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Five things you may have missed from the weekend action

12 July 2020

Matchday 43 delivered plenty of thrills and spills in the Sky Bet Championship, with both ends of the table affected! Here are five things you may have missed...

1. Leeds leave it late to secure a huge win

Leeds United ensured that just one more point could see them promoted from the Sky Bet Championship, scoring in the 89th minute through Pablo Hernandez to secure a narrow victory at Play-Off-chasing Swansea City on Sunday afternoon. It's a result which leaves Marcelo Bielsa's side six points clear of Brentford in third going into their next match, a Yorkshire derby against bottom side Barnsley, with a return to the top-flight after a length absence looking ever more likely.

2. Brentford do the business again

Brentford's bid to secure automatic promotion was kept well and truly alive with a 3-1 victory at Derby County at the weekend, their sixth in a row since the restart. Coupled with West Bromwich Albion's draw at Blackburn Rovers, it means second spot is still up for grabs as we approach matchday 44. The Bees' win also brought two more goals for star man Said Benrahma, while striker Ollie Watkins drew level with Fulham's Aleksandar Mitrovic as the division's top scorer by finding the net early on.

3. Luton leapfrog relegation rivals

Luton Town profited from a disappointing weekend for the sides around them, as their victory over Huddersfield Town ensured they were the only team in the bottom six to pick up maximum points on matchday 43. The Hatters are two points from safety and will be full of confidence going into their next match, a midweek meeting with Queens Park Rangers at Kenilworth Road. 

4. Cardiff and Swansea vying for sixth spot

The race for the fourth and final Play-Off spot is wide open, particularly following defeats for both Cardiff City and Swansea City at the weekend. Just a point separates the South Wales rivals with three games to go, though there are several other sides in the mix, including Preston North End, Millwall, Derby County, Bristol City and Blackburn Rovers. Swansea travel to Nottingham Forest in midweek, while Cardiff face Derby, two games which could have a significant impact on the final standings.

5. Clubs pay tribute to Jack Charlton  

Across the country, Clubs paid tribute to Leeds and England legend Jack Charlton, who sadly passed away at the age of 85. He was remembered with a minute's applause around the grounds and will be sorely missed by the entire football family. A true one-club man, Charlton made a club-record 773 appearances for Leeds United as a player and famously became a World Cup winner with his country in 1966.

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