Championship resumes as play-off race hots up

          Sibley headlines Champ return as Brentford mug Fulham

          2020/06/20 18:19
          By Connor Andrews

          Louie Sibley, Said Benrahama and Rhian Brewster made sure the first Championship games back after a three month break didn’t disappoint, as their Derby, Brentford and Swansea sides took the initiative in a resumed play-off battle.

          On loan Liverpool youngster Brewster scored the first goal in the Championship’s return after just 18 minutes played against Middlesbrough, before doubling his tally three minutes later. While in the other early kick-off, Brentford closed the gap to third placed West London rivals Fulham, with a late 2-0 win at the Cottage thanks to Benrahama and Emiliano Marcondes.

          And in the later action, Millwall’s play-off hopes took a blow as 18-year-old Louis Sibley cancelled out Matt Smith’s opener before completing a hat-trick in a 3-2 win at the Den that moves them level on points with Millwall, and three short of the top six.

          Blackburn, like Swansea before, move to just a point from the play-off places with a 3-1 win over fellow promotion pushers Bristol City, while Preston and Nottingham both relaxed their grip on their top six spots with disappointing 1-1 draws against Luton and Sheffield Wednesday respectively.

          There were big wins for Wigan (2-0 vs Huddersfield), Charlton (1-0 vs Hull) and Barnsley (1-0 vs QPR), as all three did themselves huge favours in the relegation battle, while Reading and Stoke remain on the outskirts after a 1-1 draw.

          Leeds travel to Cardiff tomorrow with the chance to move three points clear of West Brom in first place after their scoreless draw with Birmingham today, whilst a big home win for the Welsh side could move them into the top six.

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