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Vital View - Championship, 13th-15th April 2017

Vital View - Championship, 13th-15th April 2017

The Championship season continued with the latest round of games played on Good Friday.

Brighton hold a healthy advantage over Newcastle in the bid to win the title - four points.

At the other end Wigan and Blackburn boosted their survival hopes with Nottingham Forest and Burton dragged right back into the dogfight.

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

Results

Thursday 13th April 2017 - CHAMPIONSHIP
Wigan Athletic 3-2 Barnsley 19:45

Friday 14th April 2017 - CHAMPIONSHIP
Brentford 4-0 Derby County 15:00
Bristol City 2-1 Queens Park Rangers 15:00
Huddersfield Town 3-2 Preston North End 15:00
Norwich City 1-3 Fulham 15:00
Nottingham Forest 0-1 Blackburn Rovers 15:00
Rotherham United 1-1 Birmingham City 15:00
Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 Cardiff City 15:00
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-2 Brighton & Hove Albion 17:00
Burton Albion 1-2 Ipswich Town 19:45
Newcastle United 1-1 Leeds United 19:45

Saturday 15th April 2017 - CHAMPIONSHIP
Aston Villa 1-3 Reading 15:00

If Wigan are to stay in the Championship an 11 minute hat trick from Nick Powell on Thursday could prove the turning point? Two down, 19 minutes to play, the Latics were dead and buried against Barnsley - this 3-2 win moves them five points from safety.

Brentford's 4-0 win over Derby - a fourth win in five - keeps the Bees very much on course to finish in the top-10. This heavy defeat for the Rams - after three straight wins - all but ended their slim hopes of finishing in the play-offs.

Successive wins means Bristol City, 18th, remain four points clear of the relegation zone. QPR - suffering a fourth straight defeat - pulled a goal back in added time but it couldn't deny the Robins a 2-1 victory.

Huddersfield's slim automatic promotion hopes were boosted when they came from behind to lead Preston. An equaliser from the visitors looked as if it would see the game end in a draw until Town scored an added time winner in this 3-2 victory to close to within eight points of second-placed Newcastle, with a game in hand - North End will now certainly miss out of the top-six.

A third defeat in four was suffered by Norwich when losing 3-1 to play-off chasing Fulham - who won despite having a player sent off in the first half. The Whites remain two points behind Sheffield Wednesday, sixth.

Nottingham Forest are right back in a relegation battle following a defeat at the City Ground against, then second-bottom, Blackburn. A late goal clinched Rovers a 1-0 win to move to within two points of Burton and Forest.

Already relegated Rotherham ended a 10 game losing run with a late equaliser in a 1-1 draw with Birmingham. This point means the Blues are only four points clear of the relegation zone.

Sheffield Wednesday's late winner secured a 1-0 victory over Cardiff that kept the Owls above Fulham, seventh, in the final play-off spot.

Wolves slipped to back-to-back defeats against title chasing Brighton. Albion's 2-0 win took them five points clear of Newcastle at the top - who reduced this to four when held later that evening.

A second defeat in three has seen Burton slip to within a couple of points of the relegation zone. Ipswich's 2-1 win at the Pirelli Stadium has all but secured them a place in the Championship next season.

Newcastle dropped two points against Leeds when conceding a dramatic added time equaliser at St James' Park. The Magpies, four points behind leaders Brighton, had been set for a win until the Whites claimed a 1-1 draw - moving them three points ahead of Fulham, seventh.

Aston Villa's first defeat in five was a blow to their top-10 finish hopes. However, Reading's 3-1 win - as the Royals reacted positively to a 7-1 trashing at Norwich - took them up to fourth, six points clear of the play-off chasing pack.

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Date:Sunday April 16 2017
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# Team P W D L Pts. GD
P Brighton 44 28 8 8 92 35
P Newcastle 45 28 7 10 91 42
3 Huddersfield 44 25 6 13 81 3
4 Reading 44 24 7 13 79 1
5 Sheff Wed 44 23 9 12 78 15
6 Fulham 44 21 13 10 76 27
7 Leeds Utd 44 22 7 15 73 14
8 Norwich 44 19 9 16 66 12
9 Brentford 44 18 9 17 63 12
10 Derby County 44 17 12 15 63 2
11 Preston 44 16 13 15 61 2
12 Aston Villa 44 16 13 15 61 0
13 Cardiff 45 16 11 18 59 -4
14 Barnsley 44 15 12 17 57 0
15 Wolves 44 15 10 19 55 -3
16 Ipswich 44 13 16 15 55 -6
17 Bristol City 44 14 9 21 51 -6
18 Burton 44 13 12 19 51 -12
19 Q.P.R. 44 14 8 22 50 -12
20 Forest 44 13 9 22 48 -11
21 Birmingham 44 11 14 19 47 -22
22 Blackburn 44 10 15 19 45 -15
23 Wigan 44 10 11 23 41 -16
R Rotherham 44 5 6 33 21 -58
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