In a reduced mid-week fixture list, the Championship saw a lot more goals than in recent weeks, with Bristol City, Coventry City and Rotherham United all starring.
Bristol City, Coventry City and Rotherham United Star in Championship
Bristol City Prove Stats Do Lie in Mid-Table Championship Clash
Bristol City recorded just two shots on target in their 2-1 victory over Huddersfield Town. In response, The Terriers had six shots on goal and a further 20 off target.
The Yorkshire visitors start the game much the better side, but it The Robins who scored the all-important first goal with Famara Diedhiou finding the back of the net for the fifth time this season when he coolly rounded the on-rushing Ryan Schofield. The towering forward made it two just three minutes later, calmly slotting into the bottom corner after good work from Kasey Palmer. The Terriers pulled a goal back on the hour mark with Juninho Bacuna latching onto Isaac Mbenza‘s clever backheel, halving the deficit with his first-time strike.
Victory for The Robins sees them apply pressure on the play-offs once more, moving to just three points off Bournemouth in sixth. A fourth consecutive defeat for Huddersfield sees the Yorkshire side remain in 14th place.
Sky Blues Inflict Further Damage on Sheffield Wednesday
Coventry City made it eight games unbeaten on home soil with a dominant 2-0 win over a Sheffield Wednesday side who will now be seriously concerned about facing the Championship drop.
Mark Robins‘ men struggled to create anything of note in the first half, whilst their struggling counterparts found themselves in the same boat. The deadlock was eventually broken in the 57th minute when Viktor Gyokeres slotted past Keiren Westwood after some fine work from midfielder Callum O’Hare. The former Aston Villa man also assisted the second, playing the ball into the path of Jamie Allen, who fired home through the legs of Westwood.
With Rotherham United also winning, they stay six points clear of the relegation zone, but a major three points in the grand scheme of things. For Sheffield Wednesday, they are now six points off Derby County in 21st, with their Championship survival chances slowly drifting away.
Millers Shock Middlesbrough at Riverside
Not too many teams have left the Riverside with three points, let alone secure a convincing 3-0 win over The Boro.
The Millers started the brighter of the pair but had to wait until the 43rd minute to open the scoring when Matt crooks fired past Marcus Bettinelli from 20 yards out. The visitors made it two in the 79th minute, with Michael Smith converting from the penalty spot after Bettinelli was adjudged to have taken down Freddie Ladapo. A Rotherham third came deep into stoppage time when debutant Ryan Giles calmly found the back of the net.
The win for Rotherham sees them move to within two points of Derby County and Nottingham Forest just above the relegation zone, with The Millers still having two games in hand. For Middlesbrough, it was certainly a missed opportunity – a chance wasted in moving level on points with Bournemouth in sixth.