Date: 16th January 2017 at 10:32am
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The Championship season continued with the latest round of games played over the weekend.

Newcastle moved above Brighton to the top of the table when Albion slipped up. Rotherham and Wigan both won but remain in the bottom three with Blackburn.

Here’s a round up of the Championship action from the other games played.

Results

Thursday 12th January 2017 – CHAMPIONSHIP
Reading 0-1 Queens Park Rangers 19:45

Friday 13th January 2017 – CHAMPIONSHIP
Leeds United 1-0 Derby County 19:45

Saturday 14th January 2017 – CHAMPIONSHIP
Bristol City 2-3 Cardiff City 12:00
Birmingham City 0-0 Nottingham Forest 15:00
Brentford 1-2 Newcastle United 15:00
Burton Albion 0-2 Wigan Athletic 15:00
Fulham 2-0 Barnsley 15:00
Ipswich Town 3-2 Blackburn Rovers 15:00
Preston North End 2-0 Brighton & Hove Albion 15:00
Rotherham United 2-1 Norwich City 15:00
Sheffield Wednesday 2-0 Huddersfield Town 15:00
Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0 Aston Villa 17:30

First up on Thursday night Reading missed the chance to narrow the gap on the automatic promotion places – it would have been down to three points on 2nd place Newcastle – but they suffered a rare home defeat. The Royals – for only a third time in the last 10 league outings – were beaten in the league as QPR – for a third straight Championship win – left with a 1-0 victory.

Leeds made it six unbeaten – with five wins – when the Whites ran out 1-0 winners at Elland Road against promotion rivals Derby. It took them up to 3rd with the Rams’ defeat a second successive to keep them out of the play-off places.

Having twice led Bristol City conceded a couple of late goals at Ashton Gate to end up losing the Severnside derby 3-2 to Cardiff in the early kick off on Saturday. This made it back-to-back wins for the Bluebirds to move them above the Robins – who have now lost nine of their last 10 – and open up a gap between them and relegation trouble.

After a first defeat in 10 the lead was lost by Brighton to Newcastle when they won. This 2-0 loss at Deepdale saw them drop down to 2nd but Albion do have a game in hand. Preston’s unbeaten run – with it now back-to-back wins – took them into the top 10 six points off the top 6.

Birmingham boss Gianfranco Zola still hasn’t won since his appointment at St Andrew’s with the Blues’ latest game ending in a 0-0 draw. Nottingham Forest – fresh from a takeover falling through – boss Philippe Montanier was sacked after the winless ran was extended to seven leaving Forest just three points from the bottom three.

Brentford suffered a first defeat in four when the Bees were beaten by against title chasing Newcastle at Griffin Park. This 2-1 win took the Magpies back to the top of the Championship ahead of Brighton after they were beaten.

Wigan’s first win in eight – including six defeats in the previous seven – breathed fresh life into their survival bid. The 2-0 win at the Pirelli Stadium against Burton took the Latics to within three points of the Brewers.

A run of just two defeats in the last 10 has kept Fulham in the battle for a play-off place. However, despite this 2-0 win at Craven Cottage against Barnsley – who lost for the first time in five – the Cottagers are six points off the top 6.

Ipswich’s recent run of form dictated they would win at Portman Road which they indeed did with a victory against Blackburn. The visitors had got on level terms but second half goals from the Tractor Boys left them in control with the a consolation from Rovers not enough as the home side won 3-2.

Rotherham are still going to have to produce something special to avoid relegation – they are now nine points from safety – but the Millers gave themselves a glimmer of hope with a 2-1 win against Norwich. The Canaries would have hoped a win in their last game would get a promotion push back on track but a sixth defeat in 10 means they’ll face a battle to make the play-offs.

Sheffield Wednesday’s unbeaten run was extended to six – with a fifth win – against promotion rivals Huddersfield. A first defeat in eight from this Yorkshire derby meant Town missed the chance to climb up to 3rd.

A Midlands derby rounded off the action in this late kick off. Wolves recorded a third win in the last five when Paul Lambert oversaw a 1-0 victory against his former club Aston Villa to claim the bragging rights. 13th placed Villa’s winless run – including back-to-back defeats – is now at three with a play-off place looking unlikely with just three points separating the rival sides now.

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