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  • Sun, 05 Jul 2020 16:09:24 +0000: Ahmed Hegazi scores then sees red as West Brom make hard work of Hull win - Championship | The Guardian

    West Brom have five more hurdles to clear if they are to seal a return to the Premier League but Slaven Bilic will hope they do not make life as difficult as they did here in their quest to get over the line. Some slapstick defending ensured six goals and chances aplenty in a preposterously open and ill-tempered game, in which Ahmed Hegazi was sent off late on.

    Hull, fighting for their lives at the other end of the table, were never out of a frenetic contest until the substitute Grady Diangana completed the scoring 15 minutes from time, after home goals by Hegazi, Charlie Austin and Kamil Grosicki.

    Related: Lee Johnson sacked by Bristol City as Cardiff defeat proves last act

    QPR inflicted a second straight defeat on Middlesbrough to keep Neil Warnock’s side in the bottom three, thanks to Jordan Hugill’s 32nd-minute effort.

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  • Sat, 04 Jul 2020 18:15:04 +0000: Lee Johnson sacked by Bristol City as Cardiff defeat proves last act - Championship | The Guardian
    • Danny Ward’s winner left City nine points off play-offs
    • Johnson’s team had lost all four matches since restart

    Lee Johnson has been sacked as Bristol City head coach after Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Cardiff left the club adrift of the race for promotion.

    The decision to part company with Johnson after four years in charge comes following a run of nine games without a win and four straight defeats following the Championship’s resumption last month.

    Related: Said Benrahma hat-trick for Brentford completes horror week for Wigan

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  • Sat, 04 Jul 2020 17:06:03 +0000: Leeds close on Premier League return after easing to victory over Blackburn - Championship | The Guardian

    Leeds took a huge stride towards the Premier League as goals from Patrick Bamford, Kalvin Phillips and Mateusz Klich helped to secure a 3-1 win at Blackburn.

    The win moves the Championship leaders four points clear of second-placed West Brom, who will have the chance to haul back the deficit against struggling Hull on Sunday.

    Related: Said Benrahma hat-trick for Brentford completes horror week for Wigan

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  • Sat, 04 Jul 2020 16:41:34 +0000: Said Benrahma hat-trick for Brentford completes horror week for Wigan - Championship | The Guardian
    • Josh Onomah’s late goal keeps Fulham in the hunt
    • Cardiff in sixth after Josh Ward strike at Bristol City

    Brentford are only two points off second and an automatic promotion place after Said Benrahma scored a hat-trick against troubled Wigan, whose nine-match unbeaten run came to an end in a week where the club was placed into administration.

    Fulham were on the way to dropping two vital home points against Birmingham but Josh Onomah scored in the fifth minute of injury time to keep then in the hunt after Leeds’ win at Blackburn and Nottingham Forest’s 1-1 draw at Derby. West Brom play Hull on Sunday. Scott Parker’s Fulham are fourth, two points behind Brentford.

    Related: Chris Martin's late equaliser for Derby County denies Nottingham Forest

    Derby 1-1 Nottingham Forest, Blackburn 1-3 Leeds, Brentford 3-0 Wigan, Bristol City 0-1 Cardiff, Fulham 1-0 Birmingham, Huddersfield 0-0 Preston, Luton 0-5 Reading, Stoke City 4-0 Barnsley

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  • Sat, 04 Jul 2020 16:20:03 +0000: Football clockwatch: Leicester 3-0 Palace, Leeds, Brentford and Fulham win and more – as it happened - Championship | The Guardian

    And that’s your lot. Stay on the site for MBM coverage of Wolves v Arsenal and, later, Chelsea v Watford, plus reports and reaction from this afternoon’s action. Thanks for following. Bye.

    Related: Wolverhampton Wanderers v Arsenal: Premier League – live!

    And while I was talking you through that, Torino pulled a goal back at Juventus deep into first-half stoppage time through Andrea Belotti. It’s 2-1 to the champions at the interval.

    In the Championship, Leeds give us another excuse to overuse the phrase “16-year exile” as they strengthen their position at the top. Ten points from their final five games will put them back in the Premier League. Brentford in third are now only two points behind West Brom, who host Hull tomorrow, and the Bees must fancy their chances of nicking an automatic promotion spot. Fulham are back up to fourth, and Cardiff in sixth now have a three-point cushion to Derby in seventh.

    At the bottom Luton and Barnsley played like condemned men today but are still only five and four points respectively from safety and are likely to have Wigan slotted in beneath them when and if the Latics’ points deduction is applied.

    So what does all this mean for the league tables? Manchester United are now up to fourth, though Chelsea can go back above them this evening, and Leicester remain third, with currently a four-point cushion to fifth. Bournemouth are still second-bottom, a point from safety but having played a game more than Villa and Watford. Palace have 42 points and don’t much care.

    And here’s Jonathan Wilson’s report on Leicester’s win, and Vardy’s century:

    Related: Jamie Vardy plunders Crystal Palace to become Leicester's man of the century

    Premier League

    Leicester 3-0 Crystal Palace, Man Utd 5-2 Bournemouth, Norwich 0-1 Brighton

    And that’s enough to win it for Fulham. They should be good for a play-off place now.

    A lovely team goal breaks the deadlock at the last.

    Cardiff have clung on to beat listing Bristol City 1-0 and Stoke have beaten Barnsley 4-0.

    And Leicester’s lean run has ended - not a performance as emphatic as the scoreline but the manner, and identity, of their goals and scorers will cheer them. Palace thoughts drift closer to that beach.

    Leeds have won 3-1 at Blackburn – Bielsa’s side get ever closer - and Reading have walloped Luton 5-0. And Man Utd have beaten Bournemouth 5-2 in another scintillating display.

    An absolutely textbook Leicester, and Vardy, goal, Barnes feeding Vardy on a speedy break and the latter doing his thing.

    Tom Ince has just curled in a beauty with his left foot to add some more gloss to a victory that has been inevitable for an hour.

    Juan Cuadrado has doubled Juventus’s lead against Torino. Second-placed Lazio host Milan later tonight by the way.

    Sending off! Wigan’s sub Joe Garner left his foot too high and he has been, somewhat harshly, given a straight red. As injustices go it perhaps pales compared to your club being taken over by people who don’t seem to have the money but nothing is going right for Wigan.

    The job Neil Harris has done since taking over at Cardiff has gone a little under the radar, but they look play-off bound at the moment, and they lead now at Ashton Gate, Lee Tomlin feeding Danny Ward with a surging run through the centre before Ward’s low drive.

    Jamie Vardy comes out of the nervous 90s and has his 100th Premier League goal at last, profiting from calamitous defending from Palace’s Sakho, who lost the ball, Barnes played in Vary who finished comfortably. An actual Leicester win looks in the offing.

    McCarthy has replaced McArthur for Palace, in what is a long way from a classic at Leicester.

    There’s no doubt Benrahma meant this, the Algerian sending a crisp instinctive first-times shot into the bottom corner after fine work from Josh Dasilva. What a player, what a side, and what a model Brentford have become for clubs of their stature.

    Fulham have upped the ante against Birmingham after a lacklustre first half, but can’t make the breakthrough. Likewise for Cardiff at Bristol City.

    At the King Power, Praet has come on for the scorer, Iheanacho, a surprisingly defensive substitution perhaps. Leicester need to stay alert at the moment, Cahill having just gone close with a header for Palace.

    It’s that man again! Benrahma executes a bit of trickery down the left, cuts in then out, then curls a cross over an out of position keeper. Did he mean it? Whatever, his attacking audacity was rewarded and Brentford continue to breathe down West Brom’s necks and Wigan’s week goes from bad to worse.

    And Yakou Meite has scored his fourth of the afternoon against disintegrating Luton.

    A goal in Serie A. Juventus aren’t hanging about, Paulo Dybala putting the Serie A leaders ahead in the city derby at home to Torino after only three minutes.

    Luton’s defence has totally given up the ghost at Kenilworth Road, George Puscas applying some salt into their gaping wounds with Reading’s fourth.

    A couple of bookings to tell you about at the King Power, Marc Albrighton for a foul a few minutes ago for Leicester, and Palace’s James McArthur just now, also for a clumsy foul.

    Leeds restore their two-goal cushion, somewhat fortunately. Klich’s shot taking a deflection past the keeper Walton, who fumbled it in but appeared blindsided by a Leeds attacker in an offside looking position. But thems the breaks.

    We’ve not talked about Bristol City v Cardiff at all yet have we? As befitting recent form, Cardiff have dominated but haven’t broken through yet. Still goalless. And now it’s 4-2 to Manchester United.

    Another fine free-kick at Ewood Park, Blackburn cutting the deficit and opening things up with a lovely Adam Armstrong effort into the top right corner from 25 yards.

    Leicester lead! Tielemans gets down the left plays it inside the box, Iheanacho gets there first, controls and finishes from close range.

    Jamie Vardy has just gone close with a header for Leicester, while Manchester United have just conceded an absurd penalty through an Eric Bailly handball, it’s been scored and it’s 3-2. Game on?

    They’re back underway, around and about the place. Leicester have brought on Ryan Bennett for Ben Chilwell, who’s apparently suffering from foot knack.

    Here’s the scores on the doors at the interval:

    Premier League

    It’s still not happening for Leicester – they had the better of that half without looking particularly incisive; you’d make them underdogs for a Champions League spot now.

    It’s 3-1 to Man Utd now, a stunner from Martial.

    Milivojevic goes close for Palace with a fine, arcing free-kick from distance which just narrowly misses the target, their best – and practically their first – chance so far. Frustration in front of goal continues for Leicester though. Still goalless.

    A tremendous free-kick from Kalvin Phillips, from just left of centre is guided into the top corner with forensic accuracy. They’re not wobbling now.

    The bottom two are having a nightmare today, Campbell gets a second and Stoke’s third and that’s probably game over.

    Nathan Jones doesn’t look as if he’s going to be able to turn things round for the Championship’s bottom club, with Yakou Meite completing a career-first hat-trick for Reading, who are rampant here. A swift return to League One looks ever more likely.

    Normal, entirely predictable service is also resumed in the Premier League as Manchester United go 2-1 up against Bournemouth with a Rashford penalty.

    A magnificently farcical passage of play at Craven Cottage, where a swift Birmingham break is foiled by multiple players falling over at inopportune moments and breaking up play. Blues have been the better side mind.

    Leicester continue to dominate against Palace, who haven’t fashioned a chance worthy of the name so far, their attacking players anonymous. But they’ve not scored, which is an ongoing problem.

    Bamford off the post! A deft move prompted by Luke Ayling culminates in Bamford coming close to his and Leeds’s second at Blackburn but it remains just the 1-0 to the leaders.

    And Manchester United are level against Bournemouth.

    Brentford’s momentum shows no sign of stalling, and they lead with a classy sharp volley from Saïd Benrahma, one of the stars of the season. Read more about him here:

    Related: 'He could nutmeg a mermaid': the rise of Brentford's Saïd Benrahma | Ben Fisher

    They’re getting them in pairs in the Championship, Yakour Meite deepening Luton’s relegation woes with two in two minutes.

    Leicester have just gone close at the King Power, James Justin firing over after being fed by Ayoze Pérez.

    And Bournemouth have only gone and scored at Old Trafford. Smyth can tell you more here.

    Important goals in the big relegation tussle in the Potteries, a deft back-heel finish from Tyrese Campbell after a defensive lapse doubling Stoke’s lead after Sam Vokes had put them ahead.

    And Lewis Holtby has just hit the post for Blackburn.

    If Leeds win the second-tier this season, that’ll be their first second-tier title win since 1990, when Liverpool were also last top-tier champions. Any historical precedents for this quirk?

    The Championship leaders are ahead, though was there a foul in the buildup? Blackburn’s Travis was brusquely dispossessed by Kalvin Phillips but the ref deemed it a fair challenge, and Phillips nudged it onto Bamford who finished coolly.

    Anyone watching any of these games in a pub? How’s the atmosphere? Is there one?

    Uneventful start at the King Power, though Coyuncu and Benteke already having collided forcefully, which suggests that could be a battle to look out for. Still 0-0.

    At Craven Cottage, Birmingham’s celebrated boy wonder Jude Bellingham’s just made a bit of a mess of a chance gifted to him by Fulham doziness. 0-0 there too.

    Those whistles are a-blowin’

    And here’s Peter Lansley’s report on a dramatic finale at Derby:

    Related: Chris Martin's late equaliser for Derby County denies Nottingham Forest

    Ed Aarons was at Carrow Road watching Norwich succumb again. Here’s his report:

    Related: Norwich look doomed after Trossard's goal seals win for Brighton

    From last night – Millwall kept themselves in with a play-off shout with a much-needed derby win at the Valley:

    Related: Jake Cooper cashes in on error to give Millwall victory at Charlton

    Forest will be kicking themselves, having given away a needless free-kick, which Wayne Rooney slung in for Martin to just about force home.

    So Forest stay fourth for now, with Derby in seventh and still firmly in contention for a play-off place.

    Would you Adam and Eve it! Straight after going down to 10 men, Derby have snatched a point. And that is full-time.

    Full-time at Carrow Road: Norwich have lost 0-1 to Brighton, meaning the former are surely doomed now while the latter are nearly safe. While at Pride Park, Martyn Waghorn has been sent off in injury-time with Forest still 1-0 up

    Brentford v Wigan
    Brentford: Raya, Dalsgaard, Jansson, Pinnock, Henry, Marcondes, Norgaard, Baptiste, Mbeumo, Watkins, Benrahma. Subs: Jensen, Da Silva, Valencia, Dervisoglu, Jeanvier, Fosu, Daniels, Zamburek, Roerslev Rasmussen.

    Wigan: Marshall, Byrne, Kipre, Balogun, Robinson, Williams, Morsy, Naismith, Dowell, Lowe, Moore. Subs: Macleod, Fox, Evans, Massey, Pearce, Garner, Jones, Mlakar, Gelhardt.

    Meanwhile at Pride Park Forest have just twice come close to extending their lead, Lewis Grabban firing narrowly over after a swift counter, then Tiago Silva rattling a post after being fed by Grabban.

    Here’s the teamsheet from the King Power

    Leicester: Schmeichel, Justin, Evans, Soyuncu, Chilwell, Perez, Tielemans, Ndidi, Albrighton, Iheanacho, Vardy. Subs: Morgan, Gray, Ward, Barnes, Choudhury, Mendy, Praet, Fuchs, Bennett.

    Some pre-match reading – Paul Doyle on Leicester’s decline:

    Related: Leicester unravelled and desperate owing to small squad's broken belief | Paul Doyle

    In the early games, Norwich, predictably, are losing at home to Brighton after, predictably, starting brightly then fading. Join Scott Murray for MBM fun here. And in the big east Midlands set-to at Pride Park, Nottingham Forest are clinging on to the 1-0 lead given them by Joe Lolley’s 12th-minute long-distance shot. If Forest hang on they’ll leapfrog Brentford into third, for at least a wee while anyhow.

    Afternoon everyone. The city of Leicester has bigger things to worry about right now than the fate of its football team, as it grapples with a reimposed Covid-19 lockdown and all the deep anxieties that entails. But within the smaller, less consequential bubble of Premier League football, Brendan Rodgers has had plenty to be mithered by of late too. Leicester haven’t got going at all since the resumption, and the verve of last autumn – with the likes of Jamie Vardy, Ricardo Pereira, Caglar Soyuncu, James Maddison and Ben Chilwell all at the very top of their games – seems a very distant memory.

    Still, they remain in the shakeup for the Champions League places and should back themselves against a Crystal Palace side who’ve blown hot and cold since the restart – blowing away Bournemouth before being blown away themselves by Liverpool and blunted by Burnley. They’ve got less to play for today, so they could either play with freedom and confidence or like they’d rather have been in the pub since 6am, which no one actually was this morning.

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Archived News for the Championship has been added below:

  • Wed, 28 Jun 2017 20:08:35 +0000: Burton announce Flanagan departure - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Sky Bet Championship | BBC
    Burton Albion announce that defender Tom Flanagan is to leave the club, despite having "verbally agreed" a new deal.
  • Wed, 28 Jun 2017 17:17:38 +0000: Leeds United buy back Elland Road - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Sky Bet Championship | BBC
    Championship side Leeds United buy back their Elland Road ground, 13 years after selling it.
  • Wed, 28 Jun 2017 17:08:39 +0000: Bond reunited with Redknapp at Birmingham - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Sky Bet Championship | BBC
    Birmingham City appoint Kevin Bond as Harry Redknapp's number two - the fifth time they have worked together.
  • Wed, 28 Jun 2017 17:03:41 +0000: Ipswich sign Cardiff midfielder Huws - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Sky Bet Championship | BBC
    Ipswich Town sign midfielder Emyr Huws from Championship rivals Cardiff City, while goalkeeper Dean Gerken agrees a new deal.
  • Wed, 28 Jun 2017 15:26:51 +0000: Ex-England midfielder Parker retires - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Sky Bet Championship | BBC
    Ex-England, Charlton and Tottenham midfielder Scott Parker announces his retirement from football.

Today has seen the signing of young striker Charlie Strutton for struggling side AFC Wimbledon after he had impressed Terry Brown whilst on a three week trial earlier in the year. Barnsley have today signed winger David Cotterill on a free transfer which could see the player making his debut for the club this weekend.

Championship top dogs West Ham have today sealed the double signing of Ravel Morrison from Manchester United as well as Ricardo Vaz Te from Barnsley. The young starlet ravel Morrison is believed to have attracted a lot of interest from some of Europe’s biggest clubs such as Barcelona, Roma and Paris St Germain but has decided to stay in the English divisions.

Vaz Te has had an extremely good season so far with the Portuguese striker already netting ten times for former club Barnsley.

Sussex club Brighton have completed the signing of two Manchester City players on loan until the end of the season which again cemented the up and coming clubs ambition to gain entry into the premier league. The club has signed Abdul Razak and Gai Assulin who are both midfielders who have failed to break through into the first team at Manchester City. On another plus side for the Sussex club their influential winger craig Noone has committed his future to the club stating he is more than happy at the seagulls amid speculation that he could be joining Cardiff City in the summer after the Welsh club had a £1.2 million offer turned down by Gus Poyet in January.

Cardiff Cities formidable striker has today stated that he would indeed be extremely happy to extend his loan spell at league one side Scunthorpe United with the striker claiming he prefers life at the club. Cardiff winger Peter Whttingham has today stated that he is convinced he made the correct decision to commit himself to the Welsh club amid speculation that he could have joined West Ham during the January transfer window.

Richard Keogh has again reinforced his commitment to Coventry City by stating he would be more than happy to open contract negotiations with the club before the end of the season. This will be great news for manager Andy Thorn as he is already looking to bolster his squad for next season and would have thought of it as a detrimental loss to have lost Keogh for next season.

Ben reeves has today made his switch from Southampton to league two team Dagenham & Redbridge on a twelve month loan deal. Southampton have also gladly received back today forward Ryan Doyle from his loan spell at Bury and the influential forward is more than happy to be back.

Leeds United new boy boss Neil Warnock has today signed the Portsmouth forward Danny Webber on a deal that will see him at the club until the end of the season. Warnock has today also stated that he will have to wait until the end of the season before he can make any new moves for players until he assesses the financial situation. James Harper has today completed his move to Wycombe from title chasing league one team Hull City on a short term loan deal which will see him remain for just over a month.

Hull City have finally completed an interesting and what they hope will be a extremely beneficial loan deal for Joshua King. The Manchester united starlet will remain with the side until the end of the season with the possibility of extending it past that date.