't scored any goals at home in their last four matches – their worst run since 2010.

In the opposite dugout, it was a first win as Huddersfield boss for David Wagner, who guided the Terriers to a first victory in seven games.



Strong start for Paul Lambert

Paul Lambert continued his unbeaten start to life with Blackburn Rovers at the weekend, beating Bristol City 2-0 at Ashton Gate. The Robins had Nathan Baker sent off early in the second half, and Rovers took full advantage.

Grant Hanley put Blackburn ahead 10 minutes later before Ben Marshall scored from the penalty spot to secure the win. Lambert, who won back-to-back promotions in The Football League with Norwich City, now has seven points from a possible nine, and comes up against second-from-bottom Rotherham United at the weekend.

Grounded out the win!!! Happy days!!! Enjoy your weekend @OneRovers ????

— Hope Akpan (@HopeAkpan) December 5, 2015
Play-Off battle taking shape

With every team having played 19 games in the Sky Bet Championship, the race for the Play-Off spots is really hotting up.

Cardiff City replaced Birmingham in sixth place at the weekend, and they're closely followed by Sheffield Wednesday. But, only three points separates them from 12th-placed QPR, while Ipswich Town, Brentford and Reading remain in the mix.

Read more: Sky Bet Championship: Matchday 19 review

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