Championship round-up: Norwich forced to wait for Premier League return, Derby boost play-off hopes with late victory, plus more
Championship leaders Norwich missed the opportunity to go within touching distance of promotion after being held to a 2-2 draw at Stoke on Easter Monday.
The Canaries would’ve sealed their return to the Premier League if they won and Leeds failed to beat at Brentford later this evening – and twice they went in front at the Bet365 Stadium.
Norwich forward Onel Hernandez’s fierce first-half strike was cancelled out by Ashley Williams’ header shortly after the break.
Talisman Teemu Pukki restored Norwich’s lead, only for Tom Edwards to equalise three minutes later as the visitors slipped to a fourth successive draw.
Sheffield United did pile the pressure on third-place Leeds with a comfortable 3-0 victory at Hull.
The Blades have a three-point cushion in the second automatic promotion place thanks to three first-half goals, including a brace from David McGoldrick and left-back Enda Stevens’ second goal in as many games.
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Leeds can go level on points with victory over the Bees – but Sheffield United would remain second with a significantly superior goal difference.
Play-off hopefuls Middlesbrough and Bristol City both suffered convincing away defeats, to Nottingham Forest and Sheffield Wednesday respectively – and Derby left it late to capitalise.
The Rams leapfrog Boro and City into sixth after two stoppage-time goals from Harry Wilson gave them a them a dramatic 2-0 victory at home to QPR.
Elsewhere on an action-packed Bank Holiday Monday in the second-tier, Wigan secured their safety in the division with a 2-0 victory over Preston.
After their heroics at Leeds on Saturday, coming from behind with ten men to snatch victory, the Latics secured a second consecutive win thanks to Leon Clarke’s early strike and Lee Evans’ deflected effort.
Wigan were given a helping hand by Birmingham, who came from a goal down at Rotherham to win 3-1 and heap misery on the Millers.
Rotherham remain three points adrift of Millwall, who have played a game less, after Jacques Maghoma and Jota turned the game following Matt Crooks’ opener, before Kerim Mrabti added a late third.
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Reading all-but secured their safety in the division with a goalless draw at home to promotion-chasing West Brom, who booked their place in the play-offs.
The point leaves the Royals six-points clear of Rotherham with two games left to play and a far superior goal difference.
And in the day’s two dead-rubbers, relegated Ipswich were beaten 1-0 at home to Swansea, while League One-bound Bolton lost 2-0 at Blackburn.
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