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Sky Bet Championship: Five things you may have missed from the weekend's action

The Sky Bet Championship's restart did not disappoint!

22 June 2020

There were significant results at both ends of the table as the Sky Bet Championship returned this weekend.

1. All change at the top

Leeds United had the chance to go three points clear at the top and 10 points ahead of third as they faced Cardiff City on Sunday. 

On Saturday, West Bromwich Albion were unable to break the deadlock, as they drew 0-0 with West Midlands rivals Birmingham City and Fulham lost 2-0 to Brentford in the West London Derby. 

However, despite dominating possession and having a host of chances, Marcelo Bielsa's side could not hit the back of the net, with a clinical Cardiff City side making them pay, scoring from their only shots on target courtesy of brilliant strikes by Junior Hoilett and Robert Glatzel.


2. Play-Off race closer than ever

The result against Leeds saw Neil Harris' Bluebirds close in on the top six. 

Cardiff are now level on points with sixth place Preston North End, after Alex Neil's side dropped points on the road against Luton Town. 

Incredibly, there are now just three points seperating sixth from 12th in the table. 

3. Senstational Sibley!

After a goal on his first Derby County start in the last game before the Championship season was paused, big things were expected from 18-year-old Louie Sibley when the season resumed. 

He didn't disappoint, scoring a sensational hat-trick as the Rams went on to secure all three points in a 3-2 win at Millwall. 

You can watch all his goals below and on our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages. 


4. Stoppage-time drama

Two late goals that saw Brentford beat Fulham was a sign of things to come in Saturday afternoon’s later games, with seven of the day’s 24 goals coming in the 87th minute or later, including two deep in to stoppage time.

Stoke left it until the 92nd minute before equalising at Reading through Nick Powell’s header in a 1-1 draw, while Sheffield Wednesday struck a minute later to deny fifth-placed Nottingham Forest a valuable victory at Hillsborough.

Elsewhere, a fine late effort from Callum McManaman grabbed struggling Luton Town a draw with sixth-placed Preston North End.



5. Barnsley back in business?

Things looked bleak for Barnsley when the season was paused. 

Back-to-back defeats left them bottom of the table and seven points away from safety. 

But Elliot Simões first-half goal saw them move off the bottom and take all three points at QPR, denting the R's hopes of making the Play-Offs in the process. 

There were also significant away wins in the relegation battle for Wigan Athletic and Charlton Athletic.

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